On Monday, the self-titled “Toughest on Russia” Trump administration eased sanctions on Russian aluminum producer Rusal and said it would consider lifting them altogether if the company severs ties with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir Putin.
Rusal was sanctioned earlier this month by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) because of Deripaska’s stake in the company. According to Treasury, the Russian billionaire is alleged to have conducted a range of illegal activities, including money laundering, extortion and ordering the murder of a businessman.
Editor’s Note: Which begs the fucking question, “Why wouldn’t you offer relief sanction in exchange for something instead of outright giving it away and then crossing your fingers for co-operation?”
OFAC’s action extends by six months a “wind-down” period during which U.S. and foreign entities won’t be penalized for doing business with Rusal. The agency said it is also considering a petition to lift sanctions on the company entirely.
“RUSAL has felt the impact of U.S. sanctions because of its entanglement with Oleg Deripaska, but the U.S. government is not targeting the hardworking people who depend on RUSAL and its subsidiaries,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Editor’s Note: Which begs another excellent question: “Who the fuck is the U.S. government targeting?” The answer is apparently everyone but Russia for sanctions, and everyone but China for tariffs. Logic, bitches!
Deripaska made headlines last year after it was reported that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort offered him “private briefings” on the 2016 election less than two weeks after Trump became the Republican nominee.