Kirill Dmitriev is the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), a sovereign wealth fund created by the Russian government to attract investors to the Russian economy.
Dmitriev reportedly has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s family.
He was a relatively unknown figure before revelations arose about a meeting with members of the UAE’s ruling elite and mercenary billionaire Erik Prince in the Seychelles in January 2017, just before President Donald Trump assumed office.
George Nader, a convicted child molester and adviser to the UAE’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – often called MBZ, who attended the Seychelles gathering – has reportedly testified to a grand jury that Dmitriev served as a Russian emissary to discuss future arrangements between the Kremlin and the White House at the behest of the UAE.
The testimony came in relation to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s election campaign team and Russian officials.