the DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

    3/19/22       14,779.81 (rev)

                              14,642.67 (old)

    3/12/22       14,818.09 (rev)

                              14,642.67 (old)

     6/27/13…    15,000.00

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  3/19/22… 34,754.93; 3/12/22… 33,614.80; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

OLIGARCHS, OILYGARCHS and SOME ASSASSINS!

 

Vladimir Putin’s imperialistic war against the people and the state of the Ukraine has entered into its third week with the Russian army still advancing, but meeting unexpected resistance, the dictator... increasingly paranoid and berserk... reduced to assuaging the bugs in his brain with horrific war crimes; air and ground shelling of civilian targets – hospitals, apartment blocks, even a city morgue.  The so-called civilized world is aghast and, for the most part, paralyzed.  China watches and waits.  President Joe has imposed such sanctions as he believes will not provoke Mad Vlad into further outrages, including the ultimate madness – total thermonuclear war – even though his secret spooks and spies have informed him (and more than a few have leaked their concerns) that Putin has embarked upon a Last Crusade. 

First of that Last, of course, is to reconstitute the former Soviet Union by conquering its dozen or so former components – now dispersed and under varying positions on the scale from tyranny to freedom, Belarus to the Baltics.  When that is achieved... by any means necessary, even by the sort of weaponry of mass destruction that will destroy the sovereign and independent nation’s productive capacity and annihilate its population, rendering its subjugation essentially fruitless... his next objective will be to lasso the autonomous but allied former “satellites” like Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the partitioned Czecho-Slovakia and exploded former Yugoslavia and, above all, the arrogant and dangerous Poles back into his corral.

This may pose a problem in that most have been entrapped, seduced and probably inveigled into joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization under the thumb of the despised and decadent Americans.  And under Article Five of the NATO protocols (See Attachment One), a military attack upon one requires an unmoderated and unmitigated military response by all upon the aggressor.

Which means World War Three.

Total...

Nuclear...

Apocalypse.  (See last week’s DJI)

 

Putin, however, is a gambler and, now that the cards are dealt and Ukraine apparently holds a stronger hand than anticipated, it’s time to push all the chips into the pot and jump from the satellite recapture to the ultimate goal – destruction of and enslavement of the West.  He has watched America, the leader of the gang, rent asunder by its own partisan, geographic, racial and cultural strife and... under a succession of weak and/or corrupt leaders... slide into decline.  President Biden, like the Soviets of a quarter century ago, engineered a humiliating debacle in Afghanistan (graveyard of the imperialists) and his predecessor, Djonald Unashamed, proved a craven toady and willing American Quisling, toadying up to the Russians even after reports of their atrocities could no longer be concealed.

So it is certainly possible that the West will wave the white flag rather than risk the wrath of the little dictator and his increasingly uneasy armed forces.  But it is also possible that they will not.

To date, the response of the Americans... and, to a lesser extent, the British... has centered upon imposing sanctions that anger and alienate the Russian people and do not concern Putin, who has no regard for serfs (his own or foreigners) but also finger a handful of the so-called oligarchs, the biznessmen who have grown wealthy by commandeering the choicest cuts on the carcass of Soviet Communism.  They have been named and are subject to humiliation (or worse) should they venture out of Mother Russia and some... the unfortunate and dim-witted who either failed to gain an inkling of their Commander’s intentions from Putin himself or from the fiscal implications of the war – leaving their assets in banks and investments vulnerable to seizure or their “look at me!” foreign mansions and costly yachts moored in unfriendly waters. 

They have nobody but themselves to blame.

All in all, America has sanctioned seventeen of these creatures (as of most recent numeration – new targets are being identified and taken down almost daily) and the British have cuffed seven more.  (See Attachment Two)  Collectively, they represent a Who’s Who of the makers and shakers of modern Russia, the financial (and usually moral) equivalent of the modern robber-barons who command Western enterprises.  In other words, the billionaires... favored with tax cuts, protected by flexible, fungible laws and private security armies as well as legions of lawyers, accountants and looters – eyes always on prizes that arise even in difficult times.

Specifically, for the purpose of this Lesson, those Americans reaping the most lucre by gouging Don Jones and the rest of the peasants at the gas gauges and those whose fingers are tight around the throats of Americans desperate to heat their homes and power their diversions. (See Attachment/s Three A and B)

Let’s begin with the Russians...

 

THE OLIGARCHS (Russia)

 

Who are the oligarchs?

In Russia, according to Quartz (Attachment Four) oligarchs typically refer to “wealthy individuals with close ties to Putin who became rich following the fall of the Soviet Union. An oligarchy refers to a government run by a small group of individuals for corrupt purposes.

“The fall of the USSR in 1991 created opportunities for corruption at the highest levels of the Russian government as it set out to privatize state-owned enterprises. During this time, a small group of well-connected Russians amassed wealth taking control of the state’s banks, factories, and natural resources.

“Today Russian billionaires control about 30% of the nation’s wealth, much of it stashed overseas. A 2017 National Bureau of Economic Research paper (pdf) estimated Russian elites’ offshore assets were worth as much as the household assets of the entire Russian population.”

 

Among the common grounds between the Russian and American oligarchs is a dissonance between official and not-so-official estimations of their worth.  By most accounts, the Russians are billionaires – many are billionaires many times over – most came by their wealth by attaching themselves to the new, non-Soviet Russia long before Vladimir Putin emerged from his quiet cave in East Germany, taking such wealth as remained in the ruined U.S.S.R.  When Boris (“buy me a drink”) Yeltsin cast his nets about for a successor, Glad Vlad, who’d mucked about in more security and spook related positions was available and… in what many have called the worst decision made by a politician in the 21st century (until, one hopes, Ukraine) appointed as prime minister in August 1999. After the resignation of Yeltsin, Putin became acting president, and less than four months later was elected outright to the Presidency.

Time’s Suriya Jayanti praised the sanctions package as  broad, deep, and targeted all at once” but added that it will almost certainly “be more hype than impact,” advocating embargoes of Russian energy, too.  (Attachment Five)  A CNN business report posited that, while oil prices per barrel were falling, the American oilies were continuing their gouging at the pump.  (See Attachment Seven)  A bad augur for proposed state and Federal gas tax cuts!

Putin, meanwhile, threatened other Eastern Europe nations (including NATO members whose incursions would result in either the abject surrender of the West, or nuclear war).  The Guardian UK conducted man (and woman) in the street interviews, finding fear and loathing ascendant.  (See Attachment Eight)

 

Actions

On February 24, 2022, Treasury designated VTB Bank, Russia’s second largest bank, pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being owned or controlled by, or for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the GoR, and for operating or having operated in the financial services sector of the Russian Federation economy. Today, OFAC is designating the ten individuals comprising VTB Bank’s management board.

Olga Konstantinovna Dergunova

Vadim Valerievich Kulik

Valerii Vasilyevich Lukyanenko

Anatolii Yuryevich Pechatnikov

Natalia Germanovna Dirks

Maxim Dmitrievich Kondratenko

Erkin Rakhmatovich Norov

Svyatoslav Evgenievich Ostrovsky

Dmitrii Vasilyevich Pyanov

Yuriy Nikolaevich Andresov

 

On February 25th, NBC News announced that the White House would take the rare step of directly sanctioning Putin, a largely symbolic act given that the Russian leader has hidden his wealth and made it difficult to freeze his assets.

They also listed seven oligarchs (plus a few more family members) who might, the network said, “be less inclined to spread their wealth internationally and instead choose to stay close to Putin in Russia.”

See NBC note on the list below... the notice is appended as Attachment Nine.

Here are the Russian oligarchs targeted in Biden's sanctions

“These people are KGB cronies,” a former U.S. ambassador said. “They have more influence on policy, the kind of policy that led to invading Ukraine, for example."

 

The network also stated that “authorities from around the world have seized almost a half-dozen superyachts belonging to billionaire oligarchs allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

See their pictures at: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/are-superyachts-seized-russian-oligarchs-rcna20346?featureFlag=true#anchor-AmoreVero

 

As March blew in, DOJ announced the creation of “KleptoCapture” task force to "seize the assets of individuals and entities who violate these sanctions.” (The Hill)

“We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to investigate, arrest, and prosecute those whose criminal acts enable the Russian government to continue this unjust war," Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said.

NBC News then announced that “authorities from around the world have seized almost a half-dozen superyachts belonging to billionaire oligarchs allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

See their pictures at: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/are-superyachts-seized-russian-oligarchs-rcna20346?featureFlag=true#anchor-AmoreVero

 

 

On March 3rd, Quartz announced the names of more ollies sanctioned by President Joe.  Eight individuals and their family members will be cut off from the US financial system, see their US assets frozen, and have their property blocked from use, according to the White House. The US will also make it harder for 19 oligarchs, their families, and close associates, to secure US visas.

 

The Treasury Department’s March 11th offensive (See OFAC at Treasury.gov, Attachment Ten) included designating regime elites and business executives who are associates and facilitators of the Russian regime, including three immediate family members of President Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitriy Sergeevich Peskov; Russian tycoon and Kremlin insider Viktor Vekselberg; and the Management Board of the sanctioned VTB Bank. Additionally, OFAC designated 12 members of the Russian State Duma, including Vyacheslav Victorovich Volodin, who is also a permanent member of Russia’s Security Council.

Treasury continues to hold Russian officials to account for enabling Putin’s unjustified and unprovoked war,” said Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen. “Today’s actions also further isolates the severely damaged Russian economy by prohibiting trade in products that are key to the economic and financial interests of all Russian elites.”

OFAC designated twelve members of the Duma. The Duma is one of two chambers of the Russian Federal Assembly, Russia’s legislature. Following months of Russia’s buildup of military forces on the Ukrainian border, in February 2022, the Duma voted in favor of sending a resolution to Putin to recognize the independence of two separatist-held territories in eastern Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), which was a blatant violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

Specifically, 11 members of the Duma signed a letter to the Duma’s speaker and member of the pro-Kremlin ruling United Russia Party, Vyacheslav Victorovich Volodin (Volodin – see below), lobbying for Putin’s recognition of these two separatist republics.

