Donald Trump Jr. Trump Business
Donald Trump Jr. is the oldest son of Donald Trump and runs Trump Organization. Trump Jr. has been closely involved with the development of his father’s properties, including Trump Soho, which was also developed by founder of Bayrock Tevfik Arif. In 2005, Trump Jr. sent a letter to Felix Sater, who worked for Arif, stating that Donald Trump would be a partner with Bayrock in developing a hotel in Fort Lauderdale. In 2008, Trump Jr. said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” In May 2016, Trump Jr. sat with Putin-ally Aleksander Torshin at the NRA convention in Louisville. In June 2016, Trump Jr. arranged a meeting with Kremlin-tied lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Aras and Emin Agalarov intermediary Rob Goldstone, Agalarov employee and representative Ike Kaveladze, former Russian counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower after being told she could provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Veselnitskaya also brought a translator. In October 2016, Trump Jr. was paid at least $50,000 to speak at a think tank whose founder and wife are allies of the Russian government. Fabien Baussart and his wife, Randa Kassis, have worked with Russia to end the civil war in Syria and have close ties to Vladimir Putin.
Connected to Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater, Fabien Baussart, Randa Kassis, NRA, Aleksander Torshin, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Rinat Akhmetshin, Aras Agalarov, Ike Kaveladze
Aleksander Torshin Russians
Aleksander Torshin is the current deputy head of the Central Bank of Russia. Torshin is a former senator in Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party and a deputy speaker that was part of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, a state body whose members include the director of the FSB and the ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs. It is rumored that Torshin was part of the FSB at one time but he has not confirmed reports other than what is publicly acknowledged. An investigation in Spain uncovered Torshin’s connection to the Taganskaya organized crime group for whom he allegedly helped launder money for Moscow. Documents recovered at Alexander Romanov’s home, the Taganskaya leader in Spain, show that Torshin used his position to influence Russian law-enforcement authorities. Torshin is a life-long NRA member. He has said he met Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and shared a dinner table with Donald Trump Jr., at NRA event.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump Jr., Alexander Romanov
Alexander Yuzvik Trump Business
Alexander Yuzvik is a Russian businessman who purchased a Trump unit in 2010 for $1.3 million in Florida. Yuzvik was a senior executive at Spetstroi, a Russian state-owned company that has construction projects at military facilities, including the development of a project at the FSB, Russia’s intelligence service and the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Yuzvik and his wife disclosed their assets in 2013 as an employee of a state-owned company, but didn’t include the Florida condo.
Connected to Donald Trump
Vadim Valeryevich Gataullin Trump Business
Vadim Valeryevich Gataullin is a local Russian politician who bought an apartment for $3.5 million in Trump Hollywood and later sold it to a company registered in Delaware. He then bought a second Trump unit in the same building for just under $1 million and sold it a company based in Venezuela. Gataullin is from the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan, an oil-producing region. He was a deputy in the regional parliament from 2013 to 2015. His disclosed assets do not mention either of the apartments.
Connected to Donald Trump
Andrey Truskov Trump Business
Andrey Truskov is the co-owner of Absolute Group and bought a Trump condo in 2011 for $1.4 million in Florida. Absolute Group is involved in wholesale electronics, banking and property development, with projects in Moscow, London and New York.
Connected to Donald Trump
Oleg Misevra Trump Business
Oleg Misevra is a Russian former traffic police commander and coal businessman in the east. In 2010, a company that Misevra controls bought a Trump unit for $6.8 million in Florida. At a regional meeting of Putin’s United Russia party, Putin praised Misevra’s work and had a lengthy discussion with him.
Connected to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin
Alexander Zaldostanov Trump Business
Alexander Zaldostanov is the leader of the “Night Wolves” biker gang. Zaldostanov and the Night Wolves were subject to financial and travel restrictions because they stormed a Ukrainian government naval base and a gas facility during Russia’s annexation of Crimea. According to the Kremlin’s website, Zaldostanov has had multiple meetings with Putin and in 2013 Putin awarded him the medal of honor.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Pavel Uglanov
Rick Gates Trump Business
Rick Gates was the Trump deputy campaign manager while Paul Manafort was in charge of the campaign and he is considered the ‘right-hand man’ of Paul Manafort. He joined Manafort’s firm in 2006 and was aware of his work for Oleg Deripaska but says he was not a part of it. Most recently, he helped plan Trump’s inauguration, runs the pro-Trump non-profit America First Policies with other former Trump campaign aides, and has been to the Trump White House on numerous occasions.
Connected to: Donald Trump, Paul Manafort
Pavel Uglanov Trump Business
Pavel Uglanov is a Russian businessman who served as a deputy minister in the regional government of Saratov from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, he bought a unit in Trump Hollywood in Florida for $1.8 million. Uglanov ran for the Saratov city assembly in 2006 and 2011, the second time as a member of Putin’s United Russia party. In 2011, he left his deputy minister position to move t o Florida with his wife. Uglanov opened a series of struggling businesses in Miami. In August 2016, Uglanov posted a photo of himself on his Facebook page with Alexander Zaldostanov, leader of the “Night Wolves” biker gang, who stormed a Ukrainian government naval base and a gas facility during Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Connected to Donald Trump, Alexander Zaldostanov
Maria Butina Trump Campaign and Transition
Maria Butina is a self-proclaimed gun rights advocate and the “public face of gun rights in the Russian Federation.” Butina served as a special assistant to the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank Aleksander Torshin, a former senator in Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party with ties with the Russian mob. On July 11, 2015 she was in Las Vegas at a Trump rally and asked Trump about Russian sanctions to which he answered they wouldn’t be necessary because he’d get along with Putin. She and Paul Erickson, a Republican Party activist who claims to have advised the Trump transition team, formed Bridges, LLC in South Dakota. It is unclear what this organization does.
Connected to Aleksander Torshin, Paul Erickson, National Rifle Association
Alexander Romanov Taganskaya
Alexander Romanov was the leader of the Moscow-based Taganskaya crime organization in Spain. Romanov reported to Torshin in Moscow referring to Torshin as “godfather” or “boss”’ and conducted “activities and investments” on his behalf. During an investigation in Spain, documents and recordings of phone conversations between Torshin and Romanov in 2012 and 2013 were seized during a raid on a villa that Romanov owned at the time. Romanov was sentenced to almost four years in a Spanish prison in May, pleaded guilty to illegal transactions totaling $1.83M.
