Mueller probe has questioned Russian oligarchs

Mueller probe has questioned Russian oligarchs

The United States is expected to impose additional sanctions against Russian Federation on April 6, according to USA officials, The Washington Post reported.

That news comes as Russia's relations with the West have deteriorated following accusations the Kremlin was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. It also comes amid reports special counsel Robert Mueller is questioning Russian oligarchs in his ongoing investigation into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

Russian Federation may be forcing the oligarchs to return to Russian Federation and return any stolen wealth as well.

Sources told the news outlet that the move would come under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which Congress passed past year to punish Russian Federation for aggressive military action in Ukraine and Syria as well as Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election.

Donald Trump is set to hit Russian Federation with a new wave of economic sanctions on Thursday, with oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin expected to be affected.

The relations between Moscow and Washington have further deteriorated after Russian Federation was accused of the chemical attack against former double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK. On March 26, the United States and several European states announced plans to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response.

The administration is trying to satisfy pressure from Congress to act on a sanctions law passed last summer, the official said. But Mueller's office has not previously revealed an interest in speaking with Russian oligarchs directly.

Another oligarch was stopped during a recent visit to the United States, but there were no details if he was searcher, the report said citing a person briefed on the event.

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