Oligarch Kenes Rakishev Named In New Trump Election Interference Case

Katie R. Ochoa

Sater statements that the campaign in opposition to himself and Trump was coordinated by Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov, who was arrested for treason by the Kazakh authorities in January.


Kenes Rakishev, a person of Kazakhstan’s optimum-profile businessmen, has been named in an explosive new legal case that alleges overseas interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Rakishev is accused of performing as a “henchman” and “wallet” for Kazakhstan’s previous key minister Karim Massimov in a plot to undermine Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

The allegations are contained in a grievance introduced by Felix Sater, a former senior advisor to President Trump and a financier who helped bankroll the Trump Soho tower.

Sater is suing BTA Bank, which is owned by Rakishev, the Town of Almaty in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh Governing administration and a personal investigation business termed Arcanum.

In accordance to the lawsuit, which was submitted in the Southern District of New York federal courtroom, Sater was hired by the defendants to aid recuperate billions of bucks stolen from BTA Bank by its previous operator Mukhtar Ablyazov.

On the other hand, Sater alleges that this arrangement was simply a deal with to conceal the Kazakhs’ real intent, which was to dig filth on Sater and then use it to hurt Trump’s election bid.

The lawsuit states: “Arcanum and the Kazakh Parties, beneath the guise of functioning alongside one another with Sater pursuant to a confidential guidance settlement signed in June 2015 for Sater to enable get better property belonging to fugitive Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov and his associates, conspired to leak false and defamatory information and facts about Sater to media shops together with ABC Information. This was element of a concerted effort to falsely (and absurdly) portray Sater, a longtime business enterprise associate of Donald Trump, as a Russian agent and Kremlin stooge.”

Sater was a key witness in Distinctive Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A leaked 2015 e mail prepared by Sater implied that he would set up for Vladimir Putin to assist Trump’s election bid as section of a scheme to build a Trump tower in Moscow.

Trump Tower, in New York City
Trump Tower, in New York Metropolis impression courtesy of Martin Dürrschnabel via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org

Sater promises that alternatively than staying a stooge for the Kremlin, his operate for US intelligence and legislation enforcement organizations meant that the Russians preferred to execute him for treason.

The lawsuit states: “Felix Sater is a legendary figure in the U.S. Intelligence Community. He is recognised for jeopardizing his life conducting espionage functions towards North Korea, Taliban- controlled Afghanistan, al Qaeda, Russia and Russian hacking networks, which include functions he executed on the ground in Russia and Afghanistan.”

Sater statements that the campaign from himself and Trump was coordinated by Kenes Rakishev and Karim Massimov, who was arrested for treason by the Kazakh authorities in January.

“Massimov and Rakishev ended up actively trying to get influence with American politicians,” the lawsuit states. “In 2016, they thought that they would be rewarded for encouraging the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign (who was thought of certain to gain the election) by smearing Sater and Trump. Massimov and Rakishev’s efforts to curry favor with distinguished American politicians integrated lavishing revenue on Hunter Biden, who named Rakishev a ‘close friend’.” 

In accordance to a US Senate investigation, Rakishev paid out $142,300 to a business operate by a near mate of Hunter Biden. Rakishev also invested in bargains launched by Biden.

The lawsuit states: “Rakishev is reputed to have raped underage women in Russia and organized “no holds barred” preventing contests involving 8-yr-aged children. The Russian authorities refused to look into these crimes mainly because Rakishev was underneath Massimov’s security and also due to the fact Rakishev’s father-in-law (Imangali Tasmagambetov), Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Russia, intervened to prevent the investigation.”

Rakishev has also been joined to figures involved in a January rebellion in Kazakhstan and is reportedly close close friends with Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Chechnya who has been accused of human legal rights abuses.

Sater has introduced his lawsuit as a counterclaim to a 2019 criticism submitted by BTA Bank and the Kazakh authorities. That declare alleges that Sater stole money from BTA.

Matthew Schwartz, a spouse at the legislation firm Boies Schiller Flexner and counsel for BTA Bank and the City of Almaty, mentioned: “Felix Sater’s filing is nothing at all a lot more than conspiracy theories and desperation dressed up like a lawsuit. We are self-confident that the court docket will see through his strategies.”

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