•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Fusion GPS testimony brings businessman Sergei Millian back into the spotlight

00:05  17 november  2021
00:05  17 november  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators

  Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators Fusion GPS interview with House panel leaves huge pile of breadcrumbs for Trump-Russia investigators to sift through as they pursue their probe into Russia's election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.Editor's note: This article was updated after a Nov. 3, 2021 federal indictment accused Igor Danchenko, a Russia expert who contributed to the so-called Steele dossier, of lying to investigators about receiving information from Sergei Millian. Millian repeatedly denied he was a source for any material in the dossier.

Sergei Millian sat down for an interview with ABC in January 2017. Screenshot/ABC © Screenshot/ABC Sergei Millian sat down for an interview with ABC in January 2017. Screenshot/ABC
  • The House Intelligence Committee released the transcript of its interview with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson on Thursday.
  • Simpson spoke at length about Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who has worked with the Trump Organization.
  • Millian has denied he was a source for the Steele dossier. In November, US prosecutors accused a person who contributed to the dossier of lying about receiving information from Millian.

Editor's note: This article was updated after a Nov. 3, 2021 federal indictment accused Igor Danchenko, a Russia expert who contributed to the so-called Steele dossier, of lying to investigators about receiving information from Sergei Millian. Millian repeatedly denied he was a source for any material in the dossier.

The Crippling Blow for the Steele Dossier

  The Crippling Blow for the Steele Dossier A key source for the purported dirt on Trump and Russia has been exposed, with damning fallout for his handler.Since BuzzFeed published Steele’s reports in 2017, many of the dossier’s key claims have failed to materialize or have been shown to be false. But this week, it may have been dealt a death blow when the operative used by Steele to gather material for the dossier was indicted.

Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who has worked with the Trump Organization, has come back into the spotlight following Thursday's release of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Glenn Simpson, who cofounded the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, told lawmakers that a trip Trump Organization representatives took to Moscow several years ago had come onto the firm's radar as part of their research into Trump's business history.

The trip was organized by Sergei Millian, Simpson said. He said Millian "came up in connection with Chris' work as one of the people around Trump who had a Russian background." Chris is a reference to Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer hired by Fusion to research Trump's Russia ties.

WaPo columnist demands CNN retract claim Steele dossier is 'verified'

  WaPo columnist demands CNN retract claim Steele dossier is 'verified' A Washington Post columnist has sharply criticized CNN for failing to retract its claim that British ex-spy Christopher Steele's dossier is 'corroborated,' following the Danchenko indictment.Media critic Erik Wemple issued the harsh rebuke in a column on Friday, calling on CNN to correct its longstanding claim that its reporting had verified substantial portions of the 2016 dossier alleging Donald Trump conspired with Russia.

Millian was alleged to have been a key source in a collection of memos Steele wrote between June and December of 2016 outlining Trump and his campaign members' alleged ties to Russian officials; Millian has denied this allegation. The memos allege that Moscow and the Trump campaign worked hand in hand at points to influence the US election.

Sergei Millian at an event following Trump's inauguration on January 20th. Screenshot/Facebook © Screenshot/Facebook Sergei Millian at an event following Trump's inauguration on January 20th. Screenshot/Facebook

Millian, who changed his name when he arrived in the US from Siarhei Kukuts to Sergei Millian, founded the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in 2006. He has described himself as an exclusive broker for the Trump Organization with respect to the company's potential real-estate dealings in Russia.

Simpson referred to the Russian-American Chamber as a "shadowy kind of trade group."

"Russians are known to use chambers of commerce and trade groups for intelligence operations," Simpson said.

After indictment of Steele source, question remains whether Durham will charge FBI agents or leaders

  After indictment of Steele source, question remains whether Durham will charge FBI agents or leaders As John Durham's investigation takes shape, the question of whether the special counsel will charge anyone else at the FBI looms large. © Provided by Washington Examiner Michael Sussmann, a Democratic cybersecurity lawyer, was indicted in September for allegedly concealing his work for the Clinton campaign when pushing claims of a connection between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian bank Alfa Bank to the FBI's top lawyer. And Igor Danchenko, a U.S.

Millian attended several black-tie events at Trump's inauguration. He told the Russian news agency RIA that he had been in touch with the Trump Organization as late as April 2016. He was also photographed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June 2016 with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a longtime business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

It was around that time that Millian's organization, the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, was looking for "delegates" to attend the Russian Oil & Gas Forum in Moscow.

But Millian appears to have begun downplaying his ties to the Trump Organization after reporters began digging into Trump's Russia ties in 2016.

Contrary to what he told RIA, Millian told Business Insider in an email last year that the last time he worked on a Trump-brand project was "in Florida around 2008." He did not respond to a subsequent request to clarify the discrepancy.

There were also discrepancies in his resume, Simpson said in his testimony.

"In one resume he said he was from Belarus and he went to Minsk State, and then in another he was from Moscow and went to Moscow State," Simpson said. "In one he said he worked for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry; in the other, he said he worked for the Russian Foreign Ministry."

Durham theory of case appears to be Trump-Russia collusion was largely a Clinton fabrication

  Durham theory of case appears to be Trump-Russia collusion was largely a Clinton fabrication Special counsel John Durham's investigation and indictments appear to be affirming what has long been suspected: that many of the biggest Trump-Russia collusion claims can be traced back to the Clinton campaign. © Provided by Washington Examiner Durham’s indictments of Igor Danchenko, British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s main source, and lawyer Michael Sussmann outline the deep links that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had in creating and peddling the discredited dossier and pushing refuted claims that Russia’s Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization had a secret back channel during the 2016 election.

