Viktor Vekselberg is a Ukrainian-born oligarch with links to donations to both the Clinton Foundation and the Trump inaugural fund.
Vekselberg, who has ties with Putin and has publicly advocated for lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia, previously served on the board of the sanctioned Russian oil company Rosneft and reportedly holds “significant interest” in Oleg Deripaska’s company, Rusal. Vekselberg was part of the financial conglomerate Alfa-Access-Renova Consortium alongside fellow oligarchs Mikhail Fridman, German Khan, and Len Blavatnik. He also owns the diversified holding company Renova Group. Andrew Intrater, the CEO of Columbus Nova, which has been described as “the U.S. investment vehicle for the Renova Group,” donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund. Prior to this donation, the Trump campaign had criticized Hillary Clinton after it was revealed that the Clinton Foundation had accepted large donations from Renova Group. Vekselberg has come in contact with several individuals linked to the Trump Campaign. He attended the December 2015 RT anniversary gala alongside both Michael Flynn and Putin. He also attended a 2014 fundraising event for the Moscow Jewish Museum, which was attended by both Jared and Ivanka Trump. Vekselberg also has ties to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross due to a 2014 partnership with Renova Group involving the Bank of Cyprus; Renova Group is currently the largest shareholder in Bank of Cyprus, while Wilbur Ross served on the bank’s board for several years before becoming Secretary of Commerce. (Photo credit: Mikhail Japaridze / TASS via Getty Images)