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Boris Zilberman

Deputy Director of Congressional Relations

Areas of Impact:

Russia

Biography:

Boris Zilberman lends his background and expertise on a range of legislative issues encompassing defense and foreign affairs to FDD’s relationship with Washington’s leading policy makers. With a focus on the Middle East and Russia, Boris is an authoritative voice helping to frame complex issues affecting America and her allies.

Boris leads FDD’s Russia work as part of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance which focuses on the evolving financial and strategic developments in the US-Russia relationship.

Prior to joining FDD, Boris spent five years working as Manager of Defense Programs in the policy and government affairs department at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He also carries coalition-building experience from his time at a Washington-based public affairs firm.

Boris holds an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BA degree in Political Science and Russian from The University of Alabama. He was born in Moscow and is fluent in Russian.

Boris Zilberman lends his background and expertise on a range of legislative issues encompassing defense and foreign affairs to FDD’s relationship with Washington’s leading policy makers. With a focus on the Middle East and Russia, Boris is an authoritative voice helping to frame complex issues affecting America and her allies.

Boris leads FDD’s Russia work as part of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance which focuses on the evolving financial and strategic developments in the US-Russia relationship.

Prior to joining FDD, Boris spent five years working as Manager of Defense Programs in the policy and government affairs department at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He also carries coalition-building experience from his time at a Washington-based public affairs firm.

Boris holds an MA in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BA degree in Political Science and Russian from The University of Alabama. He was born in Moscow and is fluent in Russian.

How to Make Russia Sanctions Bite

31st January 2018 – The American Interest

How to Make Russia Sanctions Bite

Boris Zilberman

On Monday night, the U.S. Treasury Department issued its long-awaited report on Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The report, issued in time for the Russian markets to absorb it before trading began on Tuesday, was required by Section 241 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA). Meanwhile, the State Department chose not to designate any individuals or companies pursuant to Section 231 of CAATSA, which authorizes sanctions on those who do business with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors. That decision is consistent with the letter of the law, but designations under Section 231 should come soon if State is serious about turning up the heat on Russia. more...

Analysis & Commentary

31st January 2018 – The American Interest

How to Make Russia Sanctions Bite

Boris Zilberman

On Monday night, the U.S. Treasury Department issued its long-awaited report on Russian oligarchs and Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The report, issued in time for the Russian markets to absorb it before trading began on Tuesday, was required by Section 241 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA). Meanwhile, the State Department chose not to designate any individuals or companies pursuant to Section 231 of CAATSA, which authorizes sanctions on those who do business with the Russian defense and intelligence sectors. That decision is consistent with the letter of the law, but designations under Section 231 should come soon if State is serious about turning up the heat on Russia. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

In the shadowy world where finance meets national security, the Russian oligarch list actually does

Boris Zilberman

Yes, it seems the US Treasury cribbed its list of individuals with financial ties to the Kremlin from Forbes Magazine's list of richest Russians. more...

29th January 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Inside Putin’s Inner Circle

Boris Zilberman

The Trump administration is expected to provide lawmakers with a report Monday that calls out Russian president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, a document that has had Russian elites worried for months. more...

18th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

President Trump Calls Out Russia for Helping North Korean Sanctions Evasion

Mathew Ha, Boris Zilberman

“Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,” President Trump said yesterday in an Oval Office interview with Reuters. “What China is helping us with, Russia is denting,” the president added. Trump is correct when he accuses Moscow of being complicit in the Kim regime’s efforts to evade sanctions. more...