(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, 03 MAR – Embarrassment for New York Mayor Eric Adams. Politico revealed that one of his closest associates in the past worked as a real estate consultant for Russian oligarchs seeking luxury properties in Manhattan and for a foundation run by billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, before his assets were frozen by the Treasury Department some Years ago.
Ed Mermelstein, Politico reports, donated about $ 7,100 to the Adams election campaign and was named international affairs adviser after the victory. In recent days, the president of the Manhattan district, Mark Levine, asked the FBI to seize the luxurious apartments that many of Vladimir Putin’s oligarchs own in New York. Adams did not join the request but explicitly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Today the mayor’s office released a lengthy statement defending Mermelstein noting that he “has had no business dealings with the Russians or anyone else since he became a councilor” and would support feds’ efforts to kidnap if necessary. properties of the oligarchs “. (HANDLE).