Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-linked lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.
and other members of the elder Trump’s inner circle, represented Prevezon, remarking after the settlement that the penalty was so small it seemed like “almost an apology from the government.” July 18: The reports that the 8th person at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting was Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, a Georgia-born businessman who is a Vice President of Crocus Group International, a division of Crocus Group, the construction and development company owned by Aras Agalarov.
Trump works on the projects with Bayrock managing partner Felix Sater, a Russian American businessman.
The will later publish a story revealing Sater’s criminal record, which includes charges of racketeering and assault.
A spokesman for Manafort told the reports that Trump quietly ended a secret American program to provide arms to Syrian rebels fighting Assad’s government in Syria’s Civil War.
“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 writes, noting that the effort “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.” (Manafort later denies working to advance Russian interests as part of this contract, first reported by the Associated Press.
Kaveladze, who says he has worked for Crocus Group since the late 1980s, was once at the center of a US government investigation into Russian money laundering. Chuck Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee’s probe of Trump’s firing of Comey and possible collusion between the Trump camp and Russia, is “conducting a series of alternative investigations into tangential subjects,” in a way that seems to be designed “to minimize the culpability of Trump and his aides and to deflect attention from the core issues of the controversy.” July 19: The White House confirms that Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin had a second, previously undisclosed, meeting at the G-20 Summit on July 7, and it lasted “nearly an hour.” – The reports that Paul Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as million before joining Donald Trump’s campaign as chairman in March 2016.
This is reflected in financial records filed in Cyprus, which show that Manafort may owe up to .9 million to a Cyprus shell company connected to Ukraine’s pro-Russia Party of Regions, and .8 million to a company in the British Virgin Islands connected to Russian aluminum magnate and Putin ally Oleg Deripaska.
It’s tough to keep track of all the relevant events, pertinent ties, key statements, and unraveling claims.
So we’ve compiled what we know so far into the timeline below, which covers Trump’s 30-year history with Russia.