A spokesman for the Russian businessman, Oleg Deripaska, stated that the FBI raids on the homes of the businessman’s relatives in Washington and New York are linked to the US sanctions.
“The Russian billionaire does not own the homes that the FBI raided in Washington or New York, and they belong to the businessman’s relatives,” the spokesman was quoted as saying by the “Sputnik” agency.
He pointed out that the FBI “carries out raids on homes owned by relatives of Oleg Deripaska, and the raids are carried out on the basis of two court orders related to US sanctions,” adding: “The aforementioned homes are located in New York and Washington, and Oleg Deripaska himself does not own them.”
The agency reported that entry to the aforementioned house in Washington is currently prohibited by police barriers. Several FBI cars parked outside the building as reporters lined up, and FBI agents were seen standing outside the house.
Customers were going in and out of the building, taking plastic containers, papers and boxes from the cars home. At some point, the police also arrived at the scene.
The FBI declined to comment on recent reports about its searches at a home believed to belong to relatives of Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska in New York.
The FBI press office in New York City “refused to provide any information.”
Earlier, US media reported that FBI agents raided, on Tuesday, a home associated with Russian energy magnate and billionaire Oleg Deripaska in Washington.
According to Columbia real estate documents, the house is owned by Hestia International LLC, and the Washington Post, citing sources, reported that this company is linked to Deripasca.