Russian case: Lawyer Vesselnitskaya defended the FSB
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Lawyer Natalia Vesselnitskaya, who participated in the meeting between Donald Trump Jr and several Russian nationals at the Trump Tower in June 2016, counted for years the FSB, the Russian intelligence service, among its clients .
This information is contained in documents of the Russian justice that Reuters has been able to consult.
These documents show that the lawyer represented between 2005 and 2013 the interests of the FSB in an immovable litigation concerning a high-end residence privatized after the fall of the USSR in 1991 and located in the northwest of Moscow.
The Federal Security Service, heir to the KGB, was led by Vladimir Putin before he became head of state on 31 December 1999.
The documents do not indicate that Natalia Vesselnitskaya was an employee of the Russian government or intelligence services. She herself denies having common interests with the Kremlin.
But the fact that it defends the interests of the FSB in a legal case is likely to raise questions in the American political class.
In this case of Russian interference in the American presidential campaign, new elements are being unveiled on a virtually daily basis, undermining Donald Trump’s position that there has never been any collusion between his entourage and Of Russian officials.
Which Natalia Vesselnitskaya pleaded on behalf of the FSB, dates back at least to 2003. But Reuters was not able to determine who had brought her to court at first instance.
The documents of the appeal show that the Federal Department of Russian domains, Rossimouchtchestvo, was involved in the case.
Vesselnitskaya and his company “Kamerton Consulting” represented “military unit 55002” in the real estate litigation, show the documents. The Russian government at the time claimed that the immovable object of the dispute had been sold illegally to private companies after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The case, which was particularly complex, had been the subject of two appeals in favor of the private companies holding the premises which the FSB wished to recover.
The intelligence service took possession of the building in mid-2008, expelling the company Atos-Component there, an employee told Reuters.