In response to the Magnitsky Act, Russia disallowed adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens.
Katsyv had retained Veselnitskaya as his defense counsel in a vast money-laundering scandal ensnaring his consortium of businesses, the Prevezon Group.
The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump's inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under "extraordinary circumstances" before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president's eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews. The regional elites are several notches below the Kremlin level, which explains Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov's snobbish reaction to news about Veselnitskaya: "No, we don't know who that is, we cannot follow all the meetings of all the Russian lawyers both inside the country and overseas".
And while the motivation for digging into this is all about Trump, the good thing about this inquiry is that, at the very least, we should find out why the DOJ invested all the time and money into going to a multimillion-dollar criminal trial and then settled two days before for mere kopeks.
Veselnitskaya's apparent interest in Browder and Hermitage picked up a decade-old thread.
The purpose of the meeting was to find information to use to discredit Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
The businessman Bill Browder hired the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to defend him against tax evasion charges. A quick search of the FARA database does not turn up any registrations listing Veselnitskaya as a foreign agent.
The State Department would not confirm or deny whether Veselnitskaya applied again for a visa in 2016, let alone if a visa was granted.
During Veselnitskaya's rise the region, run by Boris Gromov, was a mess of corrupt schemes that ultimately led it to de facto bankruptcy.
It is a bizarre kind of tit-for-tat.
So why did Veselnitskaya care? Rename the Magnitsky Act, it said, and Putin will drop the adoption ban he imposed in retaliation, according to a Politico reporter who saw the document.
House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers and other Dems wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking whether lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya had a hand in settlement talks between Russian real estate firm Prevezon Holdings Ltd. and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Veselnitskaya claimed that she was detained at London's Heathrow Airport in November 2015, after leaving the U.S. for a brief trip.
It's no longer aimed solely at Russia, but Russia still hates it. Mr. Browder has argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin fears it will loosen his authority over officials and oligarchs by raising the prospect they will be sanctioned for corruption. Mr Browder then became a leading campaigner for the Magnitsky Act, which targeted sanctions against a list of named Russians, infuriating the Putin administration.
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