Mueller Report Sheds Light on Russia’s Concerns Over U.S. Sanctions

The Wall Street Journal

04/19/2019

Michael V. Dobson

National Security, CFIUS, Sanctions + Export Controls

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Findings in the Mueller report highlighted details of a one-on-one conversation between Vladimir Putin and Russian banking executive of Alfa-Bank Petr Aven, in addition to an “all hands” meeting he held with Russian oligarchs, in response to anxieties over further U.S. sanctions. The Trump administration has been strategic about placing sanctions on Russian oligarchs in the hopes that the penalties will lead to changes in Russia’s actions, particularly as it relates to allegations they interfered in the U.S. election.

In The Wall Street Journal article, “Mueller Report Sheds Light on Russia’s Concerns Over U.S. Sanctions,” Morrison & Foerster’s Michael Dobson, previously Senior Sanctions Policy Advisor in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), noted that “The general theory for OFAC is that if these people are benefitting from Putin’s system and that system is doing malign activities around the world, these folks are part of that system and have to be held accountable for that.”

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