by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller:
- Olga Galkina, a Russian public relations specialist, has been identified as a source for the Steele dossier’s most direct allegation of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
- Galkina was a sub-source for Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who provided information to Christopher Steele.
- A former national security official confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that Galkina was a source for Danchenko.
- A Russian tech executive who Galkina accused of working with Russian hackers has called her a “disgruntled and unstable” former employee.
The source for some of the Steele dossier’s most specific but debunked allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government has been identified as a Russian public relations executive named Olga Galkina.
Galkina, 40, was a sub-source for Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who reported directly to dossier author Christopher Steele, a Wall Street Journal investigation found Wednesday, citing a former national security official.
When Galkina began feeding information to Danchenko in mid-2016, she was an employee of Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive who owns two Cyprus-based web hosting companies, XBT Holdings and Webzilla.
Gubarev is accused in a dossier memo dated Dec. 13, 2016, of working with Russian hackers to infiltrate Democrats’ computer systems, and of having been recruited by Russian spy services.
Galkina had been fired at Gubarev’s company a month before Steele wrote the memo, according to The Journal, providing a possible motive for her to spread questionable allegations about the company.
Galkina had been hired by the firm as a public relations specialist in November 2015 to help the company produce press releases about the company’s business in the U.S. and Europe. She is listed as a press contact on a Feb. 2, 2016, press release for Servers.com, an affiliate of XBT. (RELATED: FBI Memo Raises Red Flags About Dossier Source, Ex-Spy Says)
According to The Journal, Galkina’s manager filed a report with police in the Cypriot city of Limassol saying that she drank heavily and was often late for work. One of Galkina’s former colleagues told the Daily Caller News Foundation in August that she drank heavily and often failed to show up on time to work.
By August 2016, Webzilla was looking to fire Galkina over what her former co-workers have said was erratic behavior.
According to one report in Russian media in February 2017, Galkina sued Gubarev, accusing him of harming her career and reputation by spreading rumors that she was unable to care for her young son.
In addition to the allegations against Gubarev, the dossier memo also asserted that a Russian man named Seva Kaptsugovich took part in the hacks of Democrats’ computer networks.
Kaptsugovich was likely not involved in the cyber attacks, McClatchy reported in 2017. The news outlet reported that Kaptsugovich had been in prison since 2013 on child pornography charges.
Kaptsugovich is also from Perm, the home town for Danchenko and Galkina.
A lawyer for Gubarev alleged Wednesday that Galkina fabricated allegations against the tech executive.
“The report that allegations about Alex Gubarev, XBT and Webzilla originated from a disgruntled and unstable employee is further proof of what has already been proven time and time again – all of the allegations against my clients are a pure fabrication and their inclusion in any report, whether private or public, is a gross dereliction of professional responsibilities,” Val Gurvits, the lawyer for Gubarev, told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Galkina’s role as a source for the Steele dossier would seem to further undercut the credibility of the salacious document, which BuzzFeed News published on Jan. 10, 2017.
The FBI relied heavily on the dossier in applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.