U.S. considers targeting Russia’s ‘Darth Vader’ in new round of sanctions

BY Willis Raburu  April 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM EST

Photo by Flickr user Mitya Aleshkovsky

Photo by Flickr user Mitya Aleshkovsky


As tensions mount over the prospect of further Russian interference in eastern Ukraine, “the White House is preparing a new list of targets to incur sanctions,” the New York Times reported Monday. Among them is Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin ally, who’s depicted as Darth Vader by the Russian Press and described as the “scariest person on earth.”

As the president of Rosneft, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, Sechin also holds the official title of deputy prime minister. Many regard him as the most powerful person in Russia after President Putin, Forbes said.

Sanctions against Sechin could worry Western oil companies, such as BP and ExxonMobile, who are tied up in Rosneft’s success. BP owns 12.5 percent of Rosneft, and ExxonMobile and Sechin have a major joint venture in cracking the oil fields of the Arctic and Bazhenov, Quartz reports.