A widening scandal surrounding the Russian billionaire who bought Donald Trump’s Palm Beach mansion for an eye-popping sum has brought the oligarch renewed scrutiny.
Fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained by police in Monaco earlier this week and questioned in an influence-peddling probe that involves the sale of famous paintings, allegations of public corruption and some of the biggest names in the wealthy principality of Monaco.
A resident and owner of the AS Monaco soccer team, Rybolovlev is also believed to have attracted attention in special counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation into potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
The Russian, reportedly worth more than $6 billion, attracted attention amid reports of Kremlin meddling in the 2016 election because the Russian’s plane had been parked near Trump’s personal jet during a campaign stop in Charlotte, N.C., and later landed at the Las Vegas airport just as Trump’s aircraft was departing.
Rybolovlev and Trump have denied knowing each other and said their only transaction involved the sale of his Palm Beach mansion, described as a gaudy 6.3 acre estate with an indoor pizza kitchen. The estate was eventually torn down and the property put for sale as three lots.
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Rich Russian who may have grossly overpaid for a Trump mansion is mired in a big scandal