US targets Russian oligarchs, officials with new sanctions

Treasury department says new sanctions target officials and businesses for their alleged roles in 'malign activity'.

US targets Russian oligarchs, officials with new sanctions
The US Department of the Treasury has announced new sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, as well as several top government officials and business entities for their alleged roles in what the United States called "worldwide malign activity". 


Included in the list of individuals being targeted were Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire businessman and friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the president's son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov.

"Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilising activities," a statement from the treasury department said on Friday.

"The Russian government engages in a range of malign activity around the globe, including continuing to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine, supplying the Assad regime with material and weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempting to subvert Western democracies and malicious cyber activities," it added.

The US government said Deripaska had been investigated for alleged money laundering activities, as well as accusations of threatening the lives of business rivals.
Meanwhile, Putin's son-in-law, Shamalov, is accused of acquiring a large number of shares of a Russia-based company involved in oil and gas exploration. Shamalov is married to Putin's daughter, Katerina Tikhonova. 

Also included were 17 government officials, the Russian Financial Corporation Bank and the state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboroneksport.

Rosoboronesksport is accused of assisting and providing financial, material, or technological support to the Syrian government.

Washington's move means the assets of those sanctioned will be frozen in the US, while Americans will be blocked from doing business with them. 

Al Jazeera's Rory Challands, reporting from Russia's capital, Moscow, said it is unclear whether the sanctions were going to affect Russian foreign policy.

"There is a wider debate that goes on in Western circles when it comes to how you can actually put pressure on the Kremlin. A lot of people have been arguing for some time that the only way you can squeeze the Kremlin is by going after those closest to it," he said.

"But there are others who say this would actually benefit the Kremlin; that if you sanction these individuals they will be forced to bring their assets - which at the moment are spread around the world, often in countries like the UK - back to Russia, which has experienced horrendous capital flights in the last few years.

"That actually benefits the Kremlin, which has been trying to get all of this money [back]."

The following is a list of some of the individuals and entities targeted on Friday as described by the US Treasury Department:

OLIGARCHS:


  • Igor Rotenberg, who acquired 79 percent of Russian oil and gas drilling company Gazprom Burenie from his father.
  • Kirill Shamalov, who married Putin's daughter in February 2013 following which "his fortunes drastically improved". He acquired a large portion of shares in oil and gas exploration company Sibur. 
  • Oleg Deripaska, who has been investigated for money laundering and accused of extortion. 
  • Suleiman Kerimov, a member of the Russian Federation Council, who was detained in France in November, allegedly carrying 20m euro ($24.5m) in suitcases. He is accused of laundering money by buying villas. 
  • Apart from the seven oligarchs punished, 12 companies that they own or control were also sanctioned, including B-Finance based in the British Virgin Islands, Basic Element, EN+ Group, EuroSibEnergo (all linked to Deripaska), Gazprom Burenie, and Renova Group. 


RUSSIAN STATE-OWNED FIRMS:


  • Rosoboroneksport, a state-owned weapons trading company, which the US says has long-standing ties with the Syrian government. The US said that Moscow contributed to instability in Syria "through the sales and transfer of Russian-origin military equipment in support of [President Bashar al-] Assad's regime, enabling Assad to continue carrying out attacks against Syrian citizens". "These attacks have included chemical weapons attacks, which claimed the lives of hundreds of Syrian citizens." 


RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS:


  • Andrey Akimov, chairman of the management board of state-owned Gazprombank. 
  • Mikhail Fradkov, head of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, a research and analysis centre set up by the president.  
  • Alexey Dyumin, the governor of the country's Tula region; he headed the Special Operations Forces that played a major role in the annexation of Crimea. 
  • Vladimir Kolokoltsev, the internal affairs minister.  
  • Vladislav Reznik, a member of the Duma.  
  • Evgeniy Shkolov, an aide to Putin. 
  • Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the central bank.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA 
Name

