The Night Wolves biker group had its members serve in the Crimean self-defense forces as early as February 2014, which supported local Crimeans against the Government of Ukraine.  In March 2014, the Night Wolves conducted intimidation and criminal activities within Ukraine and also abducted and subsequently assaulted a Ukrainian Border Guard official.  This biker group also participated in the storming of the gas distribution station in Strikolkove and the storming of the Ukrainian Naval Forces Headquarters in Sevastopol.  In early-April 2014, the Night Wolves helped smuggle a former senior Ukrainian official out of Ukraine and also helped obtain Russian passports for another larger group of senior Ukrainian officials that they helped get into Russia.  The Night Wolves have been closely connected to the Russian special services, have helped to recruit separatist fighters for Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine, and were deployed to the cities of Luhansk and Kharkiv.  The Night Wolves group is being designated because it is an entity that is responsible for or complicit in, or has engaged in, directly or indirectly, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine.

NIGHT WOLVES (a.k.a. MOLODEZHNAYA AVTONOMNAYA NEKOMMERCHESKAYA ORGANIZATSIYA NOCHNYE VOLKI; a.k.a. NOCHNIYE VOLKI; a.k.a. NOCHNYE VOLKI), Nizhnije Mnevniki, 110, “Bike Center”, Moscow, Russia; 110 Nizhniye Mnevniki, Moscow, Russia; 110 Nizhnie Mnevniki Ul., Moscow 123423, Russia; Registration ID 1037717009846; Government Gazette Number 14188237 [UKRAINE-EO13660].