Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Federal agents carried out “law enforcement activity” on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEDT) in a mansion in Washington owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The agents performed “legally authorized law enforcement,” a spokesman for the agency said.

The activity is linked to a federal investigation from New York, the spokesman said, but could not provide further information. A source familiar with the matter told CNN that the investigation has been “ongoing” but has not provided further details either.

FBI agents appear here in Washington home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
FBI agents appear here in Washington home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. (CNN)

In the home, the driveway was closed by police tapes marked “the crime scene must not enter” with several law enforcement cars parked on the street outside.

An FBI agent guarded the driveway, and several other agents were seen walking in and out of the large home in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood.

Deripaska was sanctioned by the US back in 2018 in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election. statement of sanctions said he had been investigated for “money laundering and has been charged with threatening the lives of business competitors, illegally tapping an official and engaging in extortion and crime.”
Earlier this year, Deripaska lost a lawsuit to have the sanctions lifted.
home of the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska
A federal agent stands in front of the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Washington. (AP)

The wealthy Russian who made his money in the aluminum business is a close ally of Putin and was mentioned several times in Special Adviser Robert Mueller’s report on interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Deripaska also had ties to Paul Manafort, former president Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman convicted of eight economic crimes as part of Mueller’s investigation. Manafort was later pardoned by Trump.

The Treasury Department, under the Trump administration, had also lifted financial sanctions against three companies affiliated with Deripaska.

Officials said at the time that they had done so because Derapaska’s direct and indirect shareholding in the three companies had been reduced to the point that he no longer had control over them.

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