Russian oligarch Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska indicted for evading sanctions
NEW YORK — Russian billionaire Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska has been indicted on a charge of sanctions evasion, part of an ongoing effort by the Justice Department to hold wealthy Russians with ties to Vladimir Putin accountable for violating U.S. laws as Russia’s war in Ukraine rages on.
Deripaska’s indictment was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan and also names three other defendants accused of participating in his efforts to skirt sanctions that were imposed on him in 2018 when he was slapped with economic sanctions by the U.S. government for acting on behalf of a Russian official and for operating in Russia’s energy sector.
The oligarch allegedly used an intermediary, Olga Shriki, to facilitate his $3 million sale of a music studio in California. Shriki, a New Jersey resident, is in custody while Deripaska and the others remain at large. His girlfriend, Ekaterina Olegovna Voronia, was charged with making false statements to officials when she traveled to the United States to give birth to their child.
FBI Assistant Director Michael J. Driscoll said in a statement that once Deripaska’s sanctions were imposed, he “continued to circumvent those sanctions through an international network of enablers and facilitators.”
War in Ukraine: What you need to know
The latest: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of troops in an address to the nation on Sept. 21, framing the move as an attempt to defend Russian sovereignty against a West that seeks to use Ukraine as a tool to “divide and destroy Russia.” Follow our live updates here.
The fight: A successful Ukrainian counteroffensive has forced a major Russian retreat in the northeastern Kharkiv region in recent days, as troops fled cities and villages they had occupied since the early days of the war and abandoned large amounts of military equipment.
Annexation referendums: Staged referendums, which would be illegal under international law, are set to take place from Sept. 23 to 27 in the breakaway Luhansk and Donetsk regions of eastern Ukraine, according to Russian news agencies. Another staged referendum will be held by the Moscow-appointed administration in Kherson starting Friday.
Photos: Washington Post photographers have been on the ground from the beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.