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On a shelf in a cramped office on the outskirts of Moscow, businessman Igor Michurin has a framed photograph of himself shaking hands with one of his important customers – a North Korean Embassy official whom Michurin calls Lee.The Russian, whose two companies had revenue of nearly 42 million rubles ($671,000) according to 2016 records, was blacklisted a year ago by the U.S. Treasury Department because he often did business with a North Korean company that, according to the United Nations Security Council, helped Pyongyang's weapons program.Michurin does not deny doing business with North Korea, but says he believes he did not break any laws.In 2013, Lee persuaded Michurin to make a $1,000 contribution to a North Korean charitable fund: the Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il Foundation.Michurin set up a construction company and signed a contract with a North Korean firm called Ryungseng Trading Corporation.Michurin said the North Koreans had "particular requirements".BACK TO PYONGYANGTwo and a half years ago, Lee and his family went back to North Korea, Michurin said.
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