In the United States consider new sanctions against Russia after “Panama leakage”


U.S. authorities plan to examine millions of documents, which fell into the hands of the International consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ), as a result of leakage from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which renders services on registration of offshore companies, writes Bloomberg referring to the informed source, the name which the Agency does not name.

According to the interlocutor of Bloomberg, the American authorities want to receive information about people who may have helped companies or individuals to evade the sanctions imposed by the US against Russia. These people can be included in the sanctions list of the U.S. Treasury.

A new list may be released in June, just when the expected EU vote on the question of whether to extend sanctions against Russia.

“Obviously, this archive documents the potential to allow OFAC [the division of the US Treasury Department responsible for sanctions] to draw some conclusions and help build the evidence base,” explained Bloomberg Peter Harrell, a former Deputy assistant Secretary for financial policy. He also added that he expects a positive vote of the EU extension of anti-Russian sanctions for another six months.

“The U.S. government closely focuses on the investigation of possible illegal activity, including violation of tax laws or sanctions imposed by the US, using all sources of information, both public and private,” — said in comments to the U.S. Treasury, admitted to Bloomberg

OFAC uses publicly available information, law enforcement and intelligence sources, anonymous messages and indications to identify and respond to potential violations of the sanctions, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.