Dispatch February 9, 2018

OP-ED: The Russification of the NRA

New revelations come to light every day about the degree and depth of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. One recent bombshell: The FBI is reportedly investigating whether Russia tried to help elect President Trump by funneling money through the National Rifle Association.

The notion — that the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, who is a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, may have illegally moved money through the NRA — may strike some as strange.

But the Russian banker, Alexander Torshin, is a lifetime member of the NRA who met Donald Trump Jr. at the 2016 NRA convention in Kentucky, when Torshin was also reportedly trying to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin. And Torshin himself has been previously accused of money laundering, though he has denied any wrongdoing and was never charged.