Herman Gref is Russia’s former Minister of Economics and Trade and the current CEO of Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank.
Gref, a close Putin ally, was among the numerous businessmen with whom Trump met during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. During Trump’s time in Moscow, Gref organized a two-hour long dinner along with Aras Agalarov (Agalarov, along with his son Emin, was instrumental in organizing the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting.) Afterward, he described Trump as having “a good attitude toward Russia.” Gref is critical U.S. sanctions on Russia; although Gref himself is not sanctioned, Sberbank and several of its affiliated entities are under U.S. sanctions.
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