FBI seized Prada shoes, sunglasses and hiking boots in raids on 2 mansions linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch, report says


  • the FBI seized multiple items in October 2021 raids on the mansions of a Russian oligarch, Bloomberg reported.
  • Among the items were Prada shoes, beautiful artwork and hiking boots, Bloomberg said.

FBI agents seized items including Prada shoes, sunglasses and six fine works of art during a raid on New York and Washington mansions linked to sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Deripaska, a billionaire industrialist who co-founded aluminum giant Rusal, was sanctioned by the United States in 2018 after Russiathe annexation of Ukrainefrom the territory of Crimea in 2014. Deripaska is accused by the United States of violating money laundering laws and threatening the lives of his business rivals.

In October 2021, the FBI raided New York and Washington, D.C. mansions linked to Deripaska, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter. Also among the items seized by officers were hiking boots and household items, as well as financial and phone records, the people told Bloomberg.

The raids appear to be linked to concerns by US authorities that Deripaska tried to escape to the United States punishmentssaid Bloomberg.

Deripaska’s spokesperson dismissed the allegations, saying they were “untrue lies and allegations.” They told Bloomberg: “To think that seizing baseball caps and shoes from homes that don’t even belong to Mr. Deripaska will somehow make these lies more believable is absurd.”

Deripaska has filed a lawsuit to lift US sanctions after it “devastated” her wealth and reputation, The Wall Street Journal reported. A US court dismissed his appeal in March 2022, saying his reasoning that the sanctions were illegal lacked merit, according to court documents.

After Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Deripaska was sanctioned by the United Kingdom on March 10 and by Australia on March 18 for what officials said were his ties to Putin and the Kremlin.

Deripaska spoke out against what Russia called a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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