The United States Treasury Department published a list of Russian politicians and “oligarchs” with links to President Vladimir Putin. The so-called “Kremlin list” included top politicians Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Medvedev, as well as Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky and businessman Roman Abramovich. The document, which is comprised of 96 oligarchs with over $1 billion net worth and 114 political figures, was issued after Congress passed a bill requesting such a list in order to punish Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
“It is not a sanctions list, and the inclusion of individuals or entities in this report… does not and in no way should be interpreted to impose sanctions on those individuals or entities,” the report said. According to the document, it “does not create any other restrictions, prohibitions or limitations on dealing with such persons by either U.S. or foreign persons.”
Earlier, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert noted further sanctions against entities doing business with Russian defense and intelligence sectors will not be necessary since President Donald Trump signed the sanctions legislation in August in response to Russia’s alleged interference in the US election. Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, whose name is also on the “Kremlin list,” accused the US of trying to meddle in the upcoming presidential election in Russia by releasing the document.