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How a Russian oligarch linked to Michael Cohen turned a California state park into a mini Moscow

Christina Wilkie

Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch at the center of a widening scandal over influence peddling by President Donald Trump 's lawyer Michael Cohen , has been banned from doing business in America under U.S. sanctions. Named for Renova Group, Vekselberg's sanctioned Russian holding company, the Renova Fort Ross Foundation was established in 2010 to preserve an unlikely historic landmark: a California state park situated along the state's wild northern coastline two hours north of San Francisco.