Russian ex-spy reportedly pressured Manafort to pay debts to oligarch

A former Russian intelligence officer pressured Paul Manafort into paying debts to a Russian oligarch, Time magazine reported Saturday.

Victor Boyarkin told Time that he had connections to Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, during the 2016 election on behalf of a Russian oligarch.

“He owed us a lot of money,” he said. “And he was offering ways to pay it back.” 

{mosads}Boyarkin, a former arms dealer, also told Time that he has been approached by special counsel Robert Mueller over the connection to Manafort.

“I told them to go dig a ditch,” he said.

According to Time, Manafort was in debt to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, Boyarkin’s boss, when he joined the Trump campaign.

Manafort reportedly tried to offer “private briefings” about the presidential race to Deripaska via email to “get whole.”

Mueller released a filing earlier this month that Manafort had lied to the FBI and special counsel about contacts with the White House and an associate with ties with Russia.

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