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Федеральная торговая комиссия (англ. Federal Trade Commission, FTC) - независимое агентство правительства США, призванное защищать права потребителей и, в частности, следящее за соблюдением антимонопольного законодательства. ...это компания, обладающая самыми большими полномочиями в области рекламы.
Федеральная торговая комиссия (англ. Federal Trade Commission, FTC) - независимое агентство правительства США, призванное защищать права потребителей и, в частности, следящее за соблюдением антимонопольного законодательства. ...это компания, обладающая самыми большими полномочиями в области рекламы.
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22 января, 20:42

The Sneaky Tricks Scammers Use to Fool Job Seekers and Take Their Money

It's disturbing how many job scams are out there. Protect yourself from accepting one by avoiding these telltale signs.

21 января, 11:17

These Charities Are the Biggest Scammers Looking to Take Your Money

Before you donate your money, make sure you’re not writing a check to these scamming charities.

20 января, 17:12

Now That The Government Has Shut Down, Here's What Actually "Shuts Down"

It's official: as of midnight Saturday, the US government has shut down following a failure in the Senate to strike a funding deal. Government funding was due to run out after Dec. 8 but was twice extended, most recently through Jan. 19, at which point the US encountered what’s officially called a "spending gap," which triggers an official halt to Washington’s work. In retrospect, this is hardly a novel development, as history shows there have been 18 previous closures starting in 1976, with the last one taking place in September 2013. Almost all of the funding gaps occurred between FY1977 and FY1995. During this 19-fiscal-year period, 15 funding gaps occurred. Additionally, seven of the funding gaps commenced with the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1. The remaining 11 funding gaps occurred at least more than one day after the fiscal year had begun. Ten of the funding gaps ended in October, four ended in November, three ended in December, and one ended in January. According to the CRO, funding gaps have ranged in duration from one to 21 full days, with six of the eight lengthiest funding gaps, lasting between eight days and 17 days, occurred between FY1977 and FY1980—before the Civiletti opinions were issued in 1980 and early 1981. After the issuance of these opinions, the duration of funding gaps in general shortened considerably, typically ranging from one day to three days. Of these, most occurred over a weekend. * * * So now that the US government is taking some time off for only the second time this century, here is a summary of what actually is shut down until the funding gap is closed, courtesy of Bloomberg. 1. What happens if the government shuts down? Many, though not all, federal government functions are frozen, and many, though not all, federal employees are furloughed. Agencies in the executive branch, the one with the largest workforce and budget, regularly review shutdown plans that spell out what work must continue, and how many employees will be retained, during a "short" lapse (one to five days) and one that lasts longer. 2. Which government functions cease?   The ones that draw headlines are closures of national parks, monuments and the Smithsonian museums in Washington. Other activities that may stop if the shutdown lasts more than a few days include the processing of applications for passports and visas; new enrollments in experimental treatments under the National Institutes for Health; and the maintenance of U.S. government websites, including ones used by businesses and researchers. Mortgage approvals can be delayed by furloughs at the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Housing Administration. The last shutdown, which lasted 16 days in 2013, delayed release of Labor Department monthly employment reports, Commerce Department data on retail sales and housing starts and a monthly Fed report on industrial production that uses Labor Department data. Also delayed was approval of drilling applications at the Bureau of Land Management, consideration of applications for small business loans and the start of the Alaska crab season, which relies on harvest levels apportioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A breakdown by organization: The Treasury Department, which includes the IRS, will send home more than 83 percent of its 88,268 workers. About 1,000 employees will stay in place to manage debt, monitor domestic and international financial markets and policy coordination. Another 2,800 workers are exempt from the shutdown to avoid any disruptions with debt borrowing functions, debt collection, investment, debt accounting and Social Security disbursements. At the IRS, tax refunds could take longer, depending how long the shutdown lasts. The agency lists work related to issuing refunds among tasks that won’t be excepted from the shutdown. But it wasn’t expecting to begin accepting 2017 tax returns until Jan. 29. Other IRS functions to be suspended include audits, non-automated collections and processing 1040X amended returns, according to a contingency plan dated Jan. 17. (A more detailed list can be found here.) White House The Executive Office of the President will be dramatically pared down, according to a memo released on Friday night. The memo called for reducing the total number of workers in the office to 659, out of about 1,715 people on staff. The White House Office, a subset of the executive office that includes many of the functions closest to the president’s decision making, will be cut from 371 staffers to just 152. Twenty-one people will remain at the Executive Residence, as well as one person at the vice president’s residence. Fourteen staffers will be working at the Office of the Vice President, from 16. The National Security Council will retain all but one of its 45 staffers. Eight people will remain at the Council of Economic Advisers, from 24. Securities and Exchange Commission Operations at the Securities and Exchange Commission are set to be sharply curtailed. Despite collecting fees from participants in the markets it regulates, Wall Street’s main regulator will shrink its staff to about 300 employees from almost 4,600, according to an agency plan posted in December. The SEC plans to keep operating its Edgar corporate-filing system. But it won’t approve registrations for investment advisers, issue interpretive guidance, or review many pending applications or registrations for new financial products. The commission will continue to deal with emergency enforcement actions like temporary restraining orders against accused market cheats. And it will continue to monitor its system for tips, complaints and referrals and operate its information systems, according to the plan. