On Monday, March 14, Russian oligarch Andrey Muraviev was charged by federal prosecutors with funding a million-dollar campaign in secret money that illegally funneled donations to American politicians in turn for their assistance with obtaining a cannabis retail license.
A cyclone of schemes spreading through various states suggests a plot to influence elections and illegally acquire cannabis licenses in other regions and in Nevada.
According to a charge that was declassified for public viewing by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York a few days ago, it was alleged that a Russian oligarch conspired with U.S. officials to obtain a cannabis license through illegal in Nevada. Federal prosecutors said the activities amounted to political campaign donations that were not legal.
Not Andrew’s first problem with the law
In 2018, Andrew Muraviev, who happens to be a Russian oligarch, was indicted for violating federal campaign finance laws. He was accused of illegally funneling contributions to former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt in exchange for obtaining an adult cannabis business license in Nevada. Laxalt had already been suspected and accused of corruption in the past.
The information comes at a time when organizations and different companies seek to sever ties with the Russian oligarchs, even if for a different reason, such as the the conflict with Ukraine attracts prying eyes. Andrew Muraviev is assigned to work alongside Ukrainian-born Andrey Kukushkin, Igor Fruman, Lev Parnas and others. They were all convicted at trial or found guilty of related offences.
The five of them are accused of hatching a plan to obtain $1 million from Muraviev to later give political campaign contributions to political candidates who could, as a means of returning the favor, take steps to help Muraviev and his colleagues. accomplices get licenses.
High Times magazines have been informed by a representative from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board that they had just discussed this particular issue at a recent board meeting that took place last December. Chairman Dennis Neilander said at the December 14 Cannabis Compliance Board meeting that “Muraviev was a creditor and a lender, and the board takes responsibility for knowing where the funds go.”
Given this situation, the funds were obtained from a person identified as having been involved with other persons who committed serious crimes. The majority of council members agreed. Miami Herald reports said the plan included securing cannabis licenses in various states. Yet ultimately it died out due to the inability to submit required paper documents in time to obtain licenses elsewhere and in Nevada.
Muraviev’s wealth was acquired as CEO of a Russian cement company and QIWI, the Russian online payment company where he owns shares. Muraviev had already invested in various California-based cannabis operations before the time he tied up with Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas.
Prosecutors say Muraviev is believed to be in Russia and remains at large.
In a press release, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, and the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Micheal J. Driscoll, have openly declared the unsealing.
Michael J. Driscoll, Deputy Director in Charge of the FBI, announced that Andrew Muraviev, a Russian national and oligarch, allegedly tried to impact the 2018 election by planning to transfer $1 million from his funds to the abroad to campaigns and candidates. In addition, he attempted to corrupt the Southern District’s political system to advance his business income.
He also said the Southern District of New York is dedicated to rooting out efforts by outsiders to interfere in their elections.
The action was to let it be known that federal prosecutors would not tolerate any illicit contributions that could affect the election in favor of anyone.
Consistent with this, FBI Deputy Director Michael J. Driscoll said that “as alleged, Muraviev, who is a Russian foreign national, made illegal political donations and colluded with Andrey Kukushki, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas to conceal their true origins.
The funds that Muraviev inserted into our political system were, allegedly, authorized for candidates whose views were advantageous to his business income and that of his fellow conspirators. As today’s action illustrates, we will fervently pursue anyone who aspires to unlawfully influence our nation’s elections.”
The triad (Fruman, Parnas, Kukushki) have also reportedly been linked to efforts by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to dig up dirt in Ukraine on future US President Joe Biden.
According to the Nevada Independent, Parnas was found guilty last October of six counts related to funneling funds into US campaigns, and Laxalt confirmed during the trial that Lev Parnas pledged to organize a fundraiser. funds, which never happened. Igor Fruman confessed to being guilty of illegal campaign donations last September.
To conceal Muraviev’s illegal donations, his fellow conspirators masked the contribution as a business loan, and the funds were transferred to an organizational account controlled by Kukushkin, federal prosecutors wrote. The men sent Muraviev a photo taken on October 20, 2018, with an unknown Nevada candidate who was to receive a ten thousand dollar campaign donation from them nearly two weeks later. Federal prosecutors said the contribution was made in Fruman’s name, but was funded by Muraviev.
Even though the Russian-born men won various elections and continued to meet Muraviev in 2019, they didn’t try to get the marijuana licenses in time, or they failed to get the permits, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Bureau’s Public Corruption Unit is investigating Muraviev’s case. Hagan Scotten, Aline R. Flodr, Nicolas Roos, and Rebekah Donaleski are the assistant U.S. prosecuting attorneys. The counts included in the indictment are only charges. The accused is perceived as innocent until proven guilty.
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