Russian Billionaire Deripaska Responds To AP Story On Manafort Ties

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In the latest attempt to stir the pot over allegations that Trump and members of his closest circle had ties to Russia, on Wednesday, the AP unearthed a 2005 memo from former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort - who was let go by the Trump campaign in the summer to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who became Russia's richest man under Putin and whose key asset is a 48% stake in Russian aluminum giant Rusal, according to which Manafort would boost Putin's agenda and reportedly undermine anti-Russian opposition across Europe, the U.S. and former Soviet republics.

"We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success," Manafort wrote, adding it "will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government."

As a reminder, Manafort worked as Trump's unpaid campaign chairman last year from March until August. Trump asked Manafort to resign after AP revealed that Manafort had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation until 2014 on behalf of Ukraine's ruling pro-Russian political party.

Furthermore, the AP wrote that Manafort and Deripaska eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, and maintained a business relationship until at least 2009. Manafort confirmed to the AP that he worked for Deripaska in various countries, but said the work was being unfairly cast as "inappropriate or nefarious" as part of a "smear campaign."

According to AP, for the $10 million contract, Manafort did not use his "public-facing" consulting firm, Davis Manafort but rather used a company, LOAV Ltd., that he had registered in Delaware in 1992. He listed LOAV as having the same address of his lobbying and consulting firms in Alexandria, Virginia. In other records, LOAV's address was listed as Manafort's home, also in Alexandria.

Ironically, even the AP reports that despite the retention, relations between then-president George W. Bush and Putin only grew worse"

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.

Then, moments ago responding to the AP story that is certain to dominate today's news cycle, Vera Kurochkina, a spokeswoman for Deripaska, told Bloomberg that the Russian billionaire didn’t pay Manafort for the Russia-related work. She adds that there was only an “agreement between Mr. Deripaska and Mr. Manafort to provide investment-consulting services related to business interests of Mr. Deripaska which now is a subject to legal claims,” Kurochkina said by e-mail.

Additionally, she denied AP’s report that Deripaska paid Paul Manafort for work to improve Russia’s image in 2005.

That said, we doubt Deripaska's response will result in an end of investigations into Manafort's, or Trump's, ties to Russia, especially since the focus of the AP story is that Manafort did not disclose details about the lobbying work to the Justice Department during the period the contract was in place.

Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, people who lobby in the U.S. on behalf of foreign political leaders or political parties must provide detailed reports about their actions to the department. Willfully failing to register is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, though the government rarely files criminal charges.

In retrospect, however, what Manafort did was nothing more than PR work and image consulting for a Russian oligarch over a decade ago, something which we reported two weeks ago was done by none other than Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary's campaign manager, John Podesta, who was hired by Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, to "lobby its interests in the United States and proactively seek the removal of various Obama-era sanctions." That story, however, is not one the mainstream media seems to be much, if at all, interested in for obvious reasons.

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spastic_colon's picture

i hope the dems desperation shows up in the mid-terms

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xythras (not verified) spastic_colon Mar 22, 2017 8:29 AM

Looks like the SWAMP is very cozy with the Russians but nevertheless they started a witch hunt against Trump. 

But guess which Swamp Rat is about to get shafted?

Republican Senator is Calling for Congressional Investigation of John Podesta’s Russian Investors Deals


chunga's picture

The comments were always a big reason for ZH's popularity. Not anymore due to the rampant spamming. It's like Bezos bought this thing and wants the spammers to run it into the ground.

Oldwood's picture

Easy enough to ignore. Walking on public property, we are bound to end up with dog shit on our shoes.

Tarjan's picture

I just scroll right past them and never bother to vote them up or down. Best is just to ignore them if the Tylers will not remove them.



souljaboy's picture

Russia, Russia, Russia, and BAM, we've got a new Supreme Court Justice. This is too easy.

Mountainview's picture

Deripaska is one of the worlds metal kings. Half of the metal bashing US industrial leadership had to do with him.

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Mar 22, 2017 8:14 AM

We need to get the records.  All the bureaucratic records, the contractor records of traitorous corporations like Boozhound Allen Hamilton and the rest.

We need to know the names and whereabouts of all the traitors who have been making war on America from within.  That's the only way to make sure their system is completely purged and the little miscreants get what's coming to them.

