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Old 09-02-2018, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Russiagate – Trump, Spectrum Health, Alfa bank

The last week I’ve spent some time, trying to figure out this one.
This could be the best “Russiagate” story I’ve found so far.
It’s a story about a Trump server that was communicating with the Russian Alfa Bank and Michigan-based Spectrum Health of the DeVos family.

I’ve started this investigation with the following: http://aanirfan.blogspot.nl/2016/10/...s-exposed.html


In 2016, some computer hackers found out that a server registered to the Trump Organization on Fifth Avenue was “secretly” communicating with the Alfa bank and Spectrum Health.
One of the peculiar things about this server is that it excluded communication from other hosts. The investigators found that at election-related moments, the traffic peaked.
They weren’t able to see the contents of the communication.

Spectrum Health has denied having a relationship with Alfa Bank or any of the Trump organizations. Betsy DeVos has become Trump’s Secretary of education and her brother, Erik Prince of the Blackwater mercenaries, is an unofficial advisor to Trump...

The computer experts that investigated reached the conclusion that there is an undeniable relationship between the Trump Organization, Spectrum Health and Alfa Bank.
DNS-expert Paul Vixie concluded:
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The parties were communicating in a secretive fashion. The operative word is secretive. This is more akin to what criminal syndicates do if they are putting together a project.
After the New York Times asked the Alfa Bank about this communication; the Trump Organization server was shut down immediately.
Four days later, the Trump Organization created a new host name, which enabled communication to Alfa Bank and Spectrum Health via a different route.
After the Times again started asking questions at the end of September 2016, the traffic between the servers completely stopped.

Alfa Bank is part of the Alfa Group, who’s CEO, the Ukrainian born Mikhail Fridman, is one of the richest billionaires in Russia and close to Vladimir Putin.
Fridman is also a board member of the US-based International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR): http://www.slate.com/articles/news_a...th_russia.html



My conclusion based on this information, is that either: 1) the logs were falsified or 2) Trump, Alfa and Spectrum were communicating with each other...

The Alfa Bank and Trump also denied that they were communicating with each other.

The FBI “investigation” was closed with the conclusion that the Trump Organization wasn’t communicating with Fridman’s Alfa Bank, the largest commercial bank in Russia:
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The F.B.I. ultimately concluded that there could be an innocuous explanation, like a marketing email or spam, for the computer contacts.
Fridman isn’t only close to Russian President Putin, but also to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu: https://forward.com/news/world/35317...between-trump/


Spectrum Health explained the IP activity as “Voice over IP traffic”, whereas Alfa Bank explained that “hackers attempted to make it look like we contacted Trump Tower”.
The explanation by the Alfa Bank is at least not ridiculous, but I have no reason to suspect that hackers made up this story on Trump, Spectrum and Alfa. And faking evidence like this is more difficult than it seems...

The following image shows that there was a distinct pattern in the communication.

Maybe there are other explanations possible, but this looks like communication to synchronise 2 or 3 databases.
There could be different reasons why 3 organisations working together on the election of Trump would need a synchronised database. One possibility is that they were working on the Podesta emails by Wikileaks…

The bulk of the communication took place between Trump Tower and Alfa Bank.
This could mean that there were only 2 databases (instead of 3), only at Trump Tower and Alfa Bank, and that Spectrum could access the database at Trump Tower directly: https://teapainusa.wordpress.com/201...e-with-russia/
(archived here: http://archive.is/dyW4F)


Mikhail Fridman, German Khan, Alexey Kuzmichev and Pyotr Aven, are the 4 largest of 7 beneficial shareholders of Alfa Bank.
In the early 1990s, Pyotr Aven helped Vladimir Putin to cover-up a corruption case that would have forced him to be expelled from the St. Petersburg government: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...-and-Alfa-Bank


In March 2017, a lawyer on behalf of Alfa Bank sent a threatening letter to computer researcher L. Jean Camp to stop suggesting that they communicated with the Trump Organization and hand over all his information: https://www.cyberscoop.com/alfa-bank...suit-dns-data/


In the first half of 2017, Alfa Bank hired lawyer Brian Benczkowski, to discredit the evidence on communications between its server and the Trump Organization server.
Benczkowski later became the nominee to head the Criminal Division at the DoJ: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...-2016-Campaign
(archived here: http://archive.is/t9fGy)


An interesting link is Eugene Geffy, who made career in the Alfa bank.
In 2001, Geffy founded Salford; an investment fund of Nat Rothschild, where the late Boris Berezovsky (from Russia) was second in command: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthre...post1062995018


There is also a connection to the European Technology and Investment Research Centers (ETIRC) affiliated with Roel Pieper, Daniil Kazhdan (a.k.a. Daniel Bolotin) and Ekim Alptekin.
In 2005, ETIRK Holding Rus and Daniil Kazhdan as a private person established Joint Stock Company “STK Razvitie”; some of its customers are: Alfa-bank, Gazprom, Bank of Moscow and Rosneft: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthre...post1062951078


There is of course a lot more information on ties to the Alfa Bank...

