russia is trying to whitewash its reputation using coronavirus pandemic

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A russian state-owned fund that says it footed half the bill of a coronavirus aid shipment delivered to the U.S. on Wednesday has been on a U.S. Treasury restricted lending list since 2015, the WSJ reports.

The russian Direct Investment Fund [RDIF], a $10 billion sovereign-wealth fund started by russian President Vladimir putin in 2011, said Thursday it paid for half the cost of a shipment of medical supplies promised by moscow in a call with President Trump on Monday.

“The sectoral sanctions imposed against certain russian companies and their subsidiaries affect only specific transactions which relate to long-term financing of these companies by U.S. and European entities in the form of equity or debt,” Arseniy Palagin, an RDIF spokesman, said Thursday.

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