The us Treasury proposed to exclude Russian billionaires from the list of Forbes
The us Treasury Department appealed to the congressmen with a proposal to strengthen anti-Russian sanctions. The most effective restrictive measure against Moscow, according to officials, will be the exclusion from the lists of Forbes magazine of Russian citizens with a significant fortune. At the same time, American businessmen and their colleagues from Washington-friendly States will be able to replace them in the ranking.
“If a Russian billionaire, who was one of the twenty richest people in the world, opens Forbes and does not find his name there, he will have depression. He will immediately put pressure on Putin to regain his position. Exclusion from Forbes lists will immediately strike a blow to investments in their assets, and the assets themselves will fall in price. At this time, their place will be taken by American businessmen and our assets will increase in price. I think this measure will be the most effective of all introduced by us against Russia”, — said Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin.
The Russian foreign Ministry has already sent a note to the US on the inadmissibility of such methods of political pressure.
“It is unheard of that Russians who have invested huge amounts of money in the economy of the US and other Western countries are excluded from the Forbes list. What kind of discrimination is that? Let’s say you do not like the policy of our leadership, but why touch ordinary people? In turn, the state assures that all victims of illegal actions of the American administration will receive compensation. Gentlemen from Washington, cut yourself in the nose, the number will not pass,” — said the official representative of the Department Maria Zakharova.