As the United Nations report that Russia committed war crimes involve the killing and torture of children in the Ukraine, and Putin threatens the use of tactical nuclear weapons again, co-operation intensifies between the Ukrainian Military Intelligence Directorate and westen intelligence agencies like the American FBI and British MI-5 to prevent Russian subversion inside the NATO alliance.
In March 2022 the Ukraine turned over a treasure trove of intelligence on 620 Russian FSB spies that operate across the US and Europe. This was widely reported including by Reuters.
The list of 620 spies since then led to the unmasking of several Russian spies in Germany, Italy and the U.S including “Maria Rivera” a Russian intelligence operative who spied on NATO in Naples.
The FBI Counterintelligence division is now actively investigating several of the US cases provided by the Ukrainian authorities. In particular a dirty Russian money channel in New York is coming under scrutiny for money laundering linked to espionage and subversion.
Ilya Bykov is 60 year old dual American and Russian citizen that first came into the spotlight in the Report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian Election Interference in 2016.
Bykov leads a Manhattan-based firm that provides US legal and financial services for some of Russia’s wealthiest people with interest in the US.
Bykov acts as the accountant for Aras Agalarov, 62, is a Moscow-based property developer who has won major contracts from Vladimir Putin’s government.
Agalarov has served as a liaison between Trump and Putin. He hosted Trump’s 2013 Miss Universe contest at his concert hall in Moscow. According to an interview, they once discussed the construction of a Trump Tower in Russia. Agalarov had also reportedly tried to set up a meeting between the two, but this was canceled due to Putin having to meet the Dutch royal couple at the time.
Another client is Igor Krutoy, a composer and prominent Putin supporter, who was part of a consortium that tried in 2011 to develop a hotel in Latvia with Trump.
Bykov has also been reported to be linked to the Prevezon companies uncovered by the late Sergei Magnitsky.
Two of Bykov’s Russian clients in the US- Guzel Ganieva (aka Guzel King)and Elina Cherniikh (aka Elina Branson)- have been singled out by Ukrainian intelligence for their nefarious operations to sow disinformation in the US and on Wall Street in particular.
Earlier Ukrainian intelligence named Ganieva as an illegal FSB officer as no 139 on the list of the 620 FSB agent files that Ukrainian intelligence leaked in March 2022.
Ukrainian intelligence provided financial records that shows several payments from Ilya Bykov to Guzel Ganieva via cryptocurrency payments and the Venmo app over several years. The source of the funds are unknown and the transactions are considered to be suspicious under US anti money laundering laws. Ganieva’s financial records in turn shows payments to a bevy of other Russian models who like her cruised the cocktail circuit of the wealthiest men in New York.
Ganieva has had several personas in the US. She has claimed to be a model, a law student at Columbia University, a socialite with a child in an exclusive private Swiss school and as a journalist, while being linked to some of the most powerful US business leaders and media owners.
Ganieva is linked to Leon Black, the private equity mogul with whom she is locked in acrimonious litigation in a New York court. Black claims Ganieva blackmailed him over many years after a consensual relationship ended in 2015. Ganieva in turn claims Black raped her, although she laid no criminal charges against Black at the time or since. Earlier Ganieva worked for Mort Zuckerman as a “staff writer” at the US News writing articles about President Obama and US policy. There has been speculation that Ganieva has met Mike Bloomberg. Now it seems Ganieva is also just one step removed from President Trump through Ilya Bykov.
The FBI investigation will no doubt uncover the truth of who Guzel Ganieva really is, why she came to America and how she came to be linked to so many powerful men.