Obama Issues Executive Order Freezing Assets Of Seven Putin Aides

Tyler Durden's picture

As was largely expected, the first retaliation by Obama has arrived, courtesy of a just issued Executive Order by the president, in which he has blocked and frozen "all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person" (i.e. assets) of not only the pre-coup Ukraine president Yanukovich and the Crimean leader Aksyonov, including all Russians that operate in the Russian arms industry, but most notably seven Putin aides. Not Putin himself of course - that would be too "escalatory"...

From the White House:

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014, finding that the actions and policies of the Government of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine -- including the recent deployment of Russian Federation military forces in the Crimea region of Ukraine -- undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, and thereby constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. Accordingly, I hereby order:

 

Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in...

The people impacted:

  • Vladislav Surkov

Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov (born 21 September 1964)[1] is a Russian businessman and politician. He was First Deputy of the Chief of the Russian Presidential Administration from 1999 to 2011, during which time he was widely seen as the main ideologist of the Kremlin. Allegedly he contributed greatly to the electoral victory of President Vladimir Putin in 2004. Surkov is seen as the main architect of the current Russian political system, often described as "sovereign" or "managed" democracy.

From December 2011 until 8 May 2013 he served as the Russian Federation's Deputy Prime Minister. While his resignation was described as voluntary, presidential spokesman Peskov linked the resignation with the government's failure to carry out decrees by President Putin., in the late 1980s he started as a businessman as the government lifted the ban against private businesses. He became a head of the advertisement department of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's businesses. During the 1990s he held key managerial positions in advertisement and PR departments of Khodorkovsky's Bank Menatep (1991 – April 1996) and Rosprom (March 1996 – February 1997) and Fridman's Alfa-Bank (since February 1997).

In September 2004 Surkov was elected president of the board of directors of the oil products transportation company Transnefteproduct, but was instructed by Russia's PM Mikhail Fradkov to give up the position in February 2006.

Sergey Yurievich Glazyev is a Russian politician and economist, Full Member of Russian Academy of Science since 2008. He was a minister in 1993, a member of the State Duma in 1993-2007, and ran for President of Russia in 2004. Glazyev was a co-founder of the Rodina party. Glazyev announced his retirement from politics in March 2007, and said that he did not intend to seek a further term in the Duma, arguing that Vladimir Putin's rule had crowded out all forms of political opposition and debate in the country.

In July 2012, Putin appointed Glazyev as presidential aide for the coordination of the work of federal agencies in developing the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Glazyev has authored more than forty books and hundreds of pamphlets and research papers. One of his books has been published in English translation by the LaRouche movement's Executive Intelligence Review as Genocide: Russia and the New World Order (ISBN 0-943235-16-2). In 1995 he was awarded with the Gold Kondratieff Medal by the International N. D. Kondratieff Foundation and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (RAEN).

In August 2013 Glazyev claimed that stating that all Ukrainians favor Ukraine to integrate in the European Union "is some kind of sick self-delusion".[3] Because, according to him, "sociological surveys by Ukrainian sociological services say something different: 35% of people prefer the European Union and 40% the Customs Union". He blamed "numerous political scientists and experts, who have fed on European and American grants for 20 years, and a whole generation of diplomats and bureaucrats that has appeared after the years of the ‘orange’ hysteria, who are carrying out an anti-Russian agenda" and "who are too far from the economy and real life, don’t really know their country’s history and are divorced from its spiritual traditions" for creating "an effect that Ukraine doesn’t want".[3] Ukrainian opinion polls that polled support in Ukraine for European Union membership did indicate that at the time of Mr Glazyev's statements Ukrainians preferred joining the European Union rather than the Customs Union.

