Russian billionaire accused of violating US sanctions


NEW YORK – A Russian billionaire has been criminally charged in New York with violating US sanctions in an unsealed indictment on Thursday that also charges three other people in a scheme to secure the birth of his child in the USA.

Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, 52, has faced economic sanctions since 2018 when he was designated for them by the US Treasury Department, which said he acted for or on behalf of a senior official Russian and to have operated in the energy sector of the Russian economy.

Andrew C. Adams, a Manhattan federal prosecutor who heads a task force prosecuting the crimes of Russian oligarchs, said in a statement that Deripaska lied and evaded U.S. sanctions as he sought to enjoy life in America.” despite his close ties to the Kremlin and vast wealth gained through ties to a corrupt regime.

“The hypocrisy in seeking comfort and citizenship in the United States, while enjoying the fruits of a ruthless and anti-democratic regime, is striking,” Adams said. “The fact that Deripaska practiced this hypocrisy through lying and evading criminal sanctions made him a fugitive from the country he so desperately wanted to exploit.”

Only one of the four charged in the indictment – Olga Shriki, 42, of New Jersey – was in custody. Shriki was accused in part of trying to help another woman charged in the case – Ekaterina Olegovna Voronina – to enter the United States to give birth to Deripaska’s child. Shriki’s attorney, Bruce Maffeo, declined to comment.

Authorities said Deripaska spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to allow her child to be born in the United States so that the child could enjoy the American healthcare system and the benefits of a US birthright. The child, at birth, received American citizenship.

After the birth, Deripaska’s three co-defendants conspired to conceal the name of the child’s real father by lightly spelling the child’s surname, according to the indictment.

According to the indictment, Deripaska was the owner and controller of Basic Element Limited, a private investment and management company used to advance his various business interests.

The indictment included demands that Deripaska and his co-defendants confiscate assets in the United States – including property in Washington, DC and two properties in Manhattan.


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