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Who is Sergei Gorkov, the powerful Russian banker who met Jared Kushner?

The FBI are scrutinising the December meeting between Kushner and the head of Vnesheconombank, the US-sanctioned bank that funds Putin’s pet projects
Gorkov, second from the right, and Vnesheconombank have had ties to Russia’s spy apparatus. Photograph: Dmitry Astakhov/TASS

When it first emerged that Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner had met Sergei Gorkov, the head of Russian state investment bank Vnesheconombank, after the presidential election, the meeting was not a focus of the FBI investigation into possible Russian collusion.

But this week it became known that investigators are now scrutinising the December meeting with the enigmatic banker, a graduate of the academy of Russia’s main intelligence agency whose Vnesheconombank funds Vladimir Putin’s pet projects.

The White House and the bank have offered differing accounts of the Kushner-Gorkov sit-down. While the White House said Kushner met Gorkov and other foreign representatives as a transition official to “help advance

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