Sanctions on Russian oligarch Vekselberg leave Washington city center without bathrooms

Sanctions on Russian oligarch Vekselberg leave Washington city center without bathrooms
Huffington Post

Vekselberg owned the controlling stake of the Swiss engineering concern Sulzer that supplied slurry pumps for the alley. The anti-Russia sanctions made it impossible for the company to sign the contracts with the American counterparty for the pumps supply.

The employees had to use portable WCs or run to the neighboring buildings on nature’s call.

The sanctions the US President Donald Trump imposed on the Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg have left the city center of Washington DC without service latrines, the Huffington Post reported referring to the administration of the National Mall, a museum and park zone in the center of the US capital. Vekselberg owned the controlling stake of the Swiss engineering concern Sulzer that supplied the slurry pumps for the alley. The anti-Russia sanctions made it impossible for the company to sign the contracts with the American counterparty for the pumps supply. The lack of spare parts needed to repair the sewage system caused the problem.

Sulzer had bought five million shares from Renova to make Vekselberg's group a minority shareholder so that the anti-Russia sanctions would no longer affect it. So, the March 19 order was delivered only on April 13, and the repair had not been completed until May.

This resulted in the museum staff having to use portable toilets until May 8 or run to the neighboring buildings.

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