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U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump Aides and Russian Mobsters Pulled Strings in Putin’s Massive Ukraine Gas Scheme

Follow the money

War Is Boring
Mar 30, 2017 · 22 min read

With so many questionable people, actions and circumstances, the only sane and responsible course forward is to continue to vigorously demand more answers to the questions Trump and his associates have raised because of their actions, especially since their accounts of these events and people keep shifting as more and more evidence comes to light.

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Paul Manafort on July 24, 2016. C-SPAN screep capture

But there was a bigger picture, a greater purpose, to all these machinations than just Gazprom dominance of the region’s gas industry, and the specifics of the deal make the following scheme quite easy to understand.

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Carter Page in February 2017. PBS NewsHour screen capture
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Yulia Tymoshenko in June 2008. European People’s Party photo
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Russia’s then-president Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2011. Kremlin photo

The day after this information was made public in mid-August 2016, Manafort resigned from his role as the chairman of the Trump campaign. As for Gates, it was unclear at the time if he had stayed on board or left and the Trump campaign refused to clarify the matter.

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Berkut riot police in Kiev during Euromaidan. Ivan Bandura photo via Flickr
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