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From Pyongyang to Putin: An ‘Illicit Activities Initiative’ to punish his pals

Word on the street is that the U.S. government is preparing a plan, in conjunction with the European Union, to target the pocketbooks of Putin’s cronies, along the lines of the “illicit activities initiative” that successfully hit the bank accounts of North Korea’s leaders a few years ago. That program involved about 15 countries and ...

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Word on the street is that the U.S. government is preparing a plan, in conjunction with the European Union, to target the pocketbooks of Putin's cronies, along the lines of the "illicit activities initiative" that successfully hit the bank accounts of North Korea's leaders a few years ago. That program involved about 15 countries and scores of law enforcement offices. James Mates of ITV News tweets, "EU believed to have drawn up list of 120-130 Russian officials to be targeted with sanctions, incl heads of Gazprom + Rosneft."

I sure hope so.

The London Review of Books describes Putin as a counter-revolutionary. Seems right to me.

Word on the street is that the U.S. government is preparing a plan, in conjunction with the European Union, to target the pocketbooks of Putin’s cronies, along the lines of the “illicit activities initiative” that successfully hit the bank accounts of North Korea’s leaders a few years ago. That program involved about 15 countries and scores of law enforcement offices. James Mates of ITV News tweets, “EU believed to have drawn up list of 120-130 Russian officials to be targeted with sanctions, incl heads of Gazprom + Rosneft.”

I sure hope so.

The London Review of Books describes Putin as a counter-revolutionary. Seems right to me.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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