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Late on Monday, shortly before a midnight deadline, the U.S. Treasury Department released a list of prominent Russians with close ties to the Kremlin, in a move that Moscow has called an unfriendly act. While the U.S. stressed that the list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 oligarchs, had not been hit with new sanctions, they had been named as part of a sanctions law aimed at punishing Russia for meddling in the U.S. election. Those named included 114 senior foreign political figures with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and 96 oligarchs, with a net worth of $1 billion or more. The Treasury Department said in a statement that the list includes senior members of the Russian Cabinet, ministers and other senior political leaders, including the leaders of the State Duma and Federation Council. It added that the list was compiled "based on objective criteria drawn from publically available sources," and those on it would not be subject to further restrictions. Before the list was released, Russia warned the release of the list could "jeopardize relations" and have "very, very serious consequences." In a statement to official news agency RIA Novosti, Aleksey Chepa, deputy chairman of the State Duma's international affairs committee said, "This is another step, which, obviously, leads to...Read More
By Sheetal Sukhija | Tuesday January 30, 2018
Putin calls U.S. list of Russian oligarchs an unfriendly act