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Major Russian businessmen are in talks with representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the US state Department with a request not to include them in the list of businessmen close to the political leadership of Russia. About it reports Bloomberg with reference to a former employee of the us Department of Dan freed. Many of the Russians were sent to Washington their secret representatives in order to avoid accusations of lobbying.
It is noted that some have already conducted stress tests on the subject of what will hit the list for their investment.
The list is expected to be published in the coming days or weeks. Deadline publication January 29.
Listing close to the leadership of Russia entrepreneurs not entail direct consequences for them. It only allows in the future the introduction of restrictive measures. In the U.S. the Finance Ministry believe that the attitude of is included in the register will be as if they are already sanctioned. In connection with this proposed part of the list to classify.
As noted by the interviewed experts, some Russian businessmen have already started to sell their assets abroad to stay ahead of the threat of sanctions. After entering the list of the state Department profitable to sell the property in USA will be difficult.
On 11 January the Minister of Finance of the USA Stephen Mnuchin said that Washington will soon impose new sanctions against Russian citizens. According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, the list will include high-ranking Russian officials and businessmen close to the government of the country.
In October 2017, the US state Department published a list of 33 Russian companies, cooperation with which can threaten the contractors with sanctions. New restrictions may be introduced in February 2018. Potential sanctions will apply to all counterparties regardless of the country of origin of a company or individual.
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