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Old 31-10-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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Finally the “special prosecutor” has indicted 2 partners in crime of Donald Trump – Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. This looks more like “Ukrainegate” than “Russiagate” to me...
The trail also leads to the Podesta Group of Tony and John Podesta.

I’ve quickly scanned the full indictment, but didn’t read that Paul Manafort used property in the Trump Tower, to launder money.
I wouldn’t claim that Robert Mueller is nothing but a “special” cover-up artist, or that this is the most interesting in this scandal, but it strange that Mueller “forgot” this...

Between 2006 and 2013, Paul J. Manafort bought 3 homes in New York — one in Trump Tower, one in Soho, and one in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Using shell companies, Manafort paid for them in full, and then transferred the properties into his own name for no money.
In 2005, Manafort and Davis began pursuing work with Oleg Deripaska one of the richest “businessmen” in Russia, CEO of RUSAL and close to Vladimir Putin.
Manafort’s 2006 purchase of a Trump Tower apartment coincided with signing a $10 million contract with Deripaska.

In 2012, one of Manafort’s shell companies, MC Soho Holdings LLC, purchased a fourth floor loft on Howard Street (on the border of Soho and Chinatown), for $2.85 million. In April 2016, when he was becoming Trump’s campaign manager, Manafort transferred the unit into his own name and borrowed $3.4 million against it.
In 2013, another Manafort-linked shell company, MC Brooklyn Holdings, purchased a townhouse at 377 Union Street in Carroll Gardens for $2,995,000. This transaction followed the same pattern: the home was paid in full without a mortgage. On 9 February 2016, after Trump’s victories in Michigan and Mississippi, Manafort took out $5.3 million in loans on the property.
This looks like a scheme to keep the source of the (dirty) money hidden.

Between April 2015 and January 2017 – including time that he worked on the Trump campaign – Manafort borrowed about $12 million against his 3 New York homes (including the apartment in Trump Tower). That was more than he had paid for them, and more than they’re worth.
Days before Trump was sworn in as President, Manafort transferred the Carroll Gardens brownstone from MC Brooklyn Holdings to his own name and refinanced the loans with The Federal Savings Bank, making on more debt. He now has $6.8 million in loans on a building he bought for $3 million (in March 2017). According to David Reiss, a professor real estate law, it’s extremely unusual for a home loan to exceed the value of the property.

In August 2016, The New York Times published an article on Manafort, claiming he’d accepted $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from a pro-Putin, Ukrainian political party between 2007 and 2012. Then Manafort had to resign as campaign manager: http://www.wnyc.org/story/paul-manaf...ate-purchases/
(archived here: http://archive.is/okldW)


Even more interesting is the “lobbying” for the European Center for Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) by Mercury LLC (of Manafort and his employee Rick Gates) and the Podesta Group from 2012 to 2014. ECFMU was affiliated with Viktor Yanukovych, who was the president of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014. Yanukovych is pro-Putin and had to flee the country after protesters overthrew his government. He was reportedly helped by Putin to escape to Russia.
Reportedly Podesta and Manafort had to lobby the message that Ukraine’s 2012 election was really democratic and that the country’s leaders wanted to move further away from Putin and closer to the West.

The Podesta Group has in the past lobbied for foreign government clients with abysmal human rights records, like Vietnam, Azerbaijan and South Sudan.

Mercury LLC’s filings with the Justice Department show that its lobbyists, including Ed Kutler (an ally of Newt Gingrich), spent time setting up meetings related to Ukraine issues. One person they introduced to numerous Hill offices and to a senior official at the Export-Import Bank was Sergiy Klyuyev.
Less than a year after Mercury LLC introduced Klyuyev around the Hill, the EU froze his assets in the wake of the collapse of the Yanukovych regime. Klyuyev was one of more than a dozen Yanukovych allies the EU suspected of embezzling state money. Klyuyev and his brother reportedly also fled to Russia. Sergiy’s brother has been accused of orchestrating mass killings of Euromaidan protesters: http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-dc-...a-putin-puppet
(archived here: http://archive.is/lRJm1)


Over $1.5 million has been paid by the Party of Regions to American politicians in 2012 and 2013 alone. The founders of the ECFMU, at that time, were 3 Members of the Parliament from the Party of Regions, who in 2 years since have moved considerably up the power ladder — the current Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, the current head of the Budget Committee of Parliament Ievgenii Hiellier and the current head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Verkhovna Rada Vitaliy Kahlyushnyy.
The reported budget of the ECFMU (located in Brussels, Belgium) is only €10,000. In 2012, the Belgian mediator paid the American lobbyists 80 times that amount — $800,000. In 2013 they have paid American lobbyists 79 times their budget — $790,000.
The Podesta Group, was founded by brothers Tony and John Podesta. John headed the office of President Bill Clinton in 1998-2001, since December 2013 was a senior adviser to President Obama and then campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton. In 2012, 2013 the Podesta Group received $1.02 million from the ECFMU.

The second company that was hired by ECFMU, is Mercury/Clark & Weinstock, of Manafort and Rick Gates. Mercury is affiliated with ex-Republican congressman John Vincent "Vin" Weber, who was involved in the last presidential election campaign of Mitt Romney. Mercury received $570,000 from Brussels in 2012, 2013.

What’s bizarre about the ECFMU is that it was first reported to be founded by acting Members of Parliament in the Ukraine: Leonid Kozhara, Ievgenii Hiellier and Vitaliy Kahlyushnyy.
The surnames of Kozhara, Hiellier and Kahlyushnyy were taken out of the registry, and replaced by former MP Oleg Nadosha, ex-MP Oleksiy Plotnikov and Kseniya Solovyova (born in 1987).

German Ina Kirsch Van de Vater, was also among the founders for the ECFMU. Ina Kirsch claimed that the ECFMU has no relation to the Klyuyev Foundation (suspected of embezzling state money):
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U.S. companies that cooperate with the ‘European Centre for Modern Ukraine’ have no relation to the Party of Regions. They work exclusively in support of the Center (...) The Center has nothing to do, directly or indirectly, to Klyuyev’s fund.
Strangely Ina Kirsch “forgot” to mention that her husband Robert Van de Vater in 2014 was a Deputy Board Chairman of the Klyuyev Foundation: http://www.pravda.com.ua/articles/2014/02/5/7012902/
(archived here: http://archive.is/GhInS)

The following graph explains this in short.



President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been charged with tax fraud and money laundering. Manafort surrendered to the FBI and pleaded not guilty to charges that he laundered millions of dollars through overseas shell companies. Manafort was also charged with failing to register as a foreign lobbyist.
Rick Gates, Manafort’s long-time partner in crime and a campaign adviser (even after Manafort resigned), was also charged and turned himself in.
Prosecutors say in:
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total more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts. MANAFORT laundered more than $18 million

Manafort spent the money extravagantly, including more than $1.3 million to clothing stores in New York and Beverly Hills.