Today’s designations further hold to account those actors who were directly responsible for Russia’s illegitimate and unlawful recognition of the DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine and facilitating the sham pretext used by Putin to justify the Russian Federation’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The eleven additional members of the Duma designated today consist of:

 

Yuriy Vyacheslavovich Afonin

Yevgeniy Ivanovich Bessonov

Leonid Ivanovich Kalashnikov

Vladimir Ivanovich Kashin

Nikolay Vasilievich Kolomeitsev

Aleksey Vladimirovich Kurinniy

Ivan Ivanovich Melnikov

Dmitriy Georgievich Novikov

Nikolay Ivanovich Osadchiy

Kazbek Kutsukovich Taysaev

Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov

 

The British Government, for its part, issued a list of Russians being sanctioned there, in the United States and in a few other countries (notably where hyper-expensive and extensive yachts were confiscated) under the “Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations of 2019”, which ensure sanctions relating to Russia “are implemented effectively after the UK leaves the EU.”  Some pertinent moneygrabbers are in the little chart below.

Sorry, Russian Brexiteers.

For more on U.K. sanctioned ollies, see Attachment Eleven.

The recent rosters of sanctioned Russians is far larger than the smaller, more targeted roster of the past month, but includes both British and (below) American malfeasors.  Added to the official dossiers (in slightly smaller print) are a catchall chronology of presently maligned Putineers and their dirty deeds, scoured from various media accounts.  (Note: Mad Vlad himself has a modest listing #653, with the customary blurring of words and the explanation that he carries “ultimateauthority for the policy ofthe Russian governmentand Russian armed forces” and that, in February 2022, “Putin ordered Russianmilitary forces to launch an invasion ofUkraine, undermining and threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine.”  Further included are several bureaucratic designations.

That’s all!

 

 

 

 

Yuriy Vyacheslavovich Afonin

 

DUMA – see above

Yevgeniy Ivanovich Bessonov 

88. Name 6: BESSONOV 1: EVGENY2: IVANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Бессонов Евгений Иванович DOB: 26/11/1978. POB: Rostov-on-Don, Russia Nationality: Russia Address: 1 OkhotnyRyad str, Russia, 103265.Position: Member ofthe State Duma ofthe Russian FederationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0319 (UK Statement of Reasons):Member ofthe State Duma ofRussia who voted in favour ofFederalLawNo. 75577-8 “On theratification ofthe Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People's Republic”and/or FederalLaw No. 75578-8 “On theratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People's Republic”. In so doing, the memberendorsed President Putin’s decision to recognisethe Donetsk People’s Republicand the Luhansk People’s Republicas independentstates, thereby providing support for policiesand/oractions which destabilise Ukraine and/or undermine or threaten theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 11/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 11/03/2022 Last Updated: 11/03/2022 Group ID: 14264

DUMA – see above

Sergei Chemezov

 

 

128. Name 6: CHEMEZOV1: SERGEY2: VIKTOROVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 20/08/1952. POB: Irkutsk Oblast, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: Chair ofthe Rostecconglomerate OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0088 (UK Statement ofReasons):SergeyChemezov is one ofPresident Putin's known closeassociates, both were KGBofficers posted inDresden and heisa member ofthe Supreme Council of‘United Russia’. Heis benefiting fromhis links with the Russian President by being promoted to senior positions in State-controlled firms. Hechairs the Rostecconglomerate, theleading Russian state-controlled defenceand industrialmanufacturing corporation. Further to a decision ofthe Russian government, Technopromexport,asubsidiary ofRostec, is planning to build energy plants inCrimeathereby supporting its integration into the Russian Federation. Furthermore, Rosobornexportasubsidiary ofRostec, has supported theintegration ofCrimean defencecompanies into Russia’s defenceindustry, thereby consolidating theillegalannexation ofCrimeainto the Russian Federation. (Gender):Male Listed on: 12/09/2014 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 Group ID: 13115.

A former KGB agent, Chemezov is the CEO of state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec. Chemezov’s family amassed at least $400 million worth of assets while he climbed the ranks of Putin’s inner circle, according to Pandora Papers documents, including a superyacht, offshore companies, and a real estate business in Ireland.

Authorities in Spain seized Sergei Chemezov's Valerie, a 279-foot superyacht that had been moored in Barcelona. Chemezov, a former KGB officer, heads the state conglomerate Rostec. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez touted the seizure on La Sexta television. “We are talking about a yacht that we estimate is worth $140 million,” Sanchez said.

 

Sergei Sergeevich Ivanov son of Sergei Borisovich Ivanov

269. Name 6: IVANOV1: SERGEI 2: n/a 3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 31/01/1953. Address: 12 BLD1 Rochdelskaya Street Apt 13.OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0728 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes ofan asset freezeand atravel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is the EuropeanUnion’s CouncilDecision 2014/145/CFSP (asamended)concerning restrictive measures in respect ofactions undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty and independence ofUkraine,and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate (conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14679.

(NBC) Sergei Borisovich Ivanov is one of Putin's closest allies who previously served as the chief of staff of the presidential executive office and deputy prime minister and defense minister of Russia before becoming special presidential representative for environmental protection, ecology and transport. He served alongside Putin in the KGB and later became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

His son, Sergei Sergeevich Ivanov, is the CEO of the Russian state-owned diamond mining company Alrosa and a board member of Gazprombank, Russia’s third-largest financial institution.

Leonid Ivanovich Kalashnikov 

286. Name 6: KALASHNIKOV1: LEONID2: IVANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 06/08/1960. POB: StepnoyDvorets, Russia Nationality: Russia Position: First DeputyChairman ofthe Committee on Foreign Affairs ofthe State Durma OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0111 (UK Statement ofReasons):Former First deputy Chairman ofthe Committee on ForeignAffairs ofthe State Duma. On 20 March 2014 he voted in favour ofthe draft FederalConstitutional Law'on theacceptanceinto the Russian Federation ofthe Republic ofCrimeaand theformationwithin the Russian Federation of new federalsubjects - therepublic ofCrimeaand the City ofFederalStatus Sevastopol. CurrentlyChairman ofthe Russian State Duma Committeefor CIS Affairs, Eurasian Intergration and Relations withCompatrios. (Gender):Male Listed on: 12/09/2014 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 Group ID: 13107.

DUMA – see above

Vladimir Ivanovich Kashin 

307.  Name 6: KASHIN 1: VLADIMIR2: IVANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Кашин Владимир Иванович DOB: 10/08/1948. POB: Nazarevo, Russia Nationality: Russia Address: 1 OkhotnyRyad str, Russia, 103265.Position: Member of the State Duma ofthe Russian FederationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0419 (UK Statement ofReasons):Member of the State Duma ofRussia who voted in favour ofFederalLawNo. 75577-8 “On theratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People's Republic”and/or FederalLawNo. 75578-8 “On the ratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People's Republic.

DUMA – see above

 

Nikolay Vasilievich Kolomeitsev

DUMA – see above

Aleksey Vladimirovich Kurinniy

DUMA – see above

Andrey Melnichenko

496. Name 6: MELNICHENKO 1: ANDREY2: IGOREVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 08/03/1972. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0774 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freezeand atravel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is the European Union’s CouncilDecision 2014/145/CFSP (asamended)concerning restrictive measures in respect ofactions undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty and independence ofUkraine,and CouncilRegulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14725.

SY A — short for Sailing Yacht A — is one of the world's largest superyachts. Valued at over $440 million, the 469-foot vessel, owned by the fertilizer magnate Andrey Melnichenko, has eight decks, multiple elevators, an underwater observation area and the world's tallest masts. It was seized in the Italian port of Trieste.

Ivan Ivanovich Melnikov

497. Name 6: MELNIKOV1: IVAN 2: IVANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 07/08/1950. POB: Bogoroditsk, Russia Nationality: Russia Address: Russia.Position: First Deputy Speaker, State Duma Other Information: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0028 (UK Statement ofReasons):First Deputy Speaker, State Duma. On 20 March 2014 he voted in favour ofthe draft FederalConstitutionalLaw'on theacceptanceinto the Russian Federation ofthe Republic ofCrimeaand the formationwithin the Russian Federation of newfederalsubjects - therepublic ofCrimeaand the City ofFederalStatus Sevastopol'. (Gender):Male Listed on: 12/09/2014 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 Group ID: 13110.

DUMA – see above

Alexey Mordashov

The Lady M superyacht, owned by this Russian billionaire was seized in Italy.

(NBC)  Authorities in Italy seized a 215-foot superyacht called the Lady M this month. It's owned by Alexei Mordashov, Russia's richest businessman, and it’s estimated to be worth $27 million. The vessel, which requires a crew of 14, has six guest cabins, a pool and a gym.

But it pales in comparison to another of Mordashov's yachts, the $500 million Nord. The 464-foot vessel, which has two helipads and a waterfall and can accommodate 36 guests, was anchored this month in the Seychelles, where the U.S. and European Union sanctions don’t apply.