Connected to Aleksander Torshin
Christopher Steele Former MI6 Official
Christopher Steele is the former MI6 official who wrote Trump intelligence dossier alleging the Kremlin cultivated compromising information about Trump for at least the last five years. He is known as one of the preeminent Russia specialists for MI6 and spent two years living in Moscow. The FBI considered hiring him in the weeks prior to the 2016 election to continue his research.
Connected to Oleg Erovinkin
Viktor Yanukovych Pro-Putin Ukrainian
Yanukovych is the former President of Ukraine, member of the Party of Regions and a former client of Paul Manafort. Yanukovych paid Manafort $12.7 million for Manafort’s work between 2007-2010. In 2014, Yanukovych was ousted from power and fled to Russia where he is believed to be an adviser to Vladimir Putin.
Connected to Paul Manafort, Vladimir Putin, Rinat Akhmetov, Konstantin Kilimnik, Serhiy Tulub, Serhiy Lyovochkin
Serhiy Leshchenko Anti-Putin Ukrainian
Serhiy Leshchenko is a Ukrainian parliamentarian and member of the Democratic Alliance party. Leshchenko was elected in 2014 and belongs to the political party with ties to the current President of Ukraine, which stands in opposition to the Opposition Bloc. Leshchenko has a strong anti-corruption reputation. In August 2016, he published ledger along with Ukraine’s national anti-corruption bureau showing Manafort received millions in undisclosed payments while he was advising Viktor Yanukovych. Reports about the ledger prompted Manafort to resign from the Trump campaign. Allegedly Leshchenko texted Manafort and his daughter claiming to have “bulletproof” information about Manafort’s financial arrangement with Viktor Yanukovych and Trump’s meeting with Serhiy Tulub. In the fall of 2016, Leshchenko received criticism for buying a home from Ukrainian oligarch and parliamentarian Ivan Fursin for millions below the market value.
Connected to Paul Manafort , Ivan Fursin, Serhiy Tulub
Dmytro Firtash Pro-Putin Ukrainian
Dymtro Firtash was a business partner of Paul Manafort and Arthur Cohen. The three men bought the site of the Drake Hotel in Manhattan. Firtash is a Ukrainian businessman, acted “as an intermediary in natural gas sales” for Gazprom and allegedly funneled money into pro-Russian politicians campaigns in Ukraine, which included Viktor Yanukovych, the former President of Ukraine. In 2012, “Firtash was indicted in Chicago” for bribing officials and in 2014 Firtash was “arrested on an F.B.I. warrant in Vienna and then released after paying $174 million in bail.”
Connected to Paul Manafort, Viktor Yanukovych, Gazprom
Ivan Fursin Pro-Putin Ukrainian
Ivan Fursin is a Ukrainian oligarch, Party of Regions parliamentarian, and partner of Dymtro Firtash. Fursin and Firtash were shareholders in RosUkrEnergo (RUE), a Swiss-registered energy trading company that sells Russian gas throughout Central Asia and Europe and is considered “a money-making operation for the Kremlin.” In 2006, Fursin owed five percent of RUE, Firtash owned 45 percent, and Gazprom owned 50 percent. As of December 2015, Paul Manafort owed $9.9 million to a Cyprus company called Lucicle Consultants connected to Fursin. In the fall of 2016, Fursin sold a house to Manafort-antagonist Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian parliamentarian, for millions below the market value. Leschenko was the source to the New York Times about a ledger shows millions in undisclosed payments from Yanukovych’s Party of Regions that led to his resignation from the Trump campaign.
Connected to Dymtro Firtash, Paul Manafort, Serhiy Leshchenko, Gazprom
Julian Assange Wikileaks
Julian Assange in the founder of Wikileaks and is currently hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain. According to a DNI report, Russian military intelligence gave hacked material to WikiLeaks and other websites that published emails stolen from Democratic Party organizations during the 2016 election. Also during the election, Trump campaign official turned surrogate predicted the release of material about John Podesta from Wikileaks. The report also stated that Russian state-sponsored news agency RT “has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks.” Assange previously hosted a show on the Russian-funded TV network RT.
Connected to Wikileaks, Roger Stone, RT
Oleg Erovinkin Russians
Oleg Erovinkin is a former KGB-official who was mysteriously found dead in the back of his car in Moscow. He was suspected of helping former M16 spy Christopher Steele write the intelligence dossier about Trump. Erovinkin served as an aide to Putin’s right-hand man and Rosneft head Igor Sechin who was named in the dossier as allegedly meeting with Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
Connected to Christopher Steele, Igor Sechin
Roger Stone Trump Campaign and Transition
Roger Stone was formerly a top advisor to Trump campaign turned campaign surrogate. Stone was a former lobbying partner with Paul Manafort at their firm Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly. During the 2016 election, Stone twice confirmed that he was in contact with Wikileaks-founder Julian Assange and predicted release of hacked material about Clinton. The FBI is currently investigating “intercepted communications and financial transactions” between Stone and Russian officials. Most recently, Stone admitted he was in contact with “Guccifer 2.0,” who posted emails hacked from the the DNC. This is the first time anyone from the Trump campaign acknowledge contact with a hacker.
Connected to Donald Trump, Paul Manafort, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Guccifer 2.0
Rex Tillerson Trump Administration
Rex Tillerson is currently the Secretary of State and the former CEO of ExxonMobil. Tillerson rose through ranks at Exxon by managing the company’s in interests in Russia. As CEO in 2011, he spurred a $500 billion deal to drill on the Arctic shelf and Black Sea with the state owned oil giant Rosneft. Rosneft is headed by Igor Sechin and Putin attended the signing ceremony. As the CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson had many interactions with Vladimir Putin and in 2013 Tillerson received the Russian Order of Friendship Prize from Putin.
