The official reason for the search is unknown. The media suggest that the FBI’s interest may be related to the case of the election campaign of ex-President Donald Trump. In April 2018, the US authorities added Deripaska and the companies he controls to the “black list” (SDN-list) for acting “on behalf of a high-ranking Russian official” and work in the Russian energy sector.
However, on January 27, 2019, the Ministry of Finance removed En + Group and its controlled Rusal and Eurosibenergo from the restrictive measures after Deripaska reduced his stake in the group below 44.95% and ceased to manage the company through the board of directors. … The businessman himself, as well as the GAZ Group, which he controls through the Russian Machines holding, remained on the list.
In addition to Deripaska, sanctions were imposed on businessmen Suleiman Kerimov, Igor Rotenberg, Kirill Shamalov, Viktor Vekselberg, Vladimir Bogdanov, Andrei Skoch, as well as against Andrei Kostin, Alexei Miller and others. They were banned from entering the United States, and their assets in the country were frozen. American companies are prohibited from doing business with them.
In June of this year, it became known that the District of Columbia court rejected Deripaska’s claim against the US Treasury, demanding that US sanctions be lifted from him.