Mr. Kilimnik was born in Ukraine while still part of the Soviet Union, and briefly served in the Russian army as a linguist, and then told badociates that he had experience in Russian intelligence. But this year, as the scrutiny of his work with Mr. Manafort in Ukraine increased, Mr. Kilimnik flatly denied any badociation with Russian intelligence. And an investigation by Ukrainian prosecutors about Mr. Kilimnik's possible links with Russian spy agencies was closed last year without charges.
Monday's presentation is remarkable because it marks the first official effort of Mr. Mueller's team to connect Mr. Manafort with Russian intelligence. It seems to unite the case against Mr. Manafort more closely to the focus of the special lawyer's investigation: the connections between Russia and Mr. Trump and his badociates, even if they conspired to influence last year's presidential elections.
The intelligence of the United States The community has concluded with "high confidence" that Russian intelligence tried to interfere in the elections on behalf of Mr. Trump, and on instructions of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
Mr. Kilimnik has maintained residences in Moscow and Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and has regularly traveled among them for a decade working for Mr. Manafort on behalf of several oligarchs and political parties aligned with Russia.
Mr. Manafort has told the badociates that he does not believe that Mr. Kilimnik has links with Russian intelligence. And he told the New York Times in February that he had never "knowingly spoken with Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issue under investigation today."  But he added: "It's not that these people wear badges that say: & # 39; I'm a Russian intelligence officer & # 39;".
Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik communicated regularly during the 2016 campaign, with Mr. Kilimnik traveling to the United States to meet at least twice. The couple exchanged cryptic emails last year in which they seemed to discuss how to use Mr. Manafort's role in Trump's campaign to recover unpaid bills from Russian oligarch Oleg V. Deripaska.
In other emails, Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik seem to be discussing the organization of a private session on the campaign for Mr. Deripaska, who is close to Mr. Putin. The information session was not carried out.
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Mr. Kilimnik did not respond to a request for comment on Monday about the effort to draft an opinion piece with Mr. Manafort.
The person close to Mr. Manafort said that the opinion article was not published and criticized Mr. Mueller's team for trying to limit Mr. Manafort's First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit contends that the opinion article "was clearly made to influence the public opinion of the defendant Manafort, or else there would be no reason to request its publication." He says the plan was for Mr. Manafort and his badociate secretly wrote the opinion article to appear on behalf of another person, but does not specify who or what publication.
Mr. Mueller's team indicated in the document that it had a copy of the draft opinion article but did not want to make it public.
The special lawyer marked the opinion effort last week for Mr. Manafort's lawyers, who badured the prosecutors "that measures would be taken to ensure that it was not going to be published," according to the presentation on Monday.
Mr. The attorney for Manafort, Kevin Downing, declined to comment.
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