During Donald Trump’s visit to Moscow with Howard Lorber, sometime in November 1996, he attends a party thrown in his honor at “The Library,” a room at the Baltschug / Balchug-Kempinski Hotel, which is owned by Semion Mogilevich (since 1993 at the earliest).
At the party, Trump is believed to have begun a relationship with a Russian woman who may or may not have been an associate of Mogilevich. Her name is redacted from the 2020 Senate intelligence report.
Trump may have begun a brief relationship with a Russian woman
named [redacted]. Theodore Liebman, an architect who lived in Moscow and New York in the 1990s, and who traveled to Russia with Trump and the other investors from the Brooke Group, attended the event. According to Liebman, shortly before the party Geovanis had a chance encounter with [redacted] who Geovanis knew, and Geovanis invited her to the Brooke Group party.
Liebman told the Committee: I went down to the party with David. He drove me …. When we arrived, she [redacted] was walking out of the Kempinski and knew David… David said: “Why don’t you come to a party? We ‘re having a party upstairs for Donald Trump” . .. he said: “It’s a cocktail party. You should come. Donald Trump is going to be there. ” And she said: “Okay. When does it start?” “In a few minutes. We ‘re going to go up and check the room.”
Surran told the Committee that, based on what Geovanis told him, “I think Trump and [redacted] might have had a brief romantic relationship,” and that “[Geovanis] said then that he saw them before he left and then he saw them again together … I’m not sure if it was the next day or a subsequent day or whatever. I do remember he said that he saw them together.”
The Geovanis referred to above is David Geovanis, a “Moscow-based U.S. businessman who holds a Russian passport and may be a dual U.S.-Russian citizen” who claims that he is “aware of Trump engaging in personal relationships with Russian women” during Trump’s visits to Moscow in 1996 and 2013. Geovanis also suggests the Russian government knows about the relationships.
Likely starting in 1997, Geovanis worked for Soros Private Equity Partners in Moscow and London until approximately 2001 or 2002.
The woman mentions Donald Trump 11 years later in a 2007 interview.
With some I was briefly met by chance, while others there was a much longer relationship due to mutual affection. For example, Trump is a person who I like very much. I cannot call him a friend, because we do not call up and do not meet daily, but perhaps we would live in the same city (I am in New York or he would be in Los Angeles), we would communicate more closely. Let’s just say we are on a friendly footing.
In addition to Geovanis, Trump also met with Leon Black and American investor Bennett LeBow in Moscow. Though it’s not mentioned in the report, Black is a colleague of Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is listed as the director of Black’s charity foundation and works for Black for at least 15 years. In the 2010s, Black funnels millions of dollars into Epstein’s fraudulent Virgin Islands bank, the Southern Trust Company.
Leon Black is, or has been, connected to several entities and individuals that appear elsewhere in this Report. Black served on the board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) until 2014, and has previously met with Kirill Dmitriev. In 2011, Black reportedly met one-on-one with Vladimir Putin. Black also knows Oleg Deripaska, and has interacted with him in Russia and the United States prior to Deripaska being sanctioned by the United States in 2018. Black knows Allen Vine, whom Black described as “consigliere” to the Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, who was sanctioned by the United States in 2018. Black told the Committee, “Steve Bannon and I have a common friend, and I went over to see my friend and Bannon was meeting him for breakfast. And so on two occasions I spent time talking to Steve Bannon.” Black noted a personal, but not close, relationship with Jared Kushner and lvanka Trump, as well as a business transaction between Apollo and Kushner Companies that Black was not involved in, or aware of, until after the fact.
Bennett LeBow has been “developing and investing in real estate for a Russian-American joint venture called Liggett-Ducat and for Brookemil Ltd.”
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