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, At the country’s main swaps regulator, the vast majority of activity will likewise grind to a halt. Under a plan submitted to the White House on Friday, just 69 essential employees will remain on the job to try to ensure “to the extent practicable, the oversight of the derivatives markets and to police those markets to ensure they are free of fraud and manipulation." Still, the “vast bulk” of work by the commission will cease, according to the plan. For example, the agency’s enforcement division will stop reviewing and investigating new victim complaints, or taking new actions against violators. Much market oversight activities will also cease. Business and Economy The shutdown is likely to postpone the release of market-moving economic data, depending how long it continues. In 2013, the Labor Department’s monthly employment report for September was delayed by 18 days, while the release of October figures was pushed back a week. Department of Commerce data were also delayed, including retail sales and housing starts, along with industrial-production figures from the Federal Reserve. The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, which publishes data important to livestock and crop traders, won’t be releasing any reports on any day the government is shut down, according to department spokesman Damon Thompson. For the central bank’s functions that aren’t related to economic data, it’s likely to be business as usual, since the Fed doesn’t rely on money appropriated by Congress to operate. That means checks will still be cleared and FedWire, used by the financial industry for large, time-sensitive credit payments, will continue to run. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which relies on user fees and doesn’t get tax dollars, said it has enough money to remain open “for a few weeks” to process the hundreds of thousands of applications for patents on new inventions or trademarks for new products. The Federal Communications Commission has funds to remain open through Jan. 26, spokesman Brian Hart said in an email. During the 2013 shutdown, the agency stopped accepting filings and ceased certifying that new electronic devices don’t cause interference. Farm Service Agency offices in rural counties nationwide will be closed, and federal farm payments won’t be processed, according to the Agriculture Department. Workplace Safety & Labor Many programs at the Department of Labor designed to help workers will stop. Other federal offices designed to protect workers’ rights will also close their doors. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces contractors’ compliance with labor and civil rights laws, will cease operations. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program will stop processing new requests for assistance from workers who’ve lost their jobs to competition or offshoring. The National Labor Relations Board will stop handling cases. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces workplace civil rights laws, will cease investigating charges and answering questions from the public. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will send home three-quarters of its staff, and suspend most workplace safety inspections. Some exceptions will be made, such as investigating "imminent danger situations," addressing first responders’ warnings of "high risk of death" and following up on "high-gravity serious violations." Law Enforcement & Courts The law exempts from the shutdown those employees who are deemed necessary to protect life or property. Most types of law enforcement and criminal justice fit into that category. About 83 percent of the Justice Department’s 115,000 employees will continue to report to work if the government shuts down, according to the department’s contingency plan. Criminal litigation will continue without interruption; non-essential civil litigation is to be curtailed or postponed. The Federal Trade Commission will suspend antitrust investigations not related to mergers. Merger reviews by the FTC and the Justice Department will continue. The agencies say they will go to court to challenge deals if necessary. Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have enough money from sources like fines and filing fees to continue most operations through Feb. 9, according to Jackie Koszczuk, a spokeswoman with the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Department of Homeland Security will remain largely unaffected, with 87 percent of its 232,860 employees deemed exempt from the shutdown. The department includes the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service. National Security & Foreign Affairs At the Defense Department, military personnel are expected to report for duty, but won’t get paid until the shutdown ends. As for civilian workers, those performing activities excepted from the shutdown, such as protecting property or lives or supporting combat operations, will likewise have to work; the rest can stay home. That doesn’t mean the department isn’t affected. A shutdown can mean halting maintenance of weapons and other defense systems. Payments also stop for a range