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I must admit that “billionaires” like Trump and Kushner are way too smart for a simple guy like me.
First they “loan” hundreds of millions of dollars from the bank, and when they can’t pay it back... they simply “borrow” another hundreds of millions, while being billionaires at the same time.

One of the interesting links to both to the Alfa bank and Trump, is Deutsche Bank, which has been reported as the only major bank that still provided credit to a liability like Donald.

In November 2008, attorney Steven Molo on behalf of Deutsche Bank, started legal action against Donald Trump because he had not returned $330 million of the $640 million he had “borrowed” in 2005. Deutsche Bank demanded an immediate $40 million from Donald, plus interest, legal fees and costs.
Donald Trump countersued, arguing that because of the economic collapse, he wasn’t obliged to pay back the “loan”. Trump further argued that Deutsche Bank owed him about $3 billion in damages.

Two years later (during which time Donald could continue playing his role as billionaire...), Trump “settled” with Deutsche Bank by repaying the “loan” with another “loan” from… Deutsche Bank. They even gave Trump another $25 million to $50 million on top of the sum needed to pay off the (first) loan.
When Trump was elected president of the United States, he owed Deutsche some $300 million.

In October 2016, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, “loaned” another $285 million from Deutsche Bank to refinance an existing “loan” on the old New York Times building, which Kushner had “bought” the previous year from Lev Leviev.

The American Tim Wiswell in his mid-20s went to Moscow to work for Alfa bank. Then he moved on to Deutsche Bank, where at age 29, he was head of Russian equities.
Wiswell supervised moving billions from Deutsche Bank in Moscow to Deutsche Bank in New York through offshore banks in places like Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands.
There were nearly 6,000 of such transactions, mirror trades, in which the clients bought millions of dollars worth of Russian stock, and immediately resold it to London, in exchange for dollars, pounds, or Euros.

Clients of this scheme consistently lost small amounts of money - between 0.10 and 0.15 of a percentage point per trade. The differences between Moscow and London prices of a stock worked against them, and clients had to pay Deutsche Bank a commission fee.
Nobody in Deutsche Bank seemed to care about this suspicious behaviour.

Wiswell was getting rich while this was happening.
In 2015, Wiswell’s wife received $250,000 for “financial consulting. Similar payments (as “undisclosed compensation”) were made, totalling $3.8 million. According to the DFS — a bribe.
These payments were always made in cash and delivered in a bag; Deutsche Bank in New York cleared them.

One of Wiswell’s partners in crime was Dmitry Perevalov, the owner of a Moscow fund called Lanturno.
About 7 years ago, for his 40th birthday, Perevalov flew a group of associates — including Wiswell — on a private jet to Mauritius. His guests stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in Anahita.
In August 2015, Wiswell was finally fired by Deutsche Bank. Also 2 other Russian sales traders on the equities desk were expelled: Dina Maksutova and Georgiy Buznik.

About 10 days before Trump’s inauguration, the DFS — that can suspend the New York branch of any bank — fined Deutsche Bank $475 million.
London’s Financial Conduct Authority imposed another £163 million ($218 million) penalty.

In the 1990s, Andrey Kostin, who had served as a Soviet diplomat in Sydney and London, and was probably a KGB spy, became the director of the Russian state bank Vnesheconombank (VEB).
Then Vladimir Putin made Kostin head of another state-run bank - Vneshtorgbank (VTB).
In one of those strange coincidences, Deutsche Bank recruited Kostin’s 20-something son, Andrey Jr.: http://www.newsweek.com/2017/12/29/d...nk-753780.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/oWqu9)


In the “Global Laundromat”, between 2010 and 2014, at least $20 billion of Russian money was laundered; Deutsche Bank again played an important role.
In this scheme the Latvian bank Trasta Komercbanka was used as a last point before the money was transferred across the globe. Trasta needed a corresponding Western financial institute to process its dollar-denominated transactions.
Two German banks became corresponding banks for Trasta: Deutsche and Commerzbank.

