Russia says compromising dossier on Donald Trump is ‘pulp fiction’

President-elect Donald Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Jan. 9, 2017.

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MOSCOW — Russia has denied having any compromising material on President-elect Donald Trump, saying Wednesday that an uncorroborated report containing salacious allegations about him was “pulp fiction” intended to hurt Russian-American relations.

“The Kremlin has no compromising dossier on Mr. Trump, such information is not consistent with reality and is nothing but an absolute fantasy,” Dmitry S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said at a regular news briefing.

“There are people who foment this hysteria, who move heaven and earth to keep up this ‘witch hunt,’” Peskov said. “By the way, this is how Mr. Trump characterized this fabrication.”

In a series of four posts on Twitter Wednesday, Trump denounced the report as “A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE,” adding: “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA — NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”


He also said on Twitter that the report was “fake news” leveled by “crooked opponents” who were trying to belittle his victory. He likened the report — a summary of which was presented to him, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders — to a smear campaign, asking, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”

The report, comprising a series of memos, describes sex videos involving Trump and prostitutes at a Moscow hotel in 2013. The videos were supposedly recorded as “kompromat,” a Russian word used to describe compromising material that can be used to gain leverage.

The report was compiled mainly by a retired British intelligence operative who received information from Russian informants and others. It was prepared for a Washington political and corporate research firm, and was paid for by Trump’s political rivals.

In Moscow, Russian officials and lawmakers described these and other allegations linking Russia to the president-elect as part of a campaign to undermine Trump’s stated goal of improving ties with that country.

“President Obama’s administration does whatever is possible to impede Mr. Trump’s activities during his tenure as president,” said Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the Russian Parliament.

Over the last week, the term “witch hunt” has also been used by other Russian officials to describe allegations against them. On Monday, Peskov described a U.S. intelligence report that accused the Kremlin of meddling with the 2016 presidential race as an “amateurish” work compiled as part of a “witch hunt” against Russia.


Russian-American relations have been plagued by a series of scandals despite efforts in the late 2000s by President Barack Obama and the Russian president at the time, Dmitry Medvedev, to reset them. The countries have accused each other of trying to influence their domestic politics, and they have imposed sanctions against each other.