US Attorney General Investigates Legality of Auction Houses Selling Paintings to Oligarchs in Russia and Ukraine, Reports Bloomberg.
We are talking about works of art sold to billionaires from the Russian Federation Roman Abramovich, Viktor Vekselberg, Andriy Melnichenko and Ukrainian businessman Igor Kolomoisky.
The agency asked auction houses to provide data on transactions with oligarchs.
FinCen, the US Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Agency. still Suspicious actions of Russian oligarchs in January and February last year, shortly before the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
We are talking about the mass restructuring of assets and their transfer to relatives and business partners. Many other Russian businessmen transferred large sums of money to their children, and these transfers were made shortly before they entered the sanctions lists of Western countries.
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