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Person A, with close business ties to Manafort and Gates, as well as ties to a Russian Intel service (GRU), according to Special Counsel (Mueller) documents, is apparently Kilimnik. He is believed to have acted as a liaison between former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as reported in the Washington Post. “Person A worked with Manafort and Gates in connection with their Ukraine lobbying work. Person A is a foreign national and was a close business colleague of Manafort and Gates. He worked in Ukraine at Manafort’s company Davis Manafort International, LLC (DMI). Up until mid-August 2016, Person A lived in Kiev and Moscow“, according to the recent Van der Zwaan sentencing memo. He helped to ghost write an op-ed with Manafort, according to an earlier Mueller investigation document. Manafort has represented Deripaska as a lobbyist, in the past.

Trump and Manafort didn’t just meet in 2016. They first met decades ago. They met either through Trump lawyer and mentor Roy Cohn or mutual friend Roger Stone. Stone and Trump met through Roy Cohn.
See : “Paul Manafort: why Trump’s old ally could hold the key in Mueller’s Russia hunt” Sat 23 Sep 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/23/paul-manafort-trump-mueller-russia-fbi
And: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/12/17/roy-cohns-men-mccarthy-the-mafia-trump-murdoch-roger-stone-manafort-the-john-birch-society-and-the-kochs/

Van der Zwaan is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Kahn: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/german-khan-and-the-godfather/

Oleg Deripaska was the President of Rusal until recently, and is apparently still controlling owner throught EN+. Former German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany) Matthias Warnig, is Chairman of the Board of Rusal, as well as Managing Director of Nord Stream 2. Deripaska was President and Director of En+ Group, but is apparently stepping down. However, he appears to still control the group. Nat Rothschild is Chairman of the Board of En+ Group. The most recent Navalny corruption video, which is now banned in Russia, is about an important Russian official hanging out on Deripaska’s yacht. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has represented Deripaska as a lobbyist in the past, and had business interests with him. Although Deripaska has sued Manafort in the past, and currently, lawsuits can act as a channel for money-laundering. See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/about-that-russian-oligarch-linked-to-trump-and-kremlin-inner-circle-with-stasi-ties-and-alleged-mafia-ties-deripaska/ (Nat appears to be considered a renegade Rothschild.

Kilimnik, with ties to a Russian Intel service, and reported liaison between Manafort and Deripaska, was asked by Manafort to offer private briefings about the Trump campaign to Deripaska, according to The Washington Post: “Emails previously described to The Post show that Manafort asked Kilimnik during the campaign to offer Deripaska “private briefings” about Trump’s effort“. See: “Manafort associate had Russian intelligence ties during 2016 campaign, prosecutors say. The allegations underscore special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s interest in Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/manafort-associate-had-russian-intelligence-ties-during-2016-campaign-prosecutors-say/2018/03/28/473228e8-3231-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83_story.html (Needless to say the bad guys denied everything.)

See too: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/trump-vp-mike-pence-linked-to-russian-oligarch-deripaska-via-cummins-gaz-along-with-russian-gov-via-cummins-kamaz/

Excerpted from: “UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ALEX VAN DER ZWAAN,Defendant. Crim. No. 18-31 (ABJ)GOVERNMENT’S SENTENCING MEMORANDUM“: “Fourth, the lies and withholding of documents were material to the Special Counsel’s Office’s investigation. That Gates and Person A were directly communicating in September and October 2016 was pertinent to the investigation. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agents assisting the Special Counsel’s Office assess that Person A has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016. During his first interview with the Special Counsel’s Office, van der Zwaan admitted that he knew of that connection, stating that Gates told him Person A was a former Russian Intelligence Officer with the GRU.2

Fifth, the above-described deceptive behavior was consistent with van der Zwaan’s conduct working on the Tymoshenko report. The report had been touted to the outside world—as van der Zwaan knew—as an independent evaluation of the trial commissioned by the Government of Ukraine. See, e.g., Statement of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Leading International Law Firm . . . did not Find Evidence of Political Motivation in Judgement of Tymoshenko, PR Newswire, Dec. 13, 2012 (“The Ministry of Justice has received the independent report of the law firm. . . . In accordance with the signed agreement, [the law firm] has delivered an independent report . . . .”). Further, as van der Zwaan also knew, the law firm had decided not to retain the public relations firm to do the public roll out of the report, precisely because the law firm did not want to be perceived as “whitewashing” or as doing public relations work on behalf of Ukraine.

Yet, although he had been instructed not to share advance copies of the report with the public relations firm retained by the Government of Ukraine, van der Zwaan had, in the words of one witness, “gone native”—that is, he had grown too close to Manafort, Gates, and Person A.

2 Person A worked with Manafort and Gates in connection with their Ukraine lobbying work. Person A is a foreign national and was a close business colleague of Manafort and Gates. He worked in Ukraine at Manafort’s company Davis Manafort International, LLC (DMI). Up until mid-August 2016, Person A lived in Kiev and Moscow.” Case 1:18-cr-00031-ABJ Document 19 Filed 03/27/18 Page 4 of 7

As late as November 30, 2017, Manafort and a colleague were ghostwriting an editorial in English regarding his political work for Ukraine. Manafort worked on the draft with a long-time Russian colleague of Manafort’s, who is currently based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.” Case 1:17-cr-00201-ABJ Document 73 Filed 12/04/17 Page 2 of 4

Exhibit A to my initial declaration is an e-mail from defendant Paul Manafort to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian national who worked for Manafort in Ukraine. Included in Exhibit A was a printed copy of the Microsoft Word file attached to Manafort’s e-mail, which contains the draft “op ed” for Oleg Voloshin. The Microsoft Word document has red tracked changes, of which “paul manafort” is listed as the electronic author.” Case 1:17-cr-00201-ABJ Document 82-2 Filed 12/08/17 Page 2 of 33 https://www.justsecurity.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/merged_72870_-1-1513112514.pdf

NYTimes: “Manafort Associate Has Russian Intelligence Ties, Court Document Says. In the document, the special counsel cited an op-ed article drafted by Paul Manafort and his Russia-linked associate to shape public opinion about consulting work in Ukraine.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/04/us/politics/manafort-russia-special-counsel-investigation.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign” – The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/manafort-offered-to-give-russian-billionaire-private-briefings-on-2016-campaign/2017/09/20/399bba1a-9d48-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html