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Agents of the FBI on Tuesday invaded the house of the Russian energy magnate Oleg Deripaska, in Washington DC to conduct investigations, an agency spokesman informed NBC News.
The reasons for the investigation have not yet been released. The FBI spokesperson maintained that the agency carries out “Law enforcement activities” at your home, but without offering further details.
The investigations are being led by federal agents in New York, indicated two officials who maintain knowledge of the matter.
Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for Deripaska, indicated that the FBI also registered his house in New York, and determined that both properties belong to the relatives of the Russian citizen, who is known for his close relationship with Vladimir Putin.
“The searches are carried out on the basis of two court orders, related to the United States sanctions”, said the representative of Deripaska.
On the other hand, the lawyers of Deripaska did not respond to requests for comment from NBC News when they were consulted about the statements of the spokesperson that the investigations were motivated by sanctions.
George Conway, neighbor of the residence reviewed by the FBI, and husband of the former councilor of Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, said that he had approached the house this Tuesday afternoon to take a photo of the police activity, but maintained that he never saw Deripaska In the House.
Treasury Department sanctions weigh on Deripaska
The mogul was among two dozen Russian officials who were sanctioned by the US Treasury Department. in April 2018. He is currently a partner of Paul Manafort, partner of the former president of the campaign Donald Trump.
Through the press release announcing those sanctions, the Treasury Department indicated that Deripaska was investigated for money laundering and charged with “Threatening the lives of commercial rivals, illegally intervening a government official and participating in extortion and organized crime.”
In response, the billionaire sued USA for these sanctions, but said complaint was dismissed by a judge of a court in June of this year; however, he appealed this sentence.
According to information from NBC News in January 2018, the Russian tycoon was repeatedly denied a visa to enter the USA for alleged links to organized crime.
The Moscow Stock Exchange reported that shares in Rusal, a company founded by Deripaska, fell 7% after news of the raid on Tuesday.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.