RUSSIAN OLIGARCH AND FORMER BUSINESS PARTNER OF PAUL MANAFORT FACES EXTRADITION TO UNITED STATES

Who is Dmitry Firtash and why is he important to Donald Trump? (from article):

1. Dmitry Firtash is a billionaire Russian oligarch linked to Paul Manafort.

2. Paul Manafort is Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and current adviser.

3. Firtash was a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served as chairman for Trump’s campaign last year and was also a political consultant in Ukraine while helping get Yanukovych elected.

4. Former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko alleged in a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court in 2011 that the hotel and shopping mall Manafort and Firtash had planned to build in midtown Manhattan was nothing more than a means to launder money. [The Intellectualist]

He was a business partner with a former Donald Trump campaign manager. He’s a wealthy Russian oligarch who made billions in natural gas—possibly with help from President Vladimir Putin—and he was also tied to Ukraine’s Russia-friendly former President Viktor Yanukovych.

It’s also possible he might be a missing link to Trump and his campaign and administration’s alleged ties to Russia. It doesn’t end there: He may be headed to the United States to face racketeering charges.

His name is Dmitry Firtash and an Austrian appeals court ruled Tuesday that he could be extradited to the U.S., overturning a lower court’s ruling and flipping his fate over to Austria’s Ministry of Justice, Bloomberg reported.

What does this have to do with Trump, Putin and all the alleged ties to Russia?

Well, Firtash was a former business partner of Paul Manafort, who served as chairman for Trump’s campaign last year and was also a political consultant in Ukraine while helping get Yanukovych elected. The New York Times reported in August that secret ledgers showed Manafort was paid $12.7 million from Yanukovych’s political party between 2007 and 2012. Manafort left the Trump campaign, however, the payments have not been confirmed.

And last week, anonymous sources with information regarding the U.S. intelligence community’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s “repeated” contact with Russian intelligence officials last year also included Manafort’s calls with the Russians, the Times reported.

In a far-reaching and extensive report on Firtash’s fate and possible links to Trump and Putin, Bloomberg last week detailedManafort’s ties to Firtash. Former Ukraine Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko alleged in a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court in 2011 that the hotel and shopping mall Manafort and Firtash had planned to build in midtown Manhattan was nothing more than a means to launder money.

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