The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints including Moscow's attempts to undermine Western democracies, support of separatists in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The sanctions freeze the United States assets of "oligarchs" such as aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov, whose family controls Russia's largest gold producer, Polyus.
The US Department of Treasury announced the sanctions against the Russian business entities, individuals and government officials for their alleged "worldwide malign activity".
"The Russian government operates for the disproportionate benefit of oligarchs and government elites", Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement. "The Russian government.continues to occupy Crimea and instigate violence in eastern Ukraine, supplies the Assad regime with weaponry as they bomb their own civilians, attempts to subvert Western democracies, and conducts malicious cyber activities".
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The measures were taken under a United States law passed to punish Russian Federation for its alleged bid to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, engage in cyber-warfare and intervene in Ukraine and Syria. "But they are", the embassy added, explaining that the companies added to the sanctions list employ thousands of people.
The sanctions - the Trump administration's most aggressive action against Kremlin-connected individuals - target 17 Russian government officials, a state-owned weapons trading company, and seven so-called oligarchs and 12 companies affiliated with them.
Nineteen people, including several former members of the Trump campaign, have so far been hit with criminal charges stemming from the special counsel investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including possible collusion.
But Friday's announcement also came as Washington and its allies face a new diplomatic crisis with the Kremlin over the attempted poisoning of a former Russian double agent on British soil. Both remain in hospital more than a month after being poisoned.
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As a result, all assets subject to USA jurisdiction of the designated individuals and entities, and of any other entities blocked by operation of law as a result of their ownership by a sanctioned party, are frozen, and USA persons are generally prohibited from dealings with them.
Friday's sanctions were authorized by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, known as CAATSA, which Trump reluctantly signed into law in August.
Trump administration officials cast it as part of a concerted, ongoing effort to push back on Mr Putin, emphasising that since Mr Trump took office past year, the USA has punished 189 Russia-related people and entities with sanctions. The US identified more than 200 wealthy Russians, top officials and business leaders in January and later slapped sanctions in March on Russian government hackers and spy agencies for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and the cyberattack.
"Washington has delivered yet another blow on the Russian-US relations".
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The Kiwis made the gold medal race after qualifying as the second fastest team. "But I just tried to keep my head down and race". The 25-year-old, who won the 50m title on Friday, touched in a Commonwealth Games record of 1:54.00, well ahead of David Morgan.