Dmitriy Georgievich Novikov

554. Name 6: NOVIKOV 1: DMITRY2: GEORGIEVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Новиков Дмитрий Георгиевич DOB: 12/09/1969. POB: Khabarovsk, Russia Nationality: Russia Address: 1 OkhotnyRyad str, Russia, 103265.Position: Member of the State Duma ofthe Russian FederationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0467 (UK Statement ofReasons):Member of the State Duma ofRussia who voted in favour ofFederalLawNo. 75577-8 “On theratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People's Republic”and/or FederalLawNo. 75578-8 “On the ratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People's Republic”. In so doing, the memberendorsed President Putin’s decision to recognisethe Donetsk People’s Republicand the Luhansk People’s Republicas independentstates, thereby providing support for policiesand/oractions which destabilise Ukraineand/or undermine or threaten theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 11/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 11/03/2022 Last Updated: 11/03/2022 Group ID: 14412

DUMA – see above

Nikolay Ivanovich Osadchiy

DUMA – see above

Andrey Patrushev, son of Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev

586. Name 6: PATRUSHEV1: NIKOLAI 2: PLATONOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Николай Платонович Патрушев DOB: 11/07/1951. POB: Leningrad (St Petersburg), USSR(nowRussian Federation) Nationality: Russia Address: Russia.Position: Secretary ofthe SecurityCouncil ofthe Russian FederationOther InformationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0048 (UK Statement ofReasons):Permanentmemberand Secretary ofthe SecurityCouncil ofthe Russian Federation. Asa member ofthe SecurityCouncil, which providesadvice on and coordinates nationalsecurity affairs, he was involved in shaping the policy ofthe Russian Government threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty and independence ofUkraine(Gender):Male Listed on: 25/07/2014 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 Group ID: 13036.

(NBC) Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev also served in the KGB with Putin, later became head of the Federal Security Service, the main successor agency to the Soviet Union’s KGB. Patrushev is now secretary of the Russian Federation Security Council and was previously sanctioned in 2018. He was also implicated in the fatal radiation poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian intelligence official who defected to the West.

His son, Andrey Patrushev, served in leadership roles at Gazprom Neft, the third-largest oil producer in Russia.

Dmitriy Sergeevich Peskov (and Family)

 

 

595. Name 6: PESKOV1: DMITRY2: SERGEYVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 17/10/1967. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0753 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freezeand atravel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is the European Union’s CouncilDecision 2014/145/CFSP (asamended)concerning restrictive measures in respect ofactions undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty and independence ofUkraine,and CouncilRegulation (EU) No 269/2014. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14704. 596. Name 6:

PESKOV1: NIKOLAY2: n/a 3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0862 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes ofan asset freezeand a travel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is Executive Order 14024. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14813. 597. Name 6:

PESKOVA1: ELIZAVETA2: DMITRIYEVNA3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0863 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes ofan asset freezeand a travel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is Executive Order 14024. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14814.

Family of Dmitriy Peskov, Kremlin Spokesman

On March 3, 2022, the U.S. State Department designated Dmitriy Sergeevich Peskov (Peskov), identified as the lead propagandist and spokesperson of the Russian Federation. Peskov was designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 for being or having been an official of the Government of the Russian Federation (GoR). Australia, Canada, and the European Union (EU) have also sanctioned Peskov.

Today, OFAC is designating three of Peskov’s family members, all of whom live luxurious lifestyles that are incongruous with Peskov’s civil servant salary and are likely built on the ill-gotten wealth of Peskov’s connections to Putin.

Peskov’s wife, Tatiana Aleksandrovna Navka (Navka), has a property empire worth more than $10 million. Her real estate includes property in an elite Moscow suburb where Putin also lives, another multimillion-dollar apartment in Moscow given to her by the GoR, and an apartment in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which Russia has occupied since 2014. She first gained notoriety when she won a gold medal in ice dancing representing Russia at the 2006 Winter Olympics and later hosted an ice dancing show on Russia’s state-owned pro-Kremlin Channel One.

Treasury also designated Peskov’s two adult children, Nikolay Peskov (Nikolay) and Elizaveta Dmitriyevna Peskova (Liza). Nikolay grew up in the United Kingdom but moved back to Russia to serve in the army, and later worked for the Russian propaganda outlet RT. Nikolay reportedly has access to a number of luxury vehicles and travels on private aircraft and yachts. Liza has tens of thousands of followers on social media, where she displays her luxurious lifestyle. She previously interned for a member of the European Parliament who publicly supported Russia’s attempted annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Navka, Nikolay, and Liza are all being designated today pursuant to E.O. 14024 for being a spouse or adult child of Peskov, a person whose property and interests in  property are blocked pursuant to E.O. 14024

Peskov is the spokesman for the Kremlin. His daughter, who reportedly spoke out against the war in Ukraine on her Instagram account, was not on the US sanctions list. – Quartz

Yevgeniy Prigozhin

634. Name 6: PRIGOZHIN 1: PAVEL 2: EVGENYEVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 18/06/1998. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0801 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freezeand atravel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is Canada’s Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the public interest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 18/03/2022 Group ID: 14752

The wealthy businessman, nicknamed “Putin’s cook,” was indicted by the US in 2018 for heading efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election. – Quartz

And see here for a nice photograph of how Mad Vlad responds to his sad cook’s cooking!

Andrey Sergeyevich Puchkov  

646. Name 6: PUCHKOV1: ANDREY2: SERGEEVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 23/01/1977. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0794 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes of an asset freezeand atravel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is Canada’s Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia (Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the public interest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 18/03/2022 Group ID: 14745.

NBC) A high-ranking executive at VTB Bank, Russia's second-largest financial institution that was sanctioned this week, Puchkov was previously chairman of the FC Dynamo Moscow football club, according to The Wall Street Journal, and several other companies, including multiple real estate endeavors.

VTB was dropped by a U.S. lobbying firm after sanctions were announced. Its website no longer appears to be functional.

Vladimir Putin

653. Name 6: PUTIN 1: VLADIMIR2: VLADIMIROVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Владимир Владимирович Путин DOB: 07/10/1952. POB: St Petersburg (thenLeningrad), Russia a.k.a: PUTIN, Vladimir Nationality: Russia Address: Moscow, Russia.Position: President ofthe Russian FederationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0251 (UK Statement of Reasons):Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the President ofthe Russian Federation,carrying ultimateauthority for the policy ofthe Russian governmentand Russian armed forces. In February 2022, Putin ordered Russianmilitary forces to launch an invasion ofUkraine, undermining and threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 25/02/2022 UK Sanctions List Date Designated: 25/02/2022 Last Updated: 25/02/2022 Group ID: 14196.

Arkady Rotenberg

679. Name 6: ROTENBERG1: ARKADY2: ROMANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 15/12/1951. POB: Leningrad (St Petersburg), Russia a.k.a: ROTENBERG, Arkadii, Romanovich Nationality: Russia Address: Russia.Position: (1) Former Chairman of house(2) Previous owner ofStroygazmontazhOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0123 (UK Statement ofReasons):ArkadyRotenberg isa prominent Russian businessmanwho hasclose personal ties to President Putin. Since March 2014, Rotenberg, or hiscompanies, havereceived Statecontracts totalling over USD7 Billion. In 2015, Rotenberg led theannuallist of governmentcontracts in terms of value,after being awarded contracts worth 555 Billion roubles.

The Rotenberg brothers own Russia’s SMP bank together. Arkady, a close friend who once did judo with Putin, oversaw the construction of a bridge between Russia and Crimea in 2018. Both brothers were sanctioned by the US in 2014 over ties to Putin. - Quartz

Boris Rotenberg

680. Name 6: ROTENBERG1: BORIS 2: ROMANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Борис Романович Ротенберг DOB: 01/03/1957. a.k.a: ROTHENBERG, Boris Nationality: (1) Russia(2) Finland OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0246 Other suspected locations:Moscow, Russia(UK Statement ofReasons):Boris Rotenberg, hereafter Rotenberg, isa prominent Russian businessmanwith close personalties to Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Rotenberg isa major shareholder ofSMP Bank and sits on its Board ofDirectors. Rotenberg thereforeis or has been involved in obtaining a benefit fromor supporting the Government ofRussia by virtue of owning orcontrolling directly or indirectly"or"working asa director"or"equivalent"at SMP Bank which isa RussianGovernmentaffiliated-entitywhich obtainsafinancial benefit or other material benefit fromthe Government ofRussiaand is carrying out business in thefinancesector which isasector ofstrategicsignificanceto the Government ofRussia. Listed on: 22/02/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 22/02/2022 Last Updated: 22/02/2022 Group ID: 14182.

See above from Quartz

Ivan Igorevich Sechin son of Igor Ivanovich Sechin 

 

720. Name 6: SECHIN 1: IGOR2: IVANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Игорь Иванович СЕЧИН DOB: 07/09/1960. POB: Leningrad / St. Petersburg, Russia a.k.a: SECHIN, Igor Nationality: Russia Position: (1) ChiefExecutive Officer (2) Chairman ofthe Management Board (3) DeputyChairman ofthe Board ofDirectors, RosneftOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0273 (UK Statement ofReasons):Igor Ivanovich SECHIN (hereafter referred to as SECHIN) isa prominent Russian businessmanwith close personalties to Vladimir Putin. SECHIN is ChiefExecutive Officer, Chairman ofthe Management Board and DeputyChairman ofthe Board ofDirectorsat Rosneft. Rosneft is theleading company in the Russian oilsectorand thelargest publicly owned oiland gascorporation in the world. Its main shareholder is ROSNEFTEGAZ JSC, which is 100%owned by the Government of Russia. It is thereforea Government ofRussia-affiliated entity. Therefore,asaresult of his positionsabove, SECHIN is involved in obtaining a benefit fromand supporting the Government ofRussiaas he holds the position ofa director in a Government ofRussia-affiliated entity, and onethatcarries on business in asector ofstrategicsignificanceto the Government ofRussia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 10/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 10/03/2022 Last Updated: 10/03/2022 Group ID: 14213.

Officials in France announced this month that they had seized the 289-foot Amore Vero, which was undergoing repairs in a shipyard near Marseille. When they arrived, authorities said, they found the crew preparing for an urgent departure, even though the repair work was scheduled to last through April. The $120 million boat, which has seven cabins, is linked to Igor Sechin, described by the U.S. Treasury Department as a close ally of Putin's.

