US announces sanctions against “servants” of Russian oligarchs
The sanctions will affect lawyers, lobbyists and even accountants and financial advisers.
The US Treasury explained that anti-Russian sanctions can be imposed not only against oligarchs, but also extended to affect those who advise them, i.e. lawyers, lobbyists and even accountants and financial advisors, reports The Times.
During the hearings in the Senate’s Banking Committee, US Deputy Finance Minister Mandelker explained that such an opportunity is available under the “Law on Counteracting US Enemies with Sanctions.”
If this is the case, legal and financial consulting to the Russians from Western firms will be in question.
It is to be recalled that a new set of sanctions against Russia is introduced in connection with the poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK. On August 22, the US State Department notified the Federal Register about them; today, the State Department was informed that the sanctions will come into force on August 27 after their publication.
Sweeping purge of Novosibirsk governmental structures – clampdown on corruption ties between local elite clans and their ‘patrons’ in law enforcement agencies?
Two governmental structures – judicial and watchdog agencies – have been ‘decapitated’ in the Novosibirsk region. The sweeping purge of the Regional Prosecutor’s Office was not as severe as the media had reported – but the key figures have already been removed from office. In fact, the large-scale unscheduled inspection carried out by a commission dispatched by the Prosecutor General’s Office has just begun. Who else is going to resign ‘voluntarily’? Who has initiated the sweeping purge of the watchdog authority? And what high-profile corruption cases are forthcoming?