Russian Billionaires Regain Part of Fortune Lost Due to U.S. Sanctions

Last Monday showed big losses for Russia’s oligarchs targeted by U.S. sanctions, but they might have already started recovering by Friday, OCCRP reports.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Oleg Deripaska lost over $ 1.1 billion between Sunday and Tuesday. Between Wednesday and Thursday, however, his fortune rose again with one-third of that.

Suleiman Kerimov has not recovered as well. He lost 740 million since the sanctions were announced Friday and only gained 40 million since Wednesday.

A third billionaire whose name was on the sanctions list, Viktor Vekselberg – chairman of the Bahamas-based biggest aluminum producer in Russia, Renova – lost 1.5 billion by Wednesday but gained 400 million since then.

Russia’s Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev promised to help those targeted with the creation of two offshore jurisdictions that would facilitate the transferring of money back to Russia.

During last week’s announcement of the sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department mentioned arms trafficking, organized crime, and money smuggling. The sanctions are meant to combat corrupt entities that destabilize politics and the economy in favor of a small Russian elite.

Russian businessmen not directly targeted by the sanctions also took a hit over the week. Many have business ties to the companies and people sanctioned. This second-degree group is also showing signs of recovery. Vladimir Potanin, a metals tycoon who had lost 2.2 billion between Sunday and Monday, has almost recovered half of his losses.