Britain approves black list of Russian oligarchs
According to British intelligence, they are all in a close relationship with Vladimir Putin and participate in transactions with the Kremlin.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Teresa May has approved the list of Russian businessmen and oligarchs, on which the British authorities intend to put pressure. This is reported by The Daily Telegraph referring to its sources in intelligence agencies. According to journalists, oligarchs Roman Abramovich, Igor Sechin, Alisher Usmanov, Oleg Deripaska, and the Rotenberg brothers are on the list. All of them are in close professional and financial relations with President Putin and participate in deals “in a number of areas” with the Kremlin.
British authorities plan to limit their ability to travel and work freely in the UK, Europe, and other countries. Pressure on the oligarchs will be part of the UK response to the Salisbury attack.
According to British intelligence, Abramovich is the “most important” financial sponsor of Putin, and Deripaska is closely associated with Russian intelligence, including the GRU unit that committed the attack in Salisbury. Sechin, for one, is dubbed Russia’s “energy baron.”
To recall, the other day, Britain announced the suspension of the issuance of so-called "golden" visas, which were issued in exchange for investment in the economy in the amount of 2 million British pounds. In 2017, the country issued more than 1,000 such visas, mostly to Russians and Chinese.