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Sauna With Russia Spies Shouldn’t Bar U.S. Deals, Kaspersky Says

Aug. 14, 2018, 5:38 PM

Kaspersky Lab Inc. says Congress shouldn’t punish the company just because its founder had a weekly sauna rendezvous with Russian intelligence officials in the past.

The Moscow-based software company has mounted a legal challenge to a provision in the fiscal 2018 defense policy law (Public Law 115-91) that bans it from receiving federal contracts. The U.S. has cited ties between company’s owner Eugene Kaspersky and the Russian military and intelligence officials for the prohibition.

Justifying the ban on these past activities is a legislative punishment without trial -- or what in legal terms is called an unconstitutional bill of...

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