Russian-US oligarch claimed to be ‘actively involved’ in Trump election strategy
Emails revealed by the Guardian include a photo of Jewish oligarch Simon Kukes’s then-girlfriend with Donald Trump and Mike Pence at a private fundraising event for Jewish donors
With no major history of political donations, Kukes suddenly funneled $273,000 into the Trump election effort — much of it after June 2016, when Russian interest in the possibility of a Trump presidency intensified and weeks after the controversial meeting at Trump Tower in New York between a Russian lawyer, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort that had been convened to hear dirt on the Republican candidate’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Pavlovsky was a former official in Russia’s foreign ministry who had recently started working as vice-president of Russian Railways, which was previously headed by Vladimir Yakunin, one of President Vladimir Putin’s close KGB allies. Pavlovsky served as Russia’s ambassador to Norway between July 2010 and May 2016.