Washington is trying to interfere in Russian politics, trying to persuade him to cooperate with leaders of large businesses, said the press Secretary of the President
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Attempts by US intelligence to recruit a Russian businessmen “eloquently attempted interference” in Russian politics, said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, reports RBC.
U.S. authorities “very rough work through exploration”, trying to recruit Russian citizens and to pressure them, he added.
“Given that such businessmen, Oleg Deripaska, are major shareholders and executives of huge businesses and production processes that employ dozens, and sometimes hundreds of thousands of people, including working sometimes in sensitive areas of the Russian economy, such cases are most eloquently testify about the attempts to interfere in the internal Affairs of the Russian Federation”, — said Peskov.
September 1, The New York Times wrote that from 2014 to 2016, the FBI and the U.S. justice Department “has tried to turn Mr Deripaska in the informant”, offering him help with getting a visa to USA or other “legal problems.”
According to the NYT, the US government intended to return from the businessman data on organized crime in Russia and on “possible assistance” from the authorities of the presidential campaign of Donald trump.
The article said that the contract with a businessman helped to establish former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, author of “dossier” about contacts environment trump with Russia. He in 2015 organized a meeting between the Russian and American parties, in which “the Americans put pressure on Mr Deripaska”. According to the source, informed about these contacts, the entrepreneur said that the assumptions of Americans about links between the Russian authorities with the crime far from the truth.
In addition, in 2016, the FBI agents came to visit Deripaska in new York, said in the article, and asked him about the activities of Paul Manafort — the former head of staff of the trump, who then became the defendant in a criminal case in the United States about illegal work on Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of regions. According to the newspaper sources, Deripaska has called the assumptions of the US government of Manaforce “ridiculous” and said that relations between the team of trump and Russia.
To comment specifically on the material of the NYT about trying to recruit Deripaska Peskov declined.
In November last year, the press Secretary of Vladimir Putin commented on the reports about the links with Deripaska Manufactum. According to him, the relationship between them was of a commercial nature and were not associated with the Kremlin.