President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is slated to speak alongside a sanctioned Russian official during a conference in Armenia this week, Think Progress reported on Monday.
> Giuliani arrived in Armenia earlier this week to attend the Eurasian Week conference, an annual affair dedicated to improving relations within the pro-Russia Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The former mayor of New York has said that he’s in Armenia as a “private citizen,” not as Trump’s personal lawyer.
> Regardless of his formal position, conference organizers said Giuliani is scheduled to speak on Tuesday alongside Sergei Glazyev, a Russian official who has been sanctioned by both the U.S. and European Union for his role in Russia’s 2014 incursion into southern Ukraine.
> Glazyev, identified by the conference as an “adviser to the president of the Russian Federation,” has a distinct history with American far-right activists. As ThinkProgress reported earlier this year, Glazyev was once close with noted American anti-Semite Lyndon LaRouche, even going so far as to use LaRouche to translate one of Glazyev’s books into English. Glazyev was also one of the most vocal Russian officials opposing Ukrainian membership in the European Union, and reportedly helped organize protests across Ukraine in the aftermath of the 2013-14 EuroMaidan revolution.
Giuliani and Glazyev reportedly will deliver a talk titled, “Technological Breakthrough and EAEU Potential.”
The panel will be moderated by Ara Abrahamyan, who also extended Giuliani an invitation to the event.
> As EurasiaNet’s Joshua Kucera wrote:
> [Giuliani] came to Yerevan at the invitation of Ara Abrahamyan, a Russian-Armenian businessman and head of the Union of Armenians of Russia, who prides himself on his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “He gives orders and I carry them out,” Abrahamyan has said of Putin.