Connected to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Igor Sechin, Rosneft
Paul Manafort Trump Campaign and Transition
Paul Manafort was the former Trump campaign chairman from April to August 2016. He was a founder and principal of lobbying firm Black, Manafort, Stone, and Kelly. Manafort worked with Putin-ally Viktor Yanukovych in his successful campaign for President of Ukraine. Additionally, he worked for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska for $10 million a year outlining how to “greatly benefit Putin’s Government” by influencing politics, business, news coverage across Europe, former Soviet republics, and the United States. In 2014, he began working for Yanukovych’s former chief of staff Serhiy Lyovochkin. Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after reports surfaced of a secret ledger in Ukraine detailing $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych’s political party during the years 2007-2012. Manafort reportedly took steps to hide payments from the Ukrainian government through an offshore account invoice as payments for computers. In a hacked text from one of Manafort’s daughter’s, she said she believes he took “blood money” from Russian-aligned officials. A new report confirms at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the so-called Black Ledger next to Manafort’s name were received by his consulting firm in the U.S., which provides the first piece of evidence that Manafort did in fact accept Ukrainian “blood money,” which he previously denied. The FBI is investigating “intercepted communications and financial transactions” between him and Russian officials. The investigation developed from a criminal investigation that started last spring into his work for pro-Putin Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. He also attended the June 9th meeting with Russian operatives organized by Donald Trump Jr. to obtain information from the Russian government’s effort to help Trump.
Connected to Donald Trump, Viktor Yanukovych, Serhiy Lyovochkin, Roger Stone, Dmytro Firtash, Konstantin Kilimnik, Oleg Deripaska, Rinat Akhmetov, Richard Burt, Rick Gates, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Rinat Akhmetshin, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Ike Kaveladze, Aras Agalarov
Aras Agalarov Russian
Aras Agalarov is a Russian real estate billionaire who reportedly served as a liaison between Trump and Putin in 2013 ahead of the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Agalarov reportedly orchestrated $20 million deal for Trump to bring the pageant to Moscow, which was held in one of Agalarov’s marquee properties. After the pageant, Putin awarded Agalarov the Order of Honor of the Russian Federation. Trump appeared in his son Emin’s music video featuring Miss Universe beauty queens. In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. arranged a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton at the behest of a music publicist representing Emin Agalarov. Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner attended the meeting along with former Russian counterintelligence official Rinat Akhmetshin, Veselnitskaya’s translator, and a senior vice president of Agalarov’s company The Crocus Group named Ike Kaveladze. Kaveladze’s lawyer affirmed he attended the meeting as a representative of Agalarov.
Connected to Trump, Putin, Herman Gref, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Rinat Akhmetshin, Ike Kaveladze
Serhiy Tulub Pro-Putin Ukrainian
Serhiy Tulub is the former governor of Cherkasy Oblast, a region in the Ukraine. He is an ally of former Manafort client and president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Tulub allegedly met with Trump on 6/17/12 according to blackmail note to Manafort’s daughter written by Serhiy Leschenko.
Connected to Viktor Yanukovych, Serhiy Leshchenko, Donald Trump
Serhiy Lyovochkin Pro-Putin Ukrainian
After the ouster of Yanukovych, Manafort flew to Ukraine in September 2014 and began working for Yanukovych’s former chief of staff Serhiy Lyovochkin. With Ukraine in turmoil, rather than rebuild Yanukovych’s party, Manafort created a new name for the party – the Opposition Bloc or Oppo Bloc. The Opposition Bloc party retained significant power in Parliament and Lyovochkin became Deputy Head of the Opposition Bloc and a member of the Parliament in Ukraine.
Connected to Paul Manafort, Viktor Yanukovych
Herman Gref Russian
Herman Gref is the head of Sberbank, Russia’s largest state owned bank. While Trump was in Moscow in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant, Gref and Aras Agalarov arranged a meeting at Nobu for Trump to meet with Russian businessman. This is the meeting after which Trump remarked “Almost all the oligarchs were in the room.” Gref was previously Vladimir Putin’s economy minister from 2000 to 2007 and still a “powerful figure who holds regular meetings with Putin.” The U.S. imposed sanctions on Sberbank in 2014 in response to the Ukraine conflict. Gref recommended Sergey Gorkov to Putin to take over VEB in 2016.
Connected to Trump, Putin, Aras Agalarov, Sergey Gorkov
Sergey Gorkov Russian
Sergey Gorkov is the head of Vnesheconombank (VEB), a Russian development bank that was sanctioned by the U.S. after Russia’s invasion of Crimea. The supervisory board of VEB is controlled by members of Putin’s government and has been used to bail out Putin-ally oligarchs. Gorkov served as deputy chairman under Sberbank Chief Executive Herman Gref until early 2016 when he was personally picked by Putin to run VEB at Gref’s recommendation. Putin ousted the previous head of VEB after losing trust in him. Gorkov is a graduate of the FSB Academy, which is the successor to the KGB. In 2016, Gorkov met with Jared Kushner at the request of Russian Ambassador Kislyak.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Jared Kushner, Sergey Kislyak, Herman/German Gref, VneshEconomBank
Tevfik Arif Trump Business
Tevfik Arif was born in Kazakhstan, worked in the Soviet Commerce and Trade Ministry before building hotels in Turkey and then coming to New York as a property developer. He is the founder of Bayrock, a New York property developer located in Trump Tower, which partnered with Donald Trump in the early 2000’s. Trump and Arif collaborated on Trump SoHo. Together, Bayrock, Trump and another Soviet-tied developer the Sapir Organization developed Trump SoHo, prompting Donald Trump Jr. to boast about Russian investment in Trump SoHo. Trump testified in 2007 that he licensed his name to Bayrock-Sapir for 18 percent of the profit and the Trump Organization managed the the hotel for 3.75% of gross revenue. Felix Sater was Arif’s “right-hand man” at Bayrock. In 2005, Trump reportedly called into Arif’s birthday party on Tamir Sapir’s yacht in the Turkish Riviera attended by numerous oligarchs including Alexander Mashkevich.
Connected to Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Felix Sater, Alexander Mashkevich, Tamir Sapir
Viktor Khrapunov Trump Business
Viktor Khrapunov is the former Kazakhstan energy minister and mayor of Almaty in Kazakhstan. Khrapunov owns three units in Trump Soho in New York. In 2014, a lawsuit alleged that Khrapunov purchased real estate through shell companies in California, New York, Europe and the Middle East to hide hundreds of millions of dollars stolen by selling state-owned assets.