Millian, who Simpson said was trained as a linguist, told ABC in July 2016 that he was "one of those very few people who have insider knowledge of Kremlin politics who has the ability to understand the Russian mentality and who has been able to successfully integrate in American society."

Millian and the Trump campaign

Millian was apparently trying to integrate with Trump's campaign team, as well.

Millian told associates in 2016 that he was in regular touch with George Papadopoulos — a campaign foreign policy adviser who pleaded guilty last fall to making false statements to the FBI about the extent and nature of his contacts with Kremlin-linked foreign nationals.

Papadopoulos tried to connect another Trump aide, Boris Epshteyn, with Millian in September 2016, according to The Washington Post. Epshteyn said the meeting never happened.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was copied on emails exchanged between Millian and Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen. Those emails, according to Kushner's lawyer, consisted of Cohen urging Millian to stop speaking to the press.

Simpson, however, suggested that the Millian-Cohen connection ran deeper.

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, arrives in Trump Tower in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Reuters © Stephanie Keith/Reuters Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, arrives in Trump Tower in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Reuters

"As further time went on, we found [Millian] was connected to Michael Cohen, the president's lawyer," Simpson told the House committee. "Michael Cohen was very adamant that he didn't actually have a connection to Sergi, even though he was one of only like 100 people who followed Sergi on Twitter. And they — we had Twitter messages back and forth between the two of them just — we just pulled them off of Twitter."

Chris Carson expected to be ready by late spring, needs spinal fusion surgery

  Chris Carson expected to be ready by late spring, needs spinal fusion surgery The neck injury that ultimately ended the season of Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson will require a spinal fusion surgery, head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. Carroll said last week that Carson would not make it back to the team this season and would require surgery to address ongoing discomfort he had been [more]Carroll said last week that Carson would not make it back to the team this season and would require surgery to address ongoing discomfort he had been experiencing in his neck since last appearing in a Week Four game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Millian did not return a request for comment. Cohen told Business Insider earlier this month that the last time he spoke to Millian was in November 2016, days before the election, in which they exchanged "4-6 emails." He said he not have access to the emails offhand but offered to share their content later.

Millian has also worked with Rossotrudnichestvo, a Russian government organization whose "fundamental" goal is to familiarize "young people from different countries" with Russian culture through exchange trips to Moscow. The FBI has investigated whether Rossotrudnichestvo is a front for the Russian government to cultivate "young, up-and-coming Americans as Russian intelligence assets" — a theory Rossotrudnichestvo has strongly denied.

Simpson mentioned Millian's work for Rossotrudnichestvo in his testimony, noting that the organization had landed on the FBI's radar for allegedly conducting recruiting operations. Last January, however, Millian told Mother Jones he "never got any business with Rossotrudnichestvo." He did not respond to requests from Business Insider to clarify.

Millian and the dossier

While Millian was not directly named in the version of the dossier that was published by BuzzFeed last January, he was "someone who was important," Simpson said.

ABC reported last January that a version of the dossier "provided to the FBI included Millian's name as a source." Millian has denied being either source "D" or "E" in the dossier. More doubt about Millian's connection to the dossier emerged in a Nov. 3, 2021 federal indictment that charged Igor Danchenko, a Russia expert who contributed to the Steele dossier, with lying to investigators about receiving information for the dossier from Millian.

Poland Still Has Property Issues Stemming From Communist Takeover After World War II

  Poland Still Has Property Issues Stemming From Communist Takeover After World War II Poland recently introduced new legislation making it harder for owners or inheritors to reclaim property seized by Communists after World War II. © Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo A Warsaw court on Tuesday, Nov. 16 confirmed the arrest order for a Polish businessman who is a descendent of one Poland's aristocratic families, in a case highlighting problems still resulting from the communist era regime's seizure of private property after World War II.

Source D, according to the dossier, had been "present" for Trump's alleged "perverted conduct in Moscow."

Source E, meanwhile," acknowledged that the Russian regime had been behind the recent leak of embarrassing e-mail messages, emanating from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), to the WikiLeaks platform," according to the dossier.

Source E also claimed that the Trump campaign and Russia had moles in the Democratic Party; that US-based "cyber operators" were coordinating attacks on the DNC and Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta; and that these operators were being paid covertly via Russian "diplomatic staff" in "key" US cities via that Russia's emigre pension system.

The same source is quoted in the dossier as saying the Trump campaign was "relatively relaxed" about the attention on Trump's reported ties to Russia "because it deflected media and the Democrats' attention away from Trump's business dealings in China."

Millian has worked as the "vice president of the World Chinese Merchants Union Association" since 2015, according to his LinkedIn page. He wrote last April that he traveled to Beijing to meet with a Chinese official and the Russian ambassador to the Republic of San Marino.

Read the original article on Business Insider

EXPLAINER: Is Russia going to invade Ukraine? .
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its Western backers of making the claims to cover up their own allegedly aggressive designs. It’s unclear whether the Russian troop concentration heralds an imminent attack or represents an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to persuade the U.S. and its NATO allies to refrain from sending soldiers and weapons to Ukraine, and drop plans for its eventual integration into NATO.

usr: 0
This is interesting!