: Lawsuit: Trump aide funneled mob-linked Ukrainian oligarch's fortune into U.S. real estate

14:04 Apr. 11, 2016

Lawsuit: Trump aide funneled mob-linked Ukrainian oligarch's fortune into U.S. real estate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at JetSmart Aviation Services on Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Rochester, N.Y. (AP)

Suit dismissed in 2014 highlighted financial activities of former Yanukovych adviser Paul Manafort

A senior aide to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump helped a scandal-plagued Ukrainian oligarch with ties to political and criminal figures in Russia park millions of dollars in offshore real estate investments, according to documents released as part of a federal racketeering suit, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

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The lawsuit, brought by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accused U.S. political consultant Paul Manafort of complicity in a complex scheme of retaliation against Tymoshenko and her political allies for impeding the business interests of Ukrainian gas tycoon Dmitry Firtash.

Manafort, a veteran GOP consultant and former adviser to recently-ousted Ukrainian president and Firtash ally Viktor Yanukovych, is now leading the Trump presidential campaign's efforts to secure delegates at the Republican National Convention in July.

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Trump's praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin, who backed Yanukovych's Kremlin-friendly government, has drawn criticism from Republican rivals and experts on U.S. policy toward Russia.

One of the GOP frontrunner's top foreign policy advisers is also a staunch defender of Putin's regime and highly critical of U.S. efforts to counter Russian influence in Ukraine and the rest of Europe.

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