Connected to Donald Trump
Tamir Sapir Trump Business
Tamir Sapir was a billionaire commercial real estate businessman from Georgia who died in 2014. He had a residence in Trump Tower and headed the Sapir Organization, which worked with Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater of Bayrock Group, on the Trump SoHo project. Reportedly his son Alex and Donald Trump Jr. worked closely on Trump SoHo. He hosted a birthday party on his yacht for Arif in 2005 during which Donald Trump called in to send his well wishes. In 2009 he reached a plea deal with prosecutor turned Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta on behalf of his company Ruzial Ltd., a company registered in the Cayman Islands, for illegally importing exotic big game parts.
Connected to Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater, Alexander Mashkevich, Donald Trump Jr.
Alexander Mashkevich Trump Business
Alexander Mashkevich, a Kazakh mining billionaire, was a source of funding for Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater’s Bayrock Group on the Trump SoHo project. In 2010, Mashkevich and Tevfik Arif were involved in an incident in Turkey when police raided a luxury yacht chartered by Mashkevich.The police arrested arrested 10 wealthy men, including Arif, on allegations of prostitution and human trafficking. Mashkevich along with Kazakh billionaires Patokh Chodiev and Alijan Ibragimov aka the “Trio” built their fortunes in mining, oil and gas and founded Eurasian Natural Resources Corp (ENRC). According to a Bayrock Group pamphlet, Mashkevich and the Eurasia Group, which is controlled by the Trio, invested in Trump SoHo but it is unclear if that actually occurred. In the 1990s the Trio partnered with the Chodiev Group, joining with Michael Cherney, who the FBI believed had ties to Russian organized-crime. In 2011 investigators in Belgium accused the Trio of laundering $55 million, all three men paid an undisclosed fine to settle the case.
Connected to Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater, Tamir Sapir
Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov Trump Business
Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov is “one of the world’s most notorious Russian mafia bosses.” He was indicted by the FBI in April 2013 as part of an illegal gambling ring that was run out Trump Tower. The FBI monitored organized crime in a unit in Trump Tower for two years before arresting 30 people. Tokhtakhounov was the only target to slip away and he remains a fugitive from American justice.Tokhtakhounov, who lives in Russia, was called the “godfather” of the operation which was run by Trump property owners Anatoly Golubchik and Vadim Trincher with money laundered by another Trump property owner Michael Sall. In November 2013 Tokhtakhounov reappeared in Moscow and sat Donald Trump in the VIP section of the Miss Universe pageant.
Connected to Donald Trump, Anatoly Golubchik, Vadim Trincher, Michael Sall
Vadim Trincher Trump Business
Vadim Trincher is a Russian mobster who was indicted for running an illegal gambling ring out of Trump Tower with Anatoly Golubchik overseen by Russian mafia boss Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. . He also owned a unit in Trump Tower. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Trincher and Anatoly Golubchik ran the “Taiwanchik-Trincher” organization that “operated a high-stakes, illegal sports gambling business out of New York City that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Ukraine and Russia.” In 2014, Trincher was sentenced to five years in prison for “participating in a racketeering conspiracy in connection with their roles as members of a Russian-American organized crime enterprise” and Trincher and Golubchick were forced to give up more than $20 million in cash, investments, and property.
Connected to Donald Trump, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, Anatoly Golubchik, Michael Sall
Michael Sall Trump Business
Michael Sall was arrested as part of a 2013 FBI raid on Trump Tower for his role in helping launder tens of millions in an illegal gambling ring. He also owned a condo in one of Trump’s properties in Florida. In 2013, Sall was arrested and pled guilty to illegal gambling as part of the “Taiwanchik-Trincher” organization. Sall helped Anatoly Golubchik and VadimTrincher invest the profits made from illegal gambling activities into many domestic investments.
Connected to Donald Trump, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, Anatoly Golubchik, Vadim Trincher
Anatoly Golubchik Trump Business
Anatoly Golubchik owns a Trump condo in Florida and was arrested in an FBI raid at Trump Tower for his role in an illegal gambling ring that was run out of apartment building. The raid targeted 30 members of two global gambling rings run by known Russian mobster Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Golubchik and Vadim Trincher ran the “Taiwanchik-Trincher” organization that “operated a high-stakes, illegal sports gambling business out of New York City that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Ukraine and Russia.” In 2014, Golubchik was sentenced to five years in prison for “participating in a racketeering conspiracy in connection with their roles as members of a Russian-American organized crime enterprise.” Golubchick and Trincher were forced to give up more than $20 million in cash, investments, and property.
Connected to Donald Trump, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, Vadim Trincher, Michael Sall
Peter Kiritchenko Trump Business
Peter Kiritchenko is a Ukrainian businessman who owned two condos at Trump’s properties in Florida. In 2009, Kiritchenko was named in a money-laundering scheme involving Ukrainian prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko. Kiritchenko helped Lazarenko by purchasing real estate in the U.S. and other countries. Kiritchenko pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count of stolen property and testified against Lazarenko.
Connected to Donald Trump
Fabien Baussart and Randa Kassis French
Fabien Baussart is a French businessman with known ties to Russian oligarchs and the founder of the think tank the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs. In October 2016, Baussart paid Donald Trump Jr. at least $50,000 to speak at a dinner at his think tank and discussed Russian government in efforts to end the war in Syria. Last year, Baussart nominated Vladimir Puting for the Nobel Peace Prize. Baussart’s wife, Randa Kassis, is a Syrian politician and the leader of a political group endorsed by Russia to end the war in Syria. Kassis has been friendly towards Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and supports ending the civil war through Russian intervention.
Connected to Donald Trump Jr., Vladimir Putin
Michael Flynn Trump Campaign and Transition
Michael Flynn was Trump’s National Security Adviser but resigned after it was reported he discussed lifting sanctions on Russia in conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Trump transition. The five phone conversations between Flynn and Kislyak occurred the day Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the election. Flynn was given a plan to lift sanctions on Russia from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen after Cohen met with Felix Sater and Ukrainian politician Artii Artemenko. Flynn received $40,000 for an appearance in Moscow for the state funded TV channel RT where he sat at the same table as Vladimir Putin. A recent report showed that while working for the Trump campaign, the Flynn Intel Group was paid $530,000 to work on behalf of Turkey.
