US imposes sanctions against Russian oligarchs and government officials

The Trump Administration imposed fresh sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, as well as 12 companies they control, and 17 senior Russian government officials, CNN reports. Likewise, the sanctions target the state-owned Russian weapons trading company, Rosoboronexport, which has ties to Syria. Some of the prominent individuals targeted by the new sanctions include Kirill Shamalov, who married Putin’s daughter; Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch, aluminum magnate and person known for close ties to Putin; and Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council and former FSB director.


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