Date: 4 weeks ago   Category: Finance

U.S. authorities have forced Cyprus to freeze Deripaska and Vekselberg's accounts — Rambler News Service


The authorities of Cyprus after pressure put upon them from the American authorities have decided to freeze bank accounts of the Russian businessmen Oleg Deripaska and Victor Vekselberg, it is told in the report of the American Ministry of Finance submitted in banking committee of the Senate of the USA by the Deputy Minister of Finance Segal Mandelker. "The high-ranking staff of State Department and Ministry of Finance actively cooperated with the authorities of Cyprus for the last one and a half years to emphasize concern that in Cyprus still there are large sums of suspicious Russian means and investments and also put pressure upon the Cyprian officials to introduce restrictions in a financial system on similar threats" — it is specified in the report. According to the American authorities, in Cyprus the simplified procedure of obtaining nationality in exchange for investments is entered, and weak regulation works in registration of legal entities, than it is possible to use for creation of the false companies and gaining access to the international financial system in circumvention of the American sanctions. "Though Cyprus remains problem jurisdiction from the point of view of laundering of the Russian money, administration (the USA. — RNS) notes a certain progress. After imposition of sanctions against businessmen on April 6, Oleg Deripaska and Victor Vekselberg's bank accounts have been frozen. And May, 2018 Cyprus has issued the directive with the instruction for banks that they have paid attention to some financial risks connected with the false companies, in particular, concerning the difficulties connected with verification of these clients" — it is emphasized in the report. On April 6, 2018 the USA has imposed sanctions against 24 physical and 14 legal entities. Among them: Russian businessmen Oleg Deripaska, Igor Rotenberg, Victor Vekselberg and also companies En Group, GAZ Group, Basic Element, Rosoboronexport, UC Rusal, Renova group.

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