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ProPublica: Russian oligarch-linked firm that paid Michael Cohen was also represented by long time Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz. (THREADED)
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The same shell company that Michael Cohen used to pay $130K to Stormy Daniels had also received $500K in 2017 from a firm linked to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg.
At the heart of the story is an investment firm called Columbus Nova, which has close links to Renova Group, a conglomerate founded by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. A Columbus Nova spokesman has said the payments to Cohen were for unspecified investment consulting.
Now there’s a new wrinkle: Another longtime Trump personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, also represented Columbus Nova in recent years in a commercial case. Russian oligarch-linked firm that paid Michael Cohen was also represented by Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz
Cohen, in February 2017, worked at the offices of Kasowitz Benson Torres in midtown Manhattan, alarming lawyers at the firm who worried about the brash attorney’s reputation. The period between January and August 2017 is when Columbus Nova made its payments to Cohen.
Any work Cohen did with Kasowitz in 2017 could take on new relevance since the FBI raided Cohen’s home and office last month. Kasowitz, who was Trump’s lead lawyer in the Russia investigation for a brief period last year, is still involved in advising the president in the case.
Kasowitz continues to represent Trump in other matters. That includes a suit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who says Trump defamed her by calling her a liar after she says he made unwanted sexual advances.
Kasowitz specializes in commercial litigation and has represented many large U.S. and foreign companies.

Kasowitz’s work for Columbus Nova stretches back to at least 2010 in related cases filed in New York and Illinois.
In Illinois, Fifth Third Bank sued Columbus Nova and several affiliated entities, alleging that they had caused the bank to lose tens of millions of dollars on loans to a life insurance financing program that was “permeated … by fraud and embezzlement.”
The name of Andrew Intrater, the CEO of Columbus Nova and the cousin of Vekselberg, comes up repeatedly in the litigation.
A spokesman for Renova, Andrey Shtorkh, told ProPublica that he is not familiar with Kasowitz. He described Renova Group as a client of Columbus Nova.
However, Renova’s website previously described Columbus Nova as one of its holdings. Columbus Nova’s website previously described itself “as the US investment vehicle for the Renova Group.”
Vekselberg was among those hit with sanctions last month by the Trump administration in response to “malign activity around the globe” by the Russian government. The NYT subsequently reported that Vekselberg was questioned by investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller.
Along with the payments from Columbus Nova, Cohen also received payments from corporations including AT&T and Novartis. AT&T said it hired Cohen “to provide insights into understanding the new administration.”
Recently ProPublica reported that Kasowitz used his access to the Trump administration to help another client, a New York investor, with a casino in Vietnam.
STORY: propublica.org/article/trump-…
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