 (NBC) Igor Ivanovich Sechin is CEO, chairman of the management board and deputy chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft, one of the world’s largest publicly traded oil companies. He also served as deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation from 2008 until 2012. The former Soviet military interpreter helped secure a $16 billion deal with BP, which gave the Russian company a 5 percent stake in the British oil company, Reuters reported in 2011.

His son is reportedly a deputy head of a department at Rosneft.

 

Igor Shuvalov

761. Name 6: SHUVALOV1: IGOR2: IVANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): ИгорЬ Иванович ШУВАЛОВ DOB: 04/01/1967. POB: Bilibino, Russia a.k.a: SHUVALOV, Igor Nationality: Russia OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0265 (UK Statement ofReasons):Igor Ivanovich SHUVALOV(hereafter referred to as SHUVALOV) is Chairman ofthe Management Board at Vnesheconombank (hereafter referred to as VEB.RF). VEB.RF isastatecorporation established by the Government ofRussiato function as the national development bank,and is owned orcontrolled directly by the Government ofRussia. It is thereforea Government ofRussia-affiliated entity. Therefore,asaresult of his position as Chairman ofthe Management Board at VEB.RF, SHUVALOVis working asa director orequivalentata Government ofRussia-affiliated entity,and is obtaining a benefit fromor supporting the Government ofRussia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 03/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 03/03/2022 Last Updated:

Shuvalov was once Putin’s deputy prime minister and is now the head of the Russian development bank VEB. Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny previously accused Shuvalov of using a $62 million undeclared private business jet to shuttle his wife’s prize-winning corgi dogs around the world. – Quartz

Yuriy Alekseyevich Soloviev

(NBC) Soloviev is a VTB Bank executive, having previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Deutsch Bank in London. He is currently the chairman of the board of directors of FC Dynamo Moscow football club.

Kazbek Kutsukovich Taysaev

822. Name 6: TAYSAEV 1: KAZBEK 2: KUTSUKOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Тайсаев КазбекКуцукович  DOB: 12/02/1967. POB: Chikola, Ossetia, Russia Address: 1 OkhotnyRyad str, Russia, 103265.Position: Member ofthe State Duma ofthe Russian FederationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0649 (UK Statement ofReasons):Member ofthe State Duma ofRussia who voted in favour ofFederalLawNo. 75577-8 “On theratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People's Republic”and/or FederalLawNo. 75578-8 “On theratification of the Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People's Republic”. In so doing, the memberendorsed President Putin’s decision to recognisethe Donetsk People’s Republicand the Luhansk People’s Republicas independentstates, thereby providing support for policiesand/oractions which destabilise Ukraineand/or undermine or threaten the territorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. Listed on: 11/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 11/03/2022 Last Updated: 11/03/2022 Group ID: 14594

DUMA – see above

Gennady Timchenko  

831. Name 6: TIMCHENKO 1: GENNADIY2: NIKOLAYEVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Геннадий Николаевич Тимченко DOB: 09/11/1952. POB: Leninakan, Armenia a.k.a: (1) TIMCHENKO, Gennadi, Nikolayevich (2) TIMCHENKO, Gennady, Nikolayevich Nationality: (1) Russia(2) Finland (3) Armenia Position: Shareholder inBank Russia OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0235 (UK Statement ofReasons):GennadiyTimchenko, hereafter Timchenko isa major shareholder inBank “Rossiya”. Bank “Rossiya”isa key stakeholder in the NationalMedia Group which supports Russian policywhich is destabilisingUkraine. Following theannexation ofCrimea, Bank “Rossiya” hasexpanded its bank branchesand provision ofinsuranceand investment throughout Crimea and Sevastopol;and offers support to military activitiesand theformation ofmajor transport linksand cards thatallowthe publicto travel easily around the peninsula. Therefore, Bank “Rossiya” has supported theconsolidation ofCrimeainto the Russian Federation by integrating thefinancialsystemfollowing theannexation ofCrimea. Timchenko thereforeis or has been involved in engaging in, providing support for, or promoting any policy oractionwhich destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. Additionally, Timchenko isassociated with a person involved in destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorial integrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 22/02/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 22/02/2022 Last Updated: 22/02/2022 Group ID: 14181.

(NBC)  Italian officials seized the 132-foot superyacht Lena, owned by the energy magnate Gennady Timchenko. Estimated to be worth $8 million, it has five cabins and can accommodate 10 guests.

Nikolai Tokarev

839. Name 6: TOKAREV1: NIKOLAI 2: PETROVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Николай Петрович ТОКАРЕВ DOB: 20/12/1950. POB: Karaganda, Kazakhstan a.k.a: (1) TOKAREV, Nikolai(2) TOKAREV, Nikolay Nationality: Russia Position: (1) Chairman ofthe Management (2) President ofTransneftOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0271 (UK Statement ofReasons):NikolaiTOKAREV, hereafter TOKAREV, isa prominent Russian businessmanwith significant interests in the extractivesand energy industries,as wellasalongstanding associate ofVladimir Putin. Heiscurrently President ofTransneft – astate enterprisethat provides services for oiland oil products transportationwithinRussiaand beyond. Transneft isa Government ofRussiaaffiliated entitywhich carries on business in sectors ofstrategicsignificanceto the Government ofRussia. TOKAREVis working asa director (whetherexecutive or non-executive), trustee, orequivalent ofTransneft,and is thereforea personwho is or has been involved in @

As president of Transneft, Tokarev runs a state-owned oil and gas company responsible for transporting 90% of oil extracted from Russia, according to the Treasury Department. He served alongside Putin in the KGB in the 1980s, and the EU believes he helped seize control of Russian state assets in the 2000s. – Quartz

Galina Olegovna Ulyutina (Soloviev)

861. Name 6: ULYUTINA1: GALINA2: n/a 3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 20/10/1977. Address: 8-1-60 Philippovskiy, Moscow, Russia.OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0808 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes ofan asset freezeand atravel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is Canada’s SpecialEconomic Measures (Russia) Regulations. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 18/03/2022 Group ID: 14759.

(NBC) Galina Olegovna Ulyutina, Soloviev’s wife, was previously implicated in a golden passport scheme, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. Such an arrangement allows wealthy foreigners to gain citizenship in exchange for a minimum amount of investment in certain countries.

Alisher Usmanov

 

863. Name 6: USMANOV1: ALISHER2: BURKHANOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Алишер Бурханович УСМАНОВ DOB: 09/09/1953. POB: Chust , Uzbekistan a.k.a: USMANOV, Alisher Nationality: Russia Position: Founder ofUSM Holdings OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0266 (UK Statement ofReasons):Alisher USMANOVisa prominent Russian businessman and pro-Kremlin oligarch. USMANOVisclosely associated with high-profileindividuals within the Government ofRussia, both financially through hisconsiderable business linksand through relationships with significant individuals including President Vladimir Putin. Therefore, USMANOVisassociated with individuals within the Government ofRussia who areinvolved in destabilising and threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty and independence ofUkraine. Furthermore, USMANOV– via his holding companyUSM HOLDINGS – carries on business in sectors ofstrategicsignificanceto the Government ofRussia. (Gender):Male Listed on: 03/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 03/03/2022 Last Updated: 03/03/2022 Group ID: 14210.

The Russian billionaire owns a 500-foot superyacht worth nearly $600 million that was taken by German authorities earlier this week. Usmanov is already sanctioned by the EU. The ship is currently sitting in a shipyard in Hamburg. – Quartz

Alexander Aleksandrovich

Vedyakhin

 

(NBC) Vedyakhin currently serves as first deputy chairman of the executive board of Sberbank, Russia’s largest financial institution that was also sanctioned.

Viktor Vekselberg

880. Name 6: VEKSELBERG1: VIKTOR2: FELIKSOVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0867 (UK Statement ofReasons):Designated for the purposes ofan asset freezeand a travel ban under the Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019. The designation is madeasa designation by name under the urgent procedure. Therelevant provision by referenceto which the Ministerconsiders thatconditionBis met is Executive Order 14024. The purposes ofthis provision correspond oraresimilar to the purposes ofthe UK’s Russia(Sanctions) (EUExit) Regulations 2019, which haveas their purposes to encourage Russiato ceaseactions destabilisingUkraine or undermining or threatening theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. The Ministerconsiders that it is in the publicinterest to designate(conditionC). Listed on: 15/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 15/03/2022 Last Updated: 15/03/2022 Group ID: 14818.

A Network Close to the Kremlin

Viktor Feliksovich Vekselberg (Vekselberg) is a prominent Russian businessman with an estimated net worth exceeding $6 billion who was previously designated on April 6, 2018 pursuant to E.O. 13662 for operating in the energy sector of the Russian Federation economy. Vekselberg’s extensive holdings, predominantly consolidated through his designated Renova Group of companies, span multiple sectors of the Russian Federation economy, and are intertwined with some of the GoR’s global initiatives, such as the Rusnano Group, one of the largest technological investors in Russia which provides a revenue source to the GoR.

Vekselberg has maintained close ties with leading GoR officials, including Putin and former Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev (Medvedev). Medvedev personally appointed Vekselberg to serve as director and president of the Skolkovo Foundation (SF), a GoR initiative aimed at creating a Russian version of Silicon Valley in order to elevate Russia’s international status as a leading innovation center for technological developments. Following his prior designation, Vekselberg no longer holds this position with SF. Furthermore, Vekselberg has taken part in Russian diplomatic and soft power activities on behalf of the Kremlin, accompanying GoR officials on cultural missions abroad.

As part of today’s action, OFAC is identifying as blocked property two of Vekselberg’s luxury assets: an aircraft with tail number P4-MIS and a yacht titled Tango. P4-MIS is an Airbus A319-115 with serial number 3133 registered in Aruba. Vekselberg’s yacht, Tango, is flagged in the Cook Islands, a self-governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand, with IMO number 1010703, and gross registered tonnage of 2,083. Both P4-MIS and Tango are valued at approximately $90 million each for a total of $180 million in identified blocked property.

