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Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putinís inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source.

The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trumpís 2016 presidential bid.

Other influential Russians who met with NRA representatives during the campaign include Dmitry Rogozin, who until last month served as a deputy prime minister overseeing Russiaís defense industry, and Sergei Rudov, head of one of Russiaís largest philanthropies, the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation. The foundation was launched by an ultra-nationalist ally of Russian President Putin.

The Russians talked and dined with NRA representatives, mainly in Moscow, as U.S. presidential candidates vied for the White House. Now U.S. investigators want to know if relationships between the Russian leaders and the nationís largest gun rights group went beyond vodka toasts and gun factory tours, evolving into another facet of the Kremlinís broad election-interference operation.

In March, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California noted in a letter to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that an NRA delegation met with Rogozin and Rudov during a trip to Russia in December 2015.

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This idiot reporter can't even get LaPierre's title right.

Wednesday, June 13th 2018 at 3:04PM
Adam Fate
I don't believe this: WASHINGTON
Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putinís inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source.

What is going on here, THE NRA?


Thursday, June 14th 2018 at 8:07AM
Deacon Ron Gray
Sounds like some Americans think Russians are people not animals.

Thursday, June 14th 2018 at 8:16AM
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