FBI searches Washington home of Russian oligarch linked to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin

FBI investigates Russian magnate Oleg Derispaska for alleged links to organized crime.

FBI investigates Russian magnate Oleg Derispaska for alleged links to organized crime.


The FBI searched the Washington DC home of Russian oligarch Oleg Derispaska, linked to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, US media pointed out.

The television network NBC News was the first to report the search, after speaking with an FBI spokesman, who did not specify the reasons.

Deripaska is an energy tycoon related to Putin and one of the Russian figures sanctioned in April 2018 by the US Treasury Department, who accused him of bribery and threatening competing businessmen, among others.

The Treasury said at the time that the oligarch had “bribed a government official, ordered the murder of a businessman and had links to a Russian organized crime group.”

Deripaska also has financial ties with Paul Manafort, the former president of the electoral campaign Donald trump in 2016 and that he was convicted of fraud as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the so-called Russian plot.

Manafort was one of the people from Trump’s environment who were indicted in the framework of those investigations for his consulting work in Ukraine.

During the process against the former campaign manager, court documents came to light, which detailed that Manafort received a loan of 10 million dollars from Deripaska in 2005.

The magnate sued the United States Government for the sanctions that sThey were imposed in 2018, but a federal judge dismissed the case last June.

According to NBC, the US authorities have been repeatedly denying him a visa from the country in recent years because of his alleged ties to organized crime.

However, the Russian government recently granted him diplomatic status, which allowed him to enter the United States and have diplomatic immunity, the network said, citing officials and former officials from the country.

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