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Lawsuit Alleges Ties Between Russian Operative & Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Others

A new lawsuit targets a certain Russian figure who the complainant accuses of violating RICO, civil conspiracy, and several other charges, ending with intentional infliction of emotional distress. On the way to make that point, though, the documentation for the suit bumps into a lot of names that have held influence and power in the United States over the past half-decade or so. They include Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Paul Manafort.

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A PDF of the full 39-page document can be found here, but we’ll cover some highlights.

The complainant is one Yuri Vanetik, and the defendant Pavel Fuks. The complaint alleges that, among other things, Fuks threatened to murder Vanetik, because Vanetik promised to obtain a dinner invite for Fuks to dine with Trump during 2017 inauguration week, and then failed to do so.

That’s not the only Trump connection, though. Vanetik says that Fuks conspired to have him defamed in multiple media reports by falsely alleging a connection between Vanetik and another key Trump-circle figure: Paul Manafort.

Fuks on the other hand, is alleged in the suit to have hired Rudy Giuliani to “lobby” the U.S. Government, and that he used other connections to get close to Giuliani and “inflitrate” conservative circles to have influence on U.S. politics.

The complaint goes on to allege that Fuks made contact with Donald Trump and tried to get him to invest in a proposal in Moscow in return for haveing his name placed on it; Trump allegedly refused, saying that he would expect to be paid for the use of his name, rather than vice verse. It further alleges that Fuks used connections to Trump and Giulinai not only to try to influence U.S. politics, but to present an image in Ukraine of having greater influence in the U.S. and to leverage that appearance of power.



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