Briberty, Crimea, fake sanctions, joke sanctions, Kirishi refinery Gennady Timchenko, Kremlin, Mueller, oil and gas, Putin, Russia, sanctions, St. Petersburg, Surgutneftegas, Ukraine, Vladimir Bogdanov
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 Putin’s former son-in-law who reportedly had already been stripped of some of his assets in April of 2017, apparently due to his fall from grace, and the case below. Some may appear on the sanctions list because of pressure brought upon the Treasury Dept. by Special Counsel Mueller. Additionally, Putin may wish to rid himself of some oligarchs and nationalize their assets. Everyone must wait, watch, and see.
“Vladimir Bogdanov is being designated for operating in the energy sector of the Russian Federation economy. Bogdanov is the Director General and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Surgutneftegaz, a vertically integrated oil company operating in Russia. OFAC imposed sectoral sanctions on Surgutneftegaz pursuant to Directive 4 issued under E.O. 13662 in September 2014.” https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0338
In “Secretive Russian Oil Giant Has No Fear of Sanctions” September 26, 2014, Reuters-VOA observed that “Vladimir Bogdanov’s Surgutneftegas has no Western debts, no foreign partners on its huge Siberian fields and uses no Western drilling technology, making it virtually immune to sanctions imposed on Russia to try and persuade it to change course over Ukraine…. Surgut was privatized in the early 1990s and its exact ownership structure is difficult to pin down.” Bogdanov, who owned 0.3% in 2014, “keeps a low profile, living a modest lifestyle, only recently moving to a house from a flat near his office...” Bogdanov usually vacations in Russia and occasionally in a Czech spa (Karlovy Vary), which reduces the personal impact of sanctions. The company owns the Kirishi refinery near St. Petersburg: “When Putin was deputy mayor of St Petersburg in the 1990s, Kirishi exported large amounts of refined products via a trading house which belonged to Putin’s friend Gennady Timchenko…” Read the entire Reuters article here “Secretive Russian Oil Giant Has No Fear of Sanctions“: https://www.voanews.com/a/reu-secretive-russian-oil-giant-has-no-fear-of-sanctions/2463179.html
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 https://www.timesofisrael.com/billionaires-testimony-said-to-shore-up-netanyahu-bribery-suspicions/