Documents or Communications with the Russian Bank VTB (U.S. Trade Representative)

Elijah Kaplan filed this request with the U.S. Trade Representative of the United States of America.

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From: Elijah Kaplan

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All documents and communications, of any form whatsoever, regarding any communications between department employees and Andrey Kostin, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Zabello, or other employee or representatives of VTB Bank.

Furthermore, any documents relating to VTB or mentioning Andrey Kostin, Dmitry Aleksandrovich Zabello, or other employee or representatives of VTB Bank.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Elijah Kaplan

From: U.S. Trade Representative

Mr. Kaplan,

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated March 17, 2018 and assigned it tracking number FY18-113. Please cite this number in any future communications with our office regarding your request.

We are unable to begin processing your request at this time because we cannot determine precisely which records you are seeking. If you are still interested, we will need you to provide us with more specific information to describe the records sought so that they can be located with a reasonable amount of effort (15 CFR 2004.3(b)), e.g.,
1. which USTR officials were communicating with the individuals and bank named in your request;
2. contact information (preferably email address) for the bank employees and representatives;
3. specific trade topics; and
4. a timeframe.

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list. We cannot proceed further with your request until we receive additional written clarification from you.

If we do not hear from you within 30 calendar days from the date of this email, we will assume that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request, and we will close our files on the request.

If you have any questions or would like help refining your search, please contact me or my colleague Melissa Keppel at or 202-395-3419.

Thank you,

Monique T. Ricker
FOIA Program Manager/Attorney


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