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Why the U.S. hasn’t punished Russian oligarchs

By Laurie Bennett

March 24, 2014 at 2:02pm

While Russia is beginning to feel the pinch of U.S. sanctions, President Obama’s list of targeted individuals is still remarkable for the oligarchs and companies not on it.

One reason for this is immediately clear: The U.S. has significant stakes in many of the enterprises controlled by Russian billionaires.

The interactive Muckety map above shows some of the oligarchs (tan boxes) and Russian companies (salmon-colored boxes) that have not yet been sanctioned. The blue boxes at the bottom are just a few of their American investors.

The pressure to overlook these connections mounts as Russian President Vladimir Putin steps up military and economic tactics in his incursion of Ukraine.

For example, Gazprom, one of the companies shown in the map, has increased natural gas prices on exports to Ukraine.

Obama, beginning a four-day visit to Europe, repeated his intent to broaden sanctions on Monday. “We’re united in imposing a cost on Russia for its actions so far,” he said.

Update: G-8 leaders agreed later Monday to exclude Russia and to move their next meeting from Sochi to Brussels.

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