December 2, 2021

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FBI agents swarm Washington home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska – NBC News

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FBI agents on Tuesday swarmed the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington, D.C., an agency spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.

The reason for their presence wasn’t immediately clear. The spokesperson said the agency is conducting “law enforcement activity at the home,” but wouldn’t elaborate.

The investigation is being led by federal investigators in New York City, according to two officials briefed on the matter.

FBI agents outside the home of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Washington on Oct. 19, 2021.Laura Strickler / NBC News

Lawyers for Deripaska, a billionaire oil tycoon with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, did not immediately return requests for comment.

The 11,000-square foot home sits on one of the most exclusive blocks in Washington.

Next door neighbor George Conway, the husband of former President Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, walked over to the house on Tuesday afternoon to snap a photo of the law enforcement activity. Conway said he has never seen Deripaska at the home.

Deripaska, who is a longtime associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and officials who were sanctioned by the Treasury Department in April 2018.

A press release announcing the sanctions said Deripaska has been investigated for money laundering and accused of “threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official, and taking part in extortion and racketeering.”

He sued the U.S. over the sanctions, but a federal court judge dismissed the case in June. Deripaska has appealed the ruling.

NBC News reported in January 2018 that the Russian tycoon had been repeatedly denied a visa to enter the United States over his alleged ties to organized crime.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Jonathan Dienst contributed.

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