Connected to Donald Trump, Sergey Kislyak, Michael Cohen, Vladimir Putin
Michael Caputo Trump Business
Michael Caputo was a Trump campaign aide during the New York primary. He previously lived in Russia in the 1990’s and had a contract in 2000 with Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to improve Putin’s image in the United States.
Connected to Donald Trump, Gazprom
Vladimir Strzhalkovsky Russians
Vladimir Strzhalkovshy is the former vice-chairman of Bank of Cyprus where he worked with Wilbur Ross. Most recently, Strzhalkovshy served as the head of Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, where he received a $100 million settlement to step down. Strzhalkovshy is also a former KGB agent and worked with Putin in 1980.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Wilbur Ross
Jared Kushner Trump Administration
Jared Kushner is President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor in the White House. In December, he and Michael Flynn met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak as President Obama was preparing to issue sanctions on Russia. He suggested setting up a private line of communication between the Kremlin to the Trump transition. At the request of Kislyak, Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, a bank which the U.S. had placed sanctions on after the invasion of Crimea. Kushner failed to disclose these and over 100 other foreign contacts on his security clearance forms. Additionally, he attended a secret meeting with Russian operatives arranged by Donald Trump Jr. to obtain information from the Russian government effort to help Trump win. He is a focus of both the special prosecutor and Senate Intelligence Committee investigations.
Connected to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, Sergey Kislyak, Sergey Gorkov, VEB, Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Aras Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Ike Kaveladze, Natalia Veselnitskaya
Sergey Kislyak Russians
Sergey Kislyak is the Russian ambassador to the United States and considered by U.S. officials to be “one of Russia’s top spies and spy-recruiters.” Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned after it was reported he and Kislyak discussed lifting sanctions on Russia in conversations during the Trump transition. Further, Flynn and Jared Kushner met with Kislyak at Trump Tower during the transition as Obama was preparing to issue sanctions on Russia. Additionally, during the transition Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, head of VEB, at Kislyak’s request. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from ongoing investigations regarding the Trump campaign after news broke that he met with Kislyak twice during the election, which he didn’t disclosure during his confirmation hearings. Finally, Kislyak met Donald Trump at his foreign policy speech in April 2016 and aides JD Gordon and Carter Page at the GOP convention.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Sergey Gorkov, Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner, JD Gordon, and Carter Page
Jeff Sessions Trump Administration
Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at least twice during the election, which he lied about under oath during his confirmation hearing. The meetings took place at the GOP convention in July and in his Senate office in September 2016. Additionally, Kislyak and Sessions both attended Trump’s campaign foreign policy speech in April 2016 in which Trump called for an end to “hostility” between the US and Russia. This revelation led him to recuse himself from any DOJ investigation into the 2016 election. Sessions also chaired the Trump campaign’s national security advisory committee which included foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Connected to Donald Trump, Sergey Kislyak, Richard Burt, Carter Page
Dmitry Rybolovlev Russians
Dmitry Rybolovlev is a Russian oligarch who bought a Palm Beach mansion from Trump for $95 million in 2008. He and Trump claim they have never met, but their private jets were on the tarmac in Charlotte at the same time five days before the 2016 election. In 2010 he became the largest shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus, with a 9.9% stake in the company. In 1996 he was accused and acquitted of plotting to kill a his business partner and was sent to jail for 11 months.
Connected to Donald Trump, Bank of Cyprus
Viktor Vekselberg Russian
Viktor Vekselberg is 7th richest person in Russia and a longtime supporter of Vladimir Putin. He is a Ukrainian born businessman and the owner of the Renova Group, a large Russian conglomerate with interests in aluminum and oil. Renova Group owns 5.5 percent of WL Ross, a private equity fund started by Wilbur Ross and one of the biggest shareholders in the Bank of Cyprus. Reportedly, Vekselberg and Ross recruited Josef Ackermann to serve as chairman of the board of the Bank of Cyprus. During his confirmation process, Wilbur Ross was asked to provide details about his ties to Vekselberg but hasn’t provided them.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Bank of Cyprus, Paul Manafort, Josef Ackermann
Wilbur Ross Trump Administration
Wilbur Ross is the Secretary of Commerce. He previously was a top shareholder and vice chairman of Bank of Cyprus since 2014, which is known to help wealthy Russians launder money. In 2014 Ross led a consortium in 2014 to purchase a majority stake of 18% in Bank of Cyprus. The second largest shareholder in Bank of Cyprus is a Russian conglomerate, Renova Corp., run by Putin-ally Viktor Vekselberg. During his confirmation hearings, Ross failed to provide more information on his relationship Russian investors in the bank, including Viktor Vekselberg, a longtime supporter of the Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, the former vice-chairman of Bank of Cyprus who is also a former KGB agent and has a close relationship to Putin.
Connected to Donald Trump, Viktor Vekselberg, Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, Josef Ackermann
Paul Erickson Trump Campaign and Transition
Paul Erickson is a former Mitt Romney campaign adviser and a lifelong Republican activist. He is a former board member of the American Conservative Union along with senior Trump transition official Becky Norton Dunlop. Erickson claimed to have been part of the Trump transition team, although the White House has refused to comment on this. Erickson and Maria Butina have been spotted frequently in public together and formed Bridges, LLC in South Dakota. It is unclear what this organization does.
Connected to Donald Trump, Maria Butina
Igor Devyekin Russians
Igor Devyekin/Diveykin is a former Russian security official, now deputy chief for internal policy. US officials believe he is responsible for “intelligence collected by Russian agencies about the US election.” According to the intelligence dossier and U.S. intelligence, Devyekin met with Trump advisor Carter Page in Moscow in July 2016 and warned him that the Russians had compromising information about Trump and Clinton.
