Anti-Corruption Foundation asks Biden to sanction 35 Russians

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The Anti-Corruption Foundation in Russia, founded by Putin opponent Alexey Navalny, asks President Joe Biden to sanction Russian officials and oligarchs involved in attacks on and the wrongful imprisonment of Navalny.

Some names on this list show up elsewhere on Trump File:

Dmitry Peskov is the primary spokesperson for the Russian government. He spoke on behalf of Putin in agreeing not to recognize Joe Biden as the president-elect in the weeks following the 2020 election.

Roman Abramovich is a Russian-Israeli oligarch who is “one of the key enablers and beneficiaries of the Kremlin’s kleptocracy.” He is “friends” with Vladimir Putin, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Ivanka’s friend Wendi Deng.

Denis Bortnikov is the son of Russia FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, who is also on the list. Former Trump campaign member and Health & Human Services spokesperson Michael Caputo funneled U.S. funds to a friend of his who has ties to a company that sold weapons to the FSB. (The FSB is Russia’s security and counterintelligence division. The FSB and the SVR are 21st century successors to Soviet Russia’s KGB.)

Margarita Simonyan is the Editor-in-Chief of Russian state media network RT. She “has boasted that RT is capable of ‘conducting an information war against the whole Western world.'” Many people in Trump’s circles have appeared on RT, and the outlet has promoted Donald Trump as a future political hero since 2014 or earlier.

Oleg Deripaska, another key enabler and beneficiary of the Kremlin’s kleptocracy, is in business with Kentucky officials, is an old business partner of Paul Manafort, and was offered intel on the Trump campaign in 2016. His companies are a vehicle for Putin to funnel money to other countries abroad.

Alexei Miller is the Chairman of the Management Committee for Gazprom, a state-controlled gas company that serves as another method for Putin’s financial influence. A subsidiary of Gazprom, Gazprom Media, used to employ Michael Caputo to do PR for Putin in the West. Another Trump World figure, Carter Page, worked for a company hired by Gazprom.

Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin ally and once his top adviser, is the Chairman of the Management Board of Rosneft. Carter Page met with him and at least one other Rosneft official in July 2016 while working for the Trump campaign. In December 2016, he met with Russian officials and Rosneft leaders again.

Alisher Usmanov is a billionaire businessman with holdings in Russia and all over the world. He is also a mafia boss in the Solntsevo crime organization, which he joined in 1990. The Solntsevo organized crime group has ties to Semion Mogilevich, a transnational organized crime boss and a close friend of Putin. His name shows up a lot in the first decades on Trump File. Mogilevich can be tied to Donald Trump, Trump businesses, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and others. In the mid-90s, Trump met multiple times with then-Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov whose wife also worked for the Solntsevo OCG. Her brother registered a company named TRUMP-SERVICE at the same time. We know basically nothing about this company besides that it stopped operating in 2009.

Other names on the list: Andrey Kostin (VTB Bank), Mikhail Murashko, Dmitry Patrushev, Igor Shuvalov, Alexander Bastrykin, Konstantin Ernst (Channel One Russia), Dmitry Ivanov (FSB), Alexander Kalashnikov, Sergei Kirienko, Elena Morozova, Denis Popov, Igor Yanchuk, Victor Zolotov, Gennady Timchenko, Nikolai Tokarev, Alexander Beglov, Yuri Chaika, Andrei Kartapolov, Pavel Krasheninnikov, Mikhail Mishustin, Ella Pamfilova, Sergei Sobyanin, Anton Vaino, Andrey Vorobyev.

Note: Some of these people are already on U.S. sanctions lists.

External Sources

Anti-Corruption Foundation

Roman Abramovich and Jarvanka

Trump and the Solntsevo Organization

Alisher Usmanov

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