Who is Igor Danchenko?

Who is Igor Danchenko?

November 4, 2021

IGOR Danchenko has been working in analytics for over two decades.

The Russian analyst was arrested on November 4, 2021, according to the New York Times.

Who is Igor Danchenko?

Igor Danchenko is a Russian analyst of defense and economics in the US.

The 43-year-old is infamously known for obtaining and analyzing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s university dissertation.

He reportedly worked for Christopher Steele's Orbis Business Intelligence on the research and production of the 2016 Donald Trump and Russia dossier.

Since 2010, Danchenko has been a consultant on political risk and business intelligence, managing projects in Russia and Eurasia.

His identity was discovered in July of 2020 after online sleuths revealed who he was.

Why was Igor Danchenko arrested?

Danchenko was arrested as part of the special counsel inquiry led by John H Durham.

It is believed he created Steele Dossier to spread Donald Trump rumors.

There were rumors and unproven assertions suggesting that Trump and his 2016 campaign were compromised.

It also alleged that it was conspiring with Russian intelligence officials in Moscow’s covert operation to help him defeat Hillary Clinton.

The documents allege that Russia sought to damage Clinton's candidacy, including sharing negative information about Clinton with the Trump campaign.

An indictment in the case has not yet been unsealed, the Times reported.

In October 2016, claims from the Steele dossier made their way into an FBI wiretap application, which targeted a former Trump campaign adviser.

However, the claims in the dossier – which were written by Danchenko’s employer, Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent – have not been proven, and some have been refuted.

In a 2020 interview with the Times, Danchenko defended his claims, saying he had been tasked to gather “raw intelligence” and was passing it on to Steele.

Danchenko also denied being a Russian agent.

“I’ve never been a Russian agent,” Danchenko told the outlet.

“It is ridiculous to suggest that. This, I think, it’s slander.”

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