of services, including everything from money to contractors to death benefits for families of those killed in the line of duty. Another casualty of a shutdown: at military bases around the country, so-called commissaries -- what civilians might call grocery stores -- will shut down, a complication for families at remote locations, according to Rebecca Grant, a military analyst and president of IRIS Independent Research in Washington. The effects of a shutdown on foreign and trade policy may be minimal. The State Department issued guidance on Friday saying that passport and visa services, as well as other agency functions, will stay open until the money runs out. Many bureaus in the department have reserves because they’re funded every few years or with money that can be saved indefinitely rather than spent within a year. "The department will continue as many normal operations as possible,” said the guidance, posted on the State Department website. "Operating status and available funding will need to be monitored continuously and closely, and planning for a lapse in appropriations must be continued.” The State Department says no new travel or "representational events” should be arranged. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn’t decided yet on whether to cancel a trip to Europe planned for next week. A shutdown is unlikely to affect U.S. involvement in talks next week in Montreal on a new North American Free Trade Agreement, since negotiators from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office would be designated as essential staff. Health About half the staff at the Department of Health and Human Services will be furloughed, according to a plan posted on the department’s website Friday. The resulting changes will reverberate across a range of functions that affect the average person. The Food and Drug Administration will be "unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities," according to the shutdown plan. It will also stop conducting "routine establishment inspections, some compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports" and other programs. The Centers for Disease Control said its "immediate response to urgent disease outbreaks, including seasonal influenza, would continue." It added that it would be "unable to support most non-communicable disease prevention programs." The National Institutes of Health, which typically treats only those people for whom standard treatments don’t work, will stop admitting most new patients. Food-safety inspections and other critical functions will continue at the Department of Agriculture. Federally mandated nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and school-feeding initiatives, will continue, but the Women, Infants and Children program and other assistance from the discretionary budget may be in danger of running out of funds. * * * 3. Which government functions continue? Activities related to national security (like the military services), safety and order (air traffic control, law enforcement) and medical care (veterans’ hospitals) are among the essential activities that carry on. So does the U.S. mail, since the Postal Service has its own funding stream. U.S. Treasury debt auctions continue, Social Security and Medicare checks get mailed, food stamps are distributed. Federal courts are open but their work is subject to disruption. 4. How many federal employees stay home? In the 2013 shutdown, the number of executive-branch employees who were furloughed on a given day peaked at 850,000, or about 40 percent of the workforce. 5. Do federal employees get paid? Eventually. When a shutdown happens, most federal employees -- there are about 2.8 million of them now -- are placed on unpaid furlough. Though there "appears to be no guarantee" that they will eventually be paid, in practice they always have been, retroactively, via legislation passed by Congress, according to the Congressional Research Service. 6. How often does this happen? There have been 12 shutdowns since 1981, ranging in duration from a single day to 21 days, according to the Congressional Research Service. The 21-day one, in December 1995 and January 1996, was a famous budget showdown that pitted President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, and the Republican House speaker, Newt Gingrich. Shutdowns over budget disagreements are different (and less grave) than what would happen if the U.S. breached its debt ceiling and defaulted on some of its obligations. That’s never happened -- though its specter, too, will grow if Congress doesn’t reach a budget deal in the next several weeks. 7. What happened prior to 1981? Until then, "funding gaps" didn’t result in shutdowns; agencies operated mostly as normal, and their expenses were covered retroactively once a deal was reached. Benjamin Civiletti, attorney general under President Jimmy Carter, put an end to that. With legal opinions issued in 1980 and 1981, he established that government work generally must cease until Congress agrees to pay for it. His rulings were codified in the Antideficiency Act, which, in theory at least, authorizes fines or prison terms to federal employees who dare work for free during a shutdown. 8. How Do Markets React Markets have tended to shrug off shutdowns as long as the debt limit is not involved. The 1995, 1995-96, and 2013 government shutdowns had a modest effect on financial markets. The dollar weakened slightly in all three cases in the few days following each shutdown, with a further leg down in 2013 as the debt limit deadline approached. Treasury yields did not react meaningfully at the start of these shutdowns. The equity market reaction was inconsistent, with a slight decline in the early days of the December 1995 and October 2013 episodes, but no real change around the November 1995 shutdowns. This time around, the debt limit deadline is around six weeks away from the Treasury’s target, and even farther from our own estimate, so unless the shutdown lasts for over a month, the market should largely ignore it.

