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Tue Jul 10, 2018, 07:18 AM

Former Putin adviser has secret investment in US energy firm praised by Trump

Source: The Guardian

Exclusive: Alexander Voloshin has undisclosed stake in American Ethane - which has been hailed by Donald Trump

Luke Harding in London

Tue 10 Jul 2018 00.00 EDT

Vladimir Putin’s former chief of staff has a secret investment in an American energy company hailed by Donald Trump as creating jobs for American workers.

Alexander Voloshin – who served as Boris Yeltsin’s chief of staff before working for Putin between 2000 and 2003 – has an undisclosed stake in American Ethane, a Houston-based firm that recently signed a multibillion dollar export deal with China.

Voloshin is part of a consortium of Russian investors in American Ethane that at one point included the oligarch and billionaire Roman Abramovich.

The revelation comes ahead of Trump’s four-day visit to the UK, beginning on Thursday, and his summit on 16 July with President Putin in Helsinki.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/10/former-putin-adviser-has-secret-investment-in-us-energy-firm-praised-by-trump

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