Connected to Carter Page, Vladimir Putin
Guccifer 2.0 Intelligence
Guccifer 2.0 is a Twitter account believed by US intelligence to be a front for the Russian-intelligence group that is believed to have hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta and the DNC. Roger Stone admitted to exchanging private direct messages on Twitter to this account. Guccifer 2.0 released a second batch of DNC hacked emails in September 2016
Connected to Roger Stone
Igor Sechin Russians
Igor Sechin is the CEO of the state-owned oil company Rosneft and is “one of the most feared men in Russia.” He was the former deputy prime minister until 2012 when he became the head of Rosneft, the Russian state oil company. Sechin is known as Putin’s “right-hand man” and “Darth Vader” of Russia and a possible choice for Putin’s Prime Minister in 2018. Sechin has a very close relationship with former ExxonMobil CEO turned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as negotiated a deal that allowed for the exploration and exploitation of energy sources in the Arctic. According to British intelligence dossier, he had a secret meeting with Trump advisor Carter Page in Moscow in July 2016 . As the head of Rosneft, he is sanctioned by the United States for Russian aggression in Ukraine and Crimea.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Rex Tillerson, Carter Page, Oleg Erovinkin, Rosneft
Felix Sater Trump Business
Felix Sater is a Russian-American who served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Organization and helped Trump scout deals in Russia. Prior to joining the Trump Organization, he worked with Trump as an executive at Bayrock Group LLC which developed Trump SoHo. Trump claimed under oath that he wouldn’t recognize Sater, but Sater’s business card says otherwise. During the Trump transition, Sater met with Michael Cohen and Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko and wrote a Ukrainian peace plan that included lifting sanctions on Russia, which Cohen delivered to Michael Flynn. Sater previously pled guilty to racketeering and also served a year in prison for stabbing a man in the face with a broken margarita glass.
Connected to Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, Andrii Artemenko, Tevfik Arif, Donald Trump Jr., Alexander Mashkevich
Andrii Artemenko Pro-Putin Ukrainian
Andrii/Andrey Artemenko is a Ukrainian lawmaker in the opposition party for which Manafort worked. He considers himself to be a Trump-style leader. In January 2017, Artemenko met with Michael Cohen and Felix Sater during the Trump transition about a plan to lift sanctions on Russia, which was delivered to former-NSA Michael Flynn.
Connected to Michael Cohen, Felix Sater
Michael Cohen Trump Administration
Michael Cohen is Donald Trump‘s personal lawyer. He previously served as a Trump Organization executive and special counsel. He is under FBI counterintelligence investigation for ties to Russia along with other Trump campaign aides. He and Felix Sater met with Ukrainian politician Andrii Artemenko during Trump transition about a peace plan to lift sanctions on Russia and Cohen delivered the plan to former-NSA Michael Flynn. According to Christopher Steele’s intelligence dossier, he traveled to Prague to meet with Kremlin officials in August or September 2016.
Connected to Donald Trump, Felix Sater, Andrii Artemenko, Michael Flynn
Oleg Deripaska Russian
Oleg Deripaska is a Russian billionaire considered “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis.” He invested in 2006 in a private equity fund in the Cayman Islands run by Paul Manafort and his partners including Konstantin Kilimnik. The fund was called Pericles and it used millions from Deripaska to purchase a Ukrainian cable and internet company Black Sea Cable. The venture collapsed and Deripaska sued. According to court records, he invested $18.9 million in the firm and another $7.35 for management fees for Manafort and his partners. Most recently it was reported Manafort presented Deripaska with a confidential strategy memo in 2005 about how to influence politics, business, and news coverage to benefit Putin across Europe, the former Soviet republics, and the United States. Deripaska once was denied entry to the United States because of alleged mafia ties was awarded the Order of Friendship from the Russian Federation in 1999 and was appointed by Vladimir Putin to represent Russia in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council in 2004.
Connected to Paul Manafort, Vladimir Putin, Konstantin Kilimnik
Josef Ackermann Trump Administration
Josef Ackerman was recruited by Wilbur Ross and Viktor Vekselberg to serve as Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus in 2014. He previously served as chief executive of Deutsche Bank where he was a regular visitor to the Putin-hosted St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Ackerman as served as a director of Renova Management AG, a holding company controlled by Vekselberg’s Renova Group, which was the second-largest shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus after Wilbur Ross.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Wilbur Ross, Viktor Vekselberg, Bank of Cyprus
Carter Page Intelligence
Carter Page currently runs the consulting firm Global Energy Capital located around the corner from Trump Tower, which specializes in oil and gas deals in Russia and he previously advised Russian gas giant Gazprom . In 2013, Page met with and passed documents to a known Russian intelligence officer named Victor Podobnyy, who was later charged by the US government for working secretly as a spy. Since the FBI discovered this incident they maintained an “occasional interest” in Page’s activities. Fast forward to 2016, Page is working for the Trump campaign as a foreign policy adviser under now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He traveled to Moscow in July 2016 for a trip hosted by the New Economic School, which is funded by Alfa Bank president Petr Aven. His trip was approved by the Trump campaign. It was this trip that began the FBI’s investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. According to the intelligence dossier, Page held a secret meeting with Igor Sechin, head of Russian state oil company Rosneft, who promised him and his associates stock in Rosneft in exchange for US lifting sanctions, and with Igor Devyekin who warned him the Russians had compromising material on Trump during that trip. US intelligence supports claims about both meetings. Later that month, he and JD Gordon met with the Russian ambassador at the GOP convention. A recent report revealed that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to monitor Page while he served as an adviser on the Trump campaign as the FBI had reason to believe Page was in touch with Russian agents. The FBI is investigating “intercepted communications and financial transactions” between him and Russian officials.
Connected to Donald Trump, Gazprom, Igor Sechin, Sergey Kislyak, Igor Devyekin, Petr Aven, JD Gordon, Victor Podobnyy, Jeff Sessions
Erik Prince Intelligence
Erik Prince is the founder of Blackwater and brother to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. He now runs a Hong Kong-based firm called Frontier Services Group. On January 11, 2017, during the Trump transition, Prince presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump in a meeting with a close Putin ally in the Seychelles. The meeting was arranged by the UAE to try and establish back-channel communication between Moscow and Trump and explore if Russia would limit its engagement with Iran including in Syria. Prince contributed $250,000 to the Trump campaign, GOP, and pro-Trump super PAC and he visited the Trump transition office in December 2016.
Connected to Donald Trump
National Rifle Association Organizations
The NRA’s support for Donald Trump was unprecedented during the 2016 election as the organization putin over $30 million to help elect Trump and endorsed Trump before he was the official Republican party nominee. The NRA was a vocal opponent of the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia, which banned the importation of the Kalashnikov rifle. In December 2015, an NRA delegation, including Trump supporter Sheriff David Clarke and NRA donors, met with Putin ally Dmitry Rogozin, who was also a U.S. sanctioned individual ahead of the NRA endorsing Trump.
