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A Russian woman identified as a key source in the dossier by British counterintelligence specialist Christopher Steele dossier is a former employee of Kremlin-owned state media.

Steele's infamous report was leaked weeks before 's inauguration, alleging Russian influence over him and contained salacious information about his reported conduct in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe pageant.

Olga Galkina, 40, was linked to the dossier this week and was described by The Wall Street Journal as a 'disgruntled PR executive' living in Cyprus.

And while some people who know Galkina claim she's maverick who was unlikely to have access to secrets, others suggested she was well-connected. 

Now, shown in exclusive pictures obtained by DailyMail.com, Galkina came forward on Friday to deny claims she was a key source in the Steele dossier. 

She used her former state-owned media employer RIA Novosti to say in a statement: 'My mood is rather low because I did not expect this story at all and, of course, it complicated (my life) quite a lot.'

Olga Galkina, from Russia, was identified as a key source in the dossier by British counterintelligence specialist Christopher Steele

Olga Galkina, from Russia, was identified as a key source in the dossier by British counterintelligence specialist Christopher Steele

Olga Galkina, 40, was linked to the dossier this week and was described by The Wall Street Journal as a 'disgruntled PR executive' living in Cyprus

Olga Galkina, 40, was linked to the dossier this week and was described by The Wall Street Journal as a 'disgruntled PR executive' living in Cyprus

Olga Galkina, 40, was linked to the dossier this week and was described by The Wall Street Journal as a 'disgruntled PR executive' living in Cyprus

Christopher Steele's (pictured) infamous report was leaked weeks before 's inauguration, alleging Russian influence over him

The infamous dossier also contained salacious information about Trump's alleged conduct in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe pageant

The infamous dossier also contained salacious information about 's alleged conduct in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe pageant

She claimed the allegations that she was a Steele source were 'not true', but gave little detail.

However, she did admit to knowing her former school friend Igor Danchenko, 42, who the WSJ claimed had recruited her into intelligence gathering for the former MI6 spy.

'We studied at the same school, but the thing is that after that he went to work and study in America,' she said.

'And we haven't seen each other for a long time. This is the thing… The story is that we were friends. And he was helping me.'

She worked as a journalist for state-funded RIA Novosti, working at the Russian parliament between 2003-05.

More than a decade ago she also worked for Rosbalt, a news outlet run by Natalya Cherkesova (Chaplina), wife of ex-security services high-ranking member Viktor Cherkesov, a Putin associate.

Galkina attracts startlingly different descriptions in her homeland.

In a varied career she was also a PR executive for Russia's environmental and nuclear watchdog Rostekhnadzor, which she left in 2011, around the time she moved to Cyprus.

In Cyprus, DailyMail.com was told by her acquaintances she was 'intelligent and professional', a woman who always looked 'well-polished', although she is now believed to have moved back to Russia. 

However, she did admit to knowing her former school friend Igor Danchenko, 42, (pictured) who the WSJ claimed had recruited her into intelligence gathering for the former MI6 spy. 'We studied at the same school, but the thing is that after that he went to work and study in America,' she said

However, she did admit to knowing her former school friend Igor Danchenko, 42, (pictured) who the WSJ claimed had recruited her into intelligence gathering for the former MI6 spy. 'We studied at the same school, but the thing is that after that he went to work and study in America,' she said

She worked as a journalist for state-funded RIA Novosti, working at the Russian parliament between 2003-05. More than a decade ago she also worked for Rosbalt, a news outlet run by Natalya Cherkesova (Chaplina), wife of ex-security services high-ranking member Viktor Cherkesov, a Putin associate

She worked as a journalist for state-funded RIA Novosti, working at the Russian parliament between 2003-05. More than a decade ago she also worked for Rosbalt, a news outlet run by Natalya Cherkesova (Chaplina), wife of ex-security services high-ranking member Viktor Cherkesov, a Putin associate

Galkina is seen as implicating the firm in a Russian secret services-sponsored bid hacking Democratic Party servers to collect damaging material on 2016 presidential election candidate Hillary Clinton

Galkina is seen as implicating the firm in a Russian secret services-sponsored bid hacking Democratic Party servers to collect damaging material on 2016 presidential election candidate

Russian businessman loses libel battle against Christopher Steele for claims in his 'dirty dossier'

Aleksej Gubarev

Aleksej Gubarev

On Friday, Russian businessman  Aleksej Gubarev lost his libel battle against ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele whose 'dirty dossier' on Donald implicated him in hacking the Democrats in 2016.  

Gubarev sued Steele for 'seriously defamatory allegations' that he had 'knowing involvement' in the DNC computer hack during the US election.

But a London judge ruled Gubarev did not prove Steele was responsible for the report's publication and so could not be made to pay damages.

Central accusations made in the dossier, which was funded by the Democrats, have been roundly rubbished and were largely thrown out by the Mueller report. 

It was published by Buzzfeed News website in 2017 and contained outlandish claims of hiring prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room as well as allegations of Russian collusion with the Republican candidate's campaign.  

Gubarev and his company Webzilla took legal action against Steele and his intelligence company Orbis Business Intelligence after the dossier was published.

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But her former boss in the marketing department at XBT Holding, Alexey Trankov, claimed: 'She (Olga Galkina) has long been in need of medical assistance….

'Of course, I'm not a doctor to give diagnoses, but I just want to say that she needs a doctor.'

Around the time she allegedly helped Steele in 2016, she became locked in a dispute with Aleksej Gubarev, owner of XBT Holding SA web-services company behind the Webzilla internet hosting unit. 

It emerged that Galkina travelled to the US in spring 2016, the

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