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USA places sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies

07 April 2018

"Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government's destabilizing activities", Mnuchin said in a statement.

The targets of the new sanctions announced on Friday include senior Russian government officials, business tycoons close to President Vladimir Putin, and companies.

The officials ticked through a list of activities they said had prompted the act, including Russia's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, cyber-hacking and attempts to subvert Western democracy. Sixty American diplomats left Russia this week after the Kremlin retaliated for the expulsion of Russian intelligence officers from the United States in connection to the poisoning of a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, in the United Kingdom.

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Elizabeth Rosenberg, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official, said the sanctions were significant, although there is more to do. There are also allegations that Deripaska bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman, and had links to a Russian organised crime group.

-Andrey Kostin, named among government officials, heads the nation's second-largest bank, VTB, which is controlled by the state. He did settle for a brief meeting with Donald Trump an NRA event, as CBS News has confirmed. And at the White House, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said discussions with Moscow about a Trump-Putin summit would not be called off. After Shamalov's marriage to Putin's daughter, the Treasury announcement dryly notes, "his fortunes drastically improved": He is now a major shareholder in Sibur, the Russian state's oil company.

Suleiman Kerimov, a member of the Russian Federation Council, who was detained in France in November, allegedly carrying 20m euro ($24.5m) in suitcases. Rather they were "in response to the totality of the Russian government's ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern of malign activity around the world". Russian Federation denies interfering in the USA election.

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It was not clear whether any of those hit have significant holdings in the USA that could be seized, and if they did previously, they may have already moved their money elsewhere in anticipation of the sanctions. So cash could have been shipped to the United States and seeded with political groups or individuals to make the money appear to be legitimate contributions, according to the CNN report.

Oleg Deripaska, who has been investigated for money laundering and accused of extortion. Rybolovlev then subdivided the property and began to sell it off as separate parcels, recouping some of the difference. Such information has been posted on the website of the US Treasury Department on Friday. And while it temporarily spooked investors in Russian markets, economists say it has had little visible effect on Russia's economy so far. Manafort and Gates have been indicted in the Mueller investigation, and Gates has pleaded guilty.

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USA places sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs, 12 companies