Connected to Donald Trump, Dmitry Rogozin, Aleksander Torshin, Maria Butina, Donald Trump Jr.
Dmitry Rogozin Russian
Dmitry Rogozin is a deputy to Vladimir Putin and the head of Russia’s defense industry, with a particular interest in cyberwarfare. He is the leader of the right-wing party Rodina and is known for being a radical, even further right than Putin. In 2014, the U.S. government sanctioned Rogozin in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. During the election, the NRA, Trump’s most powerful ally and opponent of sanctions against Russia, met with Rogozin in Moscow. An expert on sanctions characterized this meeting as “frowned upon and raises questions” for why the NRA would meet with someone who poses a threat to U.S. national security interests.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, National Rifle Association
Bank of Cyprus Organizations
The Bank of Cyprus is the biggest bank in the country of Cyprus. Wilbur Ross is stepping down as Vice Chairman to be Trump’s Secretary of Commerce. The Bank is known to cater to wealthy Russians.
Connected to Wilbur Ross, Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, Viktor Vekselberg, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Josef Ackermann
Gazprom is a majority-state owned oil and gas company founded in 1989 after the fall of the Soviet Union. It holds the world’s largest natural gas reserves. According to The Economist, Putin built Gazprom into an instrument of Russia’s new capitalism and appointed allies to top positions. The company has bought television stations and newspapers that are “friendly to the Kremlin” Mikhail Krutikhin of RusEnergy, a consultancy, says, “Gazprom has one manager: Putin.”
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Carter Page, Michael Caputo, Richard Burt, Dmytro Firtash, Ivan Fursin
Wikileaks was founded by Julian Assange. Hacked DNC emails were posted by Wikileaks in July 2016. According to a DNI report, Russian military intelligence gave hacked material to WikiLeaks and other websites that published emails stolen from Democratic Party organizations during the 2016 election. Also during the election, Roger Stone surrogate predicted the release of material about John Podesta before it was posted by Wikileaks. The DNI report also stated that Russian state-sponsored news agency RT “has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks.”
Connected to Julian Assange, Roger Stone, RT
RT is a Russian-owned international television network that gives favorable coverage to Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. The DNI report refers to RT as “the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet.” The report also notes RT “actively collaborated” with Wikileaks and after a meeting between RT’s editor-in-chief and Julian Assange in 2013 the network received access to “new leaks of secret information.” A recent report showed that federal investigators are investigating how RT widened the reach of their stories, many fictional, that favored Trump. Russian operatives appear to have timed a social media blitz with links to pro-Trump stories when Trump was on the defensive. Former NSA Michael Flynn was paid more than $30,000 by RT for a speech he gave in 2015 in Moscow.
Connected to Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Michael Flynn, Wikileaks, Julian Assange
Rosneft is an integrated oil company owned by the state. A 19.5 percent stake in the company was sold at the end of 2016 to a Singapore investment vehicle between Qatar and the Swiss oil trading firm Glencore. Putin unveiled the deal on TV with Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Igor Sechin, Rex Tillerson
VneshEconomBank (VEB) is a Russian state-owned development bank headed by Sergey Gorkov who was tapped for the position directly by Putin. The bank has been under US sanctions since July 2014 after Putin annexed Crimea and “began meddling in Ukraine.” Gorkov had a previously undisclosed meeting with Jared Kushner during the transition. VEB is currently paying the legal fees for its employee Evgeny Buryakov who faces federal prosecution in New York for allegedly working for Russian intelligence.
Connected to Putin, Sergey Gorkov, Jared Kushner
Alfa Bank Organizations
Alfa Bank is a Russia’s largest private bank. The FBI is currently investigating a computer server connection between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. From May to September of 2016, Alfa “looked up the address to this Trump corporate server 2,820 times — more lookups than the Trump server received from any other source.” Alfa cofounder Mikhail Fridman and bank president Petr Aven denied contact with Trump. Aven is the largest benefactor to the New Economic School which hosted Carter Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016. US lobbyist Richard Burt advised Alfa Bank.
Connected to Petr Aven, Richard Burt
JD Gordon Trump Administration
JD Gordon was Trump’s national security representative to the Republican National Convention where he admitted he pushed a change to the GOP platform to include language against arming Ukrainians fighting pro-Russian rebels. He also met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Global Partners in Diplomacy at the GOP convention along with Carter Page and Trump national security advisory committee member Walid Phares.
Connected to Donald Trump, Carter Page, Sergey Kislyak
Richard Burt Trump Administration
Richard Burt is a US lobbyist for McLarty Associates who advised Russia’s Alfa Bank and Gazprom. He was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby for one of Putin’s top priorities, Gazprom’s New European Pipeline AG. The pipeline was opposed by the Obama administration. At the same time he advised the Trump campaign ahead of Trump’s April 2016 foreign policy speech, wrote white papers for Jeff Sessions, and had dinner at Sessions’ home twice. Burt was reportedly brought on to help the Trump campaign by Paul Manafort.
Connected to Donald Trump, Alfa Bank, Gazprom, Paul Manafort, Jeff Sessions
Konstantin Kilimnik Russian
Konstantin Kilimnik is a Russian-Ukrainian citizen, who trained in the Russian army and is an associate of Paul Manafort’s with ties to Russian intelligence. In 2005, Manafort hired Kilimnik to help him with his work in Ukraine. They formed a group that financially supported Russian Oleg Deripaska and worked on behalf of Ukrainian Rinat Akhmetov, who funded the campaign of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort and Kilimnik were paid millions and eventually Kilimnik ran Manafort’s Kiev office. During the election, Kilimnik met with Manafort in the U.S. during an April and late summer trip. Kilimnik has previously suggested that he had played a major role in gutting a proposed amendment on Russia to the Republican Party platform. According to a recent report, authorities at the FBI and State Department and in Ukraine are looking into Kilimnik’s activities.