There are of course connections from the Global Laundromat to Vladimir Putin.
The Russian RZB bank was a major player in this multibillion rouble fraud. This Moscow bank wired 152.5 billion roubles (about $5 billion) to the Moldovan Moldinconbank from 2012 to 2014.
Moldinconbank received most of the wires from Russian banks and then routed the money through the Latvian Trasta Komercbanka, which transferred it to Europe.
Until 2011, RZB belonged to Elena Baturina, wife of the former mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov. In 2010, Luzhkov was ousted by President Putin, and the next year Baturina also lost RZB.

In 2011, 6 Cyprus companies became the owners of RZB.
One of them – Boaden Ltd, which controlled 16.35% of RZB – was owned by St. Petersburg businessman Alexander Grigoriev, who became the corporate director of RZB.
Grigoriev brought a new management team to RZB, which included Igor Putin, Vladimir Putin’s cousin, who served on RZB’s board until 2014.
Grigoriev and Igor Putin share several connections.
Igor Putin also was a board member of construction company SU-888, where Grigoriev is a majority shareholder.
Igor Putin was also a board member of Promsberbank, in which Grigoriev owned a share.

In 2013, Grigoriev acquired another Moldovan bank, Zapadniy.
Zapadniy opened correspondent accounts in Moldindconbank and also became involved in transferring money from Russia to Moldova.
Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev, who became CEO of Zapadniy had been head of Putin’s Presidential Expert Department in 2009-2011.

In 2014-15, Russian regulators stripped Alexander Grigoriev from his banking licences:
https://www.reportingproject.net/the...ins-cousin.php


It’s hypocritical to blame the whole Laundromat on Russian and German banks, going as far as labelling it the “Russian Laundromat” when British banks were arguably taking most of the action, with HSBC bank as THE major player.
Other banks involved in the Laundromat: HSBC, Bank of America, JP Morgan, Standard Chartered, Lloyds, UBS and ING: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthre...post1062953109


In 2003, Ivanka revealed that Donald Trump at the beginning of the 1990s explained that a homeless beggar “has 8 billion more than me”.
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I remember once, my father and I were walking down 5th Avenue, and there was a homeless person sitting right outside of Trump Tower. And I think I was probably nine, ten something like this, it was right around the time as the divorce.
And I remember my father pointing to him and saying ‘That guy has $8 billion more than me.’ Because he was in such extreme debt at that point.
And me thinking ‘What are you talking about?’ He was sitting outside of Trump Tower, and I didn’t understand. I just thought about it a year or two ago and thought it interesting. It makes me all the more proud of my parents that they got through that.



In becoming president, Donald Trump has been rewarded with an unlimited credit.
Do you have any idea who will have to pay for this?

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Lynn Forester de Rothschild, in one of those strange coincidences, is a board member of the Alfred Herrhausen Society for International Dialogue of Deutsche Bank.
De Rothschild was previously an Advisor to the Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium Advisory Board of Deutsche Bank: https://www.mccaininstitute.org/staf...de-rothschild/

See Donald Trump, with his good friends Lynn Forester and her husband Andrew Stein.



In 2008, none other than Rudy Giuliani was hired by the Alfa Bank for a speech. Giuliani featured prominently on Alfa’s website.
See Rudy Giuliani with the heads of Alfa Bank; Mikhail Fridman on the left and Pyotr Aven in Moscow at Alfa’s “Award for Excellence in Foreign Investment in Russia”.


In 2004, Giuliani flew to Russia to meet the Russian billionaire Victor Rashnikov.
Rudy Giuliani’s law and consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, has also represented Russian oil company Rosneft. In one deal Giuliani Partners represented both seller Rosneft and buyer, Qatar’s investment fund.
Giuliani’s firm has also worked for the Italian oil company Eni, which has a close partnership with Rosneft.

In 2007, it was revealed that Giuliani’s firm lobbied for the US subsidiary Citgo Petroleum Corp of the Venezuelan state-oil company PDVSA.
PDVSA got a $1.5 billion dollar loan from Russia’s Rosneft to avoid default on its other obligations, with 49.9% as collateral.

Giuliani Partners also worked for TransCanada of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Rudy Giuliani has also represented Fox News (of Rupert Murdoch), the government of Saudi Arabia and UST Tobacco.

In 2012, Bracewell & Giuliani announced that its client Chesapeake Energy had closed an energy deal with Royal Dutch Shell Oil.
Shell announced that they were also advised in this deal by Bracewell & Giuliani.

Giuliani left Bracewell & Giuliani in 2016, and joined Greenberg Traurig: https://thesternfacts.com/the-trump-...r-1353876e789e
(archived here: http://archive.is/tjBNV)


In one of those strange coincidences, Alfa Bank financed one of the companies involved in building Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. Communicating through BGR, the Alfa said that the contact had ended “after 2008 UN sanctions”.