Vekselberg is being redesignated pursuant to E.O. 14024 for having acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the GoR, and also for operating or having operated in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy.

Vyacheslav Victorovich Volodin

893. Name 6: VOLODIN 1: VYACHESLAV2: VIKTOROVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. DOB: 04/02/1964. POB: Alekseevka, Saratov region, Russia Nationality: Russia Address: Russia.Position: Speaker ofthe State Duma ofthe Russian Federation since 5 October 2016 OtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0154 (UK Statement of Reasons):Former First DeputyChief ofStaff ofthe PresidentialAdminstration ofRussia. Responsiblefor overseeing the politicalintegration oftheannexed Ukrainian region ofCrimeainto the Russian Federation,and thereby actively supported and implemented policies that underminetheterritorialintegrity, sovereignty and independence ofUkraine.Currently Speaker ofthe State Duma ofthe Russian Federation since 5 October 2016. (Gender):Male Listed on: 12/05/2014 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 31/12/2020 Last Updated: 31/12/2020 Group ID: 12965.

Volodin is a permanent member of the Russian Security Council and was previously designated on April 28, 2014, pursuant to E.O. 13661 for being an official of the GoR. Volodin signed the resolution and Putin ultimately announced his decision to recognize the independence of the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, Putin falsely accused Ukraine of committing genocide against Russian nationals and sent so-called peacekeepers into the DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine, constituting a wholesale rejection of the Minsk Agreements by the GoR. The United States, in coordination with partners and allies, imposed an embargo on the DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine as a result.

Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov

945. Name 6: ZYUGANOV 1: GENNADY2: ANDREEVICH3: n/a 4: n/a 5: n/a. Name (non-Latin script): Зюганов Геннадий Андреевич DOB: 26/06/1944. POB: Mymrino, Russia Nationality: Russia Address: 1 OkhotnyRyad str, Russia, 103265.Position: Member ofthe State Duma ofthe Russian FederationOtherInformation: (UK Sanctions List Ref):RUS0388 (UK Statement ofReasons):Member ofthe State Duma ofRussia who voted in favour ofFederalLawNo. 75577-8 “On theratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Luhansk People's Republic”and/or FederalLawNo. 75578-8 “On the ratification ofthe Treaty ofFriendship, Cooperation and MutualAssistance between the Russian Federation and the Donetsk People's Republic”. In so doing, the memberendorsed President Putin’s decision to recognisethe Donetsk People’s Republicand the Luhansk People’s Republicas independentstates, thereby providing support for policiesand/oractions which destabilise Ukraineand/or undermine or threaten theterritorialintegrity, sovereignty or independence ofUkraine. (Gender):Male Listed on: 11/03/2022 UKSanctions List Date Designated: 11/03/2022 Last Updated: 11/03/2022 Group ID: 14333.

DUMA – see above

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next...

 

 

THE

 

 OILYGARCHS (America)

 

 

 

 

THE OILYGARCHS (U.S.A)  Over the past month, letters have been flying throughout Washington – to such extent not seen since the heyday of the handwritten missive... sometime around, oh, 1881?

Reps. Sharice Davids and Emanuel Cleaver II were among 32 members of Congress who signed a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership requesting “immediate investigations” and “public hearings on alleged price gouging within the oil and gas industry” according to KSHB, Kansas City (See Attachment Twelve)

KSHB noted Russia supplies only 7% of U.S. petroleum imports, which is tied for fourth with Saudi Arabia behind Canada (52%) and Mexico (11%), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

“The percentage of U.S. crude-oil imports from Russia is less than 3% with Canada (61%), Mexico (11%) and Saudi Arabia (8%) serving as the top suppliers for crude oil, which is refined to make gasoline.

“Currently, the U.S. is actually a net exporter of petroleum and natural gas, according the federal Energy Information Administration.”

And yet, post-sanction prices at the pump rose twenty to thirty percent.  If Don Jones’ money wasn’t going to replace the Russian “contribution”, who was profiting?

Two days earlier, Davids had penned another letter to President Biden, which encouraged him to release more oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve and rescind the federal fuel sales tax, which is 18.3 cents per gallon for unleaded and 24.3 cents per gallon for diesel.

“I ask that you continue to advocate for investment and advancement in renewable and alternative fuels,” Davids wrote.

She couched sustainable energy as a hedge against the whims of “dictators like Putin” and against the volatility and inflationary pressures in the oil market.

Even a stalwart American Oilygarch like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) concurred with liberals like Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren and the Bern, so long as Congress didn’t start “beating people up.”  (See Business Insider, Attachment Thirteen)

(That Nancy Pelosi can be hell to handle in a barroom brawl – she bites.  And scratches!)

The B.I., in fact, solicited that trio of lefties, with Majority Leader Schumer declaring on the Senate Floor that:

"The bewildering incongruity between falling oil prices and rising gas prices smacks of price gouging." He promised that the politicos would be calling on the CEOs of major oil companies to come testify before the Congress."

Sen. Sanders of Vermont said the hearing would probably take place under the Senate Budget Committee. He chairs the panel and held hearings over the past year on outsized corporate power, huge Wall Street profits, and income inequality.

"The price of oil has gone down recently, the price of gas continues to go up," Sanders told Insider. "They make outrageous profits and the American people want to know why."

"The oil industry made about $200 billion in profits last year. If it's profitable for them to increase production, they'll do it. If it's not they won't," Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also told Insider. "Their motivator is profits, profits, profits."

And Joe Nichols of the liberal Nation lobbied President Joe for an oil windfall profits tax, trotting out The Bern once again, to belly up to the base.  It shouldn’t stop there, said Senator  Sanders. “We can no longer allow big oil companies, huge corporations, and the billionaire class to use the murderous Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing pandemic as an excuse to price gouge consumers,” the Vermont independent declared two days after the invasion began. “It is time to enact a windfall profits tax and reasonable price controls.”

That’s not a radical idea, Nichols contends. “President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration used such a tax to prevent profiteering during World War II. It was more aggressive than what lawmakers are proposing today: top tax rates that could go as high as 90 percent on the excess profits of corporations and 95 percent for wealthy individuals.”  (See Attachment Fourteen)

(All we need is a war.  And that might be on the way... )

 

Perhaps the most useful disclosure in this box o’ tools (the dies come next) came from a letter by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) to eleven oil company executives, soliciting their compliance with anti-gouging sentiments (in advance of legislation, likely to come).  The small tapintohawthorne.com organ in Jersey reprinted Pascrell’s missive (See Attachment Fifteen) and noted that “…in the first three quarters of 2021, the 24 top oil and gas companies around the world made a combined $174 billion in net income. Since that time, average retail gasoline prices have steadily risen from around $2 per gallon in December 2020 to approximately $4.10 per gallon in March 2022.”

Pascrell’s letter put the oilies on notice that “…as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, I write to inquire whether [your company] is using federal tax benefits and manipulating our tax laws to reward shareholders with large dividends and stock buybacks, while pocketing record profits and simultaneously jacking up gas prices for American drivers.”

Here be (from the bottom of the ocean, among slimy creatures of the briny deep) Pascrell’s Eleven...

 

     COMPANY

CORP. INCOME

2021, Qs. 1, 2, 3

    LETTER RECIPIENT

CORPORATE TITLE

 

 

PERSONAL

COMPENSATION

 

 

   PERSONAL

   WEALTH

Enbridge Inc.

$17,646,137,200

Al Monaco

President and CEO

 

$17,054,836

$10,000,000 *

Royal Dutch Shell

$15,330,000,000

Ben Van Beurden

CEO

 

$6,930,000

  $1,500,000 *

Exxon Mobil Corp

$14,372,000,000

Darren Woods

Chairman and CEO

 

$15,639,061*

$24,000,000*

The British Petroleum

$10,767,000,000

Bernard Looney

CEO

 

$2,375,042*

   $1 - $5m*

Chevron Corporation

$10,615,000,000

Michael Wirth

CEO

 

$33,070,662

$33,000,000*

Marathon Petroleum Corp

$9,254,000,000

Michael Hennigan

Chairman, President and CEO

 

$15,534,265

$12,250.000*

Equinor

$6,010,000,000

Anders Opedal

President and CEO

 

$788,000*

$5,000,000*

ConocoPhillips Company

$5,470,000,000

Ryan Lance

Chairman and CEO

 

$28,054,551

$54,900,000

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

$1,355,000,000

Scott Sheffield

CEO

 

$13,396,571

$55,000,000

Devon Energy Corp

$1,313,000,000

Rick Muncrief

President and CEO

 

$11,334,000

$29,000,000

APA Corp

$1,005,000,000

John Christmann

CEO and President

 

$14,321,225

$33,300,000

 

 

Fighting back, the oilies blamed the present hate showering upon them on politics. 

“Those requests to investigate, specifically for the FTC, go back actually 100 years, and every time we have high-gas prices, some politician runs forward and says there should be an investigation about price gouging,” Frank Macchiarola with the American Petroleum Institute (API) told Inside Sources. (See Attachment Fifteen)  They never bear fruit because there’s no reality to it.”

 “This is a world price and the president is largely powerless to do much,” Harvard economist and Obama advisor Jason Furman told The Wall Street Journal.

Maccharola confirmed the assessment. “The reason prices are where prices are is because of the imbalance in supply and demand, the pressures that have been put on by supply chain issues, the additional pressures that have been put on by labor shortage in the United States compounded by significant disruption as a result of acts of war perpetrated by the world’s third-leading producer in oil,” Macchiarola said. “That’s why we have high oil prices.”  (Greed?  Pooh! – DJI)

It is hardly a surprise U.S. energy producers believe the solution is to get more domestic oil and gas into the global marketplace,” Inside Sources’ Chris Woodward discovered. During a press call last week, API suggested specific actions it believes the Biden administration could take to get more U.S. production on line.

