Schweizer provided a preview of material in the book to The Times, which scrutinized his information and built upon it with its own reporting.
Whether the donations played any role in the approval of the uranium deal is unknown.
And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr.
Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling .35 million.Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs.But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one.At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family.When the Uranium One deal was approved, the geopolitical backdrop was far different from today’s. Now, after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine, the Moscow-Washington relationship is devolving toward Cold War levels, a point several experts made in evaluating a deal so beneficial to Mr. Clinton handed the Kazakh president a propaganda coup when he expressed support for Mr.The Obama administration was seeking to “reset” strained relations with Russia. Putin, who shortly after the Americans gave their blessing sat down for a staged interview with Rosatom’s chief executive, Sergei Kiriyenko. Putin, a man known to use energy resources to project power around the world.“Should we be concerned? Giustra’s private jet to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where they dined with the authoritarian president, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev’s bid to head an international elections monitoring group, undercutting American foreign policy and criticism of Kazakhstan’s poor human rights record by, among others, his wife, then a senator. Giustra’s fledgling company, Ur Asia Energy Ltd., signed a preliminary deal giving it stakes in three uranium mines controlled by the state-run uranium agency Kazatomprom.Giustra insisted that it was a private transaction, with no need for Mr. As if to underscore the point, five months later Mr.Giustra held a fund-raiser for the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, a project aimed at fostering progressive environmental and labor practices in the natural resources industry, to which he had pledged 0 million.That policy stops short of a more stringent agreement between Mrs.Clinton and the Obama administration that was in effect while she was secretary of state.Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.The New York Times’s examination of the Uranium One deal is based on dozens of interviews, as well as a review of public records and securities filings in Canada, Russia and the United States.