FBI was concerned Russians were at inauguration

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A number of well-connected Russian nationals with ties to Vladimir Putin were in attendance for the President's inauguration last year and the FBI is trying to figure out why.

Days before Donald 's swearing in ceremony, The Washington Post reports that at least half-a-dozen powerful Russian figures and activists arrived in the nation's capital to mark the ushering in of the new administration.   

Social media posts on Facebook, for example, show Russian pharmaceutical executive Alexey Repik, along with his wife, Polina, boasting of their prime access to festivities and politicians during their week long excursion. 

Days before Donald Trump's swearing in ceremony, at least half-a-dozen powerful Russian figures and activists were in Washington

Days before Donald 's swearing in ceremony, at least half-a-dozen powerful Russian figures and activists were in Washington

Social media posts on Facebook, for example, show Russian pharmaceutical executive Alexey Repik, along with his wife, Polina, boasting of their prime access to festivities

Social media posts on Facebook, for example, show Russian pharmaceutical executive Alexey Repik, along with his wife, Polina, boasting of their prime access to festivities

Repik was fortunate enough to witness the swearing-in ceremony from ticketed seats in front of Capital Hill and later posed shoulder-to-shoulder with 's then nominee for CIA Director, Mike Pompeo, for a picture.

He also posed shoulder-to-shoulder with Trump's then nominee for CIA Director, Mike Pompeo (L), for a picture.

He also posed shoulder-to-shoulder with 's then nominee for CIA Director, Mike Pompeo (L), for a picture.

'I believe that President Donald will open a new page in American history,' Repik wrote in one post while holding a clutch of inauguration passes arranged next to a white 'Make America Great Again' in Russian.

The presence of other high-profile Russians such as business tycoon Viktor Vekselberg and Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer whose June 2016 meeting at Tower with Donald Jr. has become a focus of a special counsel investigation, reportedly raised red flags among security officials in Washington. 

The FBI expressed concern at the time because some of the individuals had surfaced in the agency's investigation of the campaign's ties to Russia, according to former U.S. officials who spoke to the Post under the condition of anonymity. 

Other guests with Kremlin ties included Boris Titov, a politician and business advocate who is running for president of Russia with Putin's blessing. 

The presence of high-profile

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