Who is Aras Agalarov

Who is Aras Agalarov Then

Aras Agalarov is a Russian oligarch and close business associate of Vladimir Putin. … In 2013 Putin presented Agalarov with the Russian Order of Honor, which is one of Russia’s highest civilian awards. Agalarov, who heads the Crocus Group real estate development company, is also a personal friend and business associate of Donald Trump, and worked with Trump to produce the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.1New York Times, July 16, 2017
A Russian Developer Helps Out the Kremlin on Occasion. Was He a Conduit to Trump?
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2Washington Post, July 18, 2017
Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified
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While Agalarov was working with Trump to produce the 2013 Miss Universe pageant he was also involved in negotiations with Trump and Trump business associates Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen to build Trump Tower-Moscow.3RT (Russia Today), Nov., 2013
US ‘Miss Universe’ billionaire plans Russian Trump Tower
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4Real Estate Weekly, Nov. 9, 2013
Hotel trio aims to bring Manhattan to Moscow
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5Donald Trump (Twitter), Nov. 11, 2013
I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!
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6Daily Beast, Sept 11, 2017
The Characters Who Tried to Make ‘Trump Tower Moscow’ a Reality
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According to Agalarov those plans fell apart after Western sanctions were imposed in 2014 and the Russian economy tanked.7Washington Post, July 18, 2017
Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified
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(Negotiations to build Trump Tower-Moscow however continued into the 2016 Presidential election, which Trump did not disclose to the public.8Washington Post, Aug 27, 2017
Trump’s business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president
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Vladimir Putin awards Aras Agalarov the Russian Order of Honor

Vladimir Putin awards Aras Agalarov the Russian Order of Honor

Agalarov and his son, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, were instrumental in setting up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting where Donald Trump Jr. was led to believe he would get damaging information about Hillary Clinton from a “Russian government attorney.” According to their representative at the meeting, Irakly Kaveladze, Agalarov arranged the meeting as a favor to a Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who has worked with Agalarov. Veselnitskaya, who was also at the meeting, is the lawyer that was characterized to Trump Jr. as working for the Russian government.9New York Times, July 16, 2017
A Russian Developer Helps Out the Kremlin on Occasion. Was He a Conduit to Trump?
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10Washington Post, July 18, 2017
Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified
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11New York Times, July 18, 2017
Guest List at Donald Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Expands Again
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The day after the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting Agalarov gave Trump a birthday gift: an expensive painting. “There are few things better than receiving a sensational gift from someone you admire — and that’s what I’ve received from you,” Trump replied a week later in a thank-you note. “You made my birthday a truly special event by your thoughtfulness – not to mention your remarkable talent. I’m rarely at a loss for words, but right now I can only say how much I appreciate your friendship and to thank you for this fantastic gift. This is one birthday that I will always remember.”12Vice, April 28, 2018
Trump Accepted An Oligarch’s “Fantastic” Gift Right After Don Jr. Met That Russian “Informant”
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13CNN, July 31, 2018
The Trump Tower meeting: A timeline
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Here is a May 8, 2017, Instagram post by Emin Agalarov showing (L-R) Trump, Aras Agalarov, 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, and Emin at the 2014 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas on June 16, 2013:

Here is a January 10, 2017, Instagram post by Aras Agalarov showing him with Trump at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow on November 9, 2013: