“Tatar Trace” In Trump Jr’s Meeting With Russians. Who is Rinat Akhmetshin?
At the American media has emerged another person involved in the scandal, which blazes around the US President’s son Donald trump Jr. As previously reported, the eldest son of Donald trump June 9, 2016, secretly met in new York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya hoping to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was considered at that time as main rival trump, Sr. in the upcoming fight for the seat in the oval office of the White house. It was known that a team of trump at this meeting was represented also his son-in-law Jared Kushner (husband of Ivanka trump), and strategist by Paul Manafort.
On Friday, July 14, the New York Times reported that Veselnitskaya was there not one. Together with her came to the meeting of the Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, has long been residing in Washington.
The publication gathered at Mr. Akhmetshin whole file:
He is a Russian citizen and lives in Washington for quite a long time. In the United States known as the founder of the International Eurasian Institute for economic and political studies, who was involved in the lobbying of different interests.
He owns a house in the suburbs of Washington cost about $ 2 million. Rinat Akhmetshin collecting art and loves Opera. The streets of the us capital moves often on bright orange bike.
But this is not important. Mr. Akhmetshin 80-e years he served in the so-called special Department of the KGB. It was a unit directly associated with the GRU — Main intelligence Directorate of the USSR. Akhmetshin no secret of it. Only emphasizes that he served there for two years, nor in any covert operations participation never took agent stuff was not trained.
Rinat Ahmetshin associated with Akezhan Kazhegeldin, leader of the Kazakh opposition.
In 2011, about Akhmetshin wrote in connection with the conflict between the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and his former son-in-law Rakhat Aliev. Then Akhmetshin lobbied interests of Pyotr Afanasenko, former bodyguard of Kazhegeldin, who accused Aliyev of torture and the fact that Aliyev had fabricated a case against him for which he was arrested in 2000.
In 2001 Afanasenko was released from prison, then moved to Belgium, and ten years later became one of the main figures in the proceedings between President Nazarbayev and his former son-in-law.
Then the newspaper The New York Times conducted an investigation and found out that Nazarbayev has spent millions of dollars on lobbying in Washington. And doing this specifically Akhmetshin.
This name came up later in connection with the Magnitsky case. A former Soviet intelligence officer was one of the organizers of the show last summer, a documentary film by Andrei Nekrasov «the Magnitsky Act. Behind the scenes» in Washington. The demonstration tape was an attempt by Moscow to lobby for the lifting of sanctions imposed in connection with the Magnitsky list. Ahmetshina managed to organize a screening of the film in the United States, but Natalia Veselnitskaya who tried to do the same in Strasbourg for MEPs, failed.
After the publication of the article in The New York Times Akhmetshin agreed to answer questions from AP. He acknowledged the fact that participated in the meeting with trump, Jr., but does not understand why around it arose now all the fuss is about. According to him, the conversation was «not significant». «I was expecting a more serious discussion,» — said Akhmetshin.
Broadcaster NBC believes that the presence of the former Soviet counterintelligence at the meeting with the President’s son should be of interest to Congress and special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who headed the investigation about the alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election in 2016.
Meanwhile, Natalia Veselnitskaya gave a July 14 interview with the Wall Street Journal. She said that during the meeting with trump, Jr., and Kouchner was hoping to give them the results of its investigation against the head of Hermitage Capital of William Browder, including how the associated firm allegedly passed illegal money to the Democratic party of the United States. Browder is the initiator of the sanctions on the Magnitsky list. Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was an auditor with the firm of Browder, was arrested and died in a Moscow prison.
Says Veselnitskaya, unfortunately, the son of Donald trump showed interest in her. It was about an American firm Ziff Brothers Investments, where he worked Browder. She allegedly evaded taxes in Russia, and the saved funds thus transferred as donations to the US Democratic party.
Veselnitskaya said that trump Jr. had read she set out in summary form the facts, but they were not impressed. «I understand now what he was expecting something completely different» — said the lawyer.
According to the newspaper, she confirmed that she told the trump people that «personally acquainted with Russia’s Prosecutor General Yury Chaika». Veselnitskaya argues that shared information with him in the course of its investigation, according to Browder. However, she denies the assumption that the true purpose of the meeting 9 June 2016 in new York was the «coordination headquarters of the trump with the governmental structures of Russia» and that the meeting with the son of the presidential candidate was organized at the request of the Prosecutor General of Russia.
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