Members of the US-Russia Business Council (USRBC) include Alfa Bank, Boeing, Cargill, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Ford, LUKOIL and Procter & Gamble.

Hayley Barbour, governor of Mississippi from 2004 to 2012, in 1991 founded the lobbying firm BGR Group. In 2013, its 3 largest clients were the Republic of India, Ukraine Chevron Corporation, and the State of Kazakhstan.
From at least 2004 until 2015, BGR Group represented Alfa Bank; BGR received almost six million dollars from Alfa for “Bilateral US-Russian Relations”.
Jeffrey Birnbaum of BGR on behalf of Alfa firmly denied communication between Trump’s team and the Alfa Bank.

In 2013, Fridman also founded LetterOne Group (a.k.a. L1 Group) to invest in international projects in energy.
Aven also sits on the Board of Directors of LetterOne.

In May 2010 and May 2011, Fridman visited the White House. Both times Fridman was accompanied by Richard Burt, who negotiated the 1991 START I nuclear treaty with the Soviet Union.

In February 2016, Burt started lobbying work for New European Pipeline AG. By August 2016, Gazprom owned the full 100%: https://www.byline.com/column/67/article/1928


Richard Burt has longstanding connections with both BGR Group and Alfa.
Burt was a member of the advisory board of the Alfa Group and still has an advisory role at LetterOne.

Richard Burt was also executive chairman and is still a member of the Advisory Board of corporate intelligence operation Diligence LLC, which employs former spies.
Former director of CIA and FBI, William Webster, is also involved with Diligence LLC.
A stake in Diligence is owned by none other than Nathaniel “Nat” Rothschild.

Dimitry Simes arrived in the US in 1973 and quickly made a career, becoming an informal policy adviser to Richard Nixon. In 1994 Nixon appointed Simes to lead the Nixon Center.
In March 2011, the Nixon Center was renamed to Center of the National Interest (CNI) and separated from the Richard Nixon Family Foundation. Both Simes and Burt are board members of the CNI. Trump’s friend for many years, Henry Kissinger, is honorary chairman of the CNI, while the cofounder of Baron Jacob Rothschild’s investment fund Blackstone, Peter Peterson, is also a board member.
In 2017, Simes met Kremlin adviser Gleb Pavlovsky and Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

In 2013, Simes attended the Valdai International Discussion Club alongside Putin. Putin meets Valdai Club’s participants every year since 2004: https://medium.com/mosaic2/nixon-cen...p-35018040f65e
(archived here: http://archive.is/8EF18)

See Dimitri Simes on the right with Putin on the left.


For more information on Deripaska’s business with Paul Manafort: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=319462

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I’m not surprised that I’ve found information on money laundering by the Alfa Bank, I’m surprised on information on drugs trafficking by Alfa Eko though (both part of the Alfa Group).

First some information on Wilbur Ross’ connection to Deutsche Bank...
Wilbur Ross (Trump’s Secretary of commerce), who worked decades at NM Rothschild & Sons, and Trump go back to at least the early 1990s when Ross, together with Carl Icahn, arranged the deal that allowed Trump to keep “his” casinos.

President Bill Clinton appointed Ross to lead the US-Russia Investment Fund, to loot Russia in the transition from Communism to “market economy”.
During his tenure at the US-Russia Investment Fund, Ross met lots of Russian oligarchs.

Documents from the Panamanian offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca shows over $2 billion in sweetheart deals for associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin passing through Cyprus.

Until 2012, the CEO of Deutsche Bank was Josef Ackermann.
In the spring of 2014, Wilbur Ross became vice chairman of the Bank of Cyprus. Later that year Ackermann was brought in to help direct the Bank of Cyprus.

Among the major shareholders of the Bank of Cyprus is one Dimitry Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev has deep ties to the Kremlin and a connection to Trump.
In 2008, Rybolovlev bought a Florida mansion from Trump for $95 million (in the midst of the housing crisis) that Trump had bought for less than $42 million only 3 years earlier (in 2005).

During the 2016 presidential election, it was reported that Rybolovlev’s business jet arrived within hours of Trump’s arrival at airports, in Concord, N.C. and Las Vegas.
It has even been reported that Rybolovlev was aboard Trump’s jet during his North Carolina trip: https://www.justsecurity.org/39409/m...ness-dealings/


The following story includes information on drug trafficking and money laundering by the Alfa Bank...

In the 1980s, Mikhail Fridman was active in the Komsomol, and, according to insiders, “secretly cooperated with operatives of the KGB” .
Komsomol was used to “groom” 47% of the KGB agents in