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Konstantin Kilimnik, a double Ukrainian and Russian citizen, worked for Paul Manafort’s political consulting firm and ran his office in Ukraine. The Special Council’s Office has said that Kilimnik has links to Russian intelligence and his interaction with Manafort during the 2016 campaign lies “in the heart” of Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The Kilimnik background really suggests that he might have worked for Russian intelligence. He served as a translator for the Soviet military in the 1
980s and was educated at a military academy known for producing linguists to the Russian Headquarters Directorate (GRU). These bands cannot be in the past alone. In court applications, the Special Council’s Registry has repeatedly referred to the FBI’s assessment that Kilimnik has “a relationship with Russian intelligence” and “had such bonds in 2016.”