The expert spoke about the replacement of names in the “Kremlin report” of the US in the last moment
At the last moment, trained by us experts list close to the Kremlin, Russian officials and businessmen have been adjusted by an unknown high-ranking official, said one of the authors of the guidance on the development of the “Kremlin report” the expert of the Atlantic Council Anders åslund. His comment is on the website of the Council.
“At the last minute, some senior official — no one knows who it was — threw the work of experts and instead recorded the names of the highest officials of the presidential administration and the government of Russia plus 96 Russian billionaires list Forbes — said Aslund. He ridiculed the governmental experts who prepared another report”.
As a result, the law “On countering the enemies of America by sanctions” (CAATSA), which compiled the list, turned into a whole “ineffective and mocking U.S. sanctions against Russia,” said Aslund.
If this excerpt from “the phone book of the Kremlin” will have some influence, it only consolidates the Russian elites around Putin, while the authors CAATSA sought to split the elite and well-known to offer the Russians the opportunity to live peacefully in the West.Anders Åslund
He noted that a number of businessmen from the Russian Forbes list are citizens of other countries, and the us authorities have found no evidence of any illegal action on their part.
In the U.S. Treasury “Kremlin report” included 210 people, including the entire Cabinet of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of the state Duma and the Federation Council, leadership of the presidential administration, the heads of state-owned companies and virtually all high-ranking officials. Part of the list devoted to “oligarchs”, the same rating Forbes — it includes 96 Russian businessmen, whose fortune exceeds $1 billion.
“Kremlin report” also contains a closed part. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin promised that the publication of the list followed by new sanctions.