Wagner Group: A lawsuit filed by the head of the group against a journalist pushes Britain to review financial sanctions laws

  • Sean Seddon
  • BBC News

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The UK Treasury is considering changes to the process that allowed the head of the Russian Wagner Group to circumvent UK sanctions and prosecute a British journalist.

Investigative reporter Eliot Higgins has faced legal action by Yevgeny Prigozhin – whose mercenaries have been fighting for Russia in Ukraine – since late 2021.

The Open Democracy news website reported that the UK had issued special licenses to him so he could bypass sanctions and pay for his case.

The case against him was dropped when he admitted his links to the notorious private group.

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