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17 января, 23:02

FTC investigating Broadcom for antitrust practices

(Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is investigating whether chipmaker Broadcom Ltd engaged in anticompetitive tactics in negotiations with customers, the company said on Wednesday.

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16 января, 03:17

Further notes on visiting Herbalife clubs in Queens

Preface: I once wrote a blog post - a response to Mr Ackman's campaign on Herbalife - which gave notes on visiting a Herbalife club in Queens. This remains one of the top ten most visited posts ever written on this blog.On Saturday morning I visited two Herbalife clubs in Queens neither of which I had visited before.One was a well known one - one of the first hits when searching for them using Google. The other was just found using Google Navigation and was about half a mile away.Both clubs were pretty marginal businesses - but both were stable and viable. One was ten years old, the other five years. The first one was - believe it or not - prosperous enough to have employees.My purpose was to check implementation of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on the ground. The FTC rules come from a settlement the FTC had with Herbalife in July 2016.I went without someone fluent in Spanish (a skill very few Australians have) and that was a problem because neither of the proprietors (or their staff!) spoke English. Very few customers spoke English either - but we sat in the clubs for some time and a steady (although small) flow of customers came through. My colleague spoke broken Spanish which was enough for a basic - but not a detailed conversation. Sometimes customers translated.In both clubs our names were taken when we ordered and records were kept of who the customers were. This is to ensure compliance with the rules in the Amway Case (reinforced in the FTC settlement) that require a multi-level marketing scheme to demonstrate that 70 percent of sales were to bona-fide customers and not to distributors. We asked whether this was a response to the FTC rules but were told that they had done this "always" - which meant at least for five years. In other words they had been complying with the core FTC requirement in advance.In the second club the reason the clubs were marginal businesses however was made clear. We asked how many clubs there were around here - and the proprietor said in Spanish and with a wry look - too many. This is consistent with the first time I visited Herbalife clubs in Queens.One of the clubs organised exercise groups in a park but not in the winter. The other club did not organise such groups.At the end we found two fluent English speaking customers - a mum probably in her 40s and her daughter in the latter years of school. Their preferred language was Spanish but their English was excellent.The mum had been coming for about a year and exercised three times a week (the exercise not organised by the club) and had lost about 45 pounds. She was a true believer - and credited Herbalife with her change.Her daughter was there as much as anything to keep her mum company - but was also a Herbalife customer. She had successfully sold some of the product too - presumably to her mums friends who were (rightfully) impressed by the mum's loss of body mass and improved health.But she did not sell it any more - because she did not get paid.Now it turns out the reason that she did not get paid was that she was signed up as a "preferred customer" and not as a "distributor". The distinction between "preferred customer" and "distributor" did not exist prior to the FTC Settlement described above. It was part of the way that Herbalife was forced to demonstrate that it complied with the guidelines in the Amway case.To be blunt - the direct result of FTC decision is that a young Hispanic woman did not get paid.And that was the only direct result of the FTC decision I saw.And so in summary I conclude that the FTC has been ripping off young Hispanic women since July 2016.I am not sure that is the intended effect.John

