The FBI conducted searches in the homes of the former head of the company “Rusal” billionaire Oleg Deripaska… In the United States, he is considered “for a long time a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin” and one of the main organizers of “Russian interference in the US elections” in 2016. The businessman himself, on his Telegram page, called the houses abandoned and compared the actions of the FBI with those of the Bolsheviks.
“In the best traditions of the Bolshevik Shvonders”
“I would like to ask: before …… was Putin’s money found yesterday in these abandoned houses? Did you manage to refresh yourself with sour jam from the pantries and a couple of bottles of vodka, *** (stolen. – approx. AiF) in the best traditions of the Bolshevik Shvonders during a search “, – so billionaire Oleg Deripaska responded to a search by the FBI of his home in Washington, which took place on October 19.
The fact that agents of the bureau are carrying out “law enforcement actions” in the houses of a Russian businessman was reported yesterday by the American media. The FBI declined to comment on this information. However, a spokesman for the billionaire said that the search was indeed carried out on the basis of two court orders related to US sanctions. No charges were brought against the businessman.
RIA Novosti, citing cadastral documents from the District of Columbia, said that the house, which the FBI had searched in Washington, belongs to Hestia International LLC, a Delaware-registered corporation. According to the American edition of The Washington Post, this corporation is associated with Oleg Deripaska. The newspaper describes the mansion itself as “a luxurious building with Italian marble floors and a chandelier that once hung in the Paris Opera House.” Its total area is 1080 sq. m. It was purchased in May 2006 for $ 15 million in cash, according to the newspaper. The house in New York, according to The New York Post, was acquired by a businessman in 2008 for $ 42.5 million.
Investigative actions in Washington lasted for almost 11 hours. Before leaving, the staff took dozens of boxes and suitcases out of the house. The search in New York ended four hours earlier.
What is the purpose of the searches?
In 2018, US sanctions were imposed on Deripaska and his companies. According to the US Treasury Department, the businessman “was identified as a person who owns assets and launders money in the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin.” The source of this information, the US Treasury Department, does not indicate what Deripaska himself complained to in the American court. He notes that the sanctions were imposed against him on the basis of “tabloid articles, rumors and gossip without evidence.”
The American press really does not favor the billionaire. The Washington Post, for example, writes that he “was a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin for a long time” and did business with Paul Manafort, head of the campaign headquarters Donald Trump in 2016. On this basis, the newspaper concludes that Deripaska was allegedly one of the organizers of the “Russian interference in the American elections” in 2016.
“Observing everything that happens in America, I never cease to be amazed at some transcendental stupidity of a part of the American establishment (at times reminding me of our beau monde from the Central Bank), which continues to persistently unleash this story about the allegedly colossal role of Russians in the US presidential elections in 2016, – was not shy about Deripaska’s expressions in his Telegram. – It’s time to admit the obvious: Trump won, of course, not himself! He was helped by these stupid people from Washington, who so annoyed their electorate that he was ready to vote for anyone (even for an operetta character, but not for representatives of the Clinton clan mired in bribes). ”
“For the sake of obscurantists from the American military-industrial complex and a couple of crazy analysts … the show of absurdity continues,” the billionaire stated.
The FBI declined to comment after the searches. The Kremlin did not comment on what was happening either. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov only said that if it turns out that these events affected the rights and interests of citizens of the Russian Federation, then “measures will be taken to protect them.”
Searches in the home of the billionaire may be associated with an increase in the ratings of former US President Donald Trump, believes Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Higher School of Economics, Americanist Alexander Domrin… “Now it is advantageous for the democrats to re-raise history with a“ Russian trace ”. In 2022, mid-term elections will be held in the United States, and it is likely that the rating of Donald Trump, and with him the Republican Party, will go up, the expert says. – This means that in 2024 he can again go to the presidential elections and win. Of course, it will be a failure for the Democratic Party. ” Hence the searches in the house of the billionaire, whose name the American press has long associated with the “Russian interference in the elections” in 2016.