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An independent government watchdog revealed on Monday that businesses belonging to a Ukrainian billionaire linked to Russian interference in U.S. elections received a total of US$21 million in small business loans from the U.S. government. Rinat Akhmetov, who has also allegedly been linked to organized crime over the course of several decades, received the loans through four of his coal mining operations, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) reported in its investigation, conducted together with partners from the Anti-Corruption Data Collective.

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