According to the New York Times, even more damaging to President Trump, is that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and was cooperating with investigators. Reportedly Russian intelligence services had used intermediaries to contact Papadopoulos to gain influence on the campaign: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/u...-indicted.html


Tony Podesta, has resigned from his lobbying company, and will be handing over full operational and financial control to the company’s CEO Kimberly Fritts: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017...l-counsel.html


Where have I heard about FBI investigations before…

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Old 31-10-2017, 08:29 PM   #2
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The article I read said it didn't matter. Most of this is likely to be thrown out. Apparently based on the way it was written in the order. The law (28 CFR 600) grants legal authority to appoint a special counsel to investigate crimes. Only crimes. He has limited jurisdiction. Yet, in his order appointing Mueller as special counsel (Order No. 3915-2017), Rosenstein directed him to investigate “any links and or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” It fails to identify any specific crimes, likely because none are applicable but that is neither hear nor there.

To put it plainly legally speaking, Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law or his mandate order as special counsel. It is a legal impossibility for him to succeed. He is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable legally speaking and with no clear end in site. The old saying a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich is no better defined than this scenario

If the federal judge agrees when this case goes before him, Mueller and his team would be disbanded by judicial order. The Department of Justice would have to seek a new indictment of Manafort and Gates without the special counsel or drop the case entirely.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:15 PM   #3
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To put it plainly legally speaking, Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law or his mandate order as special counsel. It is a legal impossibility for him to succeed. He is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable legally speaking and with no clear end in site.
You sound like somebody that has more than a little understanding of law. I hope I don't insult you, when I conclude that our legal system is designed to protect the big criminals...

In this post are both FARA filings from last April, by the Podesta Group and Manafort’s Mercury, and another publication that’s mostly about the Podesta Group’s connection to the ECFMU.

I suspect that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted by Robert Mueller, because the trail (also) leads to Podesta (thus Clinton and Obama). In this way Donald Trump can insinuate that he’s the victim (and claiming that this was years ago, in 2012, 2013), while he can continue to play the “crooked” Hillary Clinton game…

According to the laws in the USA it’s a criminal offence to violate FARA and not register as a foreign agent. In practice this means that when lobbyists “forget” to put this in their filing, and this comes out, they simply retro-actively register as a foreign lobbyist, and they’re off the hook.
Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates, continued to work for Trump after Manafort's resignation, but in March 2017 (also) had to resign.

Here’s the 12 April 2017 FARA lobbying registration form by Podesta, Kimberley Fritts. The contract was signed between Ina Kirsch and Anthony (Tony) Podesta: https://www.fara.gov/docs/5926-Exhib...170412-101.pdf
This form doesn’t have sufficient information. It doesn’t specify any of the activities.
It only contains a general description of the activities, which includes the following (interesting names):
former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi;
former Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer;
former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewksi;
former Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko
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The Podesta Group claims that they didn’t register as a foreign agent, because they didn’t understand they were working for the Ukraine…


Here’s the 28 April 2017 FARA lobbying registration form by Mercury, John Vincent Weber: https://www.fara.gov/docs/6170-Amend...0170428-29.pdf

The most interesting from this filing is the table with a description of the activities (meetings) arranged by Mercury (mostly) in May, June 2013.
The names include Sergiy Klyuyev, while Ina Kirsch has denied the relation between ECFMU and the Klyuyev Foundation...


Some of the interesting names that were in meetings arranged by Mercury:
Alfred Gusenbauer (former Chancellor of Austria);
John Schuster (US Export-Import Bank);
Caleb McCarry and Jason Bruder (Senate Foreign relations);
Andrew Palace (Center for Sustainable Shale Development);
The Macellus Shale Chamber of Commerce;
The Brookings Institution;
Representative Tim Murphy;
Representative Marino;
Representative Aderholt;
Representative Gardner;
Representative Ed Royce
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Ed Royce is an honorary chairman of the Nowruz Commission, for more information on the ties of Nowruz to Michael Flynn: https://forum.davidicke.com/showpost...5&postcount=13
Ed Royce was also present at the 23 May conference with the FDD of the largest campaign contributor to Donald Trump, Sheldon Adelson. For more information on Sheldon Adelson: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?p=1062967101


The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) was formed in 2012 by 3 senior members of the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia party led by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and advised by Paul Manafort.

The Podesta Group arranged meetings with unnamed "Ukrainian officials".
In one of those meetings, Ukraine's foreign minister Leonid Kozhara met Senator Christopher Murphy, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Europe subcommittee. Kozhara was a founder of the ECFMU and close adviser to President Yanukovych.

The Podesta Group, did not disclose at least 32 contacts with the State Department in a 2012 lobbying report to Congress. At that time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scrutinising Ukraine's upcoming election.
In April of this year, the Podesta Group filed new lobbying disclosures to augment lobbying reports from 2012 to 2014.
Both the Podesta Group and Mercury have claimed that they believed the ECFMU was an independent group that was not funded or directed by Ukraine's government.

According to David Marin, Podesta’s spokesman, the Podesta Group’s work for the ECFMU was supervised by Manafort's associate Rick Gates: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/po...ing/index.html

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Kimberley Fritts, CEO of the Podesta Group after Tony Podesta resigned, told that the firm will cease to exist by the end of the year.
Tony and his brother, John Podesta (who left the firm in 1993), founded the company almost three decades ago: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/11/po...ion/index.html

This “news” looks like another obvious ploy to cover-up “Russiagate” to keep us pacified while the corruption and genocide continue...
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Kimberley Fritts, CEO of the Podesta Group after Tony Podesta resigned, told that the firm will cease to exist by the end of the year.
Tony and his brother, John Podesta (who left the firm in 1993), founded the company almost three decades ago: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/11/po...ion/index.html

This “news” looks like another obvious ploy to cover-up “Russiagate” to keep us pacified while the corruption and genocide continue...
I understand the brothers are at odds over this closing. Apparently one wanted to run it and continue but the other thought it would just be a mistake and end up reflecting badly on him to let his brother do that so it was decided to close it down both because the one wants to cut his losses and move on feeling he caught a lucky break (John) while the other is reported to have made a deal taking the easy way out. I see John leaving politics altogether starting anew, a clean slate and on the move. He will be moving somewhere else. That is the rumor. Apparently calls have been made and he is awaiting confirmation of 'a new life' calling in a favor from a friend.

Then we have the situation of the McCain foundation and other things coming to light that are more money laundering schemes while it is revealed that several people arrested among the Saudis are directly connected to the Podesta Group. Historically this closing maneuver has proven it will also make it an interesting task for records to be subpoenaed in any future investigations.
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John Podesta has joined the Washington Post as a columnist.

