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(1:17-cr-201, District of Columbia)Third Superseding Indictment “A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a third superseding indictment on June 8, 2018, against Konstantin Kilimnik, of Moscow, Russia. Kilimnik is charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice. “Konstantin V. Kilimnik is a Russian political consultant. In the United States, he has become a person of interest in the 2017 Special Counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, particularly due to his ties with Paul Manafort, an American political consultant, who served as a campaign manager for Donald Trump.
Kilimnik was born in 1970 at Kriviy Rikh, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Fluent in Russian and Ukrainian before his service in the Soviet Army, he became fluent in Swedish and English as a linguist at the Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, which trained interpreters for the Soviet Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). He served in the Soviet Army as a translator and worked closely with the Soviet Army’s GRU. He took Russian citizenship after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In Moscow, Kilmnik then worked for the International Republican Institute (IRI) from 1995 to early 2005. According to anonymous sources, when applying for his position with the IRI, he responded to the question about how he learned English by stating that the “Russian military intelligence” taught him and he became known among Moscow political operatives as “Kostya, the guy from the GRU”.He was dismissed after the Federal Security Service‘s chief gave a speech discussing internal private meetings at the Institute.
Recruited by Philip M. Griffin as a translator for pro-Russia Ukrainian Rinat Akhmetov and seeking better pay than at IRI, Kilimnik met Paul Manafort in 2005 and became an employee of Manafort’s consulting firm. After leaving IRI in April 2005, he lived and worked in Kiev and Moscow while his wife and two children remained in Moscow living in a modest house near the Sheremetyevo International Airport. Some reports say Kilimnik ran the Kiev office of Manafort’s firm and was Manafort’s right-hand man in Kiev. They began working for Viktor Yanukovych after the 2004 Orange Revolution cost him the Presidency. With help from Manafort and Kilimnik, the Russian backed Yanukovych became President in 2010. Kilimnik then spent 90% of his time inside the Presidential administration. From 2011 to 2013 with liaison to Viktor Yanukovych‘s chief of staff Serhiy Lyovochkin, Kilimnik, Manafort, Alan Friedman, Eckart Sager, who was a one time CNN producer, and Rick Gates devised a strategy to discredit Yulia Tymoshenko along with Hillary Clinton. This effort supported the pro-Russia administration of then President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovvych hired Paul Manafort’s company Global Endeavour, a St. Vincent and Grenadines based consulting and lobbying company, which during the end of Yanukovych’s presidency transferred $750,000 out of Ukraine and also paid Kilimnik $53,000 during November and December 2013. When Yanukovych fled the country, Manafort and Kilimnik gained employment with the pro-Russia Ukrainian party Opposition Bloc which is backed by the same oligarchs who backed Yanukovych. At some point Opposition Bloc stopped paying Manafort’s firm but even though the non-payment forced Manafort’s firm to shut down their Kiev office, Kilimnik continued to advise the party while working to collect unpaid fees for Manafort’s firm.
In 2017 Kilimnik helped Manafort write an op-ed for a Kiev newspaper. A journalist in Ukraine, Oleg Voloshyn, has disputed this, stating that he and Manafort wrote the op-ed and that he e-mailed the rough draft to Kilimnik. The op-ed may have violated a gag order issued against Manafort by a US court and may have been a breach of Manafort’s bail conditions.