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Mon Jun 11, 2018, 08:17 AM

Web of elite Russians met with NRA execs during 2016 campaign

Source: McClatchyDC



BY PETER STONE AND GREG GORDON
ggordon@mcclatchydc.com

June 11, 2018 05:00 AM

WASHINGTON - Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putinís inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trumpís 2016 presidential bid.

Other influential Russians who met with NRA representatives during the campaign include Dmitry Rogozin, who until last month served as a deputy prime minister overseeing Russiaís defense industry, and Sergei Rudov, head of one of Russiaís largest philanthropies, the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation. The foundation was launched by an ultra-nationalist ally of Russian President Putin.

The Russians talked and dined with NRA representatives, mainly in Moscow, as U.S. presidential candidates vied for the White House. Now U.S. investigators want to know if relationships between the Russian leaders and the nationís largest gun rights group went beyond vodka toasts and gun factory tours, evolving into another facet of the Kremlinís broad election-interference operation.

Read more: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/latest-news/article212756749.html

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Reply Web of elite Russians met with NRA execs during 2016 campaign (Original post)
DonViejo Jun 2018 OP
lagomorph777 Jun 2018 #1
Fred Sanders Jun 2018 #2
Botany Jun 2018 #3
Achilleaze Jun 2018 #4
Berlin Expat Jun 2018 #5
lastlib Jun 2018 #7
empedocles Jun 2018 #6
FailureToCommunicate Jun 2018 #8
ehrnst Jun 2018 #9
muriel_volestrangler Jun 2018 #10

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 08:28 AM

1. #NRAROUBLES will destroy the NRA and Turd with one big stone.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 08:38 AM

2. Look, the NRA is a "social welfare" tax-exempt charity. Meeting with foreign politicians to seek

cash to be spent on domestic politics, by the hundreds of millions per year...just part of the immense legalized political corruption in America, aid d and abetted by the silent corporate media...please look away.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 08:41 AM

3. Treason

End of story.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 08:50 AM

4. republicans betraying America

repubes like to pretend that they are "conservative" and "patriotic" - but that is just utter bullshit hypocrisy.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 08:53 AM

5. Time to make the NRA

register as a foreign lobbying organization.

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Response to Berlin Expat (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 09:27 AM

7. NRA -- "Natural Russian Agents"

Hang that on 'em like a cement block!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 09:03 AM

6. More dots connecting

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 12:58 PM

8. I always laugh when I hear a NRA-er say "The only reason Putin hasn't invaded America is

because he knows that behind every tree is a patriot with a gun"

Who's laughing now you NRA/Russian patsy?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 01:10 PM

9. Disrupt the process from the fringes, and make it look like it's a grassroots

movement, of "the people."

Yep.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 03:18 PM

10. Kick (nt)

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