12 Minutes Before Deadline, the 'Putin List' Is Released
Trump administration declined to subject anyone new to sanctions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2018 7:27 AM CST
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In this photo taken on Monday Jan. 29, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the ceremony of signing a 2018-2020 general agreement between Russian trade unions, employers and the Russian Government in Moscow, Russia.   (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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(Newser) – A long-awaited US list of Russian businessmen and officials who have flourished under Vladimir Putin's presidency appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 "oligarchs" ranked by Forbes, the AP reports. The list, which features 210 names total and was ordered by Congress in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, had induced fear among rich Russians that it could lead to US sanctions or being informally blacklisted in the global financial system. But the US surprised observers by announcing that it had decided not to punish anybody under the new sanctions, at least for now. Some US lawmakers accused President Trump of giving Russia a free pass, fueling further questions about whether the president is unwilling to confront Moscow.

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