"The clinic permitted Paul Manafort one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, his voice often soaked in tears. “Apparently he sobs daily,” his daughter Andrea, then 29, texted a friend. During the spring of 2015, Manafort’s life had tipped into a deep trough. A few months earlier, he had intimated to his other daughter, Jessica, that suicide was a possibility. He would “be gone forever,” she texted Andrea.
His work, the source of the status he cherished, had taken a devastating turn. For nearly a decade, he had counted primarily on a single client, albeit an exceedingly lucrative one. He’d been the chief political strategist to the man who became the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, with whom he’d developed a highly personal relationship. Manafort would swim naked with his boss outside his banya, play tennis with him at his palace (“Of course, I let him win,” Manafort made it known), and generally serve as an arbiter of power in a vast country. One of his deputies, Rick Gates, once boasted to a group of Washington lobbyists, “You have to understand, we’ve been working in Ukraine a long time, and Paul has a whole separate shadow government structure … In every ministry, he has a guy.” Only a small handful of Americans—oil executives, Cold War spymasters—could claim to have ever amassed such influence in a foreign regime. The power had helped fill Manafort’s bank accounts; according to his recent indictment, he had tens of millions of dollars stashed in havens like Cyprus and the Grenadines."...
A lengthy, but incredible story on Manafort. Highly recommend for a look at foreign lobbying corruption and the sort of hell this guy found himself in when he sent then-candidate Donald Trump a memo offering his services for free out of pure desperation.
He had left Ukraine owing oligarch Oleg Deripaska a huge sum of money for what was essentially an investment scam. When Deripaska was among the 10 richest men in the world before the financial crisis he gave Manafort $100 million. Manafort's business partner had no knowledge of this activity that was being conducted partly with the impression of his backing.
When Oleg took a hit to his finances after the crash (dropping to just a 4 or 5 billion dollar fortune -- roughly 1/6th of what it once was) he wanted to close that deal with Manafort and get some of that $100 million back. Unfortunately Manafort, who was laundering money and taking out huge loans to get cold cash on properties he bought that were dirty (allegedly -- these charges make up the recent indictments against him), skipped the country and didn't respond for years.
Until he sent a memo shortly after news that he would be running the Trump campaign started to hit the press:
"Through one of his old deputies, a Ukrainian named Konstantin Kilimnik, he sent along press clippings that highlighted his new job. “How do we use to get whole,” Manafort emailed Kilimnik. “Has OVD operation seen?” Manafort’s spokesman has acknowledged that the initials refer to Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska. In the course of the exchanges, Kilimnik expressed optimism that “we will get back to the original relationship” with the oligarch."