US Senate looks into actions of Manafort's right hand in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The report defines Konstantin Kilimnik as Russian intelligence officer; Manafort's lawyer refrains from any comments
13:14, 19 August 2020

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The U.S. Senate's Intelligence Committee continues to investigate the links between President Trump's 2016 election campaign members and Russian business and political circles. What especially turned their attention at some point was the close cooperation of campaign leader Paul Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik, wrote Washington Post.

The Committee's report claims that Konstantin Kilimnik is a "Russian intelligence officer (...) born in Ukraine but attended a military language institute in Moscow from 1987 to 1992 during the collapse of the Soviet Union". Interestingly, Manafort's lawyer refrains from any comments. 

Related: Mueller documents: Manafort pushed Ukraine hack theory

"The 50-year-old Kilimnik was Manafort’s right-hand man in Ukraine — “Manafort’s Manafort,” as many in Kyiv described him. He started out in the mid-2000s as Manafort’s primary interpreter, when the American political consultant was hired to run the political campaigns of Viktor Yanukovych, a tough, Kremlin-linked politician from eastern Ukraine. Kilimnik rose to run Manafort’s operations in Ukraine after Manafort helped Yanukovych win the presidency in 2010. When Yanukovych fled the country following a pro-Western revolution in 2014, Manafort and Kilimnik continued to work with pro-Russian Ukrainian parties and politicians", reads the story.

The outlet reports that Kilimnik currently lives in Moscow, refusing to make any public comments ever after the Senate's report was published.

Related: Ex-chairman of Trump campaign Manafort released to house arrest amid Covid-19 concerns


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