Russian official with ties to Trump Tower meeting dies in crash

A top Russian official with ties to the attorney who met with Trump campaign members in 2016 has reportedly been killed.

Saak Albertovich Karapetyan, who reportedly directed the overseas activities of Natalia Veselnitskaya, was killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday night, the Daily Beast reported.

According to Russian media, he was on an unauthorized flight when his helicopter crashed in a forested area in the Kostroma region.

Anti-Corruption Lobbyist

Reportedly, Karapetyan was behind Veselnitskaya’s efforts as a global lobbyist to rescind anti-corruption legislation.

In the United States, one of the acts he would have been targeting was the 2012 Magnitsky Act.

That particular piece of legislation was passed in 2012 and enabled the U.S. to sanction foreign officials who were found to have committed human rights abuses.

The legislation was created as a direct result of the death of Russian accountant Sergei Magnitsky, who was trying to expose a $230 million fraud scheme when he was beaten to death.

This legislation, which originally targeted Russian officials, was not well-received by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When the United States offered to assist in investigating Magnitsky’s death, the help was refused.

The name on the bottom of the declination letter refusing that help was Mr. Karapetyan’s, the Daily Beast reported.

The Meeting

As part of the Russian investigation into collusion during the election, Karapetyan’s name came up.

According to the reports, he sent Veselnitskaya to meet with Trump Jr., among others, at Trump Tower in 2016 for an opposition meeting.

Trump Jr. went on record not long after the meeting calling it a complete waste of his time.

According to Trump Jr., the agenda Veselnitskaya brought with her had nothing at all to do with Hillary Clinton but rather a Russian adoption policy.
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Veselnitskaya, however, has stated the meeting was specifically about the Magnitsky Act.

She also claimed Trump Jr. vowed to look into the matter once his father took over the office of President of the United States.

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