Russian officials and business executives on Tuesday reacted with anger and ridicule to a Treasury Department list of influential Russians who could face U.S. sanctions for their proximity to the Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called the list, which includes 114 government officials and 96 business executives, a “hostile act” that would harm U.S.-Russian relations but added that Russia did not have plans to retaliate.
The list, submitted to Congress under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, was highly anticipated in Russia. Some wealthy business executives were reported to have hired lobbyists in Washington to stay off the list or to have applied for foreign passports to sidestep possible sanctions.
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