U.S. Special Attorney Robert Muller, investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, has filed new charges against former head of the campaign headquarters of Donald Trump Paul Manafort and his longtime Kiev partner Konstantin Kilimnik.
Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik are suspected of obstructing justice.
The indictment was released Friday two days after prosecutors accused the two of trying to influence witnesses.
According to the document, Manafort and Kilimnik went to two witnesses in an attempt to influence their testimony in cases opened against Manafort.
The FBI reported that witnesses who worked with Manafort during his collaboration with the Ukrainian Party of Regions believe that Manafort and Kilimnik tried to force them to lie about the nature of their work. Names of witnesses are not disclosed.
Konstantin Kilimnik is a long-time ally of Manafort and a very closed figure. According to Radio Liberty, a native of Krivoy Rog was a Ukrainian insider of Manafort and reported to him about the situation in our country during the election race in the USA in 2016.
Sources in The Financial Times reported that Kilimnik could have been associated with Russian intelligence while working for ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on the Manafort team. According to FT, Kilimnik joined the Manafort team as a translator while working with the richest oligarch of Ukraine Rinat Akhmetov. Gradually, more responsibilities were entrusted to him.
Recall that Manafort was charged with money laundering, which he received while working for the Party of Regions in Ukraine. He is also accused of not registering as a foreign agent, although he was lobbying for US interests in the pro-Kremlin government of Ukraine since former President Viktor Yanukovych.
AP published details of the collaboration of Manafort and his assistant Kilimnik
Konstantin Kilimnik, assistant to the former head of Trump’s campaign headquarters, was much more involved in Manafort’s development of a pro-Russian political strategy than was previously known, the Associated Press says. pro-Russian political strategy in the USA. On Monday, July 2, reported the AP news agency with reference to the memos and documents at its disposal.
In particular, in December 2004, Kilimnik, in a memo to Manafort, analyzed Russia’s attempts to manipulate political events in the former Soviet republics. “The West is a little more skilled in a modern game in which world public perception is more important than what is actually happening,” the agency quotes Manafort’s assistant.
According to AP, a native of Soviet Ukraine Konstantin Kilimnik acted as a key intermediary between the consulting company Manafort and Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska. In turn, Deripaska denies that he turned to the services of the Manafort company to lobby for the interests of the Russian government.
Accusations of pressure on witnesses and links with Russian intelligence
In June, US special prosecutor Robert Muller, investigating Russia’s alleged interference with the US presidential election, accused Manafort and Kilimnik of pressure on witnesses. According to the investigation, Kilimnik and Manafort repeatedly contacted two witnesses by phone and messenger. They tried to persuade witnesses to give false testimonies about the nature of their joint work in Ukraine.
In addition, the team of Robert Muller came to the conclusion that Konstantin Kilimnik maintains ties with Russian intelligence.
Paul Manafort led Trump’s campaign headquarters from June to August 2016. In October 2017, charges were brought against him that he had lobbied for the interests of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions for several years, but was not registered in the United States as a “foreign agent” and also avoided paying taxes.
In February of this year, Manafort was also accused of laundering through offshore accounts up to $ 30 million with the help of his business partner Rick Gates. Ex-head of Trump’s campaign headquarters refuses to plead guilty.