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31 декабря 2017, 23:55

Labor Market Concentration -- by Jose Azar, Ioana Marinescu, Marshall I. Steinbaum

A product market is concentrated when a few firms dominate the market. Similarly, a labor market is concentrated when a few firms dominate hiring in the market. Using data from the leading employment website CareerBuilder.com, we calculate labor market concentration for over 8,000 geographic-occupational labor markets in the US. Based on the DOJ-FTC horizontal merger guidelines, the average market is highly concentrated. Using a panel IV regression, we show that going from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile in concentration is associated with a 15-25% decline in posted wages, suggesting that concentration increases labor market power.

29 декабря 2017, 15:52

Becton, Dickinson (BDX), Bard Receive Regulatory Nod in China

Favorable tidings on the regulatory front have boosted Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) lately. After the closure of the deal, the company will establish a new business segment.

29 декабря 2017, 13:14

138 things Trump did this year while you weren't looking

Behind the crazy headlines, more conservative priorities got pushed through than most people realize. An exhaustive list of what really happened to the government in 2017.

28 декабря 2017, 16:26

FTC Cuts Short HSR Waiting Period for DXC's Spin-Merger Deal

DXC Technology (DXC) got early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

28 декабря 2017, 16:13

Potash Corp, Agrium Get FTC Nod, Set Closing Date for Merger

Potash (POT) and Agrium get final clearance for their merger deal which is expected to close effective Jan 1, 2018. The combined company, to be known as Nutrien, will commence trading on Jan 2.

27 декабря 2017, 17:06

Becton, Dickinson (BDX) a Step Closer to Bard Acquisition

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) gets FTC's nod for the acquisition of C. R. Bard.

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26 декабря 2017, 22:53

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**Should-Read: José Azar, Ioana Marinescu, Marshall I. Steinbaum**: [Labor Market Concentration](http://www.nber.org/papers/w24147): "A product market is concentrated when a few firms dominate the market... >...Similarly, a labor market is concentrated when a few firms dominate hiring in the market. Using data from... , we calculate labor market concentration for over 8,000 geographic-occupational labor markets in the US. Based on the DOJ-FTC horizontal merger guidelines, the average market is highly concentrated. Using a panel IV regression, we show that going from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile in concentration is associated with a 15-25% decline in posted wages, suggesting that concentration increases labor market power...

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20 декабря 2017, 16:48

Facts are Stubborn Things -- Understanding the Hysteria Surrounding Net Neutrality

In addition to the new transparency guidelines and FTC oversight that provide important consumer safeguards going forward, the FCC's vote to restore Internet freedom to regulations that governed the web from 1995 to 2015 will benefit consumers by encouraging innovation, competition and investment.

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19 декабря 2017, 19:51

Federal Court's Embrace Of FTC Data-Breach Settlements As 'Common Law' Treads On Due Process

According to a recent federal curt decision, businesses victimized by data theft must be aware of the quasi-legal standards arising from a group of Federal Trade Commission data-breach settlements when facing state-law unfair business practices claims.

