US claims Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who gave Trump dirt on Clinton tried to hinder money laundering probe
According to the prosecutor's office, she lied in court stating that Russian authorities had investigated the case.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York charged Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in absentia with obstruction of justice. According to the website of the US Department of Justice, Prevezon Holdings, owned by Denis Katsyv, the son of Russian Railways Vice President Pyotr Katsyv, was involved in the laundering of Russian tax fraud funds in the US. According to the prosecution, Veselnitskaya perjured herself by stating that an investigation into the company’s activities had been conducted in Russia and no violations had been detected. According to the prosecution, that document was written by Veselnitskaya in cooperation with a high-ranking Russian prosecutor. In May 2017, a pre-trial agreement was concluded between the company and the US authorities; Prevezon Holdings pledged to pay $5.9 million.
Bruce S. Marks, a partner of the law firm Marks & Sokolov and former Pennsylvania senator, told RIA Novosti that he considered the charges against the Russian lawyer far-fetched. In his opinion, Natalia Veselnitskaya was accused of doing what she was supposed to do.
Marks said that as a lawyer and a Russian citizen, she had the right to provide assistance to the Russian government in response to the American request for legal assistance, which was undoubtedly made by William Browder.
Veselnitskaya had been mentioned in the American media more than once before. According to a CNN investigation, she and a few other Russians met with Donald Trump’s election campaign team in 2016. On June 3, 2016, Veselnitskaya met with Trump's son and allegedly handed him dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was also running for president.
In April 2018, Veselnitskaya testified in camera to the US Senate Commission on the case of Russia's interference in the American presidential election, where she talked about those meetings.
Deposit Insurance Agency and ‘criminal duo’ of its First Deputy General Director Miroshnikov and colonel–billionaire Cherkalin
Valery Miroshnikov, First Deputy General Director of the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), has fled Russia and intends to resign. Experts explain his escape by the arrest of FSB colonel Kirill Cherkalin charged with swindling amounting to 12 billion rubles ($191.4 million); Miroshnikov and Cherkalin had close ties. In addition, the high-ranked insurer was a friend of fugitive FSB general Viktor Voronin – who had assisted to late banker Vladimir Kogan in the resolution of Bank UralSib and then relocated to Israel. The CrimeRussia reviewed operations of the ‘unsinkable’ Deposit Insurance Agency and its top manager Valery Miroshnikov – as well as his extensive connections actively used in the course of liquidation of Russian banks. The main question is: why is the Central Bank of Russia turning a blind eye to suspicious actions of the DIA?