An ex-Ukrainian MP accused of helping Russia interfere in the 2020 US election has been charged in the US with money laundering and sanctions violations.
US charges ex-Ukrainian MP, alleged spy
A former Ukrainian legislator who US authorities say acted as a Russian agent for over a decade and tried to influence the 2020 presidential election through meetings with Rudy Giuliani has been criminally charged in connection with purchases of luxury property in Los Angeles.
The charges against Andrii Derkach, 55, of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, were announced on Wednesday in Brooklyn by US attorney Breon Peace.
Derkach has been characterised by the US government as an “active Russian agent” for more than a decade. Authorities say he met Donald Trump ally Giuliani multiple times during the 2020 race and released heavily edited recordings of Democrat Joe Biden in an effort to discredit him.
Prosecutors also say Derkach sought to fund a lavish lifestyle for himself and his family through the purchase of two Beverly Hills apartments even as he hid his interests in the transactions from banks.