Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin, others attended Trump inaugural celebration

Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin, others attended Trump inaugural celebration

The Washington Post identified at least six politically influential Russians who attended President Donald Trump's inaugural celebrations last year.

Lobbyists Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin attended the festivities, as did gun rights activist Maria Butina, who used to serve as an assistant to Russian banker Alexander Torshin.

The two Russian lobbyists who met with then-candidate Donald Trump's top campaign officials at Trump Tower in June 2016 also attended the inaugural festivities when he was sworn in as president seven months later, The Washington Post reported.

In addition to Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin — both of whom are under FBI scrutiny — at least four other politically influential Russians attended Trump's Inauguration Day celebrations last year, according to The Post.

The gathering featured several top Trump campaign advisers and National Rifle Association activist and Republican strategist Paul Erickson, who reportedly told attendees Butina was on the Trump transition team.

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