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US suspected Kalashnikov USA of violating sanctions against Russia

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US prosecutors opened a criminal case against RWC Group LLC, which owns the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle in Florida under the name Kalashnikov USA. According to Bloomberg sources, the investigation was opened due to violation of economic sanctions against Russia and possible links “with Vladimir Putin’s main allies”.

The case was brought after the Miami prosecutor’s office became interested in Kalashnikov USA’s request for tax relief for 162 thousand dollars. The company filed documents in 2015 and achieved approval, but never received a deduction – it did not create the necessary number of high-paying jobs. It is not clear that it attracted prosecutors in the actions of the plant right now.

Since 2012, RWC Group has become the only company that supplied the products of the Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov to the United States. After the US imposed sanctions against the Russian concern in 2014, RWC Group broke the contract. At the same time, the owner of Kalashnikov USA had the right to use the brand.

In early March, Bloomberg found out that Kalashnikov USA could be connected to Russia through several acquaintances: vice president of the American plant Mile Tiraturyan and the general director of Kalashnikov Alexei Krivoruchko, as well as the manager of the RWC Group Peter Viskovaty, the co-owner of Transmashholding Andrei Bokaryov and the president of the Urals mining and metallurgical company Iskander Makhmudov.

Kalashnikov USA claims that it does not violate sanctions and does not import parts from Russia. According to the American campaign, it creates weapons of its own design, although it looks like Russian products.

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