Exclusive: Simon Kukes was in contact with senior Kremlin official in 2016 while donating to Trump-supporting committee
Kukes made the claims to Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, a career Kremlin official & former amb to Norway. Pavlovsky is currently vp of Russian Railways.
Kukes’s donations began two weeks after the JUNE 9 2016 TT MTG.
*He had no previous history of giving money to political causes.
July 2016 email:
Kukes wrote in Russian:
“I am actively involved in Trump’s election campaign, and am part of the group on strategy development.”
Kukes emailed again a week later, saying he would like to introduce Pavlovsky to a “close friend”, a Moscow oil executive, “who has just flown in”.
The August 13th event took place at Johnson’s home in East Hampton. Tickets were $25k.
In 2011 he told a NY court he was not domiciled in the US and lived in Russia.
2016 he had based himself in US again, moving from Switzerland.
Dossier is funded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Kremlin critic and former head of the oil firm Yukos
He was born in Soviet Ukraine and has US and UK citizenship.
The next day Kukes attended a private Jewish fundraising event for Trump held at a Manhattan hotel.
He went with future wife/Ru National Svetlana Stanovkina.
Also, it would have been impossible for Kukes to enjoy senior positions in the Ru oil industry w/o official patronage.
Kukes was asked about the former CIA officer’s comments but did not respond.
Kukes said his wife at the time Clara lived there but “I remained in Russia”.
In 2003 Kukes left TNK and became head of Yukos. He replaced Khodorkovsky, whom the Kremlin arrested.
It was from Pavlovsky. It said: “Hello, dear Semyon. Congratulations!”
He founded a Houston-based consultancy, Nafta Consulting LLC, and invested in a company that develops US shale and oil assets.
He was an investor in Promstroy, an oil services company. proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news…