Straight from the pages of a Cold War thriller, this is the story of Konstantin Kilimnik, the long time right-hand man to Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign Chairman. Kilimnik is now believed to have been an asset of Russian intelligence for a significant portion of his career as a consultant to a range of figures in international politics and business. Robert Mueller’s enquiry charged him on June 8th with two charges relating to obstruction of justice. For more on his former boss Manafort, see these from previous Journal editions (bit.ly/atlantic-manafort & bit.ly/slate-manafort).
As is so often the case with sport, this piece on football in Iran contains numerous insights about society and politics, as women fight to be allowed to to attend matches, players face sanctions for making political statements, and the game is buffeted by revolution and regime change. Amidst all this, the passion of the fans is as intense as anywhere else in the world.