Who is Natalia Veselnitskaya

Who is Natalia Veselnitskaya Then

Natalia Veselnitskaya is a Russian lawyer who spent her first three years out of law school working for the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office before going into private practice in 2003. Among her clients is Denis Katsyv, who is the owner of a Russian company called Prevezon Holdings and the son of the vice president of the state-owned Russian Railways and a former deputy governor of the Moscow region. In 2013 U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara took Prevezon to court over Russian money laundering allegations; Veselnitskaya represented Prevezon in the case.1New York Times, July 8, 2017
Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign
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2Yahoo News, July 10, 2017
Who is Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.?
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3CNN, Sept 7, 2017 The curious rise of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met Team Trump
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U.S. authorities said Prevezon’s money laundering was first uncovered by Russian whistleblower accountant Sergei Magnitsky. After going public with the accusations Magnitsky was arrested on tax evasion charges; he died a year later in a Russian prison under suspicious circumstances. His death led to the passage of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 U.S. law that bars Russians suspected of human rights abuses from entering the U.S. and freezes their foreign assets. Many Russians affected by the Magnitsky Act are connected to the Russian government, and much of Vladimir Putin‘s personal wealth is believed to be tied up in those assets. In retaliation for the Magnitsky Act Putin stopped the American adoption of Russian children. Putin also created an “anti-Magnitsky” blacklist of U.S. citizens; among those blacklisted was Preet Bharara.4Haaretz, July 25, 2017
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5New York Times, July 8, 2017
Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign
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6Washington Post, July 18, 2017
Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified
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7Business Insider, July 17, 2018
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In February 2016, Veselnitskaya co-founded the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation (HRAGIF) with Rinat Akhmetshin, a Soviet-born American pro-Russia lobbyist who heads the organization. HRAGIF’s goal is to repeal the Magnitsky Act; Prevezon is allegedly behind HRAGIF’s lobbying efforts.8Newsweek, July 10, 2017
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jr-met-russian-lawyer-natalia-veselnitskaya-trump-tower-so-who-634350
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9CNN, Sept. 16, 2017
The curious rise of Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met Team Trump
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In 2016 Veselnitskaya sought a meeting with the Trump campaign as part of her efforts to reverse the Magnitsky Act.10Newsweek, July 10, 2017
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jr-met-russian-lawyer-natalia-veselnitskaya-trump-tower-so-who-634350
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According to his representative at the meeting, Irakly Kaveladze, Russian real estate tycoon Aras Agalarov arranged the meeting as a favor to a Veselnitskaya.11New York Times, July 18, 2017
Guest List at Donald Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Expands Again
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Agalarov is a business associate and personal friend of Donald Trump.12Vice, April 28, 2018
Trump Accepted An Oligarch’s “Fantastic” Gift Right After Don Jr. Met That Russian “Informant”
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In early June 2016, Agalarov’s son, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, contacted Donald Trump Jr. via his publicist Rob Goldstone. Goldstone told Trump Jr. that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” was offering to give the Trump campaign damaging information about Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” “If it’s what you say I love it,” replied Trump Jr, and and the two proceeded to set up the June 9, 2016, meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a woman (Veselnitskaya) that Goldstone had described to Trump Jr. as a “Russian government attorney.”13New York Times, July 11, 2017
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14New York Times, July 11, 2017
Read the Emails on Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia Meeting
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Veselnitskaya invited Akhmetshin to the Trump Tower meeting. Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya brought documents to the meeting that detailed what she characterized as illicit funds flowing to the Democrats, but as she did not have sufficient evidence to back up her claims Trump Jr. quickly lost interest. Veselnitskaya then proceeded to discuss the Magnitsky Act, which also reportedly did not interest Trump Jr. Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya left behind a document with the Trump associates describing the allegations: “It was corporate stuff – lawyerly stuff.”15Associated Press, July 14, 2017
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16Washington Post, July 18, 2017
Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified
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After the meeting became public in 2017 Veselnitskaya initially said, “Nothing at all was discussed about the presidential campaign. I have never acted on behalf of the Russian government and have never discussed any of these matters with any representative of the Russian government.”17New York Times, July 8, 2017
Trump Team Met With Lawyer Linked to Kremlin During Campaign
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She also claimed that the meeting was “not related at all to the fact [that Trump Jr.] was the son of the candidate.” In October, 2017, evidence surfaced however that Veselnitskaya discussed what she had presented to Trump Jr. in the meeting as information damaging to Hillary Clinton with Russia’s prosecutor general, Yuri Y. Chaika, and that the memo she brought to the meeting closely followed a document that Chaika’s office had given to pro-Russia U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher two months earlier. At that juncture Veselnitskaya declined to be interviewed, saying that the New York Times had published “lies and false claims.”18New York Times, Oct. 27, 2017
Talking Points Brought to Trump Tower Meeting Were Shared With Kremlin
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After private emails surfaced in April 2018 showing that she was working with Russian government officials however Veselnitskaya acknowledged that she was an informant for the Russian government: “I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she said. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”19New York Times, April 27, 2018
Lawyer Who Was Said to Have Dirt on Clinton Had Closer Ties to Kremlin Than She Let On
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Two months into his presidency Donald Trump fired Bharara.20The Guardian, July 24, 2017
Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch’s firm cited in money-laundering caseretrieved 8/10/18
Two months later Prevezon settled with the U.S. government for $6 million without admitting guilt just as the case was about to go to trial.21Reuters, Feb. 2, 2018
U.S. judge orders Russian-owned company to pay $6 million settlement
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22U.S. Department of Justice, May 12, 2017
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $5.9 Million Settlement Of Civil Money Laundering And Forfeiture Claims Against Real Estate Corporations Alleged To Have Laundered Proceeds Of Russian Tax Fraud
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