Ukrainian steel magnate and philanthropist Viktor Pinchuk has paid most of the costs of the U.S. company Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which in 2012 made a report, representing the prosecution of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a positive light. As Politico writes, that information, speaking on 16 August at the district court of Washington as a witness in the case of the illegal lobbying activities of former White house counsel Gregory Craig, has revealed associated with the US Democratic party political consultant Doug Shawn.
According to him, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation Skadden transferred more than $4 million.
Sean said that for a long time collaborated with Pinchuk and at his request, contacted Craig, who in 2012 worked at Skadden. The first payment of $150 thousand the analyst himself gave the Skadden lawyers, and then, as he claims, payments worked worked with President Viktor Yanukovych, the political strategist by Paul Manafort.
Sean says that in the same 2012 Craig asked him, is it possible to mention in the documents his name and surname Pinchuk. The answer was negative.
Lawyers for the accused noted that, although Sean is a witness for the prosecution, his testimony should be that Craig did not seek to benefit from Manafort and at first did not know about participation in the draft of this spin doctor.
Craig is accused of providing false information to officials of the Ministry of justice in respect of his collaboration with Manafort in favor of the government of Ukraine. The trial began on 15 August. If Craig is found guilty, he could face up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250 thousand.
Firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in 2012 prepared a report that the Ministry of justice of Ukraine used to justify the European court of human rights pre-trial detention of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.
The Financial Times in January 2019 wrote that the Skadden report criticizing Tymoshenko paid Pinchuk, and the money was transferred from the controlled Manafort Bank account in Cyprus. The press service of the Pinchuk Foundation reported that the businessman had never had a relationship to work Skadden, including the preparation or dissemination of their report about Tymoshenko.
Under U.S. law, Skadden before to prepare the report, were required to register as a foreign agent, but did not do it. 17 January 2019 Skadden entered into an agreement with the U.S. justice Department, agreeing to pay a fine in the amount of $4.6 million, the Washington Examiner.
In March 2019, the media wrote that the investigation into illegal lobbying activities Craig in the United States reached its final stage.
March 7 District court of Virginia sentenced Manafort to three years and 11 months in prison in the case of financial crimes, mainly for political consultant in Ukraine. March 13 the District court in Washington sentenced Manafort three and a half years in prison for crimes uncovered during the investigation of spectracolor Mueller on Russia’s intervention in U.S. elections. Given two sentences, the consultant will spend in prison seven and a half years.