Arnold's picture

Thank you for your statement Senator McCarthy.

lucitanian's picture

Check the fees and travel expenses, speaking fees, and contributions paid by agents of Israel. Follow activities by their dual nationals in the government and then you'll have a story about corruption. Purge that effluent and then you might regain US democracy and drain the swamp. 

juergensen's picture

Manafort is an attorney, and as such will represent almost anyone for a fee. It's what lawyers do. This story is akin to accusing an attorney for Charles Manson of "colluding with Manson".

Justin Case's picture

That happened in Ernst Zundel's trial. The lawyer was accused of being ant septic and supporting NAZI Germany and the leader. I don't recall if they tried her for that. Poor Earnest couldn't find an attorney to defend him and was shipped off to Germany. In the end he did 5 yrs. for no believing  in the Holocaust.

Max Cynical's picture

Is this any different than Saudia Arabia hiring 14 lobbying firms to represent their US interests...including The Podesta Group at $140K/month?

Max Cynical's picture

Hillary and John Podesta were choking on Saudi cock DURING the runup to the election and we didn't hear a word from the MSM.

Hillary Clinton, The Podesta Group And The Saudi Regime: A Fatal Menage A Trois

Insurrector's picture

Dude, get off of it.  Hillary is gone.  Remember, the orange guy is in the White House.

As much as we all want to point at others as the wheels fall off the Trump wagon, every president I can remember has had detractors.  It goes with the job.  Obama took it, the Bush's took it, Clinton, etc.


PRESIDENCY, n. The greased pig in the field game of American politics.

   -  Ambrose Bierce

BlindMonkey's picture

The "Foreign Agent Registration" rules seem to be routinely blown off.  Is this normal?  I would expect an attorney in this line of work would be fully versed in the laws governing accepting jobs for overseas clients.  I've not seen anyone really go into the detail of this law/rule yet.  Is there that much wiggle room or are these agents like Manafort and Podesta just blowing it off?

asierguti's picture

This is how Putin treated Deripaska during the great recession.

Sandmann's picture

That was a visit to the US Congress

Librarian's picture

More like, Vladimir Putin bitch slaps Oleg Deripaska and other owners of the factory who had stiffed paying the workers.

The little weasel Deripaska had "forgot" to sign his name on a reorganization agreement (bailout).

"Give me back my damn pen" said Putin, after Deripaska finally signed it and was going to pocket the pen.

We would be in a completely different place economically now if that had been how Citibank and others were treated during our bailouts.

But no.  We prefer to keep to the tried and true method of punishing investment banking cronies by stuffing their pockets with the taxpayers' money.

NAV's picture

It’s no secret that Russia has its difficult problems with a shadow government and banker-industrialists oligarchs—such as Russian/Jewish oligarch Oleg Deripaska upon whose vast interests  (aluminum, autos, pulp, cement, power generation…) one in every 100 Russians is economically reliant)--continually pushing for a financial monopoly of the world.

It’s all about Jewish billionaires and Jewish bankers – the big players and leftovers from the U.S.S.R. the likes of Blavatnik, Deripaska, Goodwin, Rothschild... and Goldman Sachs. Like America, Russia has its oligarchs around its neck and they are difficult to get rid of…in America, they own the currency and the politicians. Here’s more oligarchical history - on the Deipaska-Birshstein-Mafia connection:

Who Was Robert Levinson Working For?: A spy story with all the bells and whistles: money-laundering, organized crime, and "rogue" CIA agents | Justin Raimondo, December 16, 2013

“…the efforts of Levinson’s family and friends to discover his whereabouts and secure his release have employed the assistance of some of the world’s most dubious characters, whose dubiousness is all of the same color. The New York Times reports they enlisted Boris J. Birshstein, a Russian organized crime figure who had fled to Israel and then on to Canada. In 1995, Birshstein reportedly set up a week-long "summit" for big time Russian Mafia chiefs in Tel Aviv. Another major player in this campaign: Oleg Deripaska, the "aluminum czar" of Russia whose organized crime contacts have kept him from entering the United States – except for two visits in 2009, which the FBI allowed in exchange for his alleged help in locating Levinson. Deripaska wanted a deal whereby he would aid the effort on Levinson’s behalf in exchange for being allowed to enter the US. During his 2009 visit, Deripaska took the opportunity to meet with Goldman-Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, but in the end the State Department prevailed over the Justice Department and Deripaska remains persona non grata in the US.