  • Leonid Slutsky

Leonid Eduardovich Slutskii is a member of the State Duma of Russia, a member of the LDPR party. Currently he is the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on the "Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Integration and links with compatriots". Slutsky as been a First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma's Committee on International Affairs. He is dean of the international relations department at the Moscow State University of Economics, Information and Statistics. He has held senior banking positions and was an advisor to the mayor of Moscow. Slutsky also reported to a directorate of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. He holds an economics degree from the Moscow Economic-Statistical Institute

  • Andrei Klishas

Dr. Andrey A. Klishas served as Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Interros Company since June 2008. Dr. Klishas is a visiting Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law Faculty and an Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Municipal Department (Legal Department) of Russian Peoples Friendship University. Dr. Klishas is an Assistant Professor of constitutional and municipal department of Moscow University for the Russian Ministry of Domestic Affairs. From June 1998 to October 2001, he was the Legal Matters Director and Deputy General Director of Interros Company. From October 2001, Dr. Klishas served as the General Director of Interros and from December 2001, he was the Chairman of the Management Board. From January 2004, Dr. Klishas was a Member of the Board of Directors of the firm. He held different posts at Russian Federal Property Fund from 1995 to 1997 and at UNEXIM Bank, where he was the Deputy Head of Legal Department from August 1997 to June 1998. On July 2007, Dr. Klishas was elected the President of Federation of Hunting Dog Breeding.

Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polyus Gold since June 26, 2008 and Open Investments company and a Member of the Board of Agros Group and Polyus CJSC. Dr. Klishas serves as a General Director at KM Invest Private Joint Stock Company. He has been Director of MMC Norilsk Nickel since December 2008.

  • Valentina Matviyenko

Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko is the highest-ranking female politician in Russia, the former governor of Saint Petersburg and the current Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. Born in the Ukrainian SSR, Matviyenko started her political career in the 1980s in Saint Petersburg (then called Leningrad) and was the First Secretary of the Krasnogvardeysky District CPSU of the city from 1984 to 1986. In the 1990s she served as Russian ambassador to Malta (1991–1995) and Greece (1997–1998). Between 1998–2003 Matviyenko was Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for Welfare, and briefly the Presidential Envoy to the Northwestern Federal District in 2003. By that time she firmly allied herself with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an alliance which secured her a victory in the governor elections in Saint Petersburg, Putin's native city.

On 19 May 2007, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation announced that on 16 May it had detained several members of an undisclosed youth religious group allegedly preparing an assassination attempt on Valentina Matviyenko’s life using hand grenades and plastic explosive. On 23 May FSB Director Nikolay Patrushev announced that the prevented attempt had been scheduled for June.

Controversial businessman Vitaly Arkhangelsky accused Matviyenko in corporate raiding and corruption. According to him Matvieyenko is the real owner of the bank "Saint Petersburg" that staged a corporate raid on the property of his company, OMG that included Vyborg Port and Western Terminal of Saint Petersburg port using falsified documents with forged signature of Arkhangelsy. The lawyers of bank "Saint Petersburg" insist on exclusion materials of Matviyenko's involvement from the criminal case in London court.

  • Dmitry Rogozin

Dmitryi Olegovich Rogozin  is a Russian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in charge of defense industry. In January 2008, he became Russia's ambassador to NATO, until December 2011. He was a leader of the Rodina (Motherland) party until it merged with other similar Russian parties to form the Fair Russia party.He speaks 4 languages and holds a doctor's degree.

On 18 February 2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appointed Dmitry Rogozin as a Special Representative on anti-missile defence and negotiations with NATO countries on this issue. On 23 December 2011 Dmitry Rogozin was appointed deputy premier of Russian Government in charge of defense and space industry. As responsible for the defense industry he leads the creation of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry (Russian DARPA).

In 2008 he was appointed a Russian ambassador to NATO. As Russia's NATO envoy he was heavily opposed to Ukraine and Georgia becoming members of NATO. After the two countries were denied membership of the NATO Membership Action Plan he claimed that: "They will not invite these bankrupt scandalous regimes to join NATO...more so as important partnerships with Russia are at stake.". For such words he was criticized by some Ukrainian and Georgian officials. Former Ukraine's envoy to NATO Ihor Sahach said: "In my opinion, he is merely used as one of cogs in the informational war waged against Ukraine. Sooner or later, I think, it should be stopped". The envoy also expressed a surprise with Rogozin's slang words. "It was for the first time that I heard such a higher official as envoy using this, I don't even know how to describe it, whether it was a slang or language of criminal circles… I understand Russian, but, I'm sorry, I don't know what his words meant".The Foreign Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Ohryzko stated that he did not regard the statement as serious.

