Revised from a earlier blog posted on February 22, 2017; the Turkish business person a part of the controversy against Michael Flynn operates his organization from Donald Trump’s Towers in Istanbul. Turkish businessmen, Ekim Alptekin, that paid Michael Flynn $600,000 is the President of TABA/AMCHAM.
According to Politico, Alptekin has some major ties in Russia.
The man, Ekim Alptekin, has in recent years helped to coordinate Turkish lobbying in Washington with Dmitri “David” Zaikin, a Soviet-born former executive in Russian energy and mining companies who also has had dealings with Putin’s government, according to three people with direct knowledge of the activities.
This unusual arrangement, in which Alptekin and Zaikin have helped steer Turkish lobbying through various groups since at least 2015, raises questions about both the agenda of the two men and the source of the funds used to pay the lobbyists.;