Putin’s Minister of Justice until 2006, and then Russia’s Prosecutor General until 2020, Chaika has been described in the media as a master of kompromat. During his tenure as prosecutor, he oversaw a raft of politically-charged criminal investigations.
He is believed to be the man behind the notorious Trump Tower meeting, when a Russian lawyer promised to give Donald Trump, Jr., compromising information on Hillary Clinton, but instead pressed him to repeal the Magnitsky Act, which sanctions and freezes the U.S. assets of human rights offenders.
One of those sanctioned under the act is Chaika’s son, who the U.S. says used his father’s position to pressure his competitors for state contracts and assets. Chaika’s family’s luxurious foreign properties were revealed by Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.
Artem Chaika (his son)