Major American and European banks enquired on "Kremlin Report" persons
Democratic congressmen want to put more pressure both on the persons affected by the sanctions list and on credit institutions that cooperate with them.
US senators Jean Shaheen and Sheldon Whitehouse sent letters to the leading banks in the US and Europe demanding to uncover their links with the businessmen from the so-called "Kremlin Report", if any. Three US banks (Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citibank) and the European ones (Barclays, Deutsche Bank, UBS, HSBC and Credit Suisse) got their letters.
The senators enquire if for the past 5 years there has been any audit that would determine whether there were any accounts controlled by one of the persons from the "Kremlin Report" and if so, they would like to see the findings.
The Democratic senators are hoping “to increase pressure not just on individuals on the US Treasury’s so-called “oligarchs list,” but also on financial institutions to closely consider those with whom they do business” Reuters reports.
If the banks refuse to provide such data, the senators intend to initiate a government investigation.
The United States presented the so-called "Kremlin Report" on the night of January 30. It featured Russian politicians, officials and businessmen. The part of the "Kremlin Report" that was made public included 210 individuals - officials of the presidential administration, members of the government and the prime minister, law enforcement officials, members of the State Duma and the Federation Council, as well as heads of state companies and major businessmen. Even Western experts were doubtful as to whether all of the oligarchs on the list have a say in the Russian politics.
Those who spoke about the report included Russian President Vladimir Putin, PM Dmitry Medvedev, State Duma members, and Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko. All of them had a neutral reaction to the document.