Feds Freeze Assets of Manafort-Connected Russian Oligarch Over His Alleged Mafia Ties
The US froze all of Oleg Deripaska’s US assets, including his NYC mansion, according to the New York Post. US officials put the Russian billionaire on the sanctions list because he is allegedly involved with racketeering, bribery, money-laundering and murder—claims he disputes. US officials are also negotiating with Deripaska to give up some of his Europe-based operations, according to the report.
Anyone who does business with a sanctioned person, such as Deripaska, and sanctioned companies, could be subject to sanctions themselves, according to US Treasury officials.
Deripaska, who made his billions in aluminum, has close ties to Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, who was recently found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud, including tax and bank fraud. Manafort has had $60 million in business dealings with the billionaire over the past decade. He is currently cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Deripaska also has close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, Russian mobsters and business partner Roman Abramovich, who recently withdrew his application for a UK investor visa renewal due to processing delays in the wake of the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
Abramovich is allegedly dating Polina Deripaska, Oleg’s estranged wife, and he recently transferred more than $90 million in property assets to his ex-wife, Dasha Zhukova. Abramovich’s children and Zhukova are currently living in one of the assets the Feds froze, Deripaska’s five-story townhouse at 11 East 64th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. His ex-wife is a good friend of Ivanka Trump, and Trump and her husband have frequently socialized and traveled with Abramovich and Zhukov.