FBI raids house linked to Russian metal tycoon Oleg Deripaska – .

FBI raids house linked to Russian metal tycoon Oleg Deripaska – .

The FBI raided a Washington residence linked to Oleg Deripaska, rekindling US execution measures against the Russian metal tycoon who was placed under sanctions in 2018 for suspected ties to the Kremlin.

The agency said in a statement Tuesday that it was “carrying out court-authorized law enforcement activities” at a DC address, declining to elaborate further.

A spokesperson for Deripaska said: “The FBI is conducting a search of two homes – located in Washington and New York – belonging to Mr. Deripaska’s relatives. The searches are carried out on the basis of two court decisions, linked to American sanctions. The houses do not belong to Mr. Deripaska.

Deripaska and 23 other prominent Russian oligarchs and government officials in April 2018 were hit by the toughest measures imposed by Washington in response to Moscow’s 2014 invasion of Crimea and alleged interference in the 2016 US elections. .

The then oligarch said the allegations were baseless and sued the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the division of the Treasury overseeing U.S. sanctions policy. The lawsuit was dismissed by a U.S. district court judge in June.

The US Treasury last year justified sanctions against Deripaska – whose fortune stands at nearly $ 5 billion, according to Forbes – by citing reports it allegedly helped Russian President Vladimir Putin to launder money. money. The allegations were denied by Deripaska and Putin’s spokesperson at the time.

He has also come under close scrutiny by US investigators for his business dealings with former President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was convicted of tax evasion and bank fraud in 2018 following Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Manafort was among dozens of people pardoned last year by Trump in his last days in office.

Deripaska built an aluminum, energy, and industrial empire from previously state-owned assets privatized after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and before the 2008 financial crisis, he was the richest man in Russia.

The FBI-stormed mansion remains one of the hottest properties in the Washington real estate market. Deripaska in 2006 reportedly paid $ 15 million for the 23,000 square foot home, which includes seven bedrooms and Italian marble floors.

Formerly owned by Herbert Haft, the former discount store mogul, the white stone house is a short walk from Embassy Row, Washington’s central district that is home to diplomatic missions, embassies, and residences for senior officials.

Additional reports from Joshua Chaffin and Max Seddon

* This article has been updated to reflect a statement by Deripaska’s spokesperson after the initial post in which they said the house was owned by relatives.


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