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Cousin of sanctioned Russian oligarch reportedly has ‘deep’ ties to Rep. George Santos and had business deals with Michael Cohen

Republican Representative George Santos of New York in the chamber of the House on January 4, 2023.OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images

  • GOP Rep. George Santos has closer ties to Russian oligarchs than previously known, according to The Washington Post.

  • Santos reportedly received campaign donations from Andrew Intrater, a cousin of Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg.

  • Intrater has also invested in Harbor City Capitol, a company the SEC has called a Ponzi scheme.

GOP Rep. George Santos appears to have closer ties to Russian oligarchs than previously reported, according to an exclusive Washington Post report on Monday.

Russian businessman Andrew Intrater and his wife donated $5,800 to a campaign committee for Santos and gave thousands more in campaign contributions since 2020, the newspaper reported, citing federal election data – signaling a closer financial relationship to Russian money than he previously described when he ran for office.

Intrater is the cousin of businessman Viktor Vekselberg – one of the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the United States after the country invaded Ukraine last February – and the investment company of Intrater , Columbus Nova, also has ties to the billionaire.

The beleaguered New York congressman, who has come under scrutiny for lying on his multiple biography parts, says he ’embellished’ part of his past and signaled that he doesn’t would not resign. Still, Democrats are increasingly calling for his resignation, and the lawmaker faces a House ethics process.

The Post also reported that Intrater also gave “hundreds of thousands” of dollars to Harbor City Capitol, an investment firm Santos worked for before running for Congress and accused of running a Ponzi scheme, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Santos also claimed that Columbus Nova was his “client” while working for Harbor City Capitol to find new investors in 2020, the newspaper reported. However, in video footage obtained by The Post, Santos told potential investors who asked about other investors in a construction project, “You might know who they are,” suggesting Columbus Nova.

Intrater is also a known associate of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Insider previously reported. Intrater, which was named in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, donated $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee and Columbus Nova paid Cohen about $500,000 in consulting fees between January and August. 2017.

Representatives for Santos, Intrater and Columbus Nova did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

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