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Former FBI informant accused of lying about the Bidens has Russian intelligence links

# The US Justice Department says a former FBI informant accused of lying about president Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and a Ukrainian energy company, had contacts with officials affiliated with Russian intelligence. Alexander Smirnov has been charged for falsely reporting to the FBI in June 2020 that executives associated with the Ukrainian energy company, Burisma, paid the president and his son almost 95-million-rand each in 2015 or 2016. In court filings, the department says Smirnov’s contacts with Russian officials were recent and extensive.