Connected to Paul Manafort, Viktor Yanukovych, Oleg Deripaska, Rinat Akhmetov
Viktor Medvedchuk Russian
Viktor Medvedchuk is a Ukrainian oligarch and politician who was in contact with Trump officials during the campaign. Vladimir Putin is the godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter. Medvedchuk was sanctioned in 2014. According to Serhiy Leschenko, Medvedchuk served as the middleman in the sale of Industrial Union Of Donbass to VEB, during the time that Putin served on the supervisory board.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Serhiy Leshchenko
Rinat Akhmetov Russian
Rinat Akhmetov is one of Ukraine’s richest men, who brought on Paul Manafort to help improve the image of his companies. Manafort carried out his work for Akhmetov with the help of associate Konstantin Kilimnik. Akhmetov was a financial sponsor of Viktor Yanukovych and introduced Manafort to Yanukovych. It is suspected that Akmetov may have accumulated his wealth through organized crime. [The New York Times, 7/31/16, The Guardian 4/27/16]
Connected to Paul Manafort, Viktor Yanukovych, Konstantin Kilimnik
Petr Aven Russian
Petr Aven is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alfa Bank holdings company and served as President of Alfa Bank from 1994-2011. Alfa Bank is a Russia’s largest private bank. The FBI is currently investigating a computer server connection between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization. From May to September of 2016, Alfa “looked up the address to this Trump corporate server 2,820 times — more lookups than the Trump server received from any other source.” Aven is also the largest benefactor to the New Economic School which hosted Carter Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016. Prior to joining Alfa Bank, Aven was the Minister of Foreign Economic Relations for the Russian Federation from 1991–1992 where he reportedly helped Putin “wiggle out of accusations of corruption” in St. Petersburg politics.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Alfa Bank, Carter Page
Victor Podobnyy Russian
Victor Podobnyy is a Russian intelligence operative who met with and received documents from Carter Page in New York City in January 2013 at an energy conference. According to court documents, Podobnyy and Page were in contact from January to June 2013. Podobnyy was later charged by the US government in January 2015 for his role in a spy ring acting as unregistered agents of a foreign government along with Igor Sporyshev and Evgeny Buryakov.Court filings show that he was trying to recruit Page but thought he was an “idiot.”
Connected to Carter Page
Sergei Ivanov Russian
Sergei Ivanov is a former Russian intelligence officer and served as Vladimir Putin’s Chief of Staff from 2012-2016, a role that made him one of the most powerful men in Russia. During 2016, Ivanov oversaw Leonid Reshetnikov at the pro-Putin think tank that worked to influence the outcome of the U.S. elections. Ivanov and Putin had offices next to each other at the KGB headquarters in the 1970’s where they began to become close and over the years Putin appointed Ivanov to different roles in the government. A recent report showed that Ivanov was seated at the same table as Michael Flynn in Moscow for the celebration of the Russian propaganda network RT, at this time Ivanov was under U.S. sanctions.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Leonid Reshetnikov, Michael Flynn
Leonid Reshetnikov Russian
Leonid Reshetnikov is a former Russian intelligence officer and former head of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. Under Reshetnikov, the pro-Putin think tank developed a plan to influence the U.S. elections in favor of Donald Trump. As the director of the think tank, Reshetnikov reported directly to Vladimir Putin’s then-Chief-of-Staff Sergei Ivanov, also a former intelligence officer.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Sergei Ivanov
Alexander Shnaider Russian
Alexander Shnaider, a Russian-Canadian developer, invested millions in Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto after receiving hundreds of millions from a sale initiated by the Russian bank Vnesheconombank (VEB). Prior to Shnaider’s investment in the Trump project, VEB bailed out two Ukrainian steel companies-Industrial Union Of Donbass and Zaporizhstal, of which Shnaider owned a large stake. Vladimir Putin served on the board of VEB at the this time, thereby this sale also advanced Putin’s interests in Ukraine.
Connected to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump
Natalia Veselnitskaya Russian
Natalia Veselnitskaya is a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. set up a meeting with her, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Emin and Aras Agalarov intermediary Rob Goldstone, Rinat Akhmetshin, and Agalarov company executive and representative Ike Kaveladze. She attended with a translator. The emails arranging the meeting between Goldstone and Trump Jr. identify her as a “Russian government attorney,” explicitly promise “information that would incriminate Hillary” as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.” Veselnitskaya has been described as a “formidable operator with a history of pushing the Kremlin’s agenda” and “a tool of the Russian government” and is known for fighting against the Magnitsky Act, an American law signed by President Obama that blacklists Russian human rights abusers.
Connected to Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Aras Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Ike Kaveladze
Rinat Akhmetshin Russian
Rinat Akhmetshin is a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counter-intelligence officer who attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Aras and Emin Agalarov intermediary Rob Goldstone, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Agalarov representative and development company employee Ike Kaveladze, and a Russian translator.
Connected to Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Ike Kaveladze
Ike Kaveladze Russian
Ike Kaveladze is Senior Vice President of Aras Agalarov’s Moscow-based development company Crocus Group. He attended the June 9th meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Rinat Akhmetshin, and a Russian translator. His attorney Scott Ballber confirmed Kaveladze attended the meeting as a representative of Aras Agalarov. He lives in the United States.
Connected to Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Rinat Akhmetshin
Donald Trump Donald Trump
Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. According to recent reports, during the election, Trump and his aides were in “constant communication” with Russian intelligence officials and his National Security Advisor was forced to resign after lying about potentially illegal conversations he had with Russia about lifting sanctions. Trump and his administration have desperately tried to avoid any questions about connections to Russia and the involvement of the Russian government stealing documents that influenced the outcome of the election. Trump has made conflicting statements about his relationship with Putin and expressed admiration of the Russian leader. Christopher Steele is a former MI6 official who wrote an intelligence dossier alleging the Kremlin cultivated compromising information about Trump for at least the last five years.
Vladimir Putin Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin is the current President of Russia. Putin got his start in the KGB in East Germany and has a long history of resentment towards the West. The end of the Cold War only increased Putin’s hostility towards the U.S. as he saw the U.S. and other countries no longer feared Russia. Putin has repeatedly tested the U.S. authority and power, most recently with Russia’s invasion of Crimea and Ukraine. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the Obama administration to be skeptical of any relationship with Putin. It is suspected by experts that that Putin ordered Russian intelligence officers and hackers to hack the DNC as well as Hillary Clinton’s staffers’ emails in order to disrupt the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.