Trump’s Russian Deals | Nuclear Diner

In the mid-2000s, Trump joined with the Bayrock Group and the Sapir Organization to purchase a property that he named Trump SoHo. The founder of Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, is a former Soviet-era commerce official originally from Kazakhstan. Trump also worked with a Bayrock associate, Felix H. Sater, a Russian immigrant to the United States. The founder of the Sapir Organization, Tamir Sapir, is from the former Soviet republic of Georgia.Sater had been involved in stock manipulation with Mafia and Russian criminals and had been an FBI informant. Other members of the Bayrock Group have been involved in questionable dealings, some involving Russian investment. Although Trump’s involvement with Sater included a deal with Bayrock for a project in Moscow, a visit by Donald Jr. and Ivanka to Moscow, and Sater’s testifying for Trump in a libel suit, when the Trump SoHo project was accused of fraud in 2013, Trump said he hardly knew Sater.More details can be found in the Foer, Times, and Washington Post links.

Source: Trump’s Russian Deals | Nuclear Diner

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