Why the USA is naming wealthy Russians with ties to Putin

01 February, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Belgian Federal Parliament. File

New US sanctions will follow the publication of a list of Russian billionaires and top Russian officials, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.

"The one thing we know for sure already, is the Russians did attempt to meddle in our elections and not only should there be a price to pay in terms of sanctions but also we need to put safeguards in place right now for the elections for this year", she said on CNN.

The public USA document noted that inclusion on the list should "in no way be interpreted to impose sanctions" in of itself. The list, which has 210 names, is divided into several sections - the presidential administration, the cabinet of ministers, as well as "political leaders" and "oligarchs".

Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who has been barred from competing in the presidential elections, was among those cheering the "Putin list" as a positive development.

"It's fine if the Trump administration doesn't believe in sanctions".

Peskov spoke to reporters after Putin earlier Wednesday met with Russian athletes set to join Pyeongchang Games and said he was sorry "for not having been able to shield" them from the doping scandal.

The Treasury Department was expected to release another list of businessmen who have grown rich under Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the day came and went with no word.


The chairwoman of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament says the publication of a list of Russian officials and businessmen as part of a US law on sanctions against Russia is an attempt to influence Russia's upcoming presidential vote.

Putin said the Kremlin had pondered possible retaliation while waiting for the list to be announced, but made a decision to refrain from action. They insist this is proof he's "soft" of Russian Federation.

'You would think that Russian Federation, having subverted our elections and trying again to do this - there seems to be an inability by this president and this administration to talk about Russian Federation, ' he said.

Mr Putin said the list was an unfriendly act that complicated US-Russia ties but he said he did not want to escalate the situation.

"When asked if there is 'any truth to the criticisms that the Treasury list was inspired or derived in some way from the Forbes list, ' a Treasury spokesperson said 'yes'".

The seven-page unclassified report also includes the names of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and energy giant Rosneft's chief executive Igor Sechin considered to be Russia's second most powerful man. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would "conduct rigorous oversight to ensure that the Russian government's ability to conduct this trade is significantly impeded".

Putin noted sarcastically that his name isn't on the list, saying of the omission: "It hurts".

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