US announces new sanctions against Russian sanctions evasion network

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The Treasury announced sanctions on Wednesday against 22 people it says have helped Russia acquire weapons and evade sanctions imposed on the Kremlin and its allies since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine almost a year ago.

The sanctions target the network’s leader, Russian arms dealer Igor Zimenkov, as well as his son and several members of their network, for supplying Russia with “high-technology devices.” Zimenkov and his associates have “been involved in multiple deals for Russian cybersecurity and helicopter sales” and maintain close relationships with the Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport, according to the Treasury.

“Russia’s desperate attempts to utilize proxies to circumvent US sanctions demonstrated that sanctions have made it much harder and costlier for Russia’s military-industrial complex to re-supply Putin’s war machine,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said in a statement. “Targeting proxies is one of many steps that the Treasury and our coalition of partners have taken, and continue to take, to tighten enforcement sanctions against Russia’s defense sector, its benefactors, and its supporters.”

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