Sources of the newspaper claim that the organizers of the WEF decided not to invite to the events Russian businessmen falling under US sanctions, namely Viktor Vekselberg, Oleg Deripaska and Andrey Kostin

Oleg Deripaska (left) and Andrei Kostin

(Photo: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti)

According to the Financial Times, three Russian businessmen falling under the anti-Russian sanctions of the United States, were notified that their presence at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is undesirable. Two sources of the newspaper, who know about this decision of the organizers of the forum, assert that we are talking about the owner of the Renova group Viktor Vekselberg, the head of VTB Andre Kostin and the co-owner of Rusal Oleg Deripaska.

Entrepreneurs were actually excluded from participation in the forum, although there are no legal grounds for this (the sanctions do not prohibit them from entering Switzerland), and the decision is connected with the concern of international organizations about Washington’s sanctions imposed on businessmen this spring, the newspaper sources said.

One of the interlocutors of the publication said that this decision undermined the intention of the forum organizers to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the event for the first time in a long time.

“This is not about the law. [На организаторов экономического форума] there is tremendous pressure from the United States not to invite them (Vekselberg, Kostin and Deripaska. – RBC), ”Says the FT source.

In this case, the interlocutor of RBC, close to Oleg Deripaska, said that the businessman did not plan to go to Davos. He left the business, so participation in the forum does not make sense, the source said.

RBC sent requests to the press service of VTB, as well as representatives of Renova Vekselberg and UC Rusal Deripaska.

All three – Costin, Deripaska and Vekselberg – were included in the American blacklist in April. Putin has not attended the economic forum in Davos since 2009. The Russian official delegation at the event was recently led by one of the deputy prime ministers of the country.

The next forum should be held in Switzerland from January 22 to 25 next year. Participation in it, as indicated on the event's website, will be attended by leaders and members of governments from more than 100 countries, top managers from thousands of leading global companies, as well as heads of international and non-governmental organizations.


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