Media agencies linked to Evgeniy Prigozhin, the oligarch and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin were added to the U.S. Treasury’s blacklist of sanctioned entities over the conflict in Ukraine and the alleged election meddling. This was reported by the Bloomberg news agency.
The Federal News Agency, USA Really, Nevskiy News and Economy Today, all based in St. Petersburg, are part of a growing list of what the Treasury refers to as “specially designated nationals and blocked persons,” the statement reads.
The Federal News Agency, allegedly backed by indicted Russian oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin, who’s known as “Putin’s chef” for his state catering contracts, is suing Facebook Inc. in the U.S. for shutting down its account in April. U.S. officials have accused the site of being part of a troll farm believed to have influenced the 2016 presidential election.
As it was reported earlier, the United States Department of Treasury introduced sanctions against 18 Russians including the agents of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin (known as Petrov and Boshirov), suspected of poisoning ex-GRU agent Sergei Skripal.
Four companies have also fallen under sanctions.