The FBI searched the villa of Washington, who is close to Putin
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Tuesday searched the villa and property of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington, New York.
The FBI said they acted on a court order, but no further details were disclosed. “At this time, we are unable to provide further information,” a spokesperson said. Villa Washington is located in the US capital district, where there are several embassy buildings.
A spokesman for the oligarch told reporters that the house search may be linked to the US criminal campaign against Deripaska. He added that the properties being searched now are not owned personally by Deripaska but by his relatives.
In 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on Russian aluminum magnate Confidential, President Vladimir Putin. Under criminal proceedings, Deripaszka is not permitted to conduct business or own real estate in the United States. According to previous information from the US Treasury
Among other things, money laundering, extortion to intimidate business competitors and suspected illegal wiretapping of a government official are being investigated against the oligarchy.
Deripask filed a lawsuit in March 2019 to lift the penalties, forcing him to incur billions of dollars in losses. However, his request was refused.
Deripaska also established a business relationship with Paul Manafort, former US President Donald Trump’s first campaign chairman. According to court documents, Manafort allegedly offered Deripaska classified information and survey data about the 2016 US election campaign.
Manafort was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for conspiracy, perjury, and attempts to obstruct justice in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign. However, Trump granted Manafort a presidential pardon last December.
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