Kanye West Plans Meeting With Putin, Home In Russia

The New York Daily News reports:

Kanye West is headed to the Kremlin. The Grammy-winning hip hop superstar, who recently referred to himself “Young Putin,” is reportedly planning to travel to Russia to meet his highest idol. West’s confidant and strategic adviser, Ameer Sudan, is planning the jaunt, which include the gospel-themed Sunday service concert, where President Vladimir Putin will be invited as a special guest.

“Russia is going to be ‘a second home’ for Ye,” Sudan said. “He will be spending a lot of time out there.” Aside from performing, the rapper will explore business and musical opportunities in the country with billionaire real estate developer Aras Agalarov (known as the “Trump of Russia”), and Agalarov’s musician son, Emin. Kim Kardashian’s estranged husband has proclaimed himself as the “greatest artist God ever created.”

Forbes reports:

West, who legally changed his name to Ye in October, is working on unspecified deals with the Agalarovs, which Sudan claimed will increase the rapper’s net worth by over $10 billion —Forbes estimates his current net worth to be $1.8 billion.

The Agalarovs have ties to former President Donald Trump and the Russian government. The father and son allegedly organized a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lobbyist during the 2016 election in which sensitive information about Hilary Clinton was offered up, which they deny doing.

A 2020 report from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence found that Aras Agalarov has “significant ties to the Russian government, including to individuals involved in influence operations targeting the 2016 U.S. election,” particularly Putin and Dimitry Peskov, one of Putin’s close aides.