Russian spy Giuliani Andriy Derkach charged with money laundering – Rolling Stone

Ministry of Justice has accused a Russian spy who hran Rudy Giuliani false dirt on the Biden family with money laundering over his alleged attempt to secretly buy two luxury apartments in Beverly Hills.

Andrii Derkach, a Ukrainian member of parliament whom the Trump administration has accused of being an “active Russian agent for more than a decade,” allegedly used a shell corporation to hide his ownership of the apartments and move $4 million used to purchasing them, according to a criminal complaint.

“While participating in a planned Russian disinformation campaign aimed at undermining US institutions, Derkach also conspired to fraudulently profit from the Western way of life for himself and his family in the United States,” said Assistant US Attorney Michael J. Driscoll in a press release accompanying the charges.

The Trump administration sanctioned Derkach shortly before the 2020 election on the grounds that he was an “active Russian agent for more than a decade” who had “conducted a covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives” to influence in the presidential elections.

Derkach has been featured prominently in Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to spread false conspiracy theories that former Vice President Joe Biden’s pressure on Ukraine to commit to anti-corruption measures was a secret plot to overturn a criminal investigation into Burisma, a Ukrainian company in which he Biden’s son Hunter served as a board member.

Giuliani met publicly with Derkach during a 2019 trip to Ukraine, where Trump’s then-lawyer was gathering dirt on Biden in anticipation of the upcoming presidential election.

Derkach also reached out to congressional Republicans, sending packets of alleged dirt on Biden to Sen. Chuck Grassley, Ron Johnson and then-Rep. Devin Nunes. U.S. intelligence and fellow lawmakers have repeatedly warned lawmakers that Derkach has ties to Russian intelligence and is trying to undermine the election, leaving some Republicans wary of embracing the Ukrainian politician. But Giuliani was not embarrassed.

“The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” Giuliani himself admitted to The Daily Beast in an interview after the Trump administration sanctioned the Ukrainian oligarch.


Federal prosecutors in the US have indicted Derkach on seven counts of money laundering, bank fraud and sanctions evasion charges, but he is unlikely to appear in a US court anytime soon. Derkach appears to have fled Ukraine after a series of criminal investigations against him by prosecutors and intelligence agencies in Kyiv earlier this year.

In June, Ukrainian intelligence claimed that Derkach was an agent of Russian military intelligence who had conspired with Moscow to use private security companies to help with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In October of Ukraine anti-corruption court ordered the oligarch detained on charges that he accepted more than half a million dollars in payments from Russian intelligence, but noted that he remains a wanted fugitive.

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