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Feds seize $42 million mansion of Russian oligarch linked to Paul Manafort: report

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Federal officials “froze” a sprawling Upper East Side Manhattan mansion owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, the New York Post reported Monday.

For years, former Trump campaign manager and convicted felon Paul Manafort was on Deripaska’s payroll.

The seizure is the result of the Russian oligarch being placed on the U.S. sanctions list after allegations he is “involved in murder, money-laundering, bribery and racketeering.”

Manafort was convicted in federal court in Virginia on eight counts and pleaded guilty to two additional counts in Washington, DC federal court.

The five story mansion, a half block east of Central Park, was built in 1899. Deripaska purchased it for $42,500,000 in 2008.

The mansion is currently occupied by Dasha Zhukova, the ex-wife of Russian oligarch Roman Abrmovich, who is business partners with Deripaska.

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“One of Zhukova’s good friends is Ivanka Trump. The two are so close that Zhukova and Abramovich often traveled and socialized with Trump and her husband, presidential son-in-law/adviser Jared Kushner, all over the world — from jet-setting hot spots in Russia and Croatia to Aspen and New York,” the NY Post explained.

“Zhukova is dating Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, while Abramovich reportedly is dating Deripaska’s estranged wife, Polina Deripaska,” the NY Post added.

FBI agents have reportedly sought Deripaska’s cooperation as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

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Here’s why the FDA is urging people to be careful with ‘poop transplants’

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In recent years, a medical procedure known as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), known colloquially as "poop transplants," have risen in popularity as a means of treating certain infections of the gastrointestinal tract without antibiotics. But according to Business Insider, the FDA is issuing a warning on the procedure following its first ever reported death.

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Trump questions US military over reports of UFOs and doubts existence of extraterrestrial life in ABC interview

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In the most recent excerpt from his interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos, President Donald Trump expressed skepticism at the existence of UFOs despite recent revelations from the Pentagon of sightings.

Asked about alien visitations, Trump was curt and dismissive.

"I think it’s probably -- I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I've seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular," Trump explained.

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New documents reveal how a young Trump bullied the press for years as he hid his actual wealth

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On Friday, journalist Jonathan Greenberg published a stunning exposé of how Donald Trump, in his younger years, managed to maintain his brand of success and fortune — and keep attracting investors to his projects — even in the face of devastating business losses and incompetence.

The short answer: he threatened, intimidated, and bullied reporters out of telling the truth about his business empire.

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