The head of the electoral headquarters of the candidate in presidents of the United States Donald trump by Paul Manafort in 2012 helped the Party of regions to Ukraine’s $ 2.2 million. It is reported Associated Press with reference to sources familiar with the investigation black accounting Pro-Russian political forces.
According to the Agency, the money was withdrawn through fees to two lobbying firms in Washington. The deal was made so that no one would notice the influence of foreign parties to U.S. policy.
Under current U.S. Federal law, lobbyists are required to notify the Ministry of justice of any relations with foreign parties or political leaders. Concealing this information is a criminal offence and provides for punishment of imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or a fine of 250 thousand dollars.
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On the Party of regions in 2012 along with Manafort worked with his business partner and current top strategist of the election campaign trump, Rick gates, according to AP. He helped lead a non-profit organization European centre for modern Ukraine, which was established in Brussels to lobby for the interests of then-President Viktor Yanukovych and to the management Board which included members of Parliament from the Party of regions.
Subsequently, the organization has paid at least $ 2.2 million to two American lobbyists Podesta Group Inc. and Mercury LLC. Their task was blocking the resolution of the us Congress about the demand to Yanukovych to release a political prisoner. At that period in prison was the leader of Batkivshchyna Yulia Tymoshenko.
“Lobbying firm continued to work up until Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014,” – said the Agency.
Gates confirmed to the AP that introduced American lobbyists with the European center of modern Ukraine and sometimes they are consulted. He called their actions lawful and added that it did not attempt to circumvent the requirements of American law.
August 14, The New York Times reported that in Kiev discovered a handwritten account books show about getting Paul Manafort $ 12.7 million during his tenure as adviser to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Later the National anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine has confirmed that the name of Manafort appear in the black lists of accounts of the Party of regions.
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