US officially lifts sanctions on firms tied to Russian oligarch

Source: The Hill | January 27, 2019 | Justin Wise

The U.S. Treasury Department on Sunday officially lifted sanctions on businesses tied to the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

The department said in a news release that the Office of Foreign Assets Control lifted sanctions on EN+ Group Plc and EuroSibEnergo JSC, noting that each company has reduced Deripaska’s “direct and indirect shareholding stake in these companies and severed his control.” 

“This action ensures that the majority of directors on the En+ and Rusal boards will be independent directors – including U.S. and European persons – who have no business, professional, or family ties to Deripaska or any other SDN, and that independent U.S. persons vote a significant bloc of the shares of En+,” the department said. 

“The companies have also agreed to unprecedented transparency for Treasury into their operations by undertaking extensive, ongoing auditing, certification, and reporting requirements.”

Deripaska, who is connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin, will personally remain under U.S. sanctions. 


But The New York Times reported last week that Deripaska and his allies are set to retain majority ownership the energy company EN+.

Among other things, Deripaska will also reportedly be freed from debt he owes to a Russian government-owned bank as long as he transfers shares worth roughly $800 million to it. 


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