The encirclement of the former President Viktor Yanukovych has spent 7 million euros to attract a number of European politicians for lobbying his interests with the help of political technologist Paul Manafort. This follows from the documents of the US investigation, reports DW.
According to the materials, the informal "Habsburg Group" included the former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi and the former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski, while the former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer headed the "secret lobbyists."
European politicians spoke in panel discussions at authoritative expert centers in Europe and the US, with speeches written by Yanukovych's advisers, according to the article.
In addition, to lobby the interests of the Ukrainian authorities and the Party of Regions in Brussels, the "European Center for Modern Ukraine" was created.
In total, paid authors and speakers, according to the American investigation, from offshore received about 2 million euros. A group of high-ranking ex-politicians hired by Manafort was presented to Ukrainian customers as a "Super-VIP project", the publication notes.
On 15 June, Manafort was accused of putting pressure on witnesses and taken into custody.
Earlier, the US federal judiciary decided to change the measure of restraint to the former head of the presidential campaign headquarters of US President Paul Manafort from home arrest for detention.
This decision was a response to the message of prosecutors that Manafort tried to intervene in the cases of witnesses in his case.
Notably, Paul Manaforte faces 305 years in prison for money laundering and acting as an unregistered foreign agent. It should be noted that Manafort was an adviser to the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich and, according to the indictment, acted as an agent of foreign representatives in the interests of the Party of Regions. According to the documents, Manafort received more than $ 12 million from the Party of Regions from 2007 to 2009.
In the US on October 30, 2017, Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were charged with 12 articles, including money laundering and collusion.