Unexpected Trump’s ties with Izmailovskaya gang

Unexpected Trump’s ties with Izmailovskaya gang
Paul Manafort

Oleg Deripaska might have bankrolled Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort from his criminal funds.

American political consultant Paul Manafort is a prominent figure both for the USA and for the Post Soviet countries. He advised Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, which, however, did not help him stay in office. He was also the one who put Donald Trump in the presidential race as Republican candidate, but later he was forced to leave given corruption-related scandals. Now being friends with Manafort could bring some unfortunate implications for Basic Element owner Oleg Deripaska, who managers Izmailovskaya gang’s funds. According to the Associated Press, the former campaign advisor got $50 million from Deripaska. "Paul Manafort was secretly working for the Russian billionaire to promote the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin", said the article.

In 2005, Manafort wrote a strategy memo that he said "could benefit Putin Government." The agency stressed that in that period, U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush were getting worse. In those same years, Deripaska was considered Izmailovskaya gang’s manager.

According to the agency, in 2006 Manafort signed a $10 million annual contract that was effective until at least 2009.

Denying any links with organized crime, Manafort confirmed that he did work for Deripaska, but he said that it would be unfair to refer to his work as illegal.

Deripaska's spokesman claimed that Manafort had provided investment consulting services that however were solely related to business interests of Mr Deripaska. "Currently, the contracts with Mr. Manafort are a subject to legal claims," added Forbes’s source.

Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager for only a few months. He was dismissed after the Ukrainian authorities accused him of getting nearly $13 million from Viktor Yanukovych administration between 2007 and 2012 being his advisor, and helping the Party of Regions take out to the US at least $2.2 million.

Kiev has repeatedly appealed to the FBI and the US Ministry of Justice asking for help with Manafort’s questioning, but the requests went unanswered. According to Ruspres reports, the Ukrainian Party of Regions transferred at least  $750.000 to Manafort through Kyrgyzstan and Belize banks for computer equipment he had allegedly supplied.

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