The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Oct. 19 raided homes in the United States linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
FBI agents searched two houses belonging to relatives of Deripaska — one in Washington, D.C. and one in New York.
Agents sealed off the driveway of the Washington, D.C. home with yellow tape that read, “Crime scene — do not enter.”
Images also showed the agents carrying boxes out of the Washington, D.C. home.
The reason for the raids have not been made immediately clear.
An FBI spokesperson told NBC News that the agency was conducting “law enforcement activity at the home,” but declined to give further details.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Deripaska told NBC News that two courts ordered the searches in connection with U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. Treasury Department placed Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, under sanctions in 2018 in response to Russia’s sweeping campaign to meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
According to the Treasury Department, Deripaska has said that he does not separate himself from the Russian state and has claimed to have represented the Russian government in other countries.
“Deripaska has been investigated for money laundering, and has been accused of threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official, and taking part in extortion and racketeering,” the Treasury Department said in a statement at the time.
Deripaska sued the Treasury Department for the sanctions and sought to have his name removed from the list, but a federal court judge dismissed the lawsuit.
Deripaska also has ties to former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted of tax fraud.
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