Russia Demands U.S. Explanation Over Blacklisted Singer
By Alexei Anishchuk
MOSCOW (Reuters) Russias foreign ministry asked the United States on Thursday to explain why it had imposed sanctions on a well-known singer and supporter of President Vladimir Putin, calling the move unacceptable.
The U.S. Treasury Department this week named Grigory Lepsveridze as one of six people it said were linked to a Eurasian crime syndicate called the Brothers Circle.
The Treasury added him to its list of blacklisted people, meaning U.S. citizens were barred from doing business with him, and any assets he had in the United States were frozen.
Lepsveridze, who performs under the stage-name Grigory Leps, dismissed the allegation.
Russias foreign ministry said Washingtons accusation broke the fundamental principle of presumption of innocence.
Tell that to the Pussy Riot ladies...!
Grigory Lepsveridze couriers money on behalf of (Brothers Circle member) Vladislav Leontyev, the Treasury said in a statement. A Treasury spokesman confirmed it was referring to the singer. ....... The U.S. Treasury statement said The Brothers Circle was made up of leading members of several criminal groups, most of them based in former Soviet countries.
The Brothers Circle serves as a coordinating body for several criminal networks, mediates disputes between individual criminal networks, and directs member criminal activity globally, the Treasury added.....
Gee, Pootie should ask his pal Ed Snowden what he knows about that?
he is one of six people linked to a Eurasian crime syndicate called the Brothers Circle.