On 30th September, OFAC took action against Russian actors that attempted to influence the 2018 US midterm elections, though it says that there was no indication that foreign actors were able to compromise election infrastructure that would have prevented voting, changed vote counts, or disrupted the tallying of votes.  It also further targets Yevgeniy Prigozhin by targeting his physical assets, including 3 aircraft and a yacht, as well as employees of the Internet Research Agency (designated in March 2018), which he finances.  The measures are the first use of sanctions under Executive Order 13848, which the President signed in September 2018 and was intended as a warning all countries that they may face sanctions should they interfere in US elections.  Several members of the Internet Research Agency are designated for being involved in attempting to interfere in US elections – 4 of them already being designated under earlier actions.  The assets of Prigozhin listed include 2 Isle of Man-registered business jets.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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