WASHINGTON — A political figure with ties to Russia and Ukraine is wanted by the FBI for allegedly interfering with the U.S. political system. Federal law enforcement officials are offering a reward of up to $250,000 for information leading to his capture.
The FBI’s Washington Field shared a wanted poster featuring Kilimnik which detailed his alleged crimes. The 50-year-old person of interest in the Mueller investigation has been charged with “obstruction of justice and engaging in a conspiracy to obstruct justice” between February and April of 2018.
Kilimnik is one of several perpetrators sought by the FBI for Russian interference in the 2016 election. Former FBI director Robert Mueller concluded that Russian interference in the election was “sweeping and systematic,” and “violated U.S. criminal law.” Twenty-six Russian citizens were indicted as a result of the investigation and various Trump campaign officials were convicted.
A report from the Senate Intelligence Committee released in August accused Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of having worked with Kilimnik starting in 2016 “on narratives that sought to undermine evidence that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.” Manafort, who was convicted in 2018 on charges related to bank fraud, was pardoned by former president Trump in late December.
Kilimnik, originally from Kryvi Rih, a city in central Ukraine, is believed by the New York Times to be “Person A” listed in documents filed by the Special Counsel Against Manafort as well as the criminal indictment of Alex van der Zwaan.
According to the FBI, Kilimnik acted as a liaison between Ukrainian and Russian businessmen and politicians. A federal indictment filed in 2018 says Kilimnik “knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade another person, with intent to influence, delay, and prevent testimony in an official proceeding.”
The bureau determined that Kilimnik “assisted with a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign in the United States which was allegedly conducted at the direction of the Ukrainian Government without providing disclosures required by law.”
A federal arrest warrant was issued for Kilimnik in June of 2018 in the U.S. District Court in Washington. He’s considered an international flight risk.
The FBI also seeks information on 13 individuals who allegedly “took actions to reach significant numbers of Americans for the purposes of interfering w/ US political system, includ. the 2016 Presidential Election.”