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The FBI is looking into the belongings of a friend of Vekselberg
In the United States, FBI investigators searched several properties belonging to Vladimir Voronchenko, a childhood friend of oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. You must be him. To write “Handelzeitung”.
Viktor Vekselberg, who lives in Zug, among other places, has been on the US sanctions list since 2018.
FBI investigators simultaneously searched real estate in Manhattan, in a luxury beach community in the Hamptons and on a private island in Miami on Thursday linked to Victor Vekselberg (65), the New York Times reported.
In April, the $120 million yacht owned by a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, 69, was confiscated in Spain by order of the United States. At the time, the US Department of Justice said the yacht could be impounded for violating bank fraud, money laundering and US sanctions laws.
Vekselberg is on the sanctions list
Vekselberg, who lives in Zug, among other places, has been on the US sanctions list since 2018 and is significantly restricted in his actions. His assets in the United States were frozen and American companies were prohibited from doing business with him and his companies.
In the United States, a task force is looking into Russian oligarchs and the money trail that helps fund Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Real estate childhood friend Vladimir Voronchenko
The US approach has been made more difficult by Vekselberg’s complex ownership structure. All the properties searched on Thursday are owned by Vekselberg’s childhood friend, Vladimir Voronchenko or companies associated with the Voronchenko family and associates.
The Cook Islands-flagged yacht Tango Vekselberg is owned by Arinter Management in the British Virgin Islands, which also paid the mooring fee.
Arinter’s directors are also directors of Lamesa Transport in Panama, which according to US justice should belong to Vekselberg. Bank documents are said to show that the Russian oligarch has repeatedly transferred millions to Lamsa via a US bank account.
Lamesa bank accounts in Switzerland also seem to play a role. According to the US judiciary, the money was transferred several times.
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