The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated seven Russian government officials, including two key members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle, and 17 entities because of Russia's continued belligerence in Ukraine.
Oleg Belavantsev: Appointed Russia’s Presidential Envoy to Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 21, 2014.
Sergei Chemezov: Appointed by a presidential decree on November 26, 2007 as Director General of the State Corporation for Promoting Development, Manufacturing and Export of Russian Technologies High-Tech Industrial Products, also known as Rostec. Rostec is a Russian state-owned holding company and has not been sanctioned. Chemezov is a trusted ally of Putin, whom he has known since the 1980s when they lived in the same apartment complex in East Germany. Chemezov also was selected June 20, 2013 for the board of Rosneft, a Russian state-owned oil company.
Dmitry Kozak: Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, a position that he has held since October 2008, and to which he was reappointed by presidential decree in May 2012. Kozak has served in a number of capacities in the Russian Federation since 1999, including as Chief of the Government Staff and Minister of Regional Development.
Evgeniy Murov: Director of Russia’s Federal Protective Service and an Army General. Murov has worked in Russian state security services since 1971 and became Head and Director of the Federal Protective Service in May 2000.
Aleksei Pushko: Deputy of the State Duma since December 4, 2011. He also is Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.
Igor Sechin: President and Chairman of the Management Board for Rosneft, Russia’s leading petroleum company, and one of the world’s largest publicly-traded oil companies. Rosneft is a state-owned company and has not been sanctioned.
Vyacheslav Volodin: First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office. Putin’s decision to move into Crimea is believed to have been based on consultations with his closest advisors, including Volodin.