04 января 2015, 07:12

США заблокировали сделку «Роснефти» с Morgan Stanley

23.12.2014 Власти США и Канады заблокировали продажу «Роснефти» нефтетрейдингового подразделения Morgan Stanley. За год сторонам так и не удалось получить одобрения регуляторов. Западные санкции также снизили привлекательность этой сделки, сумма которой оценивалась в $400 млн. Комитет по иностранным инвестициям США отказался согласовывать сделку с Morgan Stanley, поэтому «Роснефть» не смогла ее завершить, заявил РБК вице-президент компании по связям с общественностью и СМИ Михаил Леонтьев. «Отказ в выдаче регламентирующих соглашений мы получили не только от американских, но и от канадских регуляторов. Это их право: оспаривать незаключенную сделку мы не будем», – пояснил он. «Роснефть» договорилась о покупке нефтетрейдингового бизнеса Morgan Stanley 20 декабря 2013 года. В случае завершения сделки российской компании перешли бы международная сеть нефтехранилищ, запасы нефти и нефтепродуктов, прямые контракты с потребителями, контракты на условиях предоплаты, логистические контракты, а также акции и доли в профильных дочерних компаниях в области инфраструктуры, международного маркетинга и исследований. На работу в «Роснефть» также должны были перейти более 100 нефтетрейдеров из офисов Morgan Stanley в Великобритании, США и Сингапуре, а также около 180 менеджеров из вспомогательных подразделений. В июне сделку одобрила Федеральная торговая комиссия США, а в июле «Роснефть» и Morgan Stanley обратились в комитет по иностранным инвестициям. В сообщении «Роснефти» отмечается, что «стороны затратили на подготовку сделки существенные усилия и сожалеют о невозможности ее закрыть». Но потерь от срыва сделки «Роснефть» не понесла, утверждает Леонтьев. «Не факт, что в текущих условиях эта сделка была бы так же интересна, как раньше», – добавил он. А Morgan Stanley рассмотрит теперь ряд вариантов в отношении нефтетрейдингового подразделения с учетом интересов акционеров, клиентов и служащих компании, говорится в сообщении банка, которое приводит ТАСС. Сумма сделки не раскрывалась. Но, по данным The Wall Street Journal, она могла составить «несколько сотен миллионов долларов». Аналитики Platts оценивали ее примерно в $400 млн. Из-за несостоявшейся сделки «Роснефть» почти ничего не потеряла, компания могла потратиться лишь на консультантов, но это незначительные средства, говорит старший аналитик «Уралсиб Кэпитал» Алексей Кокин. О том, что сделка может сорваться, стало известно еще осенью. «Роснефть» до последнего это не признавала, но американцы не исключали такую возможность. «В нынешних условиях нет и не может быть никаких гарантий того, что сделка будет закрыта, особенно учитывая прописанное в договоре требование о том, что все необходимые разрешения должны быть получены до конца года», – говорил представитель Morgan Stanley в октябре. Источники Financial Times тогда сообщали, что сделка фактически не имеет перспектив. Это стало ясно после того, как санкции отрезали «Роснефти» доступ к долгосрочным валютным кредитам в сентябре, говорит Кокин. Нефтетрейдинговый бизнес подразумевает доступ компании к кредитам в несколько десятков миллиардов долларов, иначе бизнес не будет работать, указывает он. Таким образом, для срыва сделки были и объективные причины, заключает эксперт. Это не первый случай, когда планам «Роснефти» помешали санкции. В конце сентября Exxon Mobil приостановила сотрудничество с российским партнером по девяти из десяти СП в России, а затем свернула работы и на совместном проекте в Карском море. В ноябре норвежская North Atlantic также была вынуждена отложить сделку с «Роснефтью» до 2015 года.