The information comes from financial documents of a few companies registered in Cyprus that are tied to Manafort.
“The NBC News investigation shows that $26 million was transferred from Oguster Management Ltd. — which is wholly owned by Deripaska, according to a disclosure filed at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange — to Yiakora Ventures Ltd. Yiakora, according to Cyprus financial documents, is a "related party" to Manafort's many interests on the island, a financial term meaning that Manafort's interests have significant influence over Yiakora,” the media writes.
Other loans of other sums of money were done under the same mechanism. In previous investigations, It was found that some of the loans were unsecured, not backed by any collateral, which makes it look like money laundering.
It is believed that Manafort was working with Deripaska since 2004, having participated in a few projects, including the ones connected to politics and business in Ukraine. In 2016, he also gave Deripaska information on the presidential campaign.
In Ukraine, Manafort also worked for the infamously known ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, helping the then president file a report which would justify the imprisonment of ex Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
As it was reported earlier, the FBI is investigating whether Manafort and the consulting firms he led earned between $80 million and $100 million over a decade from pro-Moscow Ukrainian and Russian clients.