Ever since the start of the Ukraine conflict in 2022, Russia has halted payments to international creditors and individuals holding assets like stocks.
Is it possible for an average person who happens to possess Russian dividend-paying shares, such as those of Gazprom, to initiate a lawsuit against the Russian government in U.S. courts to assert their rights to the assets that have gone missing?
What would compensation look like? Would the U.S. federal government pay the individual on behalf of the Russian government before the State Department took over and issued an invoice? Or would we simply obtain a judgment, with the individual expected to pursue a foreign government on their own?