To the Editor:
We are writing with regard to an incorrect and misleading reference to our client, Rinat Akhmetov, which appeared in an article by Tom Rogan published by the Washington Examiner on October 30, 2017 and captioned “Paul Manafort is Accused of Working for U.S. Adversaries in Ukraine.”
For more than a decade, we have served as legal counsel to Mr. Akhmetov and his primary business enterprise – System Capital Management – the largest industrial company in Ukraine. During all of that time, we have known Mr. Akhmetov to practice the highest standards of personal honesty, integrity, and corporate transparency. No evidence of any kind has ever been offered by anyone to support an allegation of unlawful activity and Mr. Akhmetov has never been arrested, charged or convicted of any crime in Ukraine or any other jurisdiction.
Your readers need not rely just on us, however, but should consider the words of former U.S. Ambassador William B. Taylor (currently serving as Executive Vice President of the U.S. Institute of Peace) who told The Providence Journal, “There have been a lot of rumors and unsubstantiated claims about (Mr. Akhmetov’s) background. But the embassy has done some checking and other United States government agencies back in Washington have done some checking. While there are a lot of press stories, we had nothing to indicate that it would be a problem for people to be dealing with Mr. Akhmetov.” Anyone interested in a comprehensive assessment of Mr. Akhmetov should read the fully sourced piece published by The Providence Journal – one of the nation’s oldest daily newspapers.
At a time when politically motivated attacks on the media are a daily occurrence, we believe that the Washington Examiner owes a particular duty to its readers in our nation’s capital to present the facts fully and accurately.
Mark J. MacDougall
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
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