I’ve got an interesting story that involves the same Burson-Marsteller that lobbied for the Turkish AKP party of Erdogan, and his partner in crime Fethullah Gulen: https://forum.davidicke.com/showpost...6&postcount=27
Starting in 2012, Burson-Marsteller also lobbied for the Ukraine's ruling Party of Regions.
Possibly even more interesting are the stories about Hillary Clinton’s connections to Burson-Marsteller’s Mark Penn.

Party of Regions
The Ukraine government is interesting as it hired both the Mercury Group of Paul Manafort and the Podesta Group.
In the same period Burson-Marsteller was also hired by the Ukraine.

In April 2012, it was announced that the Party of Regions (PoR) of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych hired Burson-Marsteller, amid a smear campaign against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. On 1 April 2012, Renat Kuzmin accused Tymoshenko of involvement in a 1990s contract killing. In November 2011, he had already accused her of buying "cars, furs, jewellery, restaurants" while declaring a small income.
In 2011, Tymoshenko was jailed on charges of abuse of office in a trial, which EU diplomats denounced as "selective justice". In April 2012, she started a hunger strike in protest over a beating.

The British Martin Nunn, who runs PR firm in Kiev, wrote to the UK's Crown Prosecution Service over concerns that Burson-Marsteller is in violation of the UK bribery act: https://euobserver.com/foreign/116076

A spokesperson confirmed that Burson-Marsteller had worked for the Party of the Regions, between February and May 2012. Viktor Yanukovych was forced to flee the Ukraine after days of protests in the streets.
Starting in May 2012, Burson-Marsteller UK worked for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) “think-tank” that advocates closer ties between Ukraine and Europe.
ECFMU also paid $790,000 to Washington-based agencies Mercury and Podesta Group in 2013 alone, though it is not clear where the money came from.
According to Ina Kirsch, the ECFMU hired PR agencies:
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with the help of sponsors from business, not politics, having an interest in progressing the European integration of Ukraine.
Different private companies were paying for the activities of the PR companies, charged with supporting the ECFMU in its efforts. There were no business linked to any member of government or parliament involved in sponsoring our activities. Once members of the board of the ECFMU were named to official positions they got removed immediately.
http://www.prweek.com/article/128410...-shift-ukraine


Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama
By now I’m thinking that Hillary Clinton’s role in last year’s presidential campaign was to get Donald Trump elected. As for Hillary Clinton as the opponent, that can make any politician a winner. It looks like this trick has been performed before...

When Hillary Clinton was launching her Senate re-election campaign in 2005, Mark Penn was named worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations firms in the world.
Among Burson-Marsteller's clients has been the controversial military contractor Blackwater USA: http://content.time.com/time/politic...728992,00.html

In May 2007, one of the most important men in Clinton’s team, was Burson-Marsteller's top executive world-wide, Mark Penn. Mark Penn was Hillary’s pollster.
In 2007, 2008, there was a “fight” between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the selected Democratic presidential candidate.
In December 2007 Penn, guided by Clinton, told the press that Obama was “unelectable”, because of his skin colour. In doing so, they were making him into the hero that could make a “change we can believe in”. Clinton-Penn had made Obama’s race work for his advantage.

To help Obama even more, Mark Penn was forced to leave Clinton’s team after the Wall Street Journal (of president-maker Rupert Murdoch) reported that, Mark Penn, as CEO of Burson-Marsteller, had met the Colombian ambassador to promote a free-trade agreement with Columbia. At the same time, Senator Hillary Clinton was publicly opposing the trade agreement with Colombia.

To make this even more bizarre, Penn publicly resigned from his post as “Chief Strategist” for the Clinton campaign. Only 2 months earlier, Penn had denied that he was “Chief Strategist”. In a swift response the campaign’s Communications Director, Howard Wolfson, immediately explained that Mark Penn was, indeed, the official “Chief Strategist” for the “faltering” Clinton campaign.
Just think about that for a second or 2; only after Penn had to resign over a conflict of interest scandal, the Clinton campaign claimed that he was its “Chief Strategist”: https://www.globalresearch.ca/scanda...l-titanic/8636

In 2009, it became known that the same Burson-Marsteller, where Mark Penn was still the CEO, and his polling firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, had been awarded $6 million in federal stimulus contracts by the Obama administration.
Burson-Marsteller was hired by the Obama administration to advertise the national switch from analogue to digital television.
Clinton reportedly had to pay off her 2008 $20 million leftover campaign debt, of which only $995,500 debt remained. All of the remaining debt was owed to Penn, Schoen & Berland (a $6 million contract for a $995,500 debt…): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...ticle-1.435097

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I haven’t found out yet who funnelled money through the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU)...
It appears that Dmytro “Dmitry” Firtash had lots of money to spend. Firtash effectively controlled the Party of Regions of Viktor Yanukovych, and has a long standing relationship with Paul Manafort.
Firtash in turn was an associate of Oleg Deripaska.

Paul Manafort has previously acted as a consultant to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, before becoming (and resigning as) the campaign chairman for Donald Trump.
Manafort has also represented amongst others Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, to improve their public reputations.
In the summer of 2005, Manafort and his team – including Rick Gates - was recruited to work for the Party of Regions in Ukraine by the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.

In 2007, Manafort set up a private equity firm called Pericles Emerging Partners LP, based offshore in the Cayman Islands. Pericles had 3 American partners – Manafort, Rick Gates and Rick Davis. Davis was cofounder of Davis Manafort, Manafort’s lobbying company in Delaware.
Pericles was set up to make investments in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Odessa and Mariupol. It would acquire small companies, consolidate them into larger enterprises, and then sell them for a profit. One of the investors in Pericles was the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an aluminium baron and close friend of Putin, who invested almost $19 million.
Pericles ever only made a single investment, in a Ukrainian telecoms company called Black Sea Cable. The money was funnelled through offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands. The cash went through other opaque shell firms, including Cascado AG, set up by the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
After the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Deripaska wanted his cash back. In 2011, the Americans emailed to say that it was difficult to sell his stake because of “market conditions”. Deripaska claimed that he didn’t get his money back, and filed a 2014 petition against Manafort’s firm. Maybe this was just another charade, because later Manafort introduced Deripaska to Senator John McCain, over problems travelling to the US, after the US in 2006 had revoked Deripaska’s visa.

In February 2014, riot police shot dead 100 people in downtown Kiev. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had to flee, and escaped to Russia.
Putin exploited this crisis to seize Crimea and launch a covert military invasion of eastern Ukraine – which resulted in 10,000 dead.

