Lobbyists drop Ukrainian lawmaker tied to Russia

On Aug. 15, the Justice Department unit responsible for overseeing foreign lobbying received notice that Artemenko and Bader were no longer representing Derkach. A letter from Bader to Derkach terminating their firm’s work for the parliamentarian is dated July 28.

Artemenko confirmed to POLITICO that he no longer represents Derkach.

“We terminated our relationship with Mr. Derkach on July 31, 2020, based of our agreement terms,” he wrote in a text. “The fact we registered under FARA clearly indicates we had no intention to act in any clandestine or otherwise unlawful manner. We are fully cooperating with U.S. law enforcement and will not be making further comments.”

Derkach did not respond to a request for comment.