WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI is conducting “law enforcement activity” at U.S.-blacklisted Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s home in Washington, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing a spokesperson for the U.S. law enforcement agency.
An FBI representative told Reuters it was conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity at a residence on 30th Street in Washington but did not confirm whether it was Deripaska’s home. A 2017 Washington Post report tied a property on that street to the Russian billionaire.
Live Reuters video showed an FBI agent in the driveway of the home, which was cordoned off with tape.
Deripaska, 53, has been subject to the U.S. sanctions since 2018. Washington blacklisted him along with several other influential Russians because of their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin following alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
He owns part of Rusal via his stake in the giant aluminum producer’s parent company En+ Group . Washington previously dropped sanctions against both companies but kept them on Deripaska.
Rusal’s Moscow-listed shares extended losses after the report, falling 6%.
Deripaska’s representative in Moscow did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Two U.S.-based lawyers who have worked for him could not be immediately reached for comment
Deripaska previously sued to have the U.S. sanctions lifted but his case was dismissed in June.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Sarah N. Lynch, Mark Hosenball and Kevin Fogarty; additional reporting by Anastasia Lyrchikova and Polina Devitt in Moscow; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Mark Porter)
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