As part of President Barack Obama’s sanctions against the Russian government for its alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, two Russian compounds, located in New York State and Maryland, will be closed.
The compound in Centreville, Maryland
The Maryland compound is located two miles away from the Eastern Shore town of Centreville in Queen Anne’s County, about 60 miles outside Washington.
The Washington Post reported that the Russian Federation purchased the 45-acre vacation estate at Pioneer Point in 1972, which by 1992 was valued at $3 million.
The estate and brick mansion used to belong to John J. Raskob, a former executive for DuPont and General Motors.
An article published in The Washington Post in 1987 described the compound as having a tall chain-link fence surrounding it, as well as video cameras monitoring the gate, but also the lime-green bungalows, swimming pools and numerous tennis courts.
At the time, the neighbors were not intimidated by the Russian visitors, the Post reported.
“As far as neighbors are concerned, you couldn’t ask for better,” Joe Handley, a former estate manager for Raskob, told The Washington Post in 1979. “They don’t bother anybody.”
The compound in Upper Brookville, New York