WASHINGTON, January 30. /TASS/. The US Department of the Treasury has listed 114 major Russian politicians and members of the country’s leadership in its ‘Kremlin report’. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, his deputies and other members of the cabinet have been included in the US Treasury Department’s so-called Kremlin List submitted to Congress on Monday.
In addition, others showing up on this ‘roster’ are First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Ministers Sergey Prikhodko, Alexander Khloponin, Vitaly Mutko, Arkady Dvorkovich, Olga Golodets, Dmitry Kozak and Dmitry Rogozin, and other 22 ministers, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
The list also includes Presidential Administration Chief Anton Vaino, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and other senior members of the presidential administration, as well as Kremlin aides, presidential advisers and plenipotentiary representatives to the federal regions.
Other senior political leaders on the list are Federation Council (upper house) Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma (lower house) Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, and head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.
Mikhail Fedotov, who heads the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov and Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights Anna Kuznetsova are also mentioned in the Kremlin List.
The document also has the names of the heads of major state corporations, including Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin, Sberbank CEO German Gref, Russian Railways Director General Oleg Belozerov and others.
In addition, the US Department of the Treasury has put 96 names on the list of the so-called Russian oligarchs. Among them are businessmen Alisher Usmanov, Roman Abramovich, Suleiman Kerimov and also Kaspersky Lab founder Eugene Kaspersky, Pyotr Aven and Vladimir Potanin. The list also includes Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, Gennady Timchenko and Oleg Tinkov.
The list was drawn up based on the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA).
This is not a sanctions list, the Treasury Department declared. No restrictions are being slapped on the persons in question. Listing these individuals does not create any obstacles for business contacts with US citizens provided that they are not subject to sanctions.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that the US "Kremlin report" was an attempt to drive a wedge between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian business elite and influence the March presidential election.
On Monday, the US presidential administration was expected to introduce a new package of sanctions against Russia, but later the State Department said the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) was working and "sanctions on specific entities or individuals will not need to be imposed because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent." It also noted that should the new restrictions be introduced they would target not Moscow but those foreign entities that have business contacts with Russian defense enterprises and intelligence services.