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The Trump Administration sanctions Putin’s former son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov. He reportedly has been punished already with loss of assets. This is seriously fake-joke sanctions. Putin must be loving Trump more than ever.

Either the Trump minion Mnuchin is too lazy to look this up, or they are mocking the American people. Even Wikipedia has been updated to note the divorce.

Kirill Shamalov is being designated for operating in the energy sector of the Russian Federation economy. Shamalov married Putin’s daughter Katerina Tikhonova in February 2013 and his fortunes drastically improved following the marriage; within 18 months, he acquired a large portion of shares of Sibur, a Russia-based company involved in oil and gas exploration, production, processing, and refining. A year later, he was able to borrow more than one $1 billion through a loan from Gazprombank, a state-owned entity subject to sectoral sanctions pursuant to E.O. 13662. That same year, long-time Putin associate Gennady Timchenko, who is himself designated pursuant to E.O. 13661, sold an additional 17 percent of Sibur’s shares to Shamalov. Shortly thereafter, Kirill Shamalov joined the ranks of the billionaire elite around Putin.https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0338

From the US gov’s RFE/RL:
Putin’s Daughter Reportedly Splits With Husband
January 25, 2018 17:17 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter has split from her husband, Kirill Shamalov, Bloomberg reported, citing four anonymous sources.

The news agency said on January 25 that Shamalov is back working as a senior executive at Russian petrochemical giant Sibur to Leonid Mikhelson, one of Sibur’s main owners, after he sold a stake in the company acquired just before the marriage to Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova.

Though the details of the deal and the reasoning behind it were never disclosed, a person familiar with the transaction said Shamalov made “zero” money from the sale because he was only allowed to hold those shares in a kind of trust as a Putin family member.

That ownership privilege ended when the marriage did, Bloomberg reported, citing three of the sources.

Bloomberg said a person close to Shamalov denied any connection between the Sibur transactions and his marriage, adding that Shamalov declined to comment through a representative.

The Kremlin closely guards the privacy of Putin’s family and Bloomberg said that even off the record, none of the people contacted for the story would say whether Tikhonova, 31, has formally divorced Shamalov or when, exactly, she got married. Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036. https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-daughter-reports-split-from-husband/28998506.html

Read the Bloomberg article here: “Putin Family Split Offers Peek at Secret Dealings of Russia Inc. Jan 25, 2018 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-25/putin-family-split-offers-peek-at-secret-dealings-of-russia-inc

There are multiple reasons that individuals and companies could be on the new list of sanctions, without Trump jeopardizing Putin’s approval. These include joke (fake) sanctions, such as the one above. Some may appear on the sanctions list because of pressure brought upon the US Treasury Dept. by Special Counsel Mueller. Additionally, Putin may wish to rid himself of some oligarchs and nationalize their assets. It’s happened before. Everyone must wait, watch, and see, under the Kremlin chimes, or not. Can you see Putin laughing?

Trump commerce secretary’s business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files Nov 5, 2017, “Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putin’s son -in-law through a shipping venture in Russia. Leaked documents and public filings show Ross holds a stake …https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/trump-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-business-links-putin-family-paradise-papers

Mueller is reported as having stopped one or two oligarchs at airport:
CNN Exclusive: Mueller’s team questioning Russian oligarchs” 12:20, 05 April 2018 Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/world/10069589-cnn-exclusive-mueller-s-team-questioning-russian-oligarchs.html

Russia violates almost 500 agreements, treaties by annexation of Crimea 21:50, 06 April 2018 POLITICS 215 0 Russia annexed Ukraine’s peninsula in March 2014.” Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/10072253-russia-violates-almost-500-agreements-treaties-by-annexation-of-crimea.html

Mueller’s team questioning Russian oligarchs

Special counsel probing flow of Russian-American money to Trump political funds“, By Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk, Sep 26, 2017, 2:53 PM ET, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/investigators-follow-flow-money-trump-wealthy-donors-russian/story
Ross-Mosk-ABC appear to speculate that those under investigation might include Leonard Blavatnik, Simon Kukes, and Andrew Intrater (oversees the U.S. arm of the Russian conglomerate Renova Group) – all associated with Vekselberg.

Billionaire’s testimony said to shore up Netanyahu bribery suspicions Leonard Blavatnik reportedly confirms tells police he only purchased shares in Channel 10 after PM intervened…” By ALEXANDER FULBRIGHT 18 September 2017, 10:58 pm Times of Israel Trump is a long-time friend of Netanyahu.