Monday, June 05, 2017

Trump family ties to Russia

Robert Reich

The Kushner story gets more and more interesting. Last December, after meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak about opening a communications link with Russian officials that would be secure against U.S. intelligence agencies, Kushner met with Sergey Gorkov, the head a bank named Vnesheconombank, or VEB.

Here are 4 things you should know:

1. Despite its presence on Wall Street, VEB, is no normal bank. It is wholly owned by the Russian state. It is intertwined with Russian intelligence. And the Russian prime minister is, by law, the chairman of its supervisory board.

2. Gorkov is a graduate of the university of the Russian Federal Security Service, successor to the KGB – a school for spies.

3. VEB has employed spies in the U.S. In 2015, federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Washington announced charges against Evgeny Buryakov, an employee at VEB’s New York office, accusing him of acting as a covert agent of the S.V.R., the Russian foreign intelligence agency. Buryakov later pleaded guilty, and VEB paid his legal bills.

4. Buryakov was charged alongside two other Russian men accused of trying to recruit Carter Page, an American businessman who later became a Trump campaign adviser, as a spy.


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