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Top Russian oligarchs asked to skip Davos: banker

AFP  |  Moscow 

Several top Russian tycoons blacklisted by including and Andrei have been asked to stay away from the meet in January, a report said on Tuesday.

Kostin, the of Russian and an ally of Vladimir Putin, "had a conversation with Mr Schwab and he is aware of this decision," the said in a statement to AFP on Tuesday, referring to Klaus Schwab, of the whose annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is attended by global political and business leaders.

"Mr will lay out his position on this issue in the form of an open letter to forum participants in the future." did not give further details.

The statement came after reported that as well as billionaires Deripaska and had essentially been barred from attending the prestigious gathering.

The decision was made under pressure from Washington, the FT said, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Spokespersons for Deripaska and Vekselberg did not issue an immediate comment.

State agency quoted a source close to Deripaska as saying that the aluminium magnate had no plans to travel to in January because he was no longer heavily involved in running his businesses.

"So his participation in the forum would have no sense," the source was quoted as saying.

The tycoons were hit with US sanctions earlier this year as seeks to punish for alleged international aggression and hit those close to Putin.

In May, Deripaska stepped down as a of his aluminum firm in an attempt to shield the company from the US sanctions against him.

The trio are believed to be close to Putin and attended the forum in the past.

Deripaska was particularly famous for throwing wild parties in Davos, with vodka, caviar and dancing Cossacks on offer.

Putin has not attended the forum for a decade, sending top government officials instead.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 01:10 IST