Konstantin Kilimnik: elusive Russian with ties to Manafort faces fresh Mueller scrutiny

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New details emerge about 48-year-old said to have ties to Russian intelligence, including the use of a private jet owned by an oligarch close to Putin

A Russian man who is said to have ties to Moscow’s intelligence services will be receiving renewed scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into Russian 2016 election interference, according to former federal prosecutors.

Mueller is investigating Konstantin Kilimnik with assistance from three Kilimnik associates, including Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who mentored Kilimnik as a political operative for pro-Kremlin figures in Ukraine.

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If there’s anybody who might provide a connection between the campaign and the Russian government it could be Kilimnik

Basic Element benefits from a close relationship with the siloviki – the ex-security officials who serve as Kremlin powerbrokers

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Additional reporting by Jon Swaine in New York and Andrew Roth in Moscow

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