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For more than three years, lobbyist Jim Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country's then-president.Manafort and Gates were working for Ukraine's Party of Regions but said they did not represent Ukrainian political interests in the U.S. But emails and insider accounts obtained by the AP showed Manafort's firm directed a multimillion-dollar lobbying effort between 2012 and 2014 that appeared to undercut public support for imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko, who was considered a political prisoner by U.S. and European governments.In May 2014, as Slattery was lobbying on Tymoshenko's behalf, Gates directed Mercury LLC to monitor Slattery's federal filings.The Podesta Group has acknowledged the firm's work with Gates but said it did not know Gates worked for Ukrainian political interests.A Mercury employee who worked on the project told the AP the firm overtly opposed Tymoshenko's release.
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