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But as commerce secretary, he could come under fire since he oversees U. Navigator makes millions of dollars shipping resources from major client Sibur, The New York Times reported.
The top leadership at Sibur includes Putin's friend, Gennady Timchenko, who has been sanctioned by the U. Ross's spokesman told the Times that he never met any of Sibur's oligarch bosses.
The revelation shows that Russia made millions out of the American internet giants, and will fuel mounting concerns about how Russian president Vladimir Putin has made use of the influential social media firms - including to influence the result of the US election last year.
Paradise Papers documents show that Russia’s state-run VTB Bank and the state-run gas and oil corporation Gazprom ploughed money into the key US social media companies around six years ago VTB put £120m into Twitter shares, and Gazprom went through a series of investment bodies to help amass Facebook shares worth an astonishing £625m.
Possible solutions that had been suggested by the organisation were for Samoylova to perform via satellite from Russia or for the contestant to be changed to one who could legally travel to Ukraine, both of which Channel One had turned down.
A statement from the EBU read: 'Unfortunately this means Russia will no longer be able to take part in this year's competition.'We very much wanted all 43 countries to be able to participate and did all we could to achieve this.'Frank Dieter Freiling, chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, the event's steering committee, said: 'We strongly condemn the Ukrainian authorities' decision to impose a travel ban on Julia Samoylova as we believe it thoroughly undermines the integrity and non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest and its mission to bring all nations together in friendly competition.'However, preparations continue apace for the Eurovision Song Contest in the host city Kiev.'Our top priority remains to produce a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in May.' Jamala (pictured), representing Ukraine, won Eurovision last year with the song 1944, which was considered highly controversial because of its lyrics about the deportation of Crimean Tartars by Stalin Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have been high since the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the beginning that year of a Russia-backed separatist insurgency in east Ukraine that has killed nearly 10,000 people.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists led a worldwide effort with 96 media organizations who went through the documents to report on their contents.
Among those implicated, the documents show that Ross failed to clearly disclose his interests with Putin's immediate family while he was being confirmed for his cabinet position with Trump's administration.
Potentially embarrassingly for US president Donald Trump - who continues to deny growing claims of Russian entanglement in his ultimately successful election campaign – Milner holds a share in a firm part-owned by Jared Kushner, who is both Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House advisor.Samoylova has toured in Crimea without entering through the de-facto border with the Ukrainian mainland.Under Ukrainian law that is considered illegal and the authorities in Kiev have therefore blocked her entry into Ukraine.Russia has pulled out of the Eurovision Song Contest following a bitter dispute with Ukraine over its entrant.The Russian television station Channel One has announced that it will not broadcast the contest this year or take part in the competition because its contestant was controversially barred from host country Ukraine.
In 2009, the EBU rejected Georgia's entry, a disco-flavoured song called We Don't Wanna Put In, a barely-veiled criticism of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the wake of the previous year's short war between Georgia and Russia.