FBI conducts operation in two residences linked to Russian oligarch

FBI conducts operation in two residences linked to Russian oligarch
FBI conducts operation in two residences linked to Russian oligarch

One is a mansion in Washington, and the other is a three-story house in New York City.

Mr. Deripaska, 53, is an aluminum tycoon who has been targeted by sanctions imposed by the US Treasury since 2018 because of Moscow’s efforts to undermine Western democracies. His name was mentioned several times in Special Prosecutor’s Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In Washington, U.S. Federal Police officers were seen carrying boxes exiting the property, which had been wrapped in tape identifying a crime scene.

The FBI has remained stingy with comments on the nature or scope of the operation, with one spokesman content to say that a court-authorized law enforcement activity was in progress.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Derispaska confirmed the searches, saying the two residences belonged to members of his family.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has been targeted by US sanctions since 2018.

Photo : Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin

The searches are carried out on the basis of two judicial warrants linked to US sanctions, she told Reuters.

The residences in question are in New York and Washington and do not belong to Mr. Deripaska himself.

Sources of New York Times said the operation was part of an investigation to determine whether he had violated sanctions imposed on him, which limit his ability to own property or do business in the United States.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office for the Southern District of New York, they said.

Cited in the Mueller survey

Oleg Deripaska was the employer of Paul Manafort, former adviser, then director of the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016.

Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison after being convicted of charges of tax and banking fraud in the wake of the investigation by Special Prosecutor Mueller. However, he was pardoned by ex-President Trump, a few weeks before his departure from the White House.

According to the Mueller report and court documents, Oleg Deripaska himself was a person of interest in the investigation because of his ties to Paul Manafort.

According to investigators, the latter would have transmitted to a partner that the FBI says linked to Russian intelligence confidential internal polls of the Trump campaign so that he gives them, among other things, to the Russian oligarch. Oleg Deripaska has denied receiving any information from the Trump campaign.

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