Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort owes $10 million to a Russian oligarch, according to details in a recently unsealed search warrant.
Reuters reported Tuesday that “In an affidavit attached to the July 2017 application, an FBI agent said he had reviewed tax returns for a company controlled by Manafort and his wife that showed a $10 million loan from a Russian lender identified as Oleg Deripaska.”
A closer reading of the affidavit reveals that it also mentions another Russian oligarch, whose name has been redacted, who Manafort tried did business with. The affidavit also indicates an interest in Manafort’s ties to Rinat Akhmetov, an oligarch active in Ukrainian politics and Aras Agalarov, the wealthy Russian who is also close to Putin and who Donald Trump cultivated ties with in a 2013 trip to Moscow. Agalarov’s son Amir, a pop star in Russia, helped orchestrate the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between campaign officials and Russians with Kremlin connections.
The Reuters report also noted that the affidavit confirmed Mueller’s interest in Manafort’s in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr., other senior campaign officials, and Russian lawyer and self-professed Kremlin informant Natalia Veselnitskaya.