Rinat Akhmetshin is a former Soviet Union Intelligence Officer who emigrated from Russia to the United States following the Dissolution of the Soviet Union. Akhmetshin obtained Citizenship of the United States in 2009 and has worked as a lobbyist seeking to promote Russian interests.
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On 14 JUL 2017, multiple sources confirmed that Akhmetshin was the fifth, previously undisclosed attendee of the 9 JUN 2016 meeting which took place at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Russian attorney, Natalya Veselnitskaya. The meeting was set up by publicist and former tabloid journalist Rob Goldstone who is also a friend of Trump. Emails released by Donald Trump Jr. showed that the purpose of the meeting was for the Trump campaign to obtain opposition research against Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
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