Putin said he does not expect the publication to have any impact but expressed dismay at the scope of the officials and business people listed.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday the Trump administration made a "hostile step" when it published a list of Russian businessmen and politicians as part of a sanctions law against Moscow.The long-awaited U.S. publication appears to be mainly a list of people in Russian government, along with 96 "oligarchs" from a Forbes magazine ranking of Russian billionaires.Putin referred to the list as a "hostile step" – but said Moscow does not want to make the situation worse.In the end, the list of 114 Russian politicians released just before a Monday evening deadline included the whole of Putin's administration, as listed by the Kremlin on its website, plus the Russian Cabinet, all top law enforcement officials and chief executives of the main state-controlled companies.Every top Russian official except for Putin is on the list of 114 senior political figures.Under the same law that authorized the "Putin list," the government was required to slap sanctions on anyone doing "significant" business with people linked to Russia's defense and intelligence agencies, using a blacklist the U.S. released earlier in October.
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