Fine for actions while now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson headed company

ExxonMobil was fined $2 million for violating sanctions against Russia in 2014, the Treasury Department said Thursday.

The violations occurred in May of that year when the now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of ExxonMobil, according to a filing by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

ExxonMobil signed eight legal documents related to oil and gas projects in Russia with Igor Sechin, president of Russian oil giant Rosneft, OFAC said.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order that imposed sanctions on Russia in March 2014 and the Treasury Department included Sechin on the list a month later, the OFAC said.

"Despite these prohibitions and ExxonMobil's global market and sophistication, ExxonMobil moved forward with signing the legal documents with designated person Igor Sechin between on or about May 14, 2014 and on or about May 23, 2014," the filing read.

With rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine in 2014, western powers, including the U.S., imposed economic and technological sanctions against Moscow.

ExxonMobil left Russia in October 2014, a month later the Treasury Department ordered the company to "wind down" its operations in that country. m

The energy giant's request to return to Russia for oil and gas activities was rejected in April by the Treasury because of existing sanctions.

Tillerson recused himself from actions by the State Department related to ExxonMobil after he took office in February.


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