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Architecture: Moscow’s Trump Tower

Letters, business documents and architectural plans of the Trump Tower in Moscow were at the disposal of BuzzFeed. Shortly before the lawyer Trump said that no documents for the project has not been prepared.

BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News

The BuzzFeed News publication has published plans for the Trump Tower, which they allegedly intended to erect in Moscow City as part of a partnership between Donald Trump and a Russian developer. The tower was never built, but became the focus of an investigation on Trump’s relationship with Russia on the eve of his presidency.

On January 21, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani (Rudy Giuliani) stated that construction talks were “at a very early stage” and there were no specific plans. However, hundreds of pages of business documents, emails, text messages, and architectural plans have been made available to BuzzFeed News.

Rumors that Trump could expand his real estate empire to Moscow went about 30 years. In 2013, the current US president visited the Russian capital for the Miss Universe contest, and then tweeted that “Moscow Trump Tower will be next.”

By September 2015, the New York architect completed the plans for a glass tower on 100 floors. If you believe the documents received by BuzzFeed News, Russian developer Andrei Rozov wrote to Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen that the project is “very interesting” and also that “Europe’s tallest building should be located in Moscow” and he is ready to build it.

BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News

The building was planned at least 150 high-class hotel rooms and 250 residential apartments, SPA-salon, fitness center, office space and parking. In accordance with the plan, the Trump team reserved the right to “brand all or any part of the SPA or fitness center” as “SPA Ivanka Trump”. There was a penthouse on the top floor of the building that was planned to be provided free of charge to Vladimir Putin – two representatives of US law enforcement agencies confirmed that Cohen had discussed this idea with the assistant press secretary of the Russian president.

Plans included detailed financial arrangements. Trump’s company was supposed to get a percentage of the sales of all apartments and offices, as well as a percentage of rent and hotel revenue.

Similar information about plans for the construction and operation of the Trump Tower in Moscow has already surfaced in late August 2017 during hearings in the US Congress committee about the alleged Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States. Then, a 16-page non-binding letter of intent was attached to the file as a document, in which the name of Andrei Rozov was also mentioned.

At the request of the BuzzFeed News about comments in the Trump Organization did not respond. The publication was also unable to get a comment from Giuliani, Rozov, Ivanka Trump or the White House.

BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News

Donald Trump has repeatedly denied the existence of business interests in Russia, but in 2018, BuzzFeed News found evidence that negotiations on the construction of the tower continued, at least until June 2016. By that time, there were only a few weeks before Trump nominated for the presidency of the United States.

In early 2019, Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen , testified that the American president personally ordered him to lie at a congressional hearing about the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow. If his words are confirmed, they can be regarded as a reason for declaring an impeachment to the president.

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