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FBI agents search homes of Russian oligarch Deripaska and his relatives

Source : 112 Ukraine

The searches are based on two court rulings related to US sanctions
12:22, 20 October 2021

Reuters

FBI agents are searching the property of Russian billionaire oligarch Oleg Deripaska, NBC News reports.

On Tuesday, FBI agents broke into Deripaska's house in one of the prestigious areas of Washington, DC.

In addition, a spokeswoman for the Russian oil tycoon said that searches were also conducted in the homes of his relatives in New York.

"The searches are being carried out on the basis of two court orders, connected to U.S. sanctions," the spokeswoman said.

According to her, this property does not belong to Deripaska.

In January 2018, NBC News reported that the Russian tycoon had been repeatedly denied a visa to enter the United States on suspicion of links to organized crime.

Deripaska, who has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and officials who succumbed to finance ministry sanctions in April 2018.

At the time, Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin said the move was a response to Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which Moscow denies. The businessman tried to sue over the sanctions but failed.

A year before that, US President Donald Trump canceled the sanctions against three companies tied to the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. At that, the US restricting activities against Deripaska himself continued; his assets remained blocked.

From the businessman, the FBI demanded to tell whether his former business partner, ex-head of Donald Trump's campaign headquarters, Paul Manafort, was the link between the electoral headquarters and the Kremlin.

In 2016, the Guardian reported that Manafort had worked with Deripaska on investment agreements in Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine's parliament unblocks signing of de-oligarchization law

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