Dmitry Firtash (alternatively spelled as Dmytro) is a Ukrainian billionaire who has been indicted in the U.S. on racketeering charges and was previously accused of orchestrating a money-laundering scheme with Paul Manafort, although the case was dismissed.
Firtash made his fortune in the Ukrainian natural-gas industry, and is linked to Putin through his business arrangement with the Russian state-owned company Gazprom. He was indicted in a Chicago federal court on the aforementioned racketeering charges in 2013. In 2014, he was arrested in Vienna; he posted $174-million on bond, and has been evading U.S. extradition in Austria ever since. Firtash argued that the U.S. indictment was politically motivated due to his close ties to the former ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Recent reporting has raised questions about Firtash’s business associations with Manafort. The former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko sued Firtash and Manafort in U.S. civil court in 2011, claiming that a planned $885-million joint real-estate project was part of a larger money-laundering operation; however, this case was dismissed in 2015. (Photo credit: Samuel Kubani / Getty Images)