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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.

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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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