Italy freezes 146 mln euro assets of Russian Sukhoi in JV with Leonardo

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A Russian Sukhoi Superjet SSJ-100 model aircraft sits under plastic sheeting at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow in Farnborough, southern England July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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MILAN, May 19 (Reuters) - Italy's police said they froze assets worth 146 million euros ($153 million) owned by Superjet International, a joint venture between Russia's Sukhoi and Leonardo (LDOF.MI), as the country chases businesses hit by EU sanctions against Moscow.

The move targets Sukhoi's 90% stake in the joint venture and other assets including five aircraft, Italy's finance police said. The 10% stake owned by Leonardo has not been frozen, they said.

Superjet international is based in Venice and employs around 140 workers in Italy.

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Reporting by Francesca Landini, Emilio Parodi, Angelo Amante; writing by Francesca Landini, editing by Maria Pia Quaglia

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