US tar­gets yacht and planes of Rus­sian for elec­tion med­dling

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WASH­ING­TON — The U.S. sought to pun­ish Rus­sia on Mon­day for in­ter­fer­ing with the Novem­ber 2018 midterm elec­tions by plac­ing the yacht and pri­vate planes of a Rus­sian fi­nancier on an in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions list along with em­ploy­ees of the In­ter­net Re­search Agency that he has funded to spread false in­for­ma­tion on so­cial me­dia.

Sanc­tions placed on the planes and yacht of fi­nancier Yevgeny Prigozhin mean that U.S. and many for­eign ports would face penal­ties for trans­ac­tions in­volv­ing the ves­sel or air­craft, ac­cord­ing to a U.S. Trea­sury Depart­ment no­tice an­nounc­ing the mea­sures.

Prigozhin, who was al­ready on the sanc­tions list for his al­leged in­volve­ment in in­flu­enc­ing the 2016 U.S. elec­tions, uses a se­ries of front com­pa­nies to man­age the yacht and planes that he and his fam­ily use, Trea­sury said.

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