  • Yelena Mizulina

Yelena Mizulina is a Russian politician serving as a member of the Russian Parliament between 1995 and 2003 and again since 2007. Since 2012, she has been the center of attention in regard to a set of controversial laws concerning the rights of the LGBT community in Russia and the adoption of Russian orphan children by foreigners. She is currently Chairman of the Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs. She has changed her political affiliation several times, having served public office on behalf of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, the liberal Yabloko and Union of Right Forces parties and is currently representing the region of Omsk in the Duma as a representative of the social democratic A Just Russia party.

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1stepcloser's picture

I guess Obummer really doesn't like the petro-dollar very much huh..

Oh regional Indian's picture

Say WHAAAAAT?

"hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014,"

Whaaaaaaaat?

Strange days, stranger languaging....

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/truth-about-america-truth-abo...

Hmmmm....

ori

Chuck Norris's picture

Obama, you're such a little bitch.  Either fight like a man or go home.  Nobody likes watching a sissy fight.

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

I guess Congress just doesn't matter any more. Heil Obama!

1000 splendid suns's picture

"I, Barry Soetoro, invasive species and empty suit do hearby claim ownership of the entire planet. If you don't like the red lines I draw, take it up with my handlers Valerie and Mr. Soros. If you have the time, we're looking for a fourth for our 2 o'clock tee time."

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Actually, I find this to be an interesting move. Oligarchs going after oligarchs.

Of course it could be all for show. Does anyone even know if these guys have any assets in their own name in the US? I'm assuming they are smart enough to bury ownership underneath seven different levels of offshore trusts and holding companies, like any self-respecting oligarch would.

Ignatius's picture

Russia counters: "We will no longer be buying prime and former US Postal properties exclusively brokered by Senator Feinstein's husband."

silvermail's picture

Obama should urgently release a music album "The Red LineS." I think it will be a great success!

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Big ego on display...

....and little cock for sure.

NoDebt's picture

Check out the last name on the list.  Obama never misses an opportunity to pander to some special interest group.  Tell me how THAT person had anything to do with the Crimean/Ukranian situation.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

In fairness to Obama, he is a fag, so he is simply looking out for his own kind.

dirtscratcher's picture

 

Maybe nobody likes watching a sissy fight, but it might be funny to watch two sissies fight. I'll take odds on a Richard Simmons vs. Bath House Barry matchup. 

SDShack's picture

Pussydent 0zer0 speaks... and the world yawns.

drendebe10's picture

Wutta chicken sh*t that arrogant, narcissitic, pathological lying, illegal kenyan alien, muslim sociopathic incompetent is....  on top of that a chicken legged golfer with a Ho wookie...

fx's picture

the scumbag in the white house should mind his own business. "looking sexy in jeans"? wtf? This wannabe politician isn't capable to figure out anything without asking either his wife or his teleprompter or his dog...

tarsubil's picture

There is a certain peace from admitting the truth to self as an American that I live under a king and oligarchy and not a representative government.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I swear I heard a pin drop there tarsubil...

HardAssets's picture

Seeing the truth is the first step toward ending tyranny.

 

Thus dictators always try to control 'education', the media, face-to-face speech ('political correctness') , etc.

 

rubiconsolutions's picture

America has been in a state of emergency since March 9, 1933 and most people don't know it -

"Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency. In fact, there are now in effect four presidentially-proclaimed states of national emergency: In addition to the national emergency declared by President Roosevelt in 1933, there are also  the national  emergency proclaimed  by President Truman  on December  16, 1950, during the Korean conflict, and the states of national emergency declared by President
Nixon on March 23, 1970, and August 15, 1971.

These  proclamations  give  force  to  470  provisions  of  Federal  law. These  hundreds  of statutes  delegate  to  the  President  extraordinary  powers, ordinarily  exercised  by  the Congress,  which  affect  the  lives  of American  citizens  in  a  host  of  all-encompassing manners. This vast range of powers, taken together, confer enough authority to rule the country without reference to normal Constitutional processes.