5 Minutes Interview With Our Young Entrepreneurs,2,Aba,1,Abia State,10,Abuja,18,Abuse,5,Accident,17,Accra,1,ACF,1,Actors,17,Actress,62,Adamawa State,4,Afghanistan,5,Africa,59,Agriculture,5,Air Force,2,Airways,5,AIT,1,Akwa-Ibom State,9,Algeria,4,Algiers,1,Amnesty International,1,Anambra State,45,Animal,6,APC,72,APGA,4,Arab,2,Argentina,4,Arizona,1,Army,10,Arsenal,18,Artist,1,Asaba,1,Asia,16,Assassination,1,Assault,5,Astronaut,1,Athletes,1,Atletico Madrid,1,Attack,2,AU,2,Australia,1,Authors,7,Automobile,6,Awards,44,Babies,2,Bangladeshi,3,Barcelona,5,Bayelsa State,11,BB Africa,1,BB Naija,46,Beauty Contest,1,Beirut,1,Benue State,30,Biafra,35,Birth,7,Birthday,24,Bitcoins,1,Boat,1,Boko Haram,19,Borno State,14,Botswana,3,Boxing,7,Boys Scout,1,Brazil,8,Britain,3,Business,87,BVN,1,Calabar,4,California,3,Cameroon,4,Campus,4,CAN,4,Canada,14,Careers,15,Carnival,1,Catalonia,3,CBN,7,CCIS,1,Celebrations,107,Celebrities,494,celebrity,1,Central Africa,1,Ceremonies,1,Chad,1,Champions League,1,Charity,1,Chelsea,7,Chicago,1,Child Abuse,10,Children,4,China,21,Christianity,109,Christmas,8,CIA,1,CID,1,Climate,1,Clubs,1,Columbia,1,Comedians,2,Comedy,2,Commonwealth,2,Congo,3,Corruption,76,Cote D’Ivoire,2,Couples,72,Crime,253,Crisis,1,Cross-River State,11,Cultism,9,Culture,1,Custom,6,Cutist,1,Cyprus,1,Dancers,1,Dapchi,1,Death,148,Dedication,1,Delta State,8,Democratic Republic Of Congo,1,Dinner,1,Discover,4,Divorce,6,Dog,1,Donald Trump,1,Dortmund,1,Drugs,2,DSS,4,Dubai,4,Eathquakes,2,Ebola,1,Ebonyi State,9,Economy,58,ECOWAS,3,Edo State,14,Education,82,EFCC,50,Egypt,15,Ekiti State,12,Election,102,Electricity,3,Empowerment,1,England,9,English,1,Entertainment,381,Entrepreneurs,1,Enugu State,14,Enyimba,1,EPL,4,Erosion,1,Ethiopia,6,Europa League,1,Europe,10,European Union,3,Events,11,Everton,1,Exam Malpractice,5,Facebook,70,Fact,1,Families,69,Fashion,26,FBI,2,FC Cologne,1,FCT,4,Festivals,6,FG,14,FIFA,4,Finance,23,Fire,11,Flight,15,Florida,2,Football,79,Football transfer,1,Foreign,376,France,10,Frankfurt,1,Fraud,10,Freedom,1,French,1,Fuel,10,Fulani,15,Gabon,1,Gadgets,5,Gambia,2,Gambling,1,Games,1,Gay,1,Gaza,4,Germany,9,Ghana,41,Girls Scout,1,Gist,1,Gombe State,3,Google,1,government,2,Governor,3,Grammy,1,Guest Post,9,Hackers,1,Haiti,1,Halloween,6,Harare,2,Harmattan,1,Headies,1,Health,72,Herat,1,Herdsmen,2,Hilarious,109,History,1,Holidays,1,Hollywood,5,Hospitals,1,House Of Assembly,3,House Of Reps,8,Houthis,1,Human Rights,6,Hungary,3,Ibadan,2,Igbo,3,Ijaw,1,Ikeja,1,Illuminati,1,Immigration,3,Imo State,54,IMSU,14,India,16,Indianapolis,1,Indonesia,2,INEC,7,Inspirational,11,Instagram,128,Internet,9,INTERPOL,1,Interview,23,Inventions,1,INYC,1,iPhone,1,IPOB,21,Iran,13,Iraq,4,Ireland,1,ISIS,6,Islam,37,Israel,21,Issues,1058,Istanbul,1,Italy,9,Itsekiri,1,JAMB,6,Japan,3,Jerusalem,4,Jews,2,Jobs,4,Jos,1,Journalist,1,Judaism,2,Kaduna State,13,Kano State,6,Kashmir,2,Kastina State,5,Kebbi State,6,Kenya,17,Kidnap,32,Kitchen,1,Kogi State,9,Kumawood,1,Kuwait,2,Kwara State,4,La Liga,2,Ladies,1,Lagoon,3,Lagos State,136,Lebanon,5,Legal,134,Lekki,1,Lesbian,3,Liberia,12,Libya,23,Lifestyle,61,Lisbon,1,Liverpool,2,Local,502,London,6,Los Angeles,2,LUTH,1,Madrid,1,Maiduguri,2,Makurdi,1,Malaria,1,Malaysia,4,Manchester City,1,Manchester United,9,Manila,1,Marriage,5,MASSOB,1,Mauritian,1,Media,10,Mediterranean Sea,3,Men,1,Mexico,3,Miami,1,Michigan,1,Microsoft,1,Middle East,22,Militant,7,Military,53,Mississippi,1,MMM,1,Model,3,Modelling,2,Morocco,3,Moscow,3,Movies,6,Murder,7,Music,188,Musician,121,NAFDAC,3,Nairobi,1,NASA,1,Nasarawa State,2,Nature,4,NBC,1,NCAA,2,NDDC,1,NDLEA,1,NECO,1,Netherlands,1,New Delhi,2,New Music,48,New York,5,News,2094,NFF,1,Niger,2,Niger Delta,4,Niger Delta Avengers,2,Niger State,8,Nigeria,890,Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps,6,Nigerian Army,8,NNPC,9,Nollywood,47,North America,3,North Carolina,1,North Korea,5,Northern Ireland,1,NOUN,1,NSCDC,1,NTA,1,NUC,1,NURTW,1,Nutrition,4,NYSC,8,Oakland,1,OAU,1,Ogun State,6,Ohio,3,Oil,4,Oklahoma,1,Omoku,2,Ondo State,19,Onitsha,1,Ontario,1,Opinions,21,Oscars,1,Osogbo,1,Osun State,10,Ottawa,1,Owerri,20,Oyo State,6,Pakistan,5,Palestine,11,Panama,1,Paris,2,PDP,49,Pension,1,Petroleum,12,Philippines,4,Photography,4,Photos,451,Pinterest,2,Plane Crash,1,Plateau State,8,Plateau United,1,Poland,1,Police,92,Politician,188,Politics,542,Port-Harcourt,7,Portland,1,Portugal,1,Premier League,1,Presidency,42,Prison,25,Prison Break,4,Prisoner,15,Prostitution,2,Qatar,7,Quotes,1,Racism,2,Rape,28,Real Madrid,5,Reality TV,39,Relationship,111,Religion,160,Reports,1,Rivers State,31,Robbery,13,Rohingya,1,Roma,1,Romance,7,Romania,1,Rome,3,Royal,15,RSS,1,Russia,29,Rwanda,1,Rwandan,1,Sacramento,1,Samsung,1,SARS,24,Satanism,3,Saudi Arabia,18,Scam,2,Scammers,1,Scandals,2,Science,2,Scientists,1,SDP,1,Security,7,Seminars,1,Senate,42,Senator,20,Senegal,3,Seoul,1,Sex,3,Showbiz,48,Sierra Leone,1,Slavery,12,Smuggling,4,Snakes,1,Snapchat,15,Social Media,326,Sokoto State,3,Somalia,6,SON,1,South Africa,35,South Carolina,1,South Korea,5,South Sudan,1,Space,2,Spain,7,Sponsored,11,Sports,114,Spotlight,1,Strike,1,Stroke City,1,Students,4,Suicide,19,Super Eagles,3,Swaziland,1,Sweden,1,Swiss,1,Syria,29,Taiwan,1,Taliban,1,Tanzania,5,Taraba State,2,Tax,1,Technology,1,Teens,6,Tegucigalpa,1,Tennis,1,Terrorism,41,TESS,1,Texas,2,Thailand,4,Theft,2,Togo,4,Tokyo,1,Toronto,1,Tottenham,1,Trafficking,2,Travel,3,Turkey,8,Twins,5,Twitter,121,U.S.A,188,UAE,7,UEFA,1,Uganda,6,UK,39,Ukraine,2,UN,13,UNESCO,1,UNICEF,1,UNILAG,1,United Arab Emirates,3,United States of America,3,UNJSPF,1,UNN,1,UPP,1,USA,5,Uyo,1,Vacations,1,Vactican City,2,Vatican,1,Venezuela,2,Victory,1,Video,144,Violence,2,Viral pictures & Videos,1,VISA,1,WAEC,3,Washington,1,Water,5,Weapons,1,Weather,2,Wedding,43,Weekend,2,West Africa,5,West Brom,1,WhatsApp,5,WHO,6,Wildlife,1,Women,26,World Bank,2,World Cup,2,World Richest men,1,Writers,3,Yemen,3,Yenagoa,1,Yobe State,2,Yoruba,2,Youths,1,YouTube,56,Zambia,4,Zimbabwe,37,
ltr
item
Reporter 247: US targets Russian oligarchs, officials with new sanctions
US targets Russian oligarchs, officials with new sanctions
Treasury department says new sanctions target officials and businesses for their alleged roles in 'malign activity'.
https://www.aljazeera.com/mritems/imagecache/mbdxxlarge/mritems/Images/2018/4/6/d93b6b783fbe412bb4248f785313bc15_18.jpg
Reporter 247
http://www.reporter247.org/2018/04/us-targets-russian-oligarchs-officials.html
http://www.reporter247.org/
http://www.reporter247.org/
http://www.reporter247.org/2018/04/us-targets-russian-oligarchs-officials.html
true
5246412718434376728
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS CONTENT IS PREMIUM Please share to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy