Former Russian Intelligence Officer Victor Boyarkin in touch with Manafort during the 2016 US President Oleg Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin, the magazine reported Saturday.
Boyarkin told Time magazine that he [Managed to collect money from Deripaska.]
"Boy owed us a lot of money," Boyarkin told Time this past fall.
"I came down on him hard," Boyarkin added.
Less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination, Manafort offered in emails to a middleman his former business associate Konstantin Kilimnik, to write Deripaska on the 2016 presidential race, The Washington Post and The Atlantic last year. In the emails, Kilimnik wrote to Manafort about an associate "our friend V" with ties to Deripaska, The Atlantic reported. According to Time, Boyarkin was the "friend."
A spokesman for Manafort declined to comment on CNN on Time's report.
The Alleged connection shows the leverage that powerful Russians had over Manafort at the time he was Trump's campaign chair between May and August of 2016, Time noted. Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating ties between Trump's campaign associates and Russia, but he told investigators "to dig a ditch."
Special counsel spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment to time.
Both Boyarkin and Deripaska, meanwhile, have been sanctioned by the US Treasury Department.
In his December 19 announcement of the new Russia sanctions, the Treasury Department referred to Boyarkin as "a former GRU officer who reports directly to Deripaska and Has led business negotiations on Deripaska's behalf. " The GRU is Russia's military intelligence agency.
Deripaska was sanctioned earlier this year as part of an effort by the Trump administration to punish the Kremlin over interference in the 2016 election.
But in 2014, lawyers for Deripaska filed a petition in a Cayman Islands court accusing Manafort of having "simply disappeared "with about $ 19 million of his money, time reported. In a lawsuit earlier this year, Deripaska also accused Manafort and others of "Vanishing" $ 26 million he gave them a few days ago. Manafort had a $ 10 million annual.
Manarkort had a $ 10 million annual contract with Deripaska that began in 2006, the Associated Press reported last year, obtained by the AP. President Vladimir Putin's government, "the AP reported.  Manafort told AP at the time that the contract was not-in-law, and a representative from Deripaska told the contract that Mr. Deripaska.
Manafort what found guilty in August of eight counts of financial crimes, including tax fraud, bank fraud, and hiding foreign bank accounts. He pleaded guilty in September for one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department.
But earlier this month, Mueller accused Manafort of lying about several issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, including his "contact with administration officials" — violating his plea agreement.
Manafort is scheduled to receive his sentence for the eight financial convictions by a Virginia jury, in early February.
His second sentencing date, prior to the judge's breach of his plea agreement, is tentatively set for early March.