The United States froze the accounts of banks Rotenberg and Kovalchuk $637 million

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США заморозили на счетах банков Ротенбергов и Ковальчука $637 млн

These figures show how badly hit the pockets of Russian billionaires, American sanctions, writes The Wall Street Journal.

The US authorities in the framework of the introduced against Russia sanctions blocked assets of Bank Rossiya and SMP Bank a total of $637 million, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing data from the U.S. Treasury on Thursday, March 5.
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The publication clarifies that the blocking of assets of banks that belong to friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was the result of Moscow’s policy in Ukraine. These figures, which have not been previously announced, to indicate how much has hit the pockets of Russian billionaires, American sanctions, says The Wall Street Journal.

According to the newspaper, on accounts of the Bank “Russia”, 37.5% of which is owned by Yuri Kovalchuk, F 93, frozen $572 million (10% as of 2013). In SMP Bank, blocked at least $65 million (2% of assets as of 2013). 76.1% of the Bank owned by the brothers Arkady F 39 and Boris Rotenberg 94 F, each of them owned by 38.05 per cent.

On 24 February it became known that Arcady Rotenberg has increased its stake in stake in SMP Bank to 49,25%. The Bank clarified that the billionaire bought the shares from the member of the Board of Directors of the credit organization Dmitry Kalantyrskiy, and now directly owns 38.05% of the shares of the Bank and indirectly 11,18%. Brother of billionaire Boris Rotenberg 94 F belongs 38,05% of the Bank.

The United States has included SMP Bank in “black” lists in 2014. In March 2014, the Bank reported that after the imposition of sanctions the Bank of Russia supported the Bank in cash in the amount of 1 billion rubles. SMP Bank also became a turnaround of three banks of Andrzej and Aleksandra Malczewska — Mosoblbank, Inresbankom and Finance business of the Bank. Under the reorganization, he received from the Agency on insurance of contributions (ASV) loan of 96.8 billion rubles for a period of 10 years.

Restrictions also touched the Bank “Russia”. He came under US sanctions March 20, 2014 as “Putin’s personal Bank”. A source in the administration of us President Barack Obama expressed confidence that the Bank is the personal Bank of senior Russian officials, and Kovalchuk is one of the “tellers” of Putin.

The Rotenberg brothers are childhood friends of Putin and his former judo partners. “They have one of the largest States of Russia, in particular, on lucrative contracts with the state and state companies”, — writes the edition. In may 2014, at the St. Petersburg economic forum, Vladimir Putin publicly called got under the sanction of USA billionaires are his friends. “I am proud that I have such friends. They are true patriots, their business is focused on our country,” he said and advised businessmen to appeal sanctions in court.

American Forbes on 2 March published a rating of the richest people in the world, which includes 88 billionaires in Russia. Yuri Kovalchuk and Boris Rotenberg this number does not hit, it means that their condition, according to Forbes, is less than $1 billion Arkady Rotenberg took the list of the richest people in the world 1324 place, and his fortune was estimated at $1.4 billion.

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