Petr Aven, a Russian national who heads Alfa-Bank, Russia’s largest commercial bank, described to the
who regularly meet with Putin in the Kremlin; these 50 men are often referred to as “oligarchs.”977 Aven
and/or Alfa-Bank.982 Putin suggested that Aven needed to take steps to protect himself and Alfa—Bank
302, at 7. 979 Aven 8/2/18 302, at 2-3
Aven 8/2/18 302, at 5-7. 146
Department of Justice Aven told Putin he would take steps to protect himself and the Alfa—Bank
would be to try to reach out to the incoming Administration to establish a line of communication.986 Aven
described Putin responding with skepticism about Aven’s prospect for success.987 According to Aven,
although Putin did not expressly direct him to reach out to the Trump Transition Team, Aven understood
8/2/18 302, at 6- 9” Aven 8/2/18 302, at 4-8;— 989 Nader provided information to the Ofﬁce in multi
Petr Aven’s Outreach Efforts to the Transition Team In December 2016, weeks after the one-on-one meeting
with Putin described in Volume 1, Section IV.B.1.b, supra, Petr Aven attended what he described as a
the prospect of forthcoming US. economic sanctions.1168 After the December 2016 all-hands meeting, Aven
Aven instructed Richard Burt to make contact with the incoming Trump Administration.
Aven 8/2/18 3e, 8 7.— “69— Aven 8/8/88 888 8 8 1170— Aven 8/2/18 302, at 6; Burt 21/9/18 302, at 2.
interest in establishing a communications channel between the Kremlin and the Trump Transition Team.1171 Aven
help in contacting members of the Transition Team.1 172 Although Burt had been responsible for helping Aven
in the past, Burt viewed Aven’s request as unusual and outside the normal realm of his dealings with Aven
involvement in facilitating any connection.1 ‘80 In an email dated December 22, 2016, Burt recounted for Aven
it sound like there was more interest from the Transition Team than may have actually existed.1183 Aven
.1185 Burt spoke to Aven some time thereafter about his attempt to make contact with the Trum team ex
lainin to Aven that the current environment made it impossible, .1 ‘86 Burt did not recall discussing
“84 12/22/16 Email, Aven to Burt (4:58:22 p.1n.). “85 Aven 8/2/18 302, at 7.
- “92 Aven 8/2/18 302, at 8. H93 Aven 8/2/18 302,21”;— 165
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