Under  the  powers  delegated  by  these  statutes,  the  President  may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military  forces  abroad;  institute  martial  law;  seize  and  control  all  transportation  and communication;  regulate  the  operation  of  private  enterprise;  restrict  travel;  and, in  a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.

Want proof? - visit here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/51409755/Senate-Report-93-549. This essentially gives presidents the authority to act in an extra-constitutional manner. No wonder the occupants of the White House get away with murder.

Questan1913's picture

Ori

Yes, that means the country is currently under martial law (read previous executive orders dating back to 9-11-2001), the few remaining shreds of the bill of rights are null and void and the executive branch has temporary dictatorial powers until the "emergency" it has declared is deemed over. Amazing what a simple stroke of the pen can set aside, no? Has anyone heard of any opposition to this? Does anyone care? Of course not.

DblAjent's picture

"Slutsky" - I hear he comes from a long line of Polish hookers

agent default's picture

Everyone in the list was fully aware of the events that were about to take place months ago.  If they have any assets left in the US these are probably token amounts to justify the next move by he Kremlin.  Obama is a class A moron.  There can no longer be any doubt about this.

oldmanofthesee's picture

I won't argue the moron label, but can he really be this stupid? Or, is this the "flexibility" that he promised to Vlad, after he was re-elected. Even with those idiots advising him on foreign policy and national security, he couldn't possibly be so far wrong on so many issues. He is deliberatly sending the US down the dumper.

john39's picture

oh no, a whole seven aides?  anything but that...

astoriajoe's picture

for Obama's sake, I hope it amounts to more than a few Brighton Beach condos.

fockewulf190's picture

Moldova is next.  That´ll cost another 5 aides a wrist slap.  Putin must be laughing his ass off.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

I don't want insult.  But why would any country be interested in taking Moldova?  Besides Crimea was the easy part.  The tricky phase in Ukraine is just starting.

falak pema's picture

Crimea has Black Sea oil n gas which would be KRIMINAL to leave to the U-skulled n bones neanderthals; according to Putinistan logic. 

Real Estate Geek's picture

Uh . . , how about the smokin' hot women!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

If Serge Glazyev wasn't motivated enough to go after the Petro-Dollar, he is now:

"Gas for Gold, Oil for Old, you Amerikanski bytchez!"

unrulian's picture

This won't end well

HardAssets's picture

Next they'll ban the selling of Girl Scout cookies to 12 Russian nationals in the U.S.

This is serious stuff.

fockewulf190's picture

"This won't end well."

The entire Crimera for 7 expendable aides maybe getting some of their cookies locked away in a cookie jar?  This has ended way better than well.  Obama, the EU,and Ukraine have been punked royally!   Lurch has been bitch-slapped yet again and will have nothing more to say to Putin other than "You rang?"!! 

Infinite QE's picture

Any jewish names on that list? LOL~

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

they are all christians

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Didn't most of the Jewish oligarchs flee to Israel years ago?

Johnny Moscow's picture

Actually pretty much ALL the top 20 or so biggest Russian oligarchs are Jewish. Abromovich, Deripaska, Khodorkovsky (still in jail), Potanin, Veckselberg, etc. Prokhorov is also a tribesman technically by birth and even Alisher Usmanov (technically Russia's richest magnate) who's Muslim is married to a woman of the Jewish faith. Oh yeah and the heasd of the largest bank (gref) and biggest telecom companies are too...the list goes on and on. Somehow the mainstream media has overlooked that fact...go figure!!

TheReplacement's picture

That seems unlikely, not that any are Jewish, just that they are actually christians.

Seasmoke's picture

If any if these guys had more than .69¢ in any accounts in US, they are not very smart. 

ParkAveFlasher's picture

I imagine you are not a Putin inner-circle member if you keep money with American entities.

agent default's picture

Depends on how you look at it.  They probably left enough in the US to justify a Kremlin response to the sanctions. The Russians are totally aware of the complete joke the US has become.

lynnybee's picture

Can he really do that!  what an idiot. 

Mesquite's picture

Hmmm...

Corzine still free..??

Just curious..

forwardho's picture

Better to do nothing than to do something which shows you can do nothing.