Sunday, July 22, 2018

Alleged Russian Agent Met With Federal Reserve Bank Vice-Chairman Stanley Fischer



Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina took part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department, Reuters reports.

The meetings, revealed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report from a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, Fed vice chairman at the time, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.

Butina travelled to the United States in April 2015 with Alexander Torshin, then the Russian Central Bank deputy governor, and they took part in separate meetings with Fischer and Sheets to discuss U.S.-Russian economic relations during Democratic former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Fischer, an in email to Reuters, confirmed he met with Torshin and his interpreter. While he could not recall details, Fischer said the conversation involved “the state of the Russian economy” and Torshin’s new role as deputy central bank governor.

Another person familiar with the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, according to Reuters, it occurred on April 7, 2015, and confirmed Butina attended.

-RW