Washington has imposed sanctions on three Russians and five companies linked to entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin.
The office of foreign assets control of the US Treasury Department explained the restrictions by the “involvement” of these structures and individuals in the armed conflict in the Donbas and interference in American elections.
Under the sanctions were Russians Igor Lavrenkov and Mikhail Potepkin, Andrey Mandel (citizenship is not specified), as well as companies “M Invest” LLC and associated Meroe Gold Co. Ltd, Shen Yang Jing Cheng Machinery Imp&Exp. Co., Limited, Shine Dragon Group Limited, and Zhe Jiang Jiayi Small Commodities Trade Company Limited.
At the end of March, several members of the House of Representatives addressed the head of the EU Delegation to the United States, Stavros Lambrinidis, with a call to impose sanctions against Prigozhin allegedly for his “attempts to interfere in the elections in the United States.” At the same time, the businessman himself asked Attorney General William Barr to reopen the case against Concord to allow the company to prove its innocence publicly.