FBI raids Oleg Deripaska’s homes

Washington: FBI agents raided homes in Washington and New York City connected to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire with ties to the Kremlin and to Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign.

The agents carried boxes out of a mansion in one of Washington’s wealthiest neighbourhoods, with yellow “CRIME SCENE DO NOT go into” tape across the front yard and towed away a means.

A federal agent walks boxes to a home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington, DC.Credit:AP

A spokesperson for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) the agency was conducting a court-authorised law enforcement activity at the home, which the Washington Post has before reported was connected to the Russian oligarch.

The specific reason for sealing off and searching the Washington mansion was not closest clear, and the FBI spokesperson did not provide details.

A representative for Deripaska said the home, in addition as the one in New York, belong to relatives of the oligarch. Reuters could not closest determine Deripaska’s whereabouts.

A spokesperson for the FBI’s New York field office confirmed “law enforcement activity” at the home in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighbourhood but declined further comment.

Russian metals magnate Oleg Deripaska in 2015.Credit:AP

Deripaska, 53, has been under US sanctions since 2018. Washington imposed sanctions on him and other influential Russians because of their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin after alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Deripaska once employed Manafort, who was convicted in 2018 on tax evasion and bank fraud charges and was among the central figures scrutinised under investigations of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which Moscow denies.

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