NYT: U.S. intelligence services tried to recruit Oleg Deripaska

US intelligence agencies several years tried to recruit businessman Oleg Deripaska. This writes The New York Times, citing several sources. According to journalists, in the period between 2014 and 2016, the FBI and the Department of justice tried to get in touch with the Russian billionaire. According to the newspaper, they wanted to obtain information about Russian organized crime in the United States and about a possible Russian intervention in the American presidential election in 2016.

The New York Times reports that the security services wanted to find out whether former chief of staff Donald trump by Paul Manafort had direct links with the Kremlin. It is alleged that in return, the United States offered Deripaska assistance in obtaining visas and resolving legal problems, but he refused to cooperate. According to one of sources, the businessman told about the contacts of U.S. intelligence to the Russian authorities.

Representatives of Deripaska’s publication has not yet commented.

In early April, Deripaska and its related companies have come under U.S. sanctions due to ties to businessman with the Kremlin. The hit to the sanctions list means the freezing of assets in the United States and a ban for us citizens on any business with the company.

At the same time, the U.S. Treasury promised to consider lifting sanctions if the share of Deripaska’s companies will be less than 50 percent. In may, Deripaska announced the withdrawal from the Board of Directors of “RUSAL”.