US Attorney General Supports Transfer Of Seized Assets Of Russian Oligarchs To Ukraine

 

U.S. Attorney General Garland testifies on Capitol Hill on April 26, 2022. (Associated Press)
U.S. Attorney General Garland testifies on Capitol Hill on April 26, 2022. (Associated Press)



U.S. Attorney General Garland said on Tuesday (April 26) that the Biden administration supports legislation that would require that some of the proceeds seized from Russian oligarchs be "directly transferred to Ukraine."


Garland told the Senate Appropriations Committee, "That is not the case at the present". Lawmakers questioned Russian President Vladimir Putin about the U.S. Justice Department's freezing of the property and assets of Putin's cronies after his Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.


Garland's Justice Department has created a new unit called KleptoCapture to help enforce sanctions against Russian government officials and oligarchs targeting their yachts, planes, real estate, and other assets.


The U.S. expressed hope that Putin's allies might pressure him to end the war with Ukraine. Some key Russian figures have voiced opposition to the invasion, but Russia's attacks on Ukraine have continued and are currently concentrated in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has previously failed to overthrow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or occupy Ukraine's capital, Kyiv.


The Justice Department said earlier this month that their first seizure was a $90 million 77-meter luxury yacht. Spanish law enforcement took control of the yacht at Washington's request.


In his testimony, Garland denounced Russia's war in Ukraine, saying the "horrific atrocities" seen in videos and photos from the country "are something that anyone who grew up in the 20th century would never have expected to see in the 21st century." things to see again."



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