The United States plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week under a law targeting Moscow for meddling in the 2016 USA election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, in what could be the most aggressive move so far against Russia's business elite. The move targeting Russia's business elite could affect people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team has pulled over at least one Russian oligarch, arriving in NY by private jet, to search the individual's electronic devices, CNN has learned. These moves, CNN reports, show "that Mueller's team has intensified its focus into the potential flow of money from Russian Federation into the U.S. election".
Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation pledged on Wednesday to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, underlining their joint commitment to. "The time when there were oligarchs in Russian Federation passed long ago, there are no oligarchs in Russian Federation".
Asked about the planned sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday: "The phrase "Russian oligarchs" is considered inappropriate".
Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the 2016 USA election and the United Kingdom poisoning. Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, accusations which Russian Federation has ferociously denied.
"The administration is committed to implementing the CAATSA law as we have said many times".
Another oligarch was stopped during a recent visit to the United States, but there were no details if he was searcher, the report said citing a person briefed on the event. "But at this time we don't have anything specific to announce".
A second Russian oligarch was stopped during a recent trip to the U.S., although it is not clear if he was searched, according to a person briefed on the matter.