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USA included in &# 171; Putin’s list&# 187; 114 politicians and 96 oligarchs
At the same time, Washington refrained from imposing any sanctions against them.
Donald Trump’s administration has released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 «oligarchs», who did well during the reign of President Vladimir Putin.
Thus, the administration fulfilled the demand of Congress to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 US elections..
However, the administration accompanied the move with an unexpected announcement that it had decided – at least for now – refrain from applying any sanctions against the persons involved in the list.
Some US lawmakers have said President Donald Trump is giving concessions to the very people Congress wanted to punish, raising new questions about whether he is being too soft on Russia..
The list includes information about members of the Russian elite who have political connections. The idea is to name and denounce people who are supposedly benefiting from Putin’s rule, while the US works to diplomatically and economically isolate the Russian government..
Inclusion on the list does not automatically mean the imposition of sanctions, although many of the persons on the list have previously been subject to sanctions..
IN «Putin’s list», as he is unofficially called, there were 114 high-ranking representatives of the Russian authorities, including 42 employees of the Putin administration, members of the government, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as well as heads of the main intelligence services – FSB and GRU.
The list also includes heads of leading state-owned companies, including «Rosneft» and «Sberbank».
The list also includes 96 wealthy Russians, whom the finance ministry has labeled as oligarchs. According to the ministry, the state of each of them is estimated at at least a billion dollars..
Among them – famous tycoons Roman Abramovich and Mikhail Prokhorov, who was Putin’s rival in the 2012 presidential elections. The list also includes aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska, who is featured in «Russian investigation» in connection with his contacts with former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort.
IN «Kremlin list» also included the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the head of the Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak, the Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, the heads of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications Denis Manturov and Nikolai Nikiforov, Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachev.
The list includes the head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation Anton Vaino and the assistant to the head of state Vladislav Surkov, the press secretary of the Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, the first deputy head of the presidential administration Alexei Gromov, advisers to the president of the Russian Federation German Klimenko and Sergei Glazyev.
The report also includes a chapter «Novateka» Leonid Mikhelson, ex-head «Rosseti» Oleg Budargin, head «Inter RAO» Boris Kovalchuk, head «RusHydro» Nikolay Shulginov, heads of state banks VTB and Sberbank Andrey Kostin and German Gref, head of VEB Sergey Gorkov, heads of Russian Railways, UAC and «Aeroflot», head of Rostec Chemezov and head «Gazprom» Alexey Miller, head «Lukoil» Vagit Alekperov, the main shareholder of SUEK and «Eurochem» Melnichenko, as well as Vekselberg, head «Yandex» Arkady Volozh and former co-owner of Mail.ru Group Yuri Milner.
Also listed – entrepreneurs Alisher Usmanov, Roman Abramovich, Suleiman Kerimov, creator «Kaspersky Labs» Evgeny Kaspersky, head «Tatneft» Nail Maganov, Vice President «Lukoil» Leonid Fedun, head «Russneft» Mikhail Gutseriev and his son Said Salam.
The list includes the head and co-owner of Eurasia Drilling Alexander Japaridze and the head «Surgutneftegaz» Vladimir Bogdanov.
It also features Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, Gennady Timchenko, Oleg Tinkov and many others.
In an interview with reporters, Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker noted that he was not worried about the fact that the administration decided for the moment to refrain from imposing new sanctions against Russia..
«This is just the beginning of the sanctions season, – he said. – Now they will start to be accepted. We are positive about this process.».
In Moscow, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov, who also declined the list, said that he was indifferent to the fact of including his name..
«If you read the text, the title of this document, then this is all done in accordance with the law on countering the enemies of the United States. Therefore, de facto, this entire group of people is called enemies of the United States., – noted Peskov. – it – approach is – statement».
For now, he has refrained from further comment..
Russian service &# 171; Voices of America&# 187;
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