The US Department of Treasury presented in the Congress the so-called "Kremlin report", which contains the names of Russian officials and businessmen close to Vladimir Putin. The U.S. identified some of Putin’s allies for potential sanctions, ratcheting up pressure over alleged Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential vote. This was reported by Bloomberg agency.
The Treasury released a list of 210 names viewed as close to Putin’s government. While they won’t automatically face any punitive measures such as a U.S. asset freeze and visa ban, their inclusion may dissuade banks and other institutions in the U.S. and Europe from doing business with them.
Among the listed persons there is the presidential administration head Anton Vaino, Russian president press secretary Dmitry Peskov, State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, the Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko, head of Rosneft Igor Sechin, head of Gazprom Alexey Miller, the FSB head Alexander Bortnikov, businessmen Roman Abramovich, Oleg Deripaska, Suleyman Kerimov.
In total, the list included 210 names - 114 officials and 96 businessmen.
Russians with a net worth of more than $1 billion were included in the list of 96 oligarchs, according to the document. 114 others, including senior Kremlin and government officials, as well as CEOs of state companies, were also named.
The law tasked the Treasury, State Department and Director of National Intelligence with producing a report listing “the most senior foreign political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation, as determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth.”
As it was reported earlier the press secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov said the “Kremlin report” of the United States is an attempt to influence the upcoming elections of the Russian president.
"We really believe that this is a direct and obvious attempt to time some actions to the elections so as to exert influence on them," the Kremlin representative said.