HERMAN GREF, is a name which was not familiar until the Ukraine-Russia war broke out.
He was just another CEO of one of the top financial institutions in Russia. But since Russia decided to go for one sided military assault, US along with it's EU allies started sanctions on Russia. One of the US sanctions reads "That sanction efforts "to impose severe costs on the Russian Federation for its illegal, unwarranted, and baseless war against Ukraine". US imposed sanctions on individuals including various sectors who are associated with Russia in this military war plan against the Ukraine. Among the long list, this one name emerged and then the world became familiar with the name and with the fact that the name 'Herman Gref' is not just CEO of a financial institute but also Russia's president PUTIN's fidus Achates.
Herman Gref, the CEO of Russia's largest bank Sber Bank got sanctioned by US.
"Gref was being designated today for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or a member of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation (GoR)," US made a clear statement.
Herman Gref is that person who was the poor St. Petersburg Mayor's office." He served as Russia's minister of economic development and trade from 2000 to 2007, and has been Sberbank's CEO and chairman since 2007.
He is a confidant of Putin.
Previously it was told that sanctioned Russian oligarch Petr Aven said that he's isn't sure if he can employ a cleaner or driver. In early March, Aven stepped down from the $22 billion investment firm LetterOne, which he cofounded with Mikhail Fridman, another sanctioned Russian oligarch.
So the sanctions are a direct attack on Russia but without weapons unlike Russia.