Developer says Trump wanted $20 million for 2006 Moscow project: report

Developer says Trump wanted $20 million for 2006 Moscow project: report
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A Ukrainian-Russian developer says President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE in 2006 demanded $20 million for the right to use the Trump name on a real estate project in Moscow.

Pavel Fuks recently told Bloomberg News that he met with Trump, his daughter Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpRubio: Trump impeachment trial is 'stupid' The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers MORE and eldest son Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpCompany appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  Singer Taylor Dayne responds to criticism after Mar-a-Lago performance: 'I try to stay non-political' More voters say pardons for Trump's family would be inappropriate: poll MORE to discuss the project. His account differs from some previous reports about the business endeavor, in part by including Trump's family members, according to Bloomberg.


Trump reportedly sought business opportunities in Russia as early as 1987. A New York Times article in 2017 said Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. visited Moscow in 2006 for meetings about an eventually unsuccessful Trump Tower project on the Moscow River, a different project than the one Fuks described to Bloomberg.

Fuks said he offered Trump $10 million in installments for the project, but that Trump rejected that offer and demanded $20 million.

Bloomberg noted that Fuks’s account could not be independently verified.

The Trump Organization and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Fuks said he was introduced to Trump by Tamir Sapir, a now-deceased businessman who was Trump’s business partner in his SoHo Trump hotel. Fuks said he met Trump several times, as recently as 2010, at which point he says the potential deal was “no longer interesting” due to the financial crisis.

He told Bloomberg that in fall 2016 he traveled to Washington and hoped to meet with Trump or attend inauguration events, attempting to leverage his past connections with the family.

Fuks is now pursuing legal action to recoup $200,000 that he said he paid a Ukrainian-American businessman to organize invitations to inauguration events, adding that he never received the invitations and did not get to meet Trump.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE, who is investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, is reportedly looking into the presence of Ukrainian officials at Trump's 2017 inauguration.

Fuks said he was stopped by federal agents in 2017 and barred from entering the U.S., saying he was questioned about his business interests. He has also been hit with economic sanctions from Russia, according to Bloomberg.

Mueller has also been scrutinizing Trump’s later attempts to build a real estate development in Moscow.

The president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted that talks about a Trump Tower Moscow lasted into 2016, when Trump was running for president.

Cohen, who is slated to begin a three-year prison term next month, said in November that the talks lasted until June 2016, six months longer than he previously said.