German Khan, the Kremin-connected Russian oligarch whose son-in-law is set to plead guilty to charges of lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation, is one of the wealthiest men in his country.
He is also one of three Russians who are suing Fusion GPS over the controversial 'Steele dossier', alleging the document contains "slanderous" accusations of trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Joining Khan in the lawsuit, which was filed in October of last year, are the other two cofounders of Russia’s Alfa Bank, Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven.
A copy of the complaint published by Politico Wednesday described allegations in the dossier as "gravely damaging" to the plaintiffs and Alfa Bank.
The intelligence brief falsely accuses the men of "criminal conduct and alleged cooperation with the ‘Kremlin’ to influence the 2016 presidential election,” the complaint reads
“Neither the Plaintiffs nor Alfa committed any of the acts irresponsibly attributed to them by the Defendants.”
The three men also filed a libel lawsuit in New York last spring against Buzzfeed News after it made the dossier publicly available.
At issue is the dossier's assertion that Alfa Bank, and specifically Fridman, Aven, and Khan, held a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin such that political and business favors were exchanged.
Speaking to a trusted compatriot in mid-September 2016, a top level Russian government Official commented on the history and current state Of relations between President PUTIN and the Alpha Group Of businesses led by oligarchs Mikhail RIDMAN, Petr AVEN and German KHAN. The Russian government figure reported that although they had had their ups
and downs, the leading figures in Alpha currently were on very good terms with PUTIN. Significant favours continued to be done in both directions, primarily political ones for PUTIN and business/legal ones for Alpha. Also, RIDMAN and AVEN continued to give informal advice to PUTIN on foreign policy, and especially about the US where he distrusted advice being given to him by officials.
Internet data shows that last summer, a computer server owned by Russia-based Alfa Bank repeatedly looked up the contact information for a computer server being used by the Trump Organization -- far more than other companies did, representing 80% of all lookups to the Trump server.
These leaked records show that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up the unique internet address of a particular Trump Organization computer server in the United States.
In the computer world, it's the equivalent of looking up someone's phone number -- over and over again. While there isn't necessarily a phone call, it usually indicates an intention to communicate, according to several computer scientists.
What puzzled them was why a Russian bank was repeatedly looking up the contact information for mail1.trump-email.com.
Alfa Bank attributed to unusual activity to a spam email marketing campaign by the Trump Organization.