Oleg Deripaska is one of the richest men in Russia, with a value of over $3.7 billion. He made his money in the metals trade, with an emphasis on aluminum. At one time, his company, Basic Elements, was one of the largest aluminum producers in the world.
Deripaska also has numerous ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It’s believed that Deripaska has also met with members of the Trump family — most notably Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner — and may also be heavily invested in the Trump Organization via several overseas shell accounts.
On Monday, Mueller and the FBI fired a preemptive strike against Deripaska, seizing tens of millions of dollars in his American assets, the New York Post reports:
“Washington has frozen Deripaska’s US-based assets, including massive mansions in Manhattan and Washington.
“Deripaska’s US assets include a mansion at 11 E. 64th St. The uber-posh residence is just down the street from fellow Ukrainian-born oligarch Len Blavatnik’s mansion, which he bought for a record $90 million earlier this year.”
Oh, it should also be noted that another of Deripaska’s close friends is a woman by the name of Dasha Zhukova, the ex-wife of Deripaksa’s business partner, Roman Abramovich. And Zhukova is a dear friend and confidante of none other than Ivanka Trump:
“The two are so close that Zhukova and Abramovich often traveled and socialized with Trump and her husband, presidential son-in-law/adviser Jared Kushner, all over the world — from jet-setting hot spots in Russia and Croatia to Aspen and New York.”
Think for a moment who was at the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting from the Trump campaign: Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. Manafort has already pleaded guilty to eight felony counts, and it has long been believed that Don Jr. and Kushner are high on Mueller’s list of suspects. That suggests that Mueller is aiming for the ultimate prize, none other than President Donald Trump himself.
With each move he makes, Mueller proves that the Russia conspiracy case is airtight. He’s leaving absolutely no stone unturned, and he’s also preparing to take down the big fish in the months ahead. Stay tuned.