“The Department of Interior should issue a final notice of lease sale under the current five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program,”  Macchiarola said during the call. “This will provide sufficient time to hold the lease sale prior to the exploration of the current program on June 30, 2022, so the interior should act now to complete a five-year program, as the current program expires in July.

“The Department of Interior should schedule and complete quarterly onshore leasing sales as required under the Mineral Leasing Act with sufficient acreage and equitable time. The administration should work with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other relevant agencies to ensure National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other permitting processes for oil and gas infrastructure are designed and implemented in a manner that ensures consistency, transparency, and timeliness in their application.”  (See Attachment Sixteen)

Boston Economist Bruce Kaufmann acquitted the oiles, instead blaming “spoiled” Americans and Wall Street commodity traders, not the producers, for the price hikes.  (See radio program from JXT, Attachment Seventeen)

“I mean we were spoiled, you know because of the pandemic,” he said. “Prices were going up before the war for good reasons. The pandemic was coming to an end. … people were going back to work.”  Other industry analysts say they are not defending big oil, but they do have a right to profits.

 

The Nasdaq website (Attachment Eighteen) noted that state regulations may march in where the Feds fail to step.  Brad Tuttle of Nasdaq’s money.com suggests that the aggrieved file a complaint online or over the phone with the state’s attorney general office. “Even if the state doesn’t specifically outlaw price gouging, the threat of scrutiny from state regulators may cause gas stations to pause before overcharging customers.”

And The Hill says “drill”... the biggest profits made during the war and oil crisis have been shale producers.  (Also the Saudis and... maybe... Iran?)  SecPress Jen Psaki admitted that the U.S. is conducting back channel negotiations with Iran, but “...the most important reason why we are focused and have been focused on having these discussions with the Iranians…is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” she said. 

Certainly the discussion of oil is a part of that, but the most important reason is to prevent them from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” she added.  (Attachment Nineteen)

 

… and SOME ASSASSINS:

 

Aside from the drilling, some killing might be in order if Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) can persuade his colleagues and the dainty folks among the spook community, in the White House, and among media sorts who wring their hands over Putin’s War, but remain loathe to sanction and support some of the many Russian mafia sorts and, even, his own inner circle capable of doing the deed.

“Is there a Brutus?” the Senator asked, not specifying whether Putin’s putative assassin should be a lone wolf fanatic, a cabal of disgruntled military officials or an American missile.  (See Attachment Twenty)

But the proposal drew criticism from NPR (Attachment Twenty One) and the BBC (Attachment Twenty Two).  Even the right-wing (but pro Trump, hence pro-Putin and the left wing NPR voiced opposition (even while noting that such sane and sober persons as Ted Cruz and Marjorie Taylor Green were agin’ it while, over the pond, the BBC seemed to consider it a curiosity that angered Russians.  Finally the Express, considering another possibility, raised the prospect that Ukrainian President Zelinskyy is now too popular for Russia to poison without inciting mass grass roots revolts. (Attachment Twenty Three)

And the war goes on.

 

Now again...

 

Given the weird volatility of several individual indices relating to the invasion, we are going to keep posting both the old (and new, revised) DJI listings for at least another week or until the crystal ball clears.  We have included our mathematics from the February 26th Index as Attachment (B – old).

 

 

 

MARCH 12th – MARCH 18th, 2022

 

 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

 

Infected:  79,517,492

Dead:  967,552

Dow:  33,614.80

 

 

           

 

Russian soldiers start dressing up in hazmat suits – President Joe issues a warning that promises... yes, again!... severe reprisals for chemical war.  Shelling of civilian targets intensifies, two hospitals and a morgue are blown up.  Hero President Zelenskyy says that the Russians will have to kill us all.  (Putin replies, “OK, Doomer.”)

   New CPI data says price increases highest in 40 years.  Fuel costs and fertilizer costs (from Russia) spiking – February prices on fruits and vegetables up 2.3%.  Instead of raising prices, Charmin cuts its TP rolls from 264 to 244 sheets.  Blue bears desolate.  Red bears say “what you expect, is war!”

   America joins hands with Russians in suppressing negative thinking – Florida and Tennessee ban “Maus” and saying “Gay!”  122 “institutional gag bills” are up for votes sponsored, say critics, by parents “going down the rabbit hole.”

 

 

 

Sunday, March 13, 2022

 

Infected:  79,523,228

Dead:  967,720

                

 

 

Daylight Savings Time begins.

   Russia bombs civilians near Lviv on the Polish border – Poles say that their shelters are full up.  Russia promises to attack Western supply routes and bomb refugee camps in Poland which would, of course, violate NATO “Article 5” even though cowardly Biden warns: “Don’t kid yourself, that’d lead to World War Three.” DoD spokesman John Kirby warns: “You have to be willing to shoot and be shot at.”

   Deep freeze in Midwest to East doesn’t stop Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parade as the river is turned green – not many people show up to watch the freezing paraders.  And the surviving Dancing Grannies return to performing in Milwaukee’s parade four months after massacre.

 

 

 

Monday, March 14, 2022

 

Infected:  79,562,252

Dead:  965,915*

Dow:  32,945.24

 

           

 

 

 

*anomaly at Johns Hopkins

 

The nerds call it Pi Day (after the equation for the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter).  Don Jones, perhaps, may acquire a pizza pie at a discount (frequently $3.14).  Putin, however, is hungering over a nice, big bowl of chop suey... military and economic aid from President Xi in China, who has been watching the proceedings with interest.  Helping the Russians overtly would hasten a successful end to the war and further erode the democracies of the West, but would also expose Xi to vilification and possible sanctions.  (Then again, America is so deeply in debt to the Chinese and so dependent on their cheap labor that... who knows?)

   Stocks soar in anticipation of the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates and a sudden drop in the price of oil to under $100/barrel, though prices at the pump remain high.  (What goes up need not come down – see above.)  Some Americans are coping by taking public transportation, others by siphoning gas from cars and underground tanks at the stations; the experts hope (without saying so) that a revival of the plague in China will lessen the demand for oil without affecting key supply chain links.

   Crime still rising, too, but the authorities capture the murderous anti-homeless vigilante and the Modern Art Museum stabber.  Weary Americans turn to sports where the NBA baller seeds are posted... Gonzaga Number One... and retired NFL G.O.A.T. Brady unretires, giving the U.S. (and especially Tampa) something to feel good about.

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 

Infected: 79,586,694                          Dead:  965,386

Dow:  33,544.34

 

 

 

It’s National Peanut Day, as well as the Ides of March... Sen. Graham (R-Sc) isn’t the only one hoping there’s a Brutus on the horizon (also, see above).  There is, however, a renegade Russian newscaster who holds up an anti-war sign to disturb the flow of Putin propaganda and, between American hate crimes and the revival of the Bad Ass plague, China may be re-ponderings its options.

   No such concerns bother Putin.  While useless diplomatic talks jibber-jabber on, his troops take out a vehicle of Fox Newsies, killing two and wounding a third.  Russia continues bombing schools, hospitals and apartment towers; Vitali Klitschko, former boxing champ and Kyiv mayor decrees: “Please, civilians, spend time in bunkers.”  (The Cold War era anti-radiation bunkers are Europe’s largest.

   Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic send delegations to the Ukraine despite the constant bombing; Olena (Mrs.) Zelensky tells the West in general ane President Joe in articular that “kind words and a friendly pat on the shoulder” aren’t enough.  She too, wants a no fly zone... and if that starts World War Three, so be it,

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

 

Infected: 79,631,708

Dead:  968,329

Dow:  33,286.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apocalypse statisticians note that Russia is now conscripting Ukrainian civilians to be used as human shields for their tanks and missile bases.  They shell a theater being used as a children’s shelter despite Uke painting “Children!” to all sides of it.  Russian media censors follow the “don’t say gay” Floridians in banning the utterance of the word “war”.

   A HULU documentary calls Putin “one of the most vilified men in the world”.  One of the most? Elon Musk challenges him to single combat.  President Zelensky takes off his shirt, showing Putinesque (tho’ hairy) abs.  President Joe finally says yes, Vlad is a “war criminal.”

   W.H.O. says Bad Ass 2 strain is 30% more transmissible than Big O... now comprises 23% of U.S. infections.  TV Dr. Besser says mask mandates (and resultant violence) may have to return.  Fed Reserve raises interest rates as oil prices start falling due to less demand in plague-wracked China.

 

 

 

Thursday, March 10, 2022

 

Infected:  79,683,737

Dead:  970,009

Dow:  34,

  

 

 

 

 

It’s St. Paddy’s Day, but not for Irish PM Micheal Martin, who gets it (as does former US President Obama).  Notre Dame, however, celebrates with a buzzer beater NCAA win while, across the pond, BoJo’s talk with Saudis on increasing oil output fail.

   Russian atrocities continue with bombings, shellings and strafing ten civilians standing in line for bread. Starving Russians... in Russia... fighting over bread while rich Russians stranded in overseas tourist traps are being helped by stranded Ukrainians.  SecState Blinken says Russian diplomatic demands are becoming “more reasonable”!

   Feds admit first interest rate hikes will not stop inflation... maybe the second... or sixth.  Oil prices, falling all week, start rising again.  Amazon buys MGM for $8B, taking possession of James Bond and “Rocky” and plotting new ventures.  The Sequels!  The prequels!  The cartoons!

 

 

 

Friday, March 18, 2022

 

Infected:  79,717,247

Dead:  970,806

Dow:  34,754.93 

  

 

Expert psychologists say Mad Vlad is... well... mad.  (In both senses as tank columns remain stalled and Russians resort to shelling cities... including Lviv on Polish border... with missiles fired 800 mi. away in Black Sea.)  Spies say Putin is berserk, “isolated and prone to anger,” drafting younger and younger teenagers, many of whom are trying to flee to America via Mexico.

