Oleg Deripaska calls allegations over ties with Paul Manafort 'very absurd'

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Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska said in response to U.S. allegations against him that his relations with Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s one-time campaign manager, ended “seven or eight years ago.”

The Russian businessman, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, on Friday filed suit against the U.S. Treasury Department in an attempt to get rid of sanctions placed on him last year as part of Washington’s response to Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 elections.

Deripaska came under scrutiny in the United States for his ties to Manafort, with whom he had numerous and often murky business dealings.

In an exclusive interview with CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore in Moscow, Deripaska called U.S. allegations against him “very absurd” and claimed that his name and brand were used since he is “successful.”

“Yes they used my brand. I am successful, from Russia. I know a lot of people. Channels like you are

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