Also in 2014, Firtash was arrested on a US warrant in Vienna, accused of bribing Indian officials over a titanium deal. But an Austrian judge denied a US extradition request (later the Austrian court granted the request, but Firtash still fights extradition): https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ine-yanukovich
(archived here: http://archive.is/qP78c)


According to a writ filed in 2011 by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Group DF (of Dmytro Firtash) never had any intention to purchase the Drake property for $850 million, but instead used the real estate project as a vehicle to “invest” $25 million in New York bank accounts, for the purpose of money laundering, racketeering and bribes.
Firtash even acquired his own bank, Nadra Bank: http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/upl...omplaint-2.pdf
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1. This case concerns the arbitrary prosecutions, arrests, and detentions of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other political opposition members in violation of international law, which have been carried out by or with the assistance of Defendants, representing a collection of private and public figures that stand to benefit politically and/or financially by eliminating Ukraine’s political opposition.
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7. From 2004 to early 2009, Defendant RosUkrEnergo AG (“RUE”) received substantial profits for serving as a middleman in natural gas dealings between Naftogaz, a Ukrainian state-owned gas company, and Gazprom, a Russian company. Ukrainian billionaire Defendant Dmytro Firtash a/k/a Dmitry Firtash (“Firtash”), who largely controls RUE, was able to secure profits from the Russia-Ukraine gas deals due to his close relationship with, and payment of illegal kickbacks to, Ukrainian government officials, including then Naftogaz Chairman Yuriy Boyko and Deputy Chairman Ihor Voronin, both of whom were nominated to RUE’s Coordination Committee after securing RUE’s initial brokerage contract.
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35. (…) Manafort played a key role in the defendants’ conspiracy and racketeering enterprise by assisting Firtash to become a major “investor” and silent partner in defendants CMZ Ventures (sometimes referred to as “ZMC Investors”), Group DF and their affiliated companies, through which Firtash and his associates were able to money launder a large portion of the funds that Firtash, Group DF and RUE were skimming from numerous Gazpron/Naftogaz natural gas transactions, as well as the windfall payments and profits worth approximately $3.5 billion that they received as a result of the corrupt transactions and breaches of fiduciary duties that resulted in the Stockholm Arbitration award, as described below in greater detail. These monies were then laundered through various New York based bank accounts under the guise of otherwise legitimate real estate and other investment activities in New York and elsewhere in the United States, and the contracts, agreements, meetings, discussions and electronic communications (e.g., computer, email and fax transmissions) relating to said money laundering and investment activities were primarily conducted through defendants’ offices located at 1501 Broadway, 25th floor.
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83. RUE is owned by Russian state-owned energy company, Gazprom (owning a 50% share of RUE), Firtash (owning a 45% share of RUE through holding company Centragas), and Ukrainian businessman and Firtash associate Ivan Fursin (owning a 5% share of RUE also through holding company Centragas, which is almost wholly owned by Firtash through Group DF).
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100. Firtash, Mogilevich, and their affiliated companies used three U.S. companies in particular—CMZ Ventures LLC, Kallista Investments LLC, and the Dynamic Fund (which were sometimes referred to collectively as “The Dynamic Group)—to launder money in the United States and abroad under the guise of investing in legitimate business ventures.
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136. As of June 2011, Nadra Bank had approximately $500 million on deposit in New York bank accounts at JP Morgan Chase (Acct No. 762804508), BNY Mellon (formerly Bank of New York) (Acct. No. 8900341629); and Standard Chartered Bank (Acct No. 3582021684001).

According to Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, handwritten ledgers found in the Ukraine show $12.7 million in undisclosed payments to Manafort from the Party of Regions from 2007 to 2012.
Investigators assert that the cash was part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.
The network comprised shell companies whose ultimate owners were shielded by the secrecy laws of the offshore jurisdictions where they were registered, including the British Virgin Islands, Belize and the Seychelles.
Oleg Deripaska claimed he had also paid about $7.3 million in management fees to the Pericles fund in over two years: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/u...rump.html?_r=0


Peter Mandelson is a member of the Bilderberg Group and appointed “life peer” by Queen Elizabeth. Mandelson is director of the Russian defense firm Sistema, which supplies Putin with early warning missile systems.

Oleg Deripaska is CEO of RUSAL and friends with Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich is Putin’s close confidant, and a joint shareholder along with the Russian government in Gazprom, Aeroflot, and RUSAL.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth and is also her financial adviser. Evelyn de Rothschild lives in the same New York building as Henry Kissinger and Wilbur Ross Jr. Wilbur Ross is the current US Secretary of Commerce, and has previously worked for the Rothschild family.
Nat Rothschild, son of Baron Jacob Rothschild, is business partners and close personal friends with Peter Mandelson, Roman Abramovich and also Oleg Deripaska: http://www.dzig.de/sites/default/fil...ockefeller.htm

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Another of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, is an investment banker with close links to Gazprom, the Kremlin-controlled gas company, and an outspoken supporter of Putin.
Frank Mermoud, a former state department official with business ties in the Ukraine by Cub Energy, also has longstanding ties to Paul Manafort.
Manafort’s relationship with Dmytro Firtash was first exposed in a 2011 racketeering lawsuit that was later dismissed. Paul Manafort has been closely tied to Ukraine over the past decade, making millions from consulting work. He worked as an adviser for Rinat Akhmetov, Firtash and Oleg Deripaska: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...sia-putin-ties


Months after an Austrian court ruled that Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash can be extradited to the USA, wanted in Chicago since 2013, it’s still not certain if he'll ever show.
Austrian Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter said in February that he would not extradite Firtash until the Austrian courts have ruled on the Spanish claim on Firtash.

Paul Manafort has arranged an all-star legal team to keep Firtash out of the USA, including former US Attorney Dan Webb, Clinton White House counsel Lanny Davis and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
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The Indictment fails to allege a single illicit act by Firtash that either occurred in the United States or affected the United States.
Never mind that Firtash was involved in a scheme to sell titanium to Chicago-based Boeing: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/c...509-story.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/SpgCj)

For more on Michael Chertoff’s expected profits from the 1 October Las Vegas “mass shooting”: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=319136

For more on Michael Chertoff’s involvement in 9/11: https://forum.davidicke.com/showpost...2&postcount=76


Firtash once confided to the US ambassador in the Ukraine that he had made use of the organised crime boss Semion Mogilevich to protect his business from attacks by competitors, and had to ask Mogilevich’s permission to make business deals.
See the 10 December 2008 Wikileaks cable:
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He acknowledged ties to Russian organized crime figure Seymon Mogilevich, stating he needed Mogilevich's approval to get into business in the first place. He was adamant that he had not committed a single crime when building his business empire, and argued that outsiders still failed to understand the period of lawlessness that reigned in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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In the meeting, which lasted two and a half hours, Firtash told the Ambassador that he was not a public person, but had recently been pulled deeper into Ukrainian politics. He admitted that he has "loyally served" as an unofficial advisor to President Yushchenko during tense gas negotiations with Russia and political crises dating back to the Orange Revolution in 2004. He reported that he met with the Yushchenko at his dacha (cottage residence) three times in the last week at the President's request. He described himself as a close friend and confidante of the President -- someone the President can trust totally.
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Firtash also recounted that Makarov invited him to dinner in Kyiv in January 2002, shortly after Firtash had signed the gas deals with Central Asia. Firtash added he went to that dinner not knowing if he would be beaten up or even killed for having taken Makarov's business from him. According to Firtash, Makarov was there with his head of security, Semyon Mogilevich, Sergei Mikhas, from the Solnstevo Brotherhood, and a Mr. Overin when Makarov told Firtash he would regain his gas business as easily as Firtash had taken it away.
https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08KYIV2414_a.html
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Here’s some more on Dmytro Firtash...

On 21 February 2017, Austrian police detained Dmytro Firtash after an EU arrest warrant issued by Spain. In Spain, Firtash was accused of money laundering $10 million through companies on Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands.
Firtash also has a residence in London’s Knightsbridge: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a7439621.html


The US criminal investigation against Firtash is based on the FBI’s charge of bribing Indian public officials to obtain licences for the mining of ilmenite, to manufacture titanium for Boeing. The investigators claim that he paid $18.5 million in kickbacks to Indian officials.
Lanny Davis represents Firtash for a fee of $60,000 dollars per month.
Michael Chertoff was recruited by Paul Manafort as Firtash’s defence lawyer.

Austria is the headquarters of Firtash’s Centragas Holding GmbH, a company that holds 50% of RosUkrEnergo (RUE) shares.
Firtash main lawyer in Austria is Dieter Böhmdorfer, who was Austrian Justice Minister from 2000 to 2004 for the FPÖ party.
Firtash’s media advisor Daniel Kapp is almost as illustrious. Kapp’s boss, former Austrian vice-chancellor Josef Pröll of the ÖVP party, is closely linked to the same Raiffeisen group that acted as a front for Firtash when he was still hiding his involvement with RUE.

Dmytro Firtash has his own public relation group in the Agency for the Modernization of Ukraine, which has boasted names of famous politicians, including EU Commissioners Günter Verheugen, Stefan Füle and Peter Mandelson (member of Bilderberg and life peer), Germany’s former finance minister Peer Steinbrück, and former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner.
Three celebrity names were announced as the Agency’s founding fathers: the French writer Bernard-Henri Lévy; the German MP and chair of the Bundestag’s Ukrainian-German group Karl-Georg Wellmann; and Richard Risby (member of the British House of Lords).

Ukrainian Modernization Agency has a “sister” organisation in the UK - the British Ukrainian Society (BUS). BUS was founded in February 2007 with 2 directors: Robert Shetler-Jones and Richard Spring. Spring is also known as Lord Risby and is a life peer.
Robert Shetler-Jones is very close to Firtash. From its inception until August 2012, he was CEO of Firtash’s parent company Group DF: http://www.eurozine.com/the-firtash-octopus/
(archived here: http://archive.is/E6XMt)

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I bet this is connected some how to the Ukraine coup in 2013 where John McCain went in and spoke with former boxer klitchco and "Yats" where they removed Yanukovych and installed Poroshenko. Joe Biden and his son Hunter are involved in that also with a alleged company called Burisma Holdings LTD.

This was the Zionist faction helping the neo nazi's into power (Sovoboda), they were flying the wolfsangel insignia which has the black sun incorporated with a trident and azov battalion.







https://sleepbutawhile.files.wordpre...nd-neonazi.jpg

John McCain has mafia connections through his wife Cindy Hensley who's father was Jim Hensley of the Anhauser Bush beer beverage giant. Hensely was friends with Kemper Marley and Lansky, Joe I think, who were big time mobsters in Arizona running the liquor through there. They were connected to the Bronfman family who are cozy with Rothschild, they are even listed on the rothschild website last I checked. I would bet that Bronfman and Lansky are connected to Sheldon Adelson. Adelson was a young boy around the time Lansky was mob boss in AZ not far from Vegas where Adeslon is running the show now.

I was doing connect the dots theme stuff long before Mr. Icke rolled it out earlier this year. All of these mafia NWO stooges are connected through their various rackets, liquor, casinos/gambling, protectionist rackets police/fbi/dea/homeland "security", etc etc.

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I bet this is connected some how to the Ukraine coup in 2013 where John McCain went in and spoke with former boxer klitchco and "Yats" where they removed Yanukovych and installed Poroshenko. Joe Biden and his son Hunter are involved in that also with a alleged company called Burisma Holdings LTD.
I had not heard yet that John McCain and Joe Biden were also involved in the Ukraine coup.
Do you have more information on that?


There are also links between McCain, the UAE, FDD and the Zionist billionaire Sheldon Adelson.
Adelson was the biggest financial supported of Donald Trump´s campaign and met with Trump at the White House on 2 October to discuss how to make the most of the 1 October Las Vegas "mass shooting": https://forum.davidicke.com/showpost...69&postcount=4

Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan that is in the centre of the following picture is the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
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See Mohammed bin Zayed (centre) with Republican senators Bob Corker, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, and Democratic senators Ben Cardin and Jack Reed.

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St Jimmy, here is some info about John McCain's connection to the Ukraine coup back in 2013-14 I think it was. This is a large post with a lot of information on US republican congressman john mccain.





http://www.businessinsider.com/john-...kraine-2013-12

http://www.mintpressnews.com/frustra...gambit/231181/

https://img.thedailybeast.com/image/...ase_kqendq.jpg

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-vict...er-yanukovich/





https://americanstatehypocrisy.files...ine-mccain.jpg







John McCain with ISIS "Syrian rebels" back in 2014ish. He's a real busy man.



John McCain's wife Cindy Hensley:

https://notyouraveragevoter.files.wo...-mccain-31.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cindy_McCain

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Cindy Lou Hensley McCain (born May 20, 1954) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and humanitarian, and the wife of long-time United States Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain of Arizona.

She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley.
After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California, she became a special education teacher. She married John McCain in 1980 and the couple moved to Arizona in 1981, where her husband would be elected to the United States Congress the following year and has been in office since then.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hensley_%26_Co.

My bad, the Hensley's were not the founder's of Anheuser Busch they are the largest distributors in Arizona.

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Hensley & Co., also known as Hensley Beverage Company, is an Anheuser-Busch beer wholesaler and distributor headquartered in the West Phoenix area[1] of Phoenix, Arizona. It markets to the Phoenix, Tempe, and Prescott Valley areas.[2] It is the third-largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the United States[3] and one of the largest privately held companies in Arizona.[2] It is arguably the best-known beer distributorship in America.[4]

The company was founded in 1955 by Arizona businessman Jim Hensley and steadily grew based upon population growth in the region and a close arrangement with Anheuser-Busch. Following Hensley's death in 2000, his daughter Cindy Hensley McCain became the controlling owner. Hensley & Co. maintains an active presence in the Phoenix area in terms of sponsorships and charitable giving. Its representatives have held high positions in several city and state business groups and the company is active in political discussions that affect the industry.
http://tiodt.blogspot.com/2006/12/married-to-mob.html

http://www.americanfreepress.net/htm...tions_146.html

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2008/8/19/570305/-

This is a really interesting juicy read. The mafia allegedly put a bomb in Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles car and when he got in and turned the key it darn near blew his legs off. He survived the blast but died later in the hospital.

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Jim Hensley and his brother Eugene went to work after World War II for Kemper Marley, a wealthy wholesale liquor distributor. Marley, in fact, had once been a bookie, getting his start working for the Transamerica Wire Service, a betting service established by mafiosi Gus Greenbaum (who was murdered with his wife when their throats were slashed in bed in 1958). Until 1947, liquor was rationed by the government. Apparently Marley did quite well in spite of the restrictions, and in 1948 the reason why became clear. Eugene and Jim Hensley were convicted of falsifying records on behalf of Marley's distributorship, United Liquor (along with fifty other Marley employees) to conceal the illegal distribution of hundreds of cases of liquor. Jim Hensley got a six month suspended sentence.

In 1953, Jim Hensley, then the General Manager for United Liquor, was once more charged for doing the same thing again. Marley paid for top notch legal representation though (future Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.) Hensley still went to prison, but took the fall when the rest of the company was cleared. According to an article in American Mafia.com, Marley rewarded Hensley for his loyalty to the organization:

When Hensley strolled out of the joint, Marley bought his silence with a lucrative Phoenix-based Budweiser beer distributorship.

That distributorship and the rest of Marley's empire did very well over the decades for both Hensley and Marley, making both men multi-millionaires.


In fact, Marley was interested in more than just liquor. In 1976, then Gov. Raul Castro, a Democrat, appointed Marley, then a billionaire and the state's richest man, to the state racing commission.

And that's when one of those pesky investigative reporters got in the way. The reporter's name was Don Bolles and he worked for the Arizona Republic. Bolles discovered a land fraud ring and other crimes that appeared to lead to Sen. Barry Goldwater and other movers and shakers in Arizona. And he discovered that Kemper Marley, newly appointed to the State Board Racing Commission, had connections to the Mafia. In fact, Marley was a close associate of Peter Licavoli, the mob boss for Arizona. Marley had also served as Chairman of the Board for Valley National Bank, which helped bankroll Bugsy Siegel's construction of the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Digging into Marley's past also uncovered his earlier work for Gus Greenbaum. The revelations forced Marley to resign from the commission.


And Kemper Marley and his associates in the Mafia weren't people whose business you interfered with lightly.

On June 2, 1976, Bolles climbed into his car and was blown apart by a bomb under the driver's seat. Pieces of his body were strewn around the parking lot. Bolles amazingly survived for eleven days and said to investigators on the scene, "They finally got me. The Mafia. Emprise. Find John (Harvey) Adamson."
Many Vietnam war veterans have also openly stated that John McCain was a traitor with loose lips who gave away the flight patterns to the Vietnamese after they shot McCain and his plane down and captured him earning McCain the title of "Song Bird" McCain.



Check out this Marine roasting McCain, one of the few good Marines out there.



There are also claims that McCain started a carrier deck fire when he performed a wet-start which led to igniting off a zuni rocket on the deck of the USS Forrestal which hit a stash of ammunition thus starting a huge fire/explosion and leading to the death of 134 sailors and injuring 161. Mccain was also known as Johnny wet-start because of his tendency to perform that dangerous stunt.



Here is a USS Forrestal survivor who gives a recount of what happened but he doesn't mention mccain.

https://youtu.be/n7uJyvvdiRk

This guy is not real happy and he outright blames mccain for the disaster, he eludes to john mccain's father, admiral john mccain of the pacific fleet, as to why mccain jr never suffered any consequences for his reckless behavior that day.

https://youtu.be/EGc_jIC5-C4

There are tons of videos all over YT of the USS Forrestal incident and the Navy releasing mccain's records yet mccain is still a top NWO henchman today and I have to wonder why and who he is connected to so high up to where he has never been reprimanded for any of his crimes. His marriage to cindy hensley may be one of those but mccain may also be in a prominent bloodline like many others in that circle.

Maybe some of this information will help you connect some more dots, St. Jimmy.

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John mccain with new Ukraine puppet petro porshenko.



Tony Blair with poroshenko:







http://thefederalist.com/2014/05/13/...ny-in-ukraine/

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MAY 13, 2014 By Mollie Hemingway

Twitter is abuzz with questions about the involvement of Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter with a gas company in Ukraine. The company, Burisma, allegedly appointed Hunter Biden to its board of directors. In late April, around the time the vice president made an official trip to Ukraine, Burisma allegedly appointed Devon Archer, one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, to its board as well. Here’s a brief write-up on the story from the Moscow Times, an English-language news service based in Russia.

These dual announcements raise more questions than they answer. The prominence of the individuals involved — Hunter Biden is the vice president’s son, while Devon Archer was a major bundler for John Kerry and also his stepson’s college roommate — raises the question of whether the entire thing is a hoax.

1. What is Burisma?

Burisma appears to be a Ukrainian energy company with a focus on oil and gas exploration. However, independent information about the company is hard to find and even harder to verify. According to Businessweek:

Burisma Holdings Limited engages in oil and gas exploration and production. The company also engages in oil well drilling, production of liquefied natural gas, and undertaking geological studies. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in Limassol, Cyprus.

2. Is Burisma even a real company?

The company’s website is…rough, at best, and the domain does not appear to have even been registered until 2010 even though the company was allegedly founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2006. And as recently as July of 2013, the website was not even written in English.
The Burisma thing could be bullshit and a ploy to keep any investigators chasing a ghost.

Here is a phone call of Victoria Nuland talking about the plot and saying fuck the EU. It says "leaked" but if it was that sensitive it wouldn't be on YT, they would have scrubbed it a long time ago, it has been on YT for years. Maybe they didn't care about the Nuland woman so they left it up.



Ukrainian General-Colonel Yan Kazemirovich saying that the Ukraine is under Zionist occupation.


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Say Justmike,

The last 2 posts are a bit (too) overwhelming.
I've just checked your profile, and you've only started a single thread on Davidicke.com in total...

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I can't speak for you but the John McCain info is very good -I don't have the time to make something of it. I suggest you start 1 or more threads. Not necessarily on McCain, but that could be a good one...


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Maybe some of this information will help you connect some more dots, St. Jimmy.
I can hardly keep up with all of the info on John McCain. If you start a thread on McCain, maybe I can give some additional info on his involvement with "ISIS" (does that stand for Israeli Secret Intelligence Service?)...


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The Burisma thing could be bullshit and a ploy to keep any investigators chasing a ghost.
It is certainly not "fake", but without additional info on the connections of Bursima (to Manafort, Donald Duck, Clinton, Bush, Putin, etc) it's not yet interesting enough...

Hunter Biden is definitely a director of Burisma: http://burisma.com/en/director/xanter-bajden/

Here’s the Wikipedia page on Burisma Holdings. The head office is in Limassol, Cyprus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burisma_Holdings

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Sorry St. Jimmy, it wasn't my intent to overwhelm your thread but the coup in Ukraine might be related to your topic.

I'm not sure if ISIS stands for israeli secret intelligent service, I would bet it has more to do with the goddess of magic and a constellation.
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Sorry St. Jimmy, it wasn't my intent to overwhelm your thread but the coup in Ukraine might be related to your topic.
I'm still thinking that McCain's involvement in 3 coups deserves its own thread.
I've been trying to find out what Burisma Holdings is all about, but haven't succeeded...

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I'm not sure if ISIS stands for israeli secret intelligent service, I would bet it has more to do with the goddess of magic and a constellation.
According to a 2002 report by Israeli news outlet Haaretz, ISIS stands for Israeli Secret Intelligent Service: https://nodisinfo.com/isis-creation-israeli-mossad/

Isis was also the sister and wife of Osiris, who was chopped up in 14 pieces by his evil brother Set (Satan), and then resurrected by his other brothers/sisters (including Isis)...
The Osiris cult has given us all of these wonderful phallus symbols (f.e. in the Vatican, Washington DC, and Amsterdam). The Osiris cult has also been involved in ritual child sacrifice. Now if somebody can find information to tie the Khazars, that once ruled over Scythia (the Ukraine), to child sacrifice and the Osiris cult, this might not even be off-topic.

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When we follow the trail of Fethullah Gülen and Erdogan, firm Burson-Marsteller it also leads to George Bush Jr.

In 2011, the FBI was investigating the illegal spending of millions of dollars of tax money by Gülen charter schools. The charter schools recruited foreign teachers, and funnelled money to Turkey.


In 2008, one Karen Hughes, trusted advisor to President George W. Bush, joined the board of directors of Burson-Marsteller…
In 2011, the Cosmos Foundation’s Harmony Schools (Gülen charter schools) hired none other than Karen Hughes: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2286...mos-foundation

For more information on Fethullah Gülen: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthre...post1062990487
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It looks to me like the (war against) Ukraine (is that Russiagate?) is mainly over (shale) gas…

According to AP, Paul Manafort didn’t get a mere $10 million, from close associate of Nat Rothschild and Vladimir Putin - Oleg Deripaska. This was his annual pay check beginning in 2006 through to at least 2009. It’s not clear how many millions Manafort received in total.

In June 2005, Paul Manafort wrote a memo about a plan that would improve the image of President Vladimir Putin in the US, Europe and former Soviet republics. Manafort proposed that Deripaska and Putin would lobby Western governments, to achieve the result that oligarchs could keep their formerly state-owned assets in Ukraine.
Manafort proposed building “long term relationships” with Western journalists. According to legal filings by Deripaska’s representatives, he gave Manafort nearly $19 million to invest in Ukrainian TV company Black Sea Cable.

Manafort promised that the plan:
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We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.
https://apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa...-Government%27


Gazprom has sold more than 20 billion cubic metres of gas below market prices to Dmitry Firtash in 4 years - about 4 times more than the Russian government has publicly acknowledged. Because of the low price, companies controlled by Firtash made more than $3 billion. Gazprom missed out on about $2 billion in revenue it could have made by selling that gas at “normal” prices.

In 2012, Moscow sold the gas to Firtash for $230 per 1,000 cubic metres; and in 2013, for $267 per unit on average. This is at least $100 per unit below the market price in Western Europe.
The gas was sold to Firtash for at least one-third less than what Ukraine’s Naftogaz had to pay.
Firtash’s Ostchem companies in Cyprus and Switzerland resold the gas to his chemical plants in Ukraine for $430 per unit. The 2 offshore Ostchem companies made an estimated profit of $3.7 billion in 2 years.

Kremlin spokesman Peskov said Putin has met Firtash but that they are not close. He said Russia supplied gas at “lower prices” to Ukraine because Ukrainian President Yanukovich had asked for it and Russia wanted to help Ukraine’s petrochemical industry.
According to sources in the energy industry, every major deal that Gazprom signs, is approved by Putin.
The deals were financed by the Russian Gazprombank, which is not directly controlled by Gazprom (that holds only a minority share). It is overseen by people linked to Putin, including Yuri Kovalchuk, a banker, who until March 2014 controlled an investment firm that manages a majority stake in Gazprombank.

Starting in 2002, Eural Trans Gas (registered in Hungary) was transporting gas from Turkmenistan through Russia to Ukraine. Its ownership was unclear, but Firtash represented it.
In July 2004, RosUkrEnergo became the new intermediary for gas deals between Russia and Ukraine. Most of RUE was owned by Firtash and Gazprom.
Firtash imported the Russian gas through a Cypriot company of which he is sole director, and a Swiss one set up by Group DF (Group Dmytro Firtash).

In June 2010, Firtash started Ostchem Investments in Cyprus. A month later, Gazprombank lent the company $815 million. By March 2011, Gazprombank had lent up to $11.15 billion to Firtash companies.
A Gazprombank manager said that the Russian bank had led a consortium of lenders which in 2011 lend about $7 billion to Firtash (I don’t know who the other lenders were…).

In September 2010, Ostchem Investments bought a 90% stake in the Stirol fertiliser plant in Ukraine (gas is needed to produce fertilizer). In 2011, Firtash acquired 2 more fertiliser plants in Ukraine - Severodonetsk Azot and Rivne Azot.
Firtash also bought the Nika Tera sea port, through which amongst others fertiliser is shipped. He also acquired the Nadra Bank and invested in the titanium industry: http://www.reuters.com/article/russi...0TF4QD20141126
(archived here: http://web.archive.org/article/russi...0TF4QD20141126)


Apparently Gazprom and Gazprombank do everything they can to help Firtash…

On the other hand, in May 2014 (after Yanukovich had fled to Russia) Gazprom told Ukraine's Naftogaz (a competitor to Firtash) that the company has to pay in advance for the gas or it will stop delivering by 2 June 2014, because:
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The debt of Naftogaz amounts to $3.505 billion, so there is a good reason to require prepayment from the Ukrainian company.
This only sounds unreasonable to me, because Firtash is treated so sweet by the same Gazprom...
Naftogaz has to pay $1.659 billion (for 3.42 billion cubic meters of gas) in advance, based on a price of $485 per 1000 cubic meters of gas: https://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussi...g-method-1425/


In July 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, located in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled that the Russian government must reimburse $50 billion to former shareholders of Russian oil company Yukos. The tribunal said that the government, starting in 2003, had violated “due process” in dismantling and seizing the assets of Yukos and transferring them to Gazprom and state-run oil company Rosneft.

In 2014, Gazprombank hired former US senators Trent Lott and John Breaux, to lobby against the US sanctions imposed on it by the Obama administration over the Ukraine crisis: https://www.publicintegrity.org/2014...er-us-senators
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On 9 January, Michael Cohen, personal attorney for Donald Trump, filed defamation lawsuits against research firm Fusion GPS and BuzzFeed. Cohen tweeted:
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Cohen alleges he "sustained significant financial and reputational damages" due to the publication of the dossier on BuzzFeed's website, and demands $100 million in damages: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...uzzfeed-332747


It couldn’t be that Trump and Cohen had foreknowledge on the report that BuzzFeed was planning could it?

Records show that more than 1,300 Trump condominiums were bought not by people but by shell companies.
Trump condo sales that match Treasury’s characteristics of “possible money laundering” totalled $1.5 billion (21% of the 6,400 Trump condos sold in the US). Half of the secretive sales – with a total value of $769 million – were made to a particularly opaque type of shell company called a limited-liability company, LLC, which FinCEN says is “inherently vulnerable to abuse”.
Trump himself signed the deed for each secretive sale at Trump Tower and collected $28 million.

Secretive Trump condo sales surged in 1997/1998 when most Wall Street banks stopped lending to Trump after his 2 Atlantic City casinos filed for bankruptcy.
From 2008 through 2012, shell companies bought 823 Trump condos with $890 million in cash – 25% of units sold. More than 87% of those sales were in Trump-licensed buildings.
Secretive sales generated $110 million between 2010 and 2013, records show. The buyers were largely LLCs that were formed just weeks or days before buying. Most of the transactions give little or no clues about the actual buyers.

In July 2016, FinCEN wrote that more than a quarter of the people who controlled the shell companies in Manhattan and Miami-Dade had at one time engaged in “possible criminal activity”.
One of Trump project’s engaged a Russia-born developer, who had been convicted of money laundering in the 1990s.

In March 2008, a Russian billionaire paid Trump $95 million for a Palm Beach, Florida, estate that Trump had bought 4 years earlier for $41 million.
On 10 September 1997, a shell company bought a condo at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan for $2.26 million, and sold it 8 weeks later to another shell company – for $3 million (a 33% gain).
In Miami-Dade County, Florida, a shell company bought a condo in a Trump-licensed building on 12 Augustus 2010 for $956,768. The company sold the condo the same day to another shell company for $525,000.

In 1984, federal prosecutors charged Russian native David Bogatin with taking part in a massive gasoline bootlegging operation and buying five Trump Tower condos for $4.9 million to launder the proceeds. Bogatin pleaded guilty in 1987 and was released from federal prison in 1998.

After Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier had been overthrown in 1986, the Haitian government claimed that Duvalier had laundered stolen treasury funds by buying a Trump Tower apartment 54-K for $446,875 in August 1983.
Duvalier used the Panama shell company Lasa Trade and Finance to buy the apartment in cash. Trump signed the deed of sale: https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomasfrank...gg0#.cqdmzr88x
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Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered to provide briefings on the race to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
Manafort reportedly wrote in the 7 July 2016 email:
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If he needs private briefings we can accommodate.
In 2001, Deripaska married Polina Yumasheva, daughter of Valentin Yumashev. Yumashev married former Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s daughter and had also been Yeltsin’s chief of staff. Yumasheva was Yumashev’s daughter from an earlier marriage (making Yumasheva the step-granddaughter of Yeltsin).
Deripaska is also in business with Nathaniel “Nat” Rothschild and an important ally of Vladimir Putin. According to a WikiLeaks cable from 2006, Deripaska is “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis”.

In 2008, Manafort’s partners Rick Davis, arranged for Deripaska to meet then-presidential candidate John McCain at an international economic conference in Switzerland.

People close to Manafort told The Post that he and Kilimnik used code language in their emails.
In an April 2016 email, Manafort referred to his growing reputation and asked: “How do we use to get whole?
It has been suggested that Manafort used his important position to make a nice deal (with Deripaska) and referred to money that Deripaska still owed him.

Kilimnik wrote in the 29 July 2016 email that he had met that day with the person, “who gave you the biggest black caviar jar several years ago” and it would take some time to discuss the “long caviar story”. They agreed to meet in Manhattan, New York.
It is suggested that “caviar” was a reference to Manafort’s past relationship with Deripaska.
Kilimnik later said that they discussed “unpaid bills” and “current news”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...75e_story.html


Already in the 1970s, Paul Manafort, Lee Atwater, Roger Stone, and Charlie Black were working together on Republican Presidential Campaigns. Around this time, the college republicans were led by Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, Grover Norquist, and Paul Erickson.
CNP member Jack Abramoff organised several trips to Moscow for representatives Tom Delay and Bob Ney to meet NaftaSib executives and other government officials.

It was none other than Rockefeller’s favourite, Henry Kissinger, who suggested Rex Tillerson to Trump. Secretary of State Tillerson through Exxon was intimate with Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft.
Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani lobbied for Rosneft.

Putin ally and member of Center for the National Interest (CNI), Dmitri Simes, organised a speech for Trump, written by CNI member and Gazprom lobbyist Richard Burt.
At this conference Trump met with (then) Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...-Putin-Crusade


Manafort’s and Roy Cohn’s associate Roger Stone has been a long-time unofficial adviser to Donald Trump.
Stone was briefed in advance about the leaked Democratic emails by an American libertarian who was in contact with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Stone told the Daily Caller:
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I’ve admitted I’ve been in communication with Assange through an intermediary.
They don’t tell me what they’re going to release.
In August 2016, Stone told a Florida audience:
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I actually have communicated with Assange. I believe the next tranche of his documents pertain to the Clinton Foundation but there’s no telling what the October surprise may be.
A source also told the Guardian that Stone once boasted to meeting Assange personally. Stone denied to the Guarding having met Assange: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ks-roger-stone

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