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"Sign it.

Give me back my pen".

You can see why they don't want Trump and Putin to get together. They are both tough and like-minded an probably would agree on just about everything, and what they didn't, they'd work out.

Bad for certain businesses.

Justin Case's picture

I'm getting tired of this relentless attacks on the POTUS, not b/c it makes any differance to me but just the pace of trivial nothings. Trump can't even have a dump without accused of it having something to do with Russia.

Erek's picture

It would have everything to do with Russia if he had been consuming caviar and borscht washed down with a little Russian Standard..

Justin Case's picture

Ya, sure, while NASA buys rocket engines from Russia.

romanmoment's picture

I'm with you, it's a total non-story.  But, Trump isn't helping himself and the GOP isn't helping him.  The Republicans could do great things but the clock is ticking and they're too busy fondling Ryan's chestnuts.  

Trump needs to get rid of his Twitter finger.  I'm a supporter and am growing tired of it.  I expected him to grow-up a bit once in office but he hasn't.  

Sandmann's picture

Deripaska had close ties with Peter Mandelson as EU Trade Commissioner. Deripaska also had close ties with Magna International, Inc of Canada which makes auto-parts. In 2009 General Motors wanted to offload its European business, specifically Opel in Germany and a deal was cut between Magna and Deripaska with funding to take the German OPEL unit and build a new Russo-German car business.

The deal was apparently blocked by Hillary Clinton as Sec of State at a time when the Us Govt held 60% equity in the bankrupt GM.

Now GM has had to offload Opel and Vauxhall and withdraw from Europe by selling out to Dongfeng of China operating through their PSA Peugeot JV partner in France in 2017 after €9 billion in accumulated losses since 2009

Some of the issues Helmer highlights include the curious practice of Clinton’s staff members of referring to a pending sale of GM’s Opel operations to a German/Russian consortium as “Magna,” which was the name of a Canadian car parts company owned by a Canadian “of Austrian origin”. Magna made a donation of between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Helmer depicts Russian interest as the biggest beneficiaries, but the Germans expected to be winners too. The German government, including Angela Merkel herself, was firmly backing the deal, and German labor unions were keen to see it go through.

Yet Clinton nixed the acquisition. Was as much as $1 million, um, donation,  not enough? As Helmer writes:

That Clinton had trousered the Magna million, and ATF officials had passed assurances to Deripaska [the Russian oligarch behind Magna] through his $40,000 agent, but then failed to deliver, were what Putin meant when he referred to the “vey original culture” of American dealmaking.


The newly disclosed records show that Clinton decided against allowing a bid by Oleg Deripaska (lead, right), then the second of Russia’s auto manufacturers, financed by the Kremlin and the German Government, to buy the Opel car works from General Motors (GM) and become the most powerful carmaker in Europe. Clinton overruled the advice of several of her Department subordinates who were in favour of the Russian Opel bid, including Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (below, left), a former US Ambassador to Moscow. Clinton pitted the State Department against the advice of other US officials on the Auto Task Force (ATF), set up by the White House, the US Treasury and Commerce Department to save General Motors from bankruptcy.

css1971's picture

The Democrats, Deep State and Legacy Media seem to be surprised and horrified that Russians, Ukranians, Chinese are no longer locked up behind an Iron Curtain, like good commies should be.

I work with Russians, Ukranians, Chinese on a daily basis and so too do many businesses. The whole BRICs thing was quite a big deal in terms of investment growth for a long time.

MuffDiver69's picture

Me as as well...Amazing Russia only became the Evil Empire when Clinton decided to use this issue...The Podesta emails show in step by step fashion the media and democrat collusion....Now we can see the FBI,CIA,NSA etc are part of this as well

Cardinal Fang's picture

So, basically it's a big club and we ain't in it.

If you want to run with the big dogs, you need to learn to piss in the tall grass...without getting any on you self.

shimmy's picture

I don't know how any non libtard lefty isn't annoyed by this moronic bullshit and how it has pretty much sunk any remaining credibility the dumbocrats and libtard media may have had.

