Natalia Veselnitskaya, Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr., Seen as Fearsome Moscow Insider

MOSCOW – When US prosecutors have accused the son of a high-ranking official of 14 million laundering by investing in Manhattan property and other property, he has been called upon to defend. When the leaders of the Moscow region fought Ikea during the expansion of the Swedish company, which took its case.

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. last year to discuss a possible compromise on the Democrat team, has been widely portrayed as an activist on a topic that has consumed Congress to repeal sanctions against Russian businessmen.

But lawyers and other members of the legal community in Moscow have qualified as a member of the trust institute, could rely on one argument and one of the major victims important judicial archives on the government and high well-communicated and in particular.

Ms Veselnitskaya, 42, obtained her position as a lawyer for the regional government of Moscow. For years she was a lawyer for the Katsyv family whose patriarch Pyotr D. Katsyv was Minister of Transport of the Moscow region for over a decade and whose son was taken in the New York money laundering case.

Former Mr. Katsyv is now a vice president of Russian Railways, the state-owned railway monopoly is the largest employer in the country, which has long tolerated corruption allegations.

Junior, Trump said he has accepted the meeting, which included two high-level support of his father’s campaign after an email from a colleague said someone announces as “Russian government lawyer” provide information compiled by the Russian state Prosecutor Which was detrimental to Hillary Clinton. It is not known exactly what Mrs. Veselnitskaya said in a meeting of about 30 minutes.

Donald Trump Jr. said he spent most of his time attacking US sanctions. Ms. Veselnitskaya denied that, at the request of the Russian authorities, the material was discussed compromising members of the Trump campaign team.

Dmitri S. Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir V. Poutine of Russia, told reporters that the Kremlin had never heard of it. She was asked about possible links between Ms Veselnitskaya and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, the Ministry spokeswoman, said she had “nothing to do” with her efforts.

Ms. Veselnitskaya built her career in the fierce struggle for land while Moscow’s suburbs grew because abandoned factory sites and other plots became very useful with the spread of new shopping malls and highways.

And a strong connection was built with the Katsyv family. William Browder, a hedge fund manager born in the United States who repeatedly mistreated Mrs. Veselnitskaya, said the former Mr. Katsyv: “In the world of Russia, that would be the equivalent of Chris Christie: no formal relationship with The Kremlin, but with very strong relations with the powers.

Ms. Veselnitskaya’s family trust was rewarded in May when she helped Denis P. Katsyv, son Piotr, to fight in New York on money laundering charges made by the Manhattan district attorney, Preet Bharara.

M. Bharara has entangled with Mrs. Veselnitskaya repeatedly protested and at a time that she had accused the government for a room of $ 995 a night at the Hotel Plaza.

In recent years, it has become the public face of Moscow’s efforts to reverse the global travel and financial sanctions to leading Russian figures related to tax evasion of 230 million.

Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who exposes the fraud, was arrested by the same lawyer suggested the organization. He died in prison in 2009 amid accusations of piracy and medical abuse.

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