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From: https://www.rferl.org/a/e-mails-show-lawyer-veselnitskaya-in-close-communication-with-top-russian-officials/29196636.html
E-Mails Show Lawyer Veselnitskaya In Close Communication With Top Russian Officials April 27, 2018 18:40 GMT, by Mike Eckel
Newly released e-mails from a Russian lawyer involved in a U.S. money-laundering case showed the lawyer had close contact with officials from the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office, even as she portrayed herself as a private citizen.

The documents shed yet more light on the background of Natalia Veselnitskaya, whose legal work for a company called Prevezon coincided with a meeting with President Donald Trump’s son during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

Veselnitskaya has repeatedly denied having connections to the Kremlin or to Russia’s top prosecutor. She said in a letter to a U.S. Senate committee last year that she “operate[s] independently of any government bodies.”

But the e-mails, which were provided to RFE/RL, show her communicating with Sergei Bochkaryov, a top official in the office of Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika, about an official government response to a U.S. legal request.

“Dear Sergei Aleksandrovich! I am sending you the edits to the response, in accordance with instructions. I am ready to answer any questions that may arise at any time that is convenient for you. Respectfully, NV,” one message, dated August 2, 2014, read.

They were first reported on by The New York Times.

Veseltnitskaya could not immediately be reached for comment, but in remarks to the Interfax news agency, she said that her e-mail accounts had been hacked in February.

The documents were obtained by an organization called Dossier, which is funded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Russian oil baron who was imprisoned for years and his oil company assets sold off. Now living outside of Russia, he is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.

At the time of the exchange with the prosecutors’ office, Veseltnitskaya represented Prevezon, a company owned by a Russian businessman. U.S. authorities alleged that Prevezon had been the recipient of laundered funds from a massive tax fraud scheme that stole $250 million from the Russian treasury in the mid-2000s.

Prevezon repeatedly denied being the recipient of any of the tax fraud proceeds, and in 2014, the U.S. Justice Department requested documentation related to the fraud from Chaika’s office.

In May 2017, on the eve of the beginning of a civil asset forfeiture trial in Manhattan, the company and U.S. prosecutors settled the case.[1] Prevezon agreed to pay $6 million and admitted no culpability in the scheme.

The original tax fraud was uncovered by a Russian whistle-blower named Sergei Magnitsky who was later detained on allegations of perpetrating the fraud. A Russian court convicted him of the fraud a few years after he died in a Moscow prison in November 2009 after alleged beatings and medical negligence.

Magnitsky’s death led to a 2012 U.S. law that targeted Russian officials allegedly involved in the fraud and his death — a law that outraged the Kremlin and prompted Putin to ban the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

Since then, there has been a shady lobbying campaign [2] in Washington to undermine the narrative of Magnitsky’s death and the tax fraud, as well as a later law on human rights abusers that also bore Magnitsky’s name.

The lobbying campaign also involved a screening of a Russian director’s film [3] that took a semifictionalized look at Magnitsky’s whistle-blowing actions and his death. The screening, at Washington’s Newseum, happened on June 13, 2016, four days after Veselnitskaya attended a meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, and other officials from Trump’s election campaign. In that meeting, Veselnitskaya said she discussed the Russian adoption ban with Donald Trump Jr.

E-mails later released by Donald Trump Jr. showed that the meeting was organized by a British music promoter with Russian business ties, Rob Goldstone.

Goldstone told Donald Trump Jr. that “the crown prosecutor of Russia” was offering “to provide the Trump campaign [4] with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

Donald Trump Jr. responded by e-mail: “I love it.”

Meanwhile, in an interview with NBC News set to be aired late on April 27, Veselnitskaya appears to acknowledge that she worked closely with Chaika.

“Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor-general,” Veselnitskaya was quoted as saying.
[1] https://www.rferl.org/a/magnitsky-prevezon-u-s-settlement-6-million/28483793.html
[2] https://www.rferl.org/a/rinat-akhmetshin-russian-american-lobbyist-who-met-trumps-son/28617101.html
[3] https://www.rferl.org/a/rinat-akmetshin-russia-gun-for-hire-washington-lobbying-magnitsky-browder/27863265.html
[4] https://www.rferl.org/a/trump-jr-says-never-told-father-about-meeting-kremlin-linked-lawyer-veselnitskaya/28611602.html
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See video of the interview here, where she calls herself a lawyer and an “informant”. There is no clarification of what is meant by “informant”: https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/russian-lawyer-who-met-with-kushner-don-jr-admits-to-being-an-informant-1221063235886

Here is the web site: https://dossier.center/veselnitskaya/

It appears that Trump’s Czech inlaws (Ivana’s parents) acted as informants to the Czech secret police, who in turn worked with the KBG (where Putin used to work). The Czech inlaws lived in Trump Tower for 6 months of the year, during the Cold War. And, his children stayed in Czechoslovakia for weeks at a time in the summer. It’s where they became hunters.

The archives also reveal a file named after Ivana’s father Miloš Zelníček, who was monitored by the StB. During a trip to the US for Ivana’s wedding Miloš Zelníček was subject to an StB-ordered search of his possessions at the airport, interpreted as a warning shot that cooperation was the only way such trips would be permitted in the future…. Records also suggest that after 1978 a so-called “operative file” was established on Ivana Trump, but researchers have yet to locate it….” Excerpted from: “CZECHOSLOVAK SECRET POLICE FILES REVEAL INTEREST IN TRUMP COUPLE“, by Dominik Jůn 02-12-2016 http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/czechoslovak-secret-police-files-reveal-interest-in-trump-couple