US Department of State employee says he received requests from Russian oligarchs not to include them in new sanctions list
Specific surnames from among the potential candidates for inclusion in the new sanctions list are not disclosed.
Russian businessmen tried to resolve the issue of non-inclusion in the so-called Kremlin report through ex-employees of the State Department and the US Treasury. Bloomberg reports this referring to former State Department employee Dan Fried. According to him, he refused to help when he was asked to do so. At the same time, the names of Russian businessmen who turned to him were not mentioned.
Recall, the US Treasury is preparing to Congress-submit a detailed report on which high-ranking Russian officials and businessmen close to the Russian government are specified. This should happen, according to signed Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, no later than January 29, 2018. The details of the report and the list of names are carefully hidden. However, it is already known that in the first report there will be 50 Russian oligarchs and people close to the authorities, as well as members of their families and a report on available foreign property and accounts.
At the same time, representatives of the Democratic Party have fears that US President Donald Trump will be too soft to Russians from the Kremlin report, so as not to get on the wrong side of President Vladimir Putin. Western analysts also tend to believe that the publication of the report will not cause immediate personal sanctions.