Special Report: Sanctioned weapons mogul who supplied Russia’s troops has ties to Philip Morris

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By Chris Kirkham, Richa Naidu, Sergiy Karazy and David Gauthier-Villars (Reuters) – A longtime Russian business associate of American tobacco giant Philip Morris International Inc – a billionaire whose holdings have included a major stake in a weapons plant supplying Russia’s military – has been sanctioned in Europe for aiding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to a Reuters review of business registries and sanctions lists. Igor Kesaev, 55, listed by Forbes as Russia’s 35th-richest person last year, was sanctioned April 13 by the United Kingdom and on April 8 by the European Union. The EU…

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