U.S. Expands Sanctions on Entities Supporting Russia’s Ukraine Conflict, Includes S. Korean FirmRenowned K-pop Songwriter Shinsadong Tiger Found Dead at 40Renowned K-Pop Songwriter Shinsadong Tiger Passes Away at 40

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. government announced on Friday a significant expansion of its sanctions regime targeting Russia's continued aggression against Ukraine and addressing the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This latest round of sanctions includes a South Korean company among the newly listed entities facing trade restrictions.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the Bureau of Industry and Security under the Commerce Department has added 93 entities to its trade restriction list. This list now includes Daesung International Trading, a firm based in Gimhae, South Korea. The move comes as part of a broader initiative by the U.S. to tighten the noose on Russia's economic capabilities in response to its actions in Ukraine and the treatment of Navalny.

President Joe Biden had earlier disclosed the administration's plan to impose over 500 new sanctions on Russia. These measures aim at individuals involved in Navalny's imprisonment and sectors critical to the Russian economy, including the financial sector, defense industry, procurement networks, and entities across multiple continents involved in circumventing existing sanctions.

"These sanctions will ensure [Russian President Vladimir] Putin pays an even steeper price for his aggression abroad and repression at home," Biden stated, underlining the U.S. commitment to holding the Kremlin accountable for its actions.

SEOUL — Shinsadong Tiger, a prominent K-pop songwriter known for creating numerous hit songs, has died at the age of 40, as confirmed by police on Friday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, "It is correct that Shinsadong Tiger was found dead, but we are unable to provide further details, including the time and place of death." While the cause of his death is currently unknown, police have found no evidence of criminal involvement. Music industry sources revealed that the composer, whose real name is Lee Ho-yang, was discovered unresponsive in his workroom by an acquaintance. First aid responders declared him dead upon their arrival.

Shinsadong Tiger made his debut as a songwriter in 2005 and quickly became one of the most sought-after composers in the K-pop industry, producing hits like "Roly-Poly" for T-ara, "NoNoNo" for Apink, "Up and Down" for EXID, and "Bboom Bboom" for Momoland. In 2011, he expanded his career by founding AB Entertainment and debuting the girl group EXID. Despite facing financial challenges in 2017, he continued his contributions to the music industry, most recently serving as the chief producer for TR Entertainment and launching the girl group Tri.be in 2021.

Seoul - Shinsadong Tiger, a pivotal figure in the K-pop industry known for producing hit songs like "Up and Down" and "Roly-Poly," has died at the age of 40, according to music industry sources on Friday. The acclaimed composer, whose real name is Lee Ho-yang, was discovered unresponsive in his workroom by an acquaintance, who immediately called for emergency services. Upon their arrival, first aid workers found Lee had already passed away.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the cause of Lee's death is currently unknown. Lee Ho-yang made his debut in the music scene in 2001 and quickly became one of the most sought-after producers and songwriters in South Korea. Throughout the 2010s, he was behind numerous chart-topping hits, including "Roly-Poly" by T-ara, "NoNoNo" by Apink, "Up and Down" by EXID, and "Bboom Bboom" by Momoland.

Most recently, Lee had been serving as the chief producer at TR Entertainment, where he was instrumental in launching the girl group Tri.be, further cementing his legacy in the K-pop industry.

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