They should take a stand and not vote for any of these idiots next year. All this is doing is basically setting up the future where the dems will try and come up with any kooky theory to try and discredit republican opponents. This isn't something that is a one-off that will only happen towards Trump if it ends up being successful and EVERY American who isn't a complete tool should be concerned by this shit for that very reason. Oh and I am sure republicans will look to do it in the future too if it somehow works with Trump.

Such a joke of a system and country.

ZIRPY's picture

Watch Jimmy Dore and the Benie progressives: they are NOT buying into his Russia Russia Russia crap. They see right thru it and it's going o cost the dems many, many votes for years to come.


Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders have "Russia" ties as well. It doesnt scare their supporters b/c they know the whole DemRussia thing is Dem BS

MuffDiver69's picture

Hmmmmm...The memo. Wonder where that came from....The FBI is a whore house. This is called lobbying and the Podesta part at end of story is too rich....Democrats are laughable at this point.....

lester1's picture

The liberal media are some mentally ill people.

MuffDiver69's picture

Among other things...It seems many have problem with the basics like bathrooms...

MuffDiver69's picture

Another cycle of: Let me lay this out for you and we have no proof of anything,but look it's RUSSIA....

Insurrector's picture

Yea, and the earth is flat, right?

Fake Trump's picture

The Russian are all over the places including Mar a Lago. Don't worry Trump will say fucking FAKE NEWS. Matter closed. Back to bullshits again. LOL. NO NEWS IS REAL NEWS EXCEPT TRUMP'S FUCKING TWEETS.

Sandmann's picture

George Osborne has a job as Newspaper Editor in London with Lebedev's paper and Lebedev was a 1st Directorate KGB man. George Osborne is classic for Fake News and Fear and being a complete prat

johnjkiii's picture

Trump fired the guy. After 5 months. Not in 2005 when they likely didn't know each other but as soon as he learned whatever he learned about him. I'd put that genius of the Senate, Al Franken on the case.

romanmoment's picture

This whole Russian fuckfest is just plain boring now.  The barnacles around the DC shit-hole "consult" for everyone, there are no sacred cows.  If fat boy Kim Jong-un wanted to buy ten-thousand American children there'd be some American selfish clown who'd help him do it, most likely a former member of Congress of either party.  

There are few working for the common good.  There are few selfless patriots.  Ninety-eight percent of people in this country - no matter what their profession - work for me, myself and I.  

The fact that Manafort "consulted" with the Ruskies means nothing.  Trump termed him when his actiivities became clear.  There's no Russian conspiracy, there's only evil in this government on both sides of the aisle.

By the way, somebody throw Soros in jail, he's half our headaches. 

DirtySanchez's picture

Bottom line is that Trump won and the lying nigger and the drunken mental case, Hillary, got schlonged.

Establishment flunkies, meddlesome jews, and leftist neurotics have four long years to try to steal the next election.

SCOTUS is going right.

Photo id laws for voting will be enforced in the next federal election!

Swamp is draining.


Justin Case's picture

The dominance of psychopaths in the West results from the total control of society by the Right, a euphemism for psychopaths, which derives from the total victory of capitalism, and the destruction of socialism and collectivism of any kind. Capitalism operates like cancer to destroy everything it comes across, people or natural resources, and turns them into the dead stuff of capital, which must accumulate forever, if only to pay off debt. Once it stops growing it rapidly implodes, like a hypernova into a black-hole, a fact of gravity that the psychopathic Masters of the Universe are attempting to avert until it disappears over the event horizon of their own deaths, by producing ever more debt, and by increasing and deepening the exploitation of humanity and the living Earth. Russia and China must not be [allowed to become] independent, because then they cannot be looted by the 'Atlanticist' elite. Capitalism is psychopathy in action, created by psychopaths and ever empowering them.

Justin Case's picture

In our socially engineered society we have been manipulated to get caught up in distraction. Mindless entertainment, overly competitive sports … Then there are those economic, political, intellectual, religious, cultural and societal differences, race issues, etc. serving as nothing more than distraction with more than their fair share of never-ending dialectic conflict. It’s all designed to stop us from seeing the big picture and rising up.

It becomes a lot easier to disengage from the distraction when seeing the big picture. That it’s nothing more than a carefully cultivated control system.