The Trump administration on Friday unveiled new actions against Russian officials, oligarchs, businesses and agencies — freezing assets that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction.
One of those named is Oleg Deripaska, a billionaire with links to former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort, who has been charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“There is no question that this activity goes after a number of individuals and entities surrounding the Kremlin regime, and this will be noticed far and wide,” a senior administration official said Friday. speaking on condition of anonymity.
In all, the Treasury Department, after consulting with the State Department, sanctioned seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they control, plus 17 top Russian officials, a state-owned weapons-trading company and a subsidiary bank.
Russian lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the international affairs committee of Russia’s upper house of parliament, described the action as baseless and unfriendly, Interfax news agency reported.
Another key name sanctioned: Kirill Shamalov. According to the Treasury Department, “his fortunes drastically improved” after he married Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, in February 2013.