14:04 Apr. 11, 2016
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.
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.