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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 08:20 PM

On Ukraine, Trump Is a Con Man, but He's Also a Mark

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Kenneth McCallion is a New York lawyer who once represented former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of Ukraine. A few years ago, he brought a civil racketeering lawsuit on her behalf against some now familiar figures like Paul Manafort and the Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. He knows a lot about corruption in Ukraine, and he said that earlier this year F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators approached him for information about Rudy Giulianiís Ukrainian activities.

By then, McCallion had already been hearing strange things about what Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, whom we now know as Giulianiís close associates, were doing in Ukraine.

Parnas and Fruman, both American citizens born in the former Soviet Union, arenít ordinary political operatives. Parnas has long been a low-level grifter. Fruman owns an Odessa beach club called Mafia Rave, and a joint investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and BuzzFeed News found ties between him and an Odessa organized crime figure named Volodymyr Galanternik, known as ďLight Bulb.Ē


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