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Josh Kovensky

Josh Kovensky is a reporter for Talking Points Memo in New York City. He previously worked for the Kyiv Post in Ukraine, covering politics, business, and corruption there. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

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For Manhattan feds, a crucial question remains in the saga of Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas: Who is paying for that?

They partly answered that question for the public at a Tuesday court hearing, saying that a lawyer for Ukrainian billionaire gas middleman Dmytro Firtash had wired Parnas’s wife Svetlana $1 million over the course of a few weeks in September.

But what does that tell us about Parnas’ work with Giuliani himself?

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NEW YORK — A Swiss lawyer for Ukrainian billionaire gas middleman Dmytro Firtash wired $1 million to Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas’ wife in September 2019, prosecutors and an attorney for Parnas said on Tuesday.

The revelation came in a hearing where a Manhattan federal judge denied a request from the government to revoke Parnas’ bail agreement, after prosecutors had accused him of concealing the loan along with other financial information. The denial left Parnas’ previous bail package unchanged.

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Manhattan federal prosecutors asked a judge late Wednesday to revoke Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas’ bail package and detain him pending trial. The unexpected move came after Parnas allegedly lied to the government and to his pretrial services officer about the extent of his financial assets and about whether a judge had already approved a change in the conditions of his release.

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