Robert Mueller's unsealed indictment connects Paul Manafort to Semion Mogilevich, one of the world's most powerful and dangerous criminals. In 2009, the FBI had Moglevich on its most-wanted list.
The indictment (PDF), unsealed on Monday, includes an extensive look into Paul Manafort’s byzantine financial dealings. In particular, it details how he used a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited to wire millions of dollars into the United States. The Cyprus-based Lucicle Consultants Limited, in turn, reportedly received millions of dollars from a businessman and Ukrainian parliamentarian named Ivan Fursin, who is closely linked to one of Russia’s most notorious criminals: Semion Mogilevich.
Mogilevich is tied to contract killings, weapons trafficking and human trafficking. It is in this world that Manafort trafficked his skillset. Fursin is also connected to Ukrainian billionaire Dmitri Firtash, described by the U.S. government as a senior member of Russian organized crime. Firtash is currently under indictment in Chicago, Illinois.
In addition, Fursin’s longtime business associate, Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, has an off-again, on-again partnership with Manafort. Together, they tried to buy the Drake Hotel in Manhattan for a cool $850 million. Firtash also bankrolled Ukraine’s Party of Regions. Firtash has his own legal complications. He is currently under indictment in U.S. federal court for allegedly orchestrating an international titanium mining racket. The acting U.S. attorney in Chicago recently dubbed him an “organized-crime member” and an “upper-echelon associat[e] of Russian organized crime.”