   Economist Zanny Minton Beddoes says Russian economy is only 11th in the world, but they lead in production of wheat (and weapons).  She calls Putin a bandit and compares him to the cornered rats he used to hunt as a boy, but warns “Dictators tend to stay around.”  Putin appears at a giant, Trumpish pro-war rally, nobody tries to shoot him,

   Walensky joins chorus in favor of bringing back mask mandates as Moderna trumps Pfizer by advocating fourth shot to all adults.  EdSec Cardona and McKinsey think tank say plague-ordained school closures are producing a generation of mentally ill and stupid American children. 

   Blue Origin postpones SNL’s Pete Davidson’s rocket ride until... whenever.

 

 

 

A rising stock market gratified the wealthy, higher costs of staples enmiserated the rest and American imports far exceeded exports.  There were a number of strange reports, comparable to NCAA tournament upsets… government expenditures, for example, down.  That won’t last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

 

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX

(45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

RESULTS

SCORE

SCORE

SCORE

 

INCOME

24%

6/17/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

3/5/22

3/12/22

SOURCE 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 points

3/5/22

   +0.075%

 4/22

1,534.00

1,534.00

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  26.94

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

3/5/22

    +0.028%

 3/19/22

676.67

676.86

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,751 761

 

*Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

3/5/22

    +5.26%

 4/22

556.06

556.06

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000/  3.8%

 

*Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

3/5/22

     -0.06%

 3/19/22

625.10

625.50

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      6,200 196

 

*Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

3/5/22

    +0.06%

 3/19/22

460.18

459.90

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    12,577 585

 

Workforce Participtn.

     Number  

     Percent

2%

300

3/5/22

 

   +0.016%

   +0.011%

 3/19/22

 

 

327.76

 

 

327.80

In 158,196  221 Out  99,237 232 Total: 258,458

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 61.217

 

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

3/5/22

     +0.16%

 4//22

153.97

153.97

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  62.30

 

OUTGO

(15%)

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

3/5/22

+0.8%

 3/19/22

937.95

937.95

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.8

 

Food

2%

300

3/5/22

+1.0%

 3/19/22

261.84

261.84

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +1.0

 

Gasoline

2%

300

3/5/22

+6.6%

 3/19/22

212.41

212.41

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm      -6.6

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

3/5/22

+0.1%

 3/19/22

280.79

280.79

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.

 

Shelter

2%

300

3/5/22

+0.5%

 3/19/22

281.06

281.06

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.5

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

 3/5/22

+5.50%

 3/19/22

351.75

371.08

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/DJIA  34,754.93 

 

Home (Sales) 

   (Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

 3/5/22

-7.38%         +2.00%

 3/19/22

206.44

176.29

191.20

179.81

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

     Sales (M):  6.50  6.02 Valuations (K):  350.3 357.3

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

 3/5/22

       +6.68%

 3/19/22

262.46

247.55

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    64,344 8,220

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

 3/5/22

 +1.16%

 3/19/22

347.24

351.26

debtclock.org/       4,108

 

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

 3/5/22

 +2.70%

 3/19/22

216.48

222.33

debtclock.org/       6,921 739

 

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

 3/5/22

 +0.09%

 3/19/22

301.98

301.70

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    30,298 326

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

 3/5/22

 +2.765%

 3/19/22

364.27

354.15

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    86,694 9159

 

 

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

 3/5/22

  +0.165%

 3/19/22

266.43

265.99

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,869 882

 

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

 12/3/21

   -1.62%

 4/12/22

 202.55

 199.26

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  228.1 224.4

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

 12/3/21

  +1.69%

 4/12/22

107.38

105.57

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  308.8 314.1

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

 12/3/21

 +11.81%

 4/12/22

84.22

75.11

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html    80.7 89.7

 

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%) 

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

World Affairs

3%

450

3/5/22

-0.5%

 3/19/22

333.39

331.72

Refugees overrun Europe – Poland is full up, Hungary gives them 30 days to move on.  2.5M last Saturday, 3M now, experts predict 8 – 10M eventually.  China mulling pros and cons of economic and military aid to Russia.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

3/5/22

 -0.4%

 3/19/22

204.95 

204.13 

Russian atrocities persist – hospitals, children’s shelters, even a village morgue are shelled.  President Joe finally concedes Putin is a war criminal.  Iran and NoKo, jealous of Russia’s limelight, bomb American base in Iraq and fish in the Sea of Japan.

 

Politics

3%

450

3/5/22

+0.1%

 3/19/22

372.85

373.22

A foiled and frustrated Mad Vlad responds to Ukraine setbacks by firing incompetent Generals and arresting failed spies.  Worse, a state media star holds up anti-war placard on the air and Kay and Zale’s stop peddling Russian diamonds.

 

Economics

3%

450

3/5/22

-0.3%

 3/19/22

393.28

392.10

Consumer price increases are the highest in 40 years; oil goes up to 130/bl. then down below 100, then up again and the stock market is just plain up.  Fed Reserve hopes to Whip Inflation Now by hiking interest rates 0.25% and will do it again as many as six times in 2022.  Corporations resort to “shrinkflation” as in Charmin cutting sheets in TP rolls from 264 to 244; more hikes for Uber riders, vegetarians (after sanctions on Russian fertilizer pinch farmers),

 

Crime

1%

150

3/5/22

        -0.5%

 3/19/22

228.45

227.31

Crazyness abounds.  Anti-homeless vigilante kills six, museum evictee stabs two – both caught.  Two more killed in Ft. Lauderdale spring break shootings.  Gas station robberies, siphoning and carjackings result from high fuel prices. 

 

 

 

ACTS of GOD

 

(6%)

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

 3/5/22

       -0.2%

 3/19/22

363.08

362.35

The week begins with a deep freeze in the Northeast, tornadoes in the Southeast, drought in the West and ice and wildfires in Texas.  Ends... more or less the same.  Green energy advocates fear oil shortage will bring more drill baby drill.

 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

 3/5/22

   -0.3%

 3/19/22

218.40

217.74

Russia restores power to Cernobyl, lessening chances of nuke explosion.  Lethal car, plane and train crashes in Texas (by 13 year old driver), in Missouri blizzard, in Norway and in the California forests.  Insane camel kills two at petting zoo.  Cargo ship Ever Forward (same company as Suez disaster boat Ever Green) gets Ever Stuck in Chesapeake Bay

 

 

LIFESTYLE and JUSTICE INDEX  

 

 

(15%)

 

 

 

 

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

 3/5/22

nc

 3/19/22

406.48

406.48

New MLB contract includes Designated Hitter for the National League.  Senate unanimously passes legislation to enact year-round Daylight Savings Time.  NASA prepares to launch giant Artemis moon rocket.  Russia already launching other rockets.

 

Equality (econ/social)

4%

600

 3/5/22

       -0.6%

 3/19/22

416.67

414.17

Statisticians compute average yearly income for American males to be $53K per year, for women $43K.  Haters attack Chinese, Japanese (the “Suicide Squad” actress) and even Ukrainians (mistaking them for Russians) while Federal funding cuts close numerous domestic violence shelters.  This rocks!” say Brian Laundrie and Jeffy Epstein from their cells in Hell. 

 

Health

     

      

        Plague

4%

600

 3/5/22

-0.1%

 

   

 

 

-0.3%

 

 3/19/22

393.27

 

 

 

 

- 102.17

392.88

 

 

 

 

- 102.48

No rest for busy TV doctors... Dr. Besser warns that Bad Ass outbreak might mean the return of mandatory mask and vaxxing laws (and the concomitant riots), Dr. Agus says the plague caused reductions in cancer screening and Dr. Ashish Jha is promoted to President Joe’s own Coronavirus Czar.  Shrinks declare that children’s mental health started declining before the plague, all the way back to 2016 when... you know...

 

Weak but more communicable Bad Ass 2 variant ravages China, shuts down Hong Kong and now comprises a quarter of U.S. cases.  The CDC predicts it will get worse over the summer, but masks are still coming off and public events brought back.  Pfizer recommends fourth vaxxing for seniors and immune-compromised.  “Even though we wish the pandemic was over,” says new Czar Jha, “it’s not.”  “Second Gentleman” Emhoff gets it.  So does Barack Obama.

 

 

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

 3/5/22

-0.1%

 3/19/22

408.11

407.70

Cold, old cases keep zombie-lurching along the road to Hell; Jussie Smollett guilty but then out on bail during appeals, Petino parents sue Laundrie parents.  Parkland parents settle with FBI for $128M.  Alec Baldwin claims innocence, Balwani (Liz Holmes’ boss at Theranos) goes on trial for fraud.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX

 

 

(7%) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

 3/5/22

+0.2%

 3/19/22

545.47

546.56

March Madness begins: Notre Dame wins St. Paddy’s Day shootout, but upsets bust brackets.  Dramatic Bachelor” finale highlights gruesome threesome.  Netflix acquires Zelenskyy show “Servant of the People” (critics call him the Ukrainian Steve Carrell).  Pamela Anderson to play Roxie Hart in “Chicago” remake.  Dolly Parton says she’s not rockin’ enough for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but they nominate her anyway.  Rockin’ (but dead) Prince album released after 30 years on the shelf.  RIP: singer Toni Braxton, “Body Heat” actor William Hurt, WWE rassler Scott (“Razor Ramon”) Hall and, in Ukraine, Brent Renaud (Time) and Pierre Zakrzewski, and Oleksandra Kuvshynova (Fox)

 

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

 3/5/22

+0.4%

 3/19/22

489.80

491.76

Amidst war, Euromanitarians donate baby strollers to refugee moms, Dancing Grannies return to performing.  Rich woman in Austin outrages virtuecrats by paying $25,000 to clone her dying cat rather than adopting a proletarian pussy from a rescue shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of March 12th through March 18th, 2022 was DOWN 38.28 points.

