US President Donald Trump has labelled a Russian nationalist group as a terrorist organisation.
The announcement marks the first time the US government has applied the label to a white supremacist group.
“These actions are unprecedented,” said Nathan Sales, assistant secretary of State for counterterrorism on Monday.
The Russian Imperialist Movement is believed to have offered military training to neo-Nazi fighters and aided election interference in the US.
The group is also thought to have been involved in neo-Nazi bombings at several locations in Sweden in 2016 and 2017.
The designation has been seen as an unusual move, as President Trump has previously been criticised for failure to do more about the threat of white supremacy.
The terror designation gives the US government authority to block Americans from providing material support or engage in financial dealings with such groups.
To receive such a designation, a group must be a foreign organisation and must engage in terrorist activity that threatens the security of US nationals or the national security of the US.
The Treasury Department can block any American assets belonging to a named terrorist group, and its members can be prevented from entering the US.
The label has been most frequently used for Islamist extremist groups.
The Russian Imperial Movement is an ultra-nationalist paramilitary group based in St Petersburg, where it has a training camp, with alleged links to white…