​ http://www.rbcdaily.ru/industry/562949993439576  19.06.2014 Глава Роснефти Игорь Сечин, процитировав в интервью телеканалу CNBC французского государственного деятеля Шарля Мориса Талейрана, назвал введенные в отношении него санкции со стороны США бессмысленными. «Я думаю, что эту прискорбную ситуацию можно описать словами французского политика Шарля Мориса де Талейрана, который, насколько я помню, сказал примерно следующее – «все лишнее не имеет значения», – передает ИТАР-ТАСС. Относительно возможного ужесточения санкций в отношении России Сечин заявил, что Роснефть продолжает работать, чтобы показать эффективность совместной взаимовыгодной деятельности с американскими корпорациями. «Однако, если решения о санкциях будут приняты, мы продолжим реализацию наших проектов самостоятельно, оставив их открытыми для наших американских партнеров, которые смогут вернуться, когда это станет возможным», – подчеркнул президент Роснефти. По словам Сечина, он не может понять «никаких обоснований» для введения санкционного режима. «Я не понимаю, какую цель они преследуют. Я не вовлечен в принятие политических решений... Так что введение санкций я считаю бессмысленным», – заключил глава Роснефти, добавив, что не думает, что его активная взаимовыгодная работа с американскими компаниями может выступать основанием для санкций. «Серьезные люди не должны принимать серьезные решения под давлением», – резюмировал президент Роснефти. Напомним, в конце апреля глава Роснефти уже говорил, что воспринял решение США ввести персональные санкции против него как высокую оценку эффективности работы подконтрольной ему компании. Перед этим США объявили о новой волне карательных мер против Москвы. В санкционный список кроме главы Роснефти Игоря Сечина вошли полпред президента России в Крыму Олег Белавенцев, глава Ростеха Сергей Чемезов, вице-премьер Дмитрий Козак, председатель международного комитета Госдумы Алексей Пушков, директор ФСО Евгений Муров, первый замглавы кремлевской администрации Вячеслав Володин. Тогда же представитель американского минфина сообщил, что граждане США продолжат работать в совете директоров Роснефти, несмотря на санкции, введенные в отношении главы нефтяной компании. http://vz.ru/news/2014/6/19/691836.html  16.06.2014 Чем опасен Игорь Сечин Человек, максимально близкий Владимиру Путину, самый тяжелый из политических тяжеловесов, теневой премьер-министр — каких только названий не выдумывается для президента «Роснефти» Игоря Сечина! Когда он только переместился на нынешнюю должность из зампредов правительства, казалось, что это тяжелое аппаратное поражение; но давно очевидно, что никакое не поражение, а серьезное возвышение. ... (Кстати замечу, что и кремлевскому покровителю весьма выгодна эта странная конструкция: можно в ответ на всякие нападки справедливо указывать, что в правительстве сидят сплошь экономические либералы, и не беспокоиться о содержании их деятельности, когда важнейшей частью экономики занимается такой ультрагосударственник, как президент Сечин.) ... Тайком направить войска в Крым, конечно, президенту Сечину не по чину будет — но на своем родном поле, в энергетической сфере, он явно может действовать без оглядки на, назовем это так, условности. А как мы знаем из истории, даже самым великим людям иногда решительно отказывает чувство меры. Опровержение Решением Останкинского районного суда г. Москвы от 26 августа 2014 года признаны не соответствующими действительности и порочащими честь, достоинство и деловую репутацию Сечина Игоря Ивановича , а потому подлежащими опровержению распространенные 16 июня 2014 года редакцией электронного периодического издания «Ведомости» («Vedomosti») по адресу http://www.vedomosti.ru/newspaper/ article/697301/igor-sechin следующие сведения: «Потому что на нынешней своей позиции способности и возможности влиять на принятие основных государственных решений президент Сечин нисколько не утратил: вроде бы “Роснефть” и подконтрольна правительству, поскольку приходится ему “внучкой”,- а вроде и не очень-то. Поразительна была, например, история с дивидендами нефтяной госкомпании, которые правительству Дмитрия Медведева хотелось использовать как-то по-своему, да не вышло, пришлось очень долго обсуждать судьбу этих денег; а уж история прошлой недели с налоговым маневром, согласованным было Минфином и Минэнерго, но отправленным в корзину одним росчерком пера (т. е. письмом) президента Сечина, — прямо символ!» «… на президентской позиции Игоря Сечина … с возможностью … по сути, не отвечать ни за какие свои действия ни перед кем, кроме кремлевского покровителя.» «…хороша ли такая бесконтрольность: нельзя приравнять российское государство, от имени которого совершает топ-менеджерские поступки президент Сечин, ни к нему…»