U.S. targets Putin’s son-in-law in new Russian sanctions

The Trump administration announced new sanctions on Friday against Russian entities and individuals including President Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law, in response to what the U.S. said was Moscow’s attempt to subvert Western democracies, and malicious cyber activities.
The U.S. Treasury Department said the sanctions cover seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or control, as well as 17 senior Russian government officials and a state-owned Russian weapons trading company and its subsidiary, a Russian bank.
Among those named are Putin’s son-in-law Kirill Shamalov, who operates in the Russian energy sector, and billionaire aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, who has links to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Deripaska is the majority shareholder of power plant operator En+ Group and also owns a major stake in Russian aluminum producer Rusal   .
“The Russian government engages in a range of malign activity around the globe, including continuing to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine, supplying the Assad regime with material and weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempting to subvert Western democracies, and malicious cyber activities,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
“Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities,” he said.
Under the U.S. orders, all assets of the designated individuals and entities that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and Americans are prohibited from doing business with them.