Alternet - [The Wall Street Journal] revealed that the Russia-born Felix Sater—a twice-convicted one-time Mafia associate—is demanding hush money from a former boss, Kazakhstan-born Tevfik Arif, whose Bayrock Group worked in a close partnership for nearly a decade with the Trump Organization.
warned Arif, in writing, that news headlines will read: “The Kazakh
Gangster and President Trump,” unless Arif forks over $3.5 million to
reimburse Sater for legal expenses he claims he’s owed, the Journal
reported. Specifically, Sater is threatening to reveal negative
information about Arif’s “past relationship with President Trump and the
Republic of Kazakhstan”—as well as Arif’s alleged connections to
“organized crime figures and his business activities in Kazakhstan,”
which involve “dealings in the post-Soviet metals industry there.”
for Bayrock and Arif have called the allegations “unsubstantiated
falsehoods.” The general counsel of Trump Organization didn’t respond to
calls and emails.