A Russian deputy attorney general, thought to have ordered Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to make her efforts abroad on the behalf of Russia’s government, died Wednesday night during a helicopter crash.
Daily Beast says that Saak Albertovich Karapetyan was on an unauthorized helicopter flight that crashed near of Vonyshevo, a village near Moscow.
Karapetyan was behind Veselnitskaya’s worldwide efforts to lobby lawmakers to get rid of anti-corruption acts like the U.S. Magnitsky Act that passed in 2012. The legislation is similar to many others around the world that commemorate Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney who died while he was trying to expose a massive $230 million Russian fraud scheme. The acts have incensed corrupt Russian President Vladimir Putin, who desperately wants to keep all his dirty money.
The Daily Beast says that Karapetyan signed a letter that was sent on behalf of the Russian government to an American court in 2014 refusing any assistance into an investigation into Magnitsky’s death. The letter was written with help from Veselnitskaya.
Two years later, Natalia Veselnitskaya was involved in the infamous meeting with President Trump’s criminal son, Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as well as former Trump campaign chairman and convicted felon Paul Manafort held at Trump Tower. That meeting, which took place during the 2016 presidential race, was set up because Veselnitskaya promised to present damaging information against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton directly to the corrupt Trump campaign.
Veselnitskaya has said publicly that she and Trump Jr discussed the Magnitsky Act in the meeting, and that Trump Jr. promised to look into the law after his father got into office.
“[I]f we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it. I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it,” she remembered Trump Jr. saying, while talking with Bloomberg News.
The treasonous meeting has come under heavy scrutiny in special counsel Mueller’s ongoing investigation that is seeking to determine if the members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign knowingly conspired with Russia to rig the 2016 election.