Document: Indictment Charging Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Describes Links to Kremlin

11 January, 2019, 12:40 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya during an interview

Veselnitskaya was charged in NY federal court with obstruction of justice in connection to a civil money laundering and forfeiture case involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme.

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"Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants have agreed to pay not just what we alleged flowed to them from the Russian treasury fraud, but three times that amount, and roughly 10 times the money we alleged could be traced directly into USA accounts and real estate", then acting USA attorney Joon Kim said in a statement at the time the settlement was made.

"Veselnitskaya... represented Prevezon Holdings in a civil case in which the USA attorney's office in Manhattan sought millions of dollars in forfeiture from the company and others", the Post reports.

During the 2016 campaign for president, Veselnitskaya arranged a meeting with representatives of the Trump campaign by claiming to have "dirt" on then-candidate Hillary Clinton. Whiel she stated that investigative findings that were presented to the court were "independently drafted, ' in fact Veselnitskaya 'well knew but concealed from the Court" that she helped to draft them.

Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he agreed to the meeting after being promised information on Clinton.

Exiled Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky first disclosed emails cited in the indictment between Veselnitskaya and Chaika in April 2018.

Yet in July, 2017, Kremlin officials said they don't know Veselnitskaya.

The case is not directly related to Ms Veselnitskaya's Trump Tower meeting but does reveal her deep ties to senior members of the Russian government.

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It's unclear if there was any response from the Trump team to the request from Veselnitskaya concerning the Magnitsky Act. It has become a major issue for the Russian government, which is critical of the law. She told CNN by phone Tuesday that she would "defend her professional honor", but declined to say if she would come to the U.S.to stand trial.

After Magnitsky discovered the alleged fraud, he was arrested and held for nearly a year in pretrial detention in Moscow, where he eventually died at age 37, the US indictment filed at the time alleges. On the day he died, USA prosecutors said, he was beaten by guards with a rubber baton, and an ambulance crew called to treat him was deliberately kept outside of his cell until he was dead.

She cooperated with a senior Russian prosecutor 'in secret'.

Russian prosecutors accuse Magnitsky of participating in the largest tax fraud in Russian history worth $200 million. Yet, the USA government pushed back on that characterization.

Veselnitskaya also represented a man accused of involvement in the alleged fraud scheme uncovered by Magnitsky.

"In doing so, Veselnitskaya obstructed the civil proceeding", the indictment against the lawyer states.

Natalya Veselnitskaya was charged with fabricating evidence in a 2013 case the U.S. filed against the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, which was allegedly involved in a $230 million tax refund fraud scheme in Moscow.

In May 2017, just a few months after Trump became president, the newly promoted NY district attorney suddenly settled with Prevezon for $6 million, days before the trial opened. That tragedy turned Browder into a human rights crusader.

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