Reuters: assets “Renova” blocked due to sanctions against Vekselberg

MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Dollar accounts of several companies controlled by the Renova group, in the amount of 1.5 – 2 billion was blocked due to US sanctions against its owner Viktor Vekselberg. This was reported by Reuters citing sources familiar with the situation.

Problems encountered engineering company “Sulzer”, which, as previously reported, was forced to buy from the group Vekselberg 5 million of its shares to avoid popadanie under the sanctions, and a number of other European companies.

Guide Renova has appealed to the Swiss authorities, which, for example, contributed to the redemption of securities “Sulzer”, said sources to Reuters. In addition, was temporarily blocked the salary accounts of several Swiss employees of the Russian holding.

“Secondary sanctions can take actually ethnic in nature, extending its action even to countries that do not intend to impose measures similar to the us, and even disagree with them”, – quotes Agency of one of the interlocutors.

The U.S. government on April 6 announced the introduction of sanctions against several Russian officials, businessmen and companies. Among them was the owner of “Renova” Viktor Vekselberg.

The group of companies “Renova” owns and manages assets in metallurgy, mining, chemical, construction industries, transport, energy, telecommunications, high-tech engineering, utilities and financial sector in Russia and abroad.