 

 

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ATTACHMENT ONE – from NATO

The North Atlantic Treaty

Washington D.C. - 4 April 1949

The Parties to this Treaty reaffirm their faith in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all governments.
They are determined to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law. They seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area.
They are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security. They therefore agree to this North Atlantic Treaty :

Article 1

The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered, and to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force in any manner inconsistent with the purposes of the United Nations.

Article 2

The Parties will contribute toward the further development of peaceful and friendly international relations by strengthening their free institutions, by bringing about a better understanding of the principles upon which these institutions are founded, and by promoting conditions of stability and well-being. They will seek to eliminate conflict in their international economic policies and will encourage economic collaboration between any or all of them.

Article 3

In order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist armed attack.

Article 4

The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.

Article 5

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security .

Article 6 1

For the purpose of Article 5, an armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack:

Article 7

This Treaty does not affect, and shall not be interpreted as affecting in any way the rights and obligations under the Charter of the Parties which are members of the United Nations, or the primary responsibility of the Security Council for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Article 8

Each Party declares that none of the international engagements now in force between it and any other of the Parties or any third State is in conflict with the provisions of this Treaty, and undertakes not to enter into any international engagement in conflict with this Treaty.

Article 9

The Parties hereby establish a Council, on which each of them shall be represented, to consider matters concerning the implementation of this Treaty. The Council shall be so organised as to be able to meet promptly at any time. The Council shall set up such subsidiary bodies as may be necessary; in particular it shall establish immediately a defence committee which shall recommend measures for the implementation of Articles 3 and 5.

Article 10

The Parties may, by unanimous agreement, invite any other European State in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area to accede to this Treaty. Any State so invited may become a Party to the Treaty by depositing its instrument of accession with the Government of the United States of America. The Government of the United States of America will inform each of the Parties of the deposit of each such instrument of accession.

Article 11

This Treaty shall be ratified and its provisions carried out by the Parties in accordance with their respective constitutional processes. The instruments of ratification shall be deposited as soon as possible with the Government of the United States of America, which will notify all the other signatories of each deposit. The Treaty shall enter into force between the States which have ratified it as soon as the ratifications of the majority of the signatories, including the ratifications of Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States, have been deposited and shall come into effect with respect to other States on the date of the deposit of their ratifications. (3)

Article 12

After the Treaty has been in force for ten years, or at any time thereafter, the Parties shall, if any of them so requests, consult together for the purpose of reviewing the Treaty, having regard for the factors then affecting peace and security in the North Atlantic area, including the development of universal as well as regional arrangements under the Charter of the United Nations for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Article 13

After the Treaty has been in force for twenty years, any Party may cease to be a Party one year after its notice of denunciation has been given to the Government of the United States of America, which will inform the Governments of the other Parties of the deposit of each notice of denunciation.

Article 14

This Treaty, of which the English and French texts are equally authentic, shall be deposited in the archives of the Government of the United States of America. Duly certified copies will be transmitted by that Government to the Governments of other signatories.

1.    The definition of the territories to which Article 5 applies was revised by Article 2 of the Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of Greece and Turkey signed on 22 October 1951.

2.    On January 16, 1963, the North Atlantic Council noted that insofar as the former Algerian Departments of France were concerned, the relevant clauses of this Treaty had become inapplicable as from July 3, 1962.

3.    The Treaty came into force on 24 August 1949, after the deposition of the ratifications of all signatory states.

 

ATTACHMENT TWO- from Gov. UK

 

ATTACHMENT from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-sanctions-ukraine-sovereignty-and-territorial-integrity

 

Financial sanctions, Russia

The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ensure sanctions relating to Russia are implemented effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

From:

HM Treasury and Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation

Published

18 March 2014

Last updated

18 March 2022 — See all updates

Current list of designated persons: Russia

List of persons named in relation to financial and investment restrictions

Latest HM Treasury Notice, Russia, 18/03/2022

HM Treasury Notice, Russia, 15/03/2022

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The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ensure sanctions relating to Russia are implemented effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

Context

This sanctions regime is aimed at encouraging Russia to cease actions which destabilise Ukraine, including actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

It imposes asset freezes on those identified as being involved in destabilising Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. This includes persons responsible for engaging in, providing support for, or promoting any policy or action that destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.

There are also sectoral financial sanctions which prohibit and restrict specified activities. These include restrictions on dealing with transferable securities or money-market instruments and granting or entering into arrangements to grant loans or credit. For more information, please see our guidance on Russia sanctions

General Licences

Under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act (2018), HMT may grant general licences under any autonomous UK sanctions regime. More information is available in OFSI’s UK financial sanctions general guidance.

OFSI has issued general licences under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. A list of general licences published by OFSI can be found on the general licences page.

UK regulations

·         The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2022

·         The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No.5) Regulations 2022

·         The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2022

·         The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2022

·         The Russia Sanctions (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2022

·         The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2022

·         The Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 4) Regulations 2020

·         The Sanctions (EU Exit) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

·         The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

·         The Ukraine (European Union Financial Sanctions) (No.3) Regulations 2014 (prior to 31 December 2020)

·         The Ukraine (European Union Financial Sanctions) (No.2) Regulations 2014 (prior to 31 December 2020)

EU regulations (applicable prior to 23.00 on 31st December 2020)

·         Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014

·         Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014

Find out more about UK sanctions on Russia

Published 18 March 2014
Last updated 18 March 2022 

 

ATTACHMENTS THREE (a) and (b) – from various

 

A)   from nl.nytimes.com

 

‘ECONOMIC WAR’

 

It’s hard to think of a precedent: The British government yesterday ordered Chelsea — one of the world’s most glamorous soccer clubs and Europe’s defending champion — to stop conducting almost all its business operations.

Chelsea can no longer sell tickets or sign players. A team-owned hotel near Chelsea’s West London stadium stopped taking reservations, while the official souvenir store abruptly closed. “Shoppers, who had been filling baskets with club merchandise, were told to put everything back and leave,” our colleague Tariq Panja wrote.

 

These moves were the latest part of an international campaign to damage Russia’s economy and isolate Russian elites. Chelsea’s owner, Roman Abramovich, is close to Vladimir Putin and is one of seven oligarchs whose assets Britain froze yesterday.

Combined, the sanctions — by Britain, the U.S., the E.U. and others — have been more aggressive than many analysts expected. “We’re in totally new territory,” Nicholas Mulder, a historian of sanctions, told The Atlantic. “The speed, the sweep and the size of the sanctions, or the size of the targets of the sanctions — those three factors make them extraordinary.”

 

The sanctions are unlikely to alter Putin’s military strategy, at least in the short term: Russia seems committed to taking over Ukraine, almost regardless of the human cost. The Russian military has stepped up aerial bombardments across Ukraine, and has continued to attack civilians in an attempt to demoralize the population.

But the sanctions do have the potential to create longer-term problems for Putin’s regime. A Kremlin spokesman has described them as “economic war.” Among their effects:

 

  • They have cut off Russian banks from large parts of the international financial markets, which in turn will make it harder for Russian families and businesses to take out loans, use credit cards and make purchases.
  • The list of Western companies that are pulling out of Russia — like McDonald’s and Starbucks — yesterday grew to include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Uniqlo. These shutdowns will reduce economic growth in Russia and may cause public frustration.
  • Some companies have stopped exporting goods to Russia, which will complicate the manufacturing and sale of cellphones, cars and other technology-heavy items.
  • Russian officials are sufficiently fearful of the effect on stock prices that they halted trading on Moscow’s stock market 11 days ago and have not yet resumed it.
  • The economic damage has caused the value of Russia’s currency, the ruble, to decline about 40 percent since the war began, effectively increasing the price of any item that comes from outside Russia. “That immediately raises the cost of essentials for everyone, and will be felt most sharply by the poorest,” Patricia Cohen, The Times’s global economics correspondent, told me yesterday.

Signs of discontent

The history of sanctions suggests that the world probably needs to impose measures that hurt ordinary Russians if it wants to put political pressure on Putin. “Smart” sanctions, targeted at elites, are an important part of the strategy but by themselves would likely be too narrow to matter to change Putin’s domestic standing.

 

Even the current set of sanctions may fail to help Ukraine or may even lead Putin to lash out in new ways. (Yesterday, he suggested that he might nationalize the assets of Western companies that pull out of Russia.) Historically, sanctions have been at least partly successful about one-third of the time they have been tried, Mulder told The Atlantic’s Annie Lowrey.

But because Ukraine’s allies seem unwilling to send troops, sanctions seem their best hope for confronting Putin. And the sanctions do seem to be having some effect already. Oleg Deripaska, a prominent billionaire (and among those whom Britain sanctioned yesterday), recently said, after violent protests at his home (See Attachment 3B, Below) that he expected the country to experience an economic crisis lasting at least three years. Already, there are signs that the turmoil may be aggravating Russian public discontent that already existed about the war.

 

“Russian public opinion is becoming such a problem that Putin is effectively fighting two wars: one in Ukraine, and one at home,” Sam Greene, a Russia scholar at King’s College London, wrote this week. Erica Frantz, an expert on dictators at Michigan State University, told our colleague Max Fisher, “The indicators of elite discontent that we have seen thus far are unusual in Putin’s Russia and should therefore be taken seriously.”

Still in Russia

 

It’s worth mentioning that there are at least two major categories of sanctions that the world has not imposed on Russia.

One, Europe continues to buy large amounts of oil and natural gas from Russia, and energy is easily Russia’s biggest source of revenue. Europe is so reliant on Russian energy that a full embargo could cause large price increases, notes Mark Landler, The Times’s London bureau chief.

 

Two, some large companies are continuing to operate in Russia, as the Popular Information newsletter has reported. Hyatt and Marriott