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The US Treasury unveiled new plans targeting corrupt Russian oligarchs and their activities.
Plans published Friday outlined the need to close regulatory loopholes linked to shell companies. 
The Treasury also wants to stop all-cash real-estate purchases, often used to launder money.

The US Department of Treasury unveiled a raft of new measures designed to unearth illicit finance on Friday, saying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had sparked renewed efforts to close regulatory loopholes.

The Department’s National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing, pubished every two years, outlined plans to increase transparency in the US financial system and strengthen the anti-money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism.

In a National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing report published on Friday, the Treasury outlined plans to increase transparency in the US financial system and strengthen the anti-money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism.

The Treasury took sweeping action last week, prohibiting US persons from providing accounting, trust and corporate formation, or management consulting services to any individual or organization located in Russia, making anyone engaged in such activity eligible for sanctions. 

Speaking on Friday, Elizabeth Rosenberg, the Treasury’s financial crime chief, said: “Illicit finance is a major national security threat and nowhere is that more apparent than in Russia’s war against Ukraine, supported by decades of corruption by Russian elites.

“We need to close loopholes, work efficiently with international partners, and leverage new technologies to tackle the risks posed by corruption, an increase in domestic violent extremism, and the abuse of virtual assets,” Rosenberg added.

The Biden-Harris Administration seeks to counter corruption, the report said, especially against designated Russian elites like oligarchs and their proxies, who have sought or are seeking to anonymize and hide bank accounts, securities, real estate, gold, and other assets.

The report said such individuals were …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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