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    U.S. plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week: sources

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week under a law targeting Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in what could be the most aggressive move so far against Russia’s business elite.


    The action, which could affect people close to President Vladimir Putin, reflects Washington’s desire to hold Russia to account for allegedly interfering in the election - which Moscow denies - even as U.S. President Donald Trump holds out hope for good relations with Putin.


    Trump has faced fierce criticism for doing too little to punish Russia for the election meddling and other actions, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing whether his campaign colluded with the Russians, an allegation the president denies.


    The sanctions, which two sources said would be announced as early as Thursday, would follow the March 15 U.S. decision to sanction 19 people and five entities, including Russian intelligence services, for cyber attacks stretching back at least two years.



    While the steps were the most significant taken against Moscow since Trump took office in January 2017, his decision at the time not to target oligarchs and government officials close to Putin drew criticism from U.S. lawmakers in both parties.


    This week’s actions will include sanctions against Russian oligarchs, including some with ties to Putin as well as to the Russian government, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the deliberations.


    Four sources said the sanctions would be imposed under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, also known as CAATSA, which was passed by Republicans and Democrats seeking to punish Russia for its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war and meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


    U.S.-Russian ties have worsened with allegations, which Moscow denies, that Russia was responsible for a March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain. On March 26, the United States and several European states announced plans to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response.


    The White House and Treasury declined comment on whether they planned to impose sanctions this week. When asked about the issue, a senior U.S. official said:


    “The administration is committed to implementing the CAATSA law as we have said many times. We published an oligarch designation recently and the secretary of the Treasury said further action would be taken. But at this time we don’t have anything specific to announce.”

    Complying with the law, the Trump administration on Jan. 30 published a list of the heads of Russian state-owned companies and “oligarchs,” including such prominent figures as Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, and Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Rosneft.


    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKCN1HB34U

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    The US has imposed sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 senior government officials, accusing them of "malign activity around the globe".

    Twelve companies owned by the oligarchs, the state arms exporter and a bank are also sanctioned.

    Who's been targeted?

    Among those targeted is Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire aluminium magnate and Putin associate with ties to President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

    Also on the list is Suleiman Kerimov, who is one of Russia's richest men. His family controls Russia's largest gold producer, Polyus, and he has an estimated net worth of $6.3bn (£4.7bn).

    Mr Putin's bodyguard, his son-in-law, the head of Russia's national security council, and former prime minister Viktor Zubkov are also sanctioned.

    Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, one of the companies targeted, said the sanctions were designed to force Russia out of the global arms market.

    Any assets they have under US jurisdiction have been frozen and US nationals are forbidden from doing business with them.

    US punishes key Putin allies over worldwide 'malign activity' - BBC News
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    And the trumpet blowing constituency (stupidly) persists, with marching to the Big Easy style beat of muffled drums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuskegeeBen View Post
    And the trumpet blowing constituency (stupidly) persists, with marching to the Big Easy style beat of muffled drums.
    Can't tell if a Jeff multinic or a Jeff wannabe.

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    Russians disagree overwhelmingly with the Kremlin: oligarchs still exist

    A day before the U.S. Treasury Department announced its latest sanctions against “Russian oligarchs,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that oligarchs long ago ceased to exist in Russia.

    According to a new national survey by the state-run pollster VTsIOM, the country overwhelmingly disagrees with Putin’s press secretary.


    Ninety-four percent of respondents told VTsIOM that there are still oligarchs in Russia, and 44 percent of these people said oligarchs are responsible for more harm than good. Thirty-six percent of respondents said oligarchs do about as much harm as good, and just 9 percent of people said oligarchs are mostly good. According to VTsIOM director Valery Fedorov, Russians view oligarchs “as a reality” and as an “integral part of the country’s business landscape.”



    Why do so many Russians hate oligarchs?

    Fedorov says the two main grievances are the semi-criminal origins of their assets and their excessive political influence.


    https://meduza.io/en/news/2018/04/12...hs-still-exist

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Why do so many Russians hate oligarchs?
    Why do so many American hate oligarchs? (I know, they call them differently...)
    the two main grievances are the semi-criminal origins of their assets and their excessive political influence.

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