For the Sochi retreat in June, Yu was accompanied by three other people from Taiwan, one an executive with another of the companies whose equipment was imported by Bredikhin, according to travel booking data obtained by a Ukrainian hacking group and reviewed by The Post. Images show the four individuals at the party.
Bredikhin said in the interview that the Taiwanese attendees were his “old friends.” He said that he invited them “to drink vodka” and that no business was discussed during the trip.
Yu said he was in Turkey for business and traveled to Sochi because “even though there’s no business, we are still friends.”
At the retreat, speaking to Yu in Mandarin, Bredikhin reflected on their business relationship.
“I think us meeting and getting to know each other was truly fortuitous,” Bredikhin said on video.
After he spoke, the men embraced.