The Russian Affair is not just a few rogue agents

Russian Connections

(information and analysis by Richard @ Flexible Reality,  obtained from the transcript of testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing given by Glenn Simpson in August 2016 Р)


We have read and heard about Americans associated with the Trump Campaign who have strong ties to Russian oligarchs, FSB and KGB operatives, mafia figures, and intelligence personnel close to the Putin administration. I’m talking about: Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Larry Flynn, and others.

But this ignores the countless Russian nationals and affiliates with direct ties to Trump, his Administration, and his businesses. They include:

William Browder, Hermitage Capital Management, Edward Baumgartner, Demetri Baranovsky, Solntsevo Brotherhood, Salomon Brothers, Peter Star, Felix Sater, Semyon Mogilevich, Anatoli Samachornov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Robert Arakelian, Denis Katsyv, Pyotr Katsyv, Paul Behrends, Irakle Kaveladre, Oleg Deripaska, Victor Yanukovych, Emin Agalarov, Aras Agalarov, Igor Sechin, Sergei Ivanov, Igor Divyekin, Yudkovich Mogilebich, Tevfik Arif, Pyotr Aven, Mikhail Fridman, German Khan, Sergei Millian, and Michael Cohen,

Most, if not all these individuals have proven ties to organized crime, Russian Intelligence services, Vladimir Putin, the Russian kleptocracy, anti-democratic political activities in the former Soviet Union, or questionable multi-million dollar business deals. While some may not belong primarily to the cabal involved in political interference with the 2016 General Election, all can accurately be viewed as hostile to US democratic interests.

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