US imposes sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning
US imposed new sanctions on Yevgeny Prigozhin’s partners
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The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on individuals and legal entities that allowed Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, to avoid US sanctions. This is stated in a statement by the Ministry of Finance, which was released on Wednesday..
The sanctions list included three people and five organizations registered, including in Sudan, Hong Kong and Thailand. All of them are associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin – a Russian businessman who was accused by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller of supporting alleged Russian attempts to influence the US election using social media campaigns.
The Ministry of Finance blames people and companies included in the «black list», in facilitating international operations carried out by Prigozhin, in attempts to suppress and discredit people seeking democratic reforms in Sudan, as well as in helping a Russian businessman who was under US sanctions.
«Yevgeny Prigozhin and his network [partners] use the natural resources of Sudan for personal gain and spread harmful influence around the world», – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Earlier, Washington imposed sanctions against Prigozhin, including in connection with the Russian occupation of Crimea and an attempt to interfere in the American elections in 2018 and 2016..
As a result of today’s actions of the Ministry of Finance, all assets of individuals and legal entities that provided assistance to Prigozhin in American jurisdiction were frozen. In addition, US citizens are prohibited from doing business with these individuals and companies..
The Russian company M Invest, controlled by Prigozhin, was on the sanctions list. This company served as a front for the actions of the Russian Ministry of Defense and was responsible for developing plans of action for ex-Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to suppress protests, the participants of which are pushing for democratic reforms in Sudan..
Sanctions were also imposed on Meroe Gold, a subsidiary of M Invest, CEO of M Invest Andrei Mandel and Mikhail Potepkin, regional director of both companies in Sudan.
The list also includes companies registered in Thailand and Hong Kong – Shine Dragon Group Limited, Shen Yang Jing Cheng Machinery Imp & Exp. Co. and Zhe Jiang Jiayi Small Commodities Trade Company Limited. These companies are accused of making over 100 transactions worth more than $ 7.5 million that were sent to companies controlled by Prigozhin between 2018 and 2019..
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo releases statement on Treasury sanctions today.
«Prigozhin is funded by the Internet Research Agency – the Russian troll factory, which tried to interfere in the US elections, as well as the Wagner PMC, which, with the approval of the Russian Ministry of Defense, is expanding Russian influence abroad», – said in a statement by Pompeo, published on the website of the Department of State.
«Prigozhin’s role in Sudan underscores the relationship between Russia’s military operations to support and preserve authoritarian regimes such as the regime of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and the exploitation of natural resources. Today’s actions limit attempts by Prigozhin and his supporters to foment unrest or disrupt democratic reforms in Sudan», – emphasized by Mike Pompeo.
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