This is a building with an area of more than 2100 square meters. It has seven bedrooms, a large dining room, a home theater in the basement, Italian marble floors and a chandelier that was once hung in the Paris Opera, the newspaper describes. The mansion is located near the US Naval Observatory and the home of US Vice President Mike Pence and about 1.5 kilometers from the Russian embassy. The house next door in the spring was purchased by US presidential adviser Kellienn Conway, and across the road lives a former adviser to Bill Clinton Vernon Jordan, writes The Washington Post.
The previous owner of the mansion was an American businessman Herbert Haft. He died in 2004, and two years later his widow, Mirna Ruben Haft, sold the house for $ 15 million. According to the publication, at that time it was one of the largest transactions with residential real estate in Washington. Haft told the publication that she did not know who bought the house. "The process was very confidential," she noted.
The buyer was the company Hestia International, registered in the state of Delaware, writes The Washington Post with reference to materials from the real estate registry of the District of Columbia. The edition notes: who was behind the company, never revealed. Several people said that this is Oleg Deripaska, writes The Washington Post. The interlocutors of the publication argue that the businessman personally visited the house and checked the repair process, the newspaper writes. The publication, citing its interlocutors and documents with permission from the District of Columbia for construction, says that after the change of ownership the house was significantly reconstructed: the builders remodeled the kitchen, some bathrooms, a cellar and a terrace, installed an elevator and dug out a new pool.
The Washington Post journalists tried to communicate with people in the house. The person who answered the doorphone call forwarded the questions to New York-based Gracetown Inc. As the newspaper writes, a car was found on this company, which journalists noticed on the driveway to the house.
Executive director of Gracetown - Graham Bonham Carter, a relative of the actress Helena Bonham Carter, writes The Washington Post. The journalists sent him requests for comments via Facebook and LinkedIn, but Bonham Carter did not respond. The newspaper notes that his profile in LinkedIn states that he works for Terra Services, and as the Washington Post claims, with reference to the disclosure, it belongs to Deripaska.
The lawyers of Deripaska in New York and London and his spokesman in Moscow did not respond to the Washington Post's comments about the comments. The representative of the "Basic Element" refused to comment on "Vedomosti" publication of the American newspaper.
In March, the Associated Press reported that Deripaska paid the former head of the Donald Trump Semi Manaforta's campaign headquarters for promoting the interests of the Russian leadership in the West.
For their part, Deripaska and Manafort insist that their cooperation concerned only business. The Russian billionaire said he was ready to speak in the US Congress to "defend his reputation and name." He also filed a lawsuit with the Washington District Court for the Associated Press, but the court found no slander in the publication of the agency.
In May, The New York Times, referring to three sources in the congress, wrote that Deripaska offered to testify about cooperation with Manafort in exchange for immunity from prosecution, but was denied. Deripaska called false information that he allegedly asked for immunity in exchange for testimony.
The New York Times noted that the US State Department for years denied Deripaska in an American visa. At the same time, the businessman entered the country in 2008 as part of a deal with the FBI, which asked him for help in finding the former agent who had disappeared in Iran. And from 2011 to 2014, Deripaska visited the United States eight times on a diplomatic visa - as a representative of Russia, the newspaper wrote, referring to the written statements that Deripaska gave in the Manhattan court on the suit of businessman Alexander Gliklad - he accused Deripaska of using diplomatic status as a cover to conduct business in the United States. In his testimony Deripaska explained that his visits were related to meetings within the framework of the G20 and UN summits, and not with business, wrote The New York Times.