White House to present "the Kremlin report" to Congress on Monday

Source : 112 Ukraine

The document should be the basis for new sanctions against Putin's entourage
12:41, 29 January 2018


Trump's administration will present the so-called "Kremlin report" to Congress on Monday - a list of officials, politicians and businessmen with the analysis of their connections with the Russian authorities. This is reported by USA Today.

"Russia’s rich and powerful are closely watching for a Treasury Department report due Monday listing those who make up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and their alleged corrupt practices. The report to Congress was mandated by the sanctions bill President Trump signed last summer in retaliation for what U.S. intelligence agencies conclude was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election." the message says.

The report is intended to “name and shame” Russia’s elite who prop up Putin, and to send a message “that Putin’s aggression in terms of Russian interference in our elections will be very costly to them,” said Daniel Fried, a former assistant secretary of State who led the State Department Russia sanctions office.

The law calls for a road map to corruption in Russia, including the most significant political figures as determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth, and their relationship to Putin and his associates. The law also requires the report to include the sources of income of those wealthy businessmen, their spouses, children, parents and siblings and non-Russian business affiliations.

Related: Russia reacted to new U.S. sanctions

Putin in September invited 50 of these men, known as oligarchs because of their vast wealth and influence, to the Kremlin to discuss the future of Russia’s economy, according to the Kremlin website and Russian media.

As it was reported earlier U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday designated 21 individuals and 9 entities under four Executive Orders related to Russia and Ukraine, including three individuals and two entities due to Russia’s transfer of four turbines made by a Russian-German joint venture to Crimea. 

21 individuals and 9 entities were added to the sanctions list. Russian companies such as Surgutneftegaz, PJSC Power Machines, Technopromexport LLC and others got into the list.

Among the individuals, there are Andrey Cherezov, Russian Deputy Minister of Energy in the Department of Operational Control and Management in the Electric Power Industry, Evgeniy Grabchak, the Head of the Department for the Russian Energy Ministry’s Department of Operational Control and Management in the Electric Power Industry, head of Technopromexport Sergey Topor-Gilka.

Related: Organizers of Siemens turbines delivery to Crimea under sanctions

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