The Trump administration is laying sanctions on 38 Russian oligarchs, government officials and business entities, citing “the Kremlin’s malign agenda” that ranges from malicious online campaigns and efforts to undermine democracy to its actions in eastern Ukraine and Syria.
Seven Russian oligarchs and the 12 companies they own or control are on the new sanctions list. So are 17 senior Russian government officials, along with a government -owned weapons trading company and its subsidiary bank.
Senior Trump administration officials who delivered a background briefing about the sanctions on Friday morning said they were punishing powerful and connected figures in Russia because of “the totality of the Russian government’s ongoing and increasingly brazen pattern” of disruptive actions on an international scale — most notably, its efforts to subvert democracies.
The move by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control targets members of Russia’s elite,