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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Powerful Russians Hit By Toughest U.S. Sanctions Yet

Published 20 March 2014

The United States has levied a new set of sanctions against Russia, targeting some of the most powerful people in the country, including members of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. Here are some of those individuals.


Yury Kovalchuk is the single largest shareholder of Bank Rossiya. The U.S. Treasury has described him as "the personal banker for senior officials of the Russian Federation including Putin."


Sergei Ivanov is the chief of staff of President Putin's executive office.


Sergei Mironov, a member of the State Duma and leader of the A Just Russia party, called for Russian intervention in Ukraine and initiated legislation to speed up the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for Ukrainians.


Sergei Naryshkin is the chairman of the State Duma and a member of the National Security Council of the Russian Federation.


Arkady Rotenberg, a construction billionaire and Vladimir Putin’s former judo sparring partner, has made billions of dollars in contracts for Gazprom and the Sochi Winter Olympics awarded to him by the Russian president. He once told "The Financial Times" he thought Putin was “sent to our country from God.”


Boris Rotenberg co-owns, with elder brother Arkady, a major supplier of construction services to Russian gas giant Gazprom. He is president of the FC Dynamo Moscow soccer club.


Igor Sergun is the head of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service and deputy chief of the General Staff.


Gennady Timchenko is one of the founders of Gunvor, a major commodity trading company involved in the oil and energy markets. The U.S. Treasury asserts that Gunvor’s activities "have been linked to Putin" and that "Putin has investments in Gunvor and may have access to Gunvor funds" -- a claim Gunvor management was quick to deny.


Vladimir Yakunin is the head of the state-owned company Russian Railways and a close Putin confidant.


Sergei Zheleznyak is the deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma.