Russia pays off $1 billion of oligarch Vekselberg’s debt
The Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, who has recently been placed under sanctions, has paid off his loans to western banks using financial assistance from the government.
Vekselberg’s Renova Group repaid $1 billion to a consortium of European, Swiss and American banks, including JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, and UBS.
The loans needed to be repaid in a hurry. The US Treasury Department, which recently blacklisted Vekselberg and all of his companies, demanded that all deals be broken off by June 5, otherwise the banks who had given loans to Renova would risk falling under “secondary sanctions”.
Two weeks before the deadline, the banks had already …read more