Money laundering and Ukrainian politics: which reading gives the ex-employee of Manafort

The main witness in the case against the former head of the electoral headquarters of the trump Paul Manafort the court was told how he helped his former business partner to evade taxes and how he himself stole the funds.

Отмывание денег и украинские политики: какие показания дает экс-подчиненный Манафорта

Around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon by a former business partner and subordinate political consultant Paul Manafort Rick gates appeared before the court, reports the BBC, he came with a clean-shaven face, and is ready to cooperate with the investigation and the court — he could face a fine of thousands and from 5 to 15 years in prison for his crimes.

With the consequence right hand American strategist collaborates with Feb 2018 — after he was accused of lying to the US government and the conspiracy against him, banking fraud and tax evasion.

According to gates, he did so at the urging of his boss, Paul Manafort. He also admitted in court number of the law violations committed in the period from 2006 to 2014 when I was working in Ukraine.

What actually accuse Paul Manafort

According to gates, Cyprus, Grenadersky Islands, UK in his name and in the name of Paul Manafort and the head of the Ukrainian office of Konstantin Kilimnik was registered half a dozen companies, which were later laundered the money.

About their availability and the number of former partners deliberately not told neither the Finance Ministry nor the American tax, as required by law. They are also sometimes issued profit for the funds borrowed, thus evading the payment of taxes and explanations regarding the origin of these funds.

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At the same time, gates said, and how he forged his report on the expenditure of travel funds [in the American business model subsistence expenses during business trips usually do not exist, instead serves the employees report spent on accommodation, food, flights money and get them reimbursed — note bi-Bi-si] and run your hand in the master’s purse.

So, he embezzled about 100 thousand dollars from offshore accounts belonging to Manufactu. While gates testified he never looked into the eyes of a former business partner, who was sitting a few meters away from him, he sat motionless in a black expensive suit instead of prison uniform, while his former subordinate was told, what the Russians and Ukrainians Manafort had a thing for and how they paid for his services.


Rinat Akhmetov — the first in the list of Ukrainian customers Manafort. According to the prosecution, which confirmed the former partner, political consultant, presidents, the Ukrainian billionaire, the owner of SCM group, former lawmaker and chief sponsor of the Party of Regions paid for the services of a consultant with companies located in Cyprus.

From her accounts, he wired the funds to the company of Manafort, by a strange coincidence, is also located on this island. Justification of payment: payment of services for brand building and political project of the Party of Regions, the creation of its platform, structure, consultations during the elections, the return of the Party of Regions in power, bringing to the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych in 2010.

Sergei Tigipko, a former MP, former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and former Minister of social policy also paid for the consultation, Paul Manafort in the same way that Akhmetov, transferring funds from the accounts of your Cyprus company the firm of Manafort located on the same island. The paperwork took Rick gates.

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Serhiy Lyovochkin, former head of Administration of President Yanukovych, the millionaire, the people’s Deputy of Ukraine from “Oppositional block” — according to gates, in total, paid Manafort several million dollars for his political advice. And the Ukrainian politician, the American analyst also used their Cyprus company for the transfer and receipt of funds.

Andriy Klyuyev three Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, one of the leaders of the Party of Regions of Ukraine, the Deputy of several convocations, declared in 2014 on the international wanted list for 3 years [in 2017, the head of the Ukrainian Bureau of Interpol, announced that the Agency no longer searches for politics] — also paid Manafort for his services with companies located in Cyprus.

Boris Kolesnikov — a close ally of Rinat Akhmetov, former MP, former Deputy Prime Minister for infrastructure, who led the preparation for football championship Euro-2012, one of the leaders of the “Opposition bloc” — like other Ukrainian politicians, paid for the services of American political strategist, by using transfers from the accounts of the Cyprus company.

The Russians

Oleg Deripaska transferred the Floor Manufactu $ 10 million. He also used the services of the company situated in Cyprus.

What’s even admitted gates?

A former Junior partner Manafort met with investigators 20 times and confessed to stealing money from a partner and other staff deliberately concealing from the government the availability of foreign accounts. Gates said that he transferred the money from Cyprus accounts for British, then American and not pay taxes. He also acknowledged that his meeting in March 2013 with a Congressman and a lobbyist related to Ukrainian issues, which he lied to investigators during initial questioning. Gates forged documents to banks, in which Manafort “hoped” to get loans.

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He repeatedly stated that he acted thus at the instigation of Manafort and noted that two of them also collaborated with the two Cypriot legal firms that helped conduct banking operations.

For nearly 2 hours, gates studied the robe of a judge, prosecutors costumes and the first few rows of the audience to the last detail, but never looked at Manafort, however, calling it one of the most brilliant political strategists of all with whom he has ever worked with.

On Tuesday, the former business partner of Manafort expects cross-examination.

He political consultant and former head of the electoral headquarters of Donald trump by Paul Manafort all charges against himself rejects.

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