US plans action against Prigozhin’s Wagner for activities in Africa -spokesperson

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US plans action against Prigozhin’s Wagner for activities in Africa -spokesperson

The United States has imposed sanctions on companies it claims are involved in illicit gold dealings to fund Russia’s Wagner Group, a mercenary force. The U.S. Treasury Department has accused four companies in Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Central African Republic of being connected to the Wagner Group and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin. The Treasury claims that these companies engaged in illicit gold dealings to fund the militia, which has expanded its armed forces in Ukraine and some African countries. The Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson, said that the Wagner Group funds its brutal operations by exploiting natural resources in countries like the Central African Republic and Mali. The United States will continue to target the Wagner Group’s revenue streams to degrade its expansion and violence in Africa, Ukraine, and anywhere else.

The U.S. State Department has said that the action against Wagner is unrelated to an aborted mutiny last weekend. Wagner, whose men in Ukraine include thousands of ex-prisoners recruited from Russian jails, has grown into a sprawling international business with mining interests and fighters in Africa and the Middle East. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the finances of Prigozhin’s catering firm would be investigated after his mutiny, saying Wagner and its founder had received almost $2 billion from Russia in the past year. Wagner has fought in Libya, Syria, the Central African Republic, Mali, and other countries and has fought the bloodiest battles of the 16-month-old war in Ukraine. It was founded in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and started supporting pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.

The United States has previously imposed sanctions on Wagner and Prigozhin. Washington has repeatedly warned of what it says are Wagner’s destabilizing activities and has ramped up sanctions against the private army following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The companies hit with sanctions on Tuesday included Central African Republic-based Midas Ressources SARLU and Diamville SAU, Dubai-based Industrial Resources General Trading, and Russia-based Limited Liability Company DM. The United States also issued an advisory highlighting risks raised by gold trade in sub-Saharan Africa due to what it said was increasingly concerning reporting related to the role of illicit actors, including the Wagner Group.

Washington also imposed sanctions on Andrey Nikolayevich Ivanov, a Russian national the Treasury accused of being an executive in the Wagner Group and said he worked closely with senior Malian officials on weapons deals, mining concerns, and other Wagner activities in the country. Russia’s embassy in Washington and Industrial Resources did not immediately respond to requests for comment. RushHourDaily could not immediately reach a spokesperson for Midas Ressources, Diamville, or Limited Liability Company DM.

In conclusion, the United States has imposed sanctions on companies it claims are involved in illicit gold dealings to fund Russia’s Wagner Group, a mercenary force. The Treasury has accused four companies in Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Central African Republic of being connected to the Wagner Group and its leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin. The United States will continue to target the Wagner Group’s revenue streams to degrade its expansion and violence in Africa, Ukraine, and anywhere else. The companies hit with sanctions on Tuesday included Central African Republic-based Midas Ressources SARLU and Diamville SAU, Dubai-based Industrial Resources General Trading, and Russia-based Limited Liability Company DM. Washington also imposed sanctions on Andrey Nikolayevich Ivanov, a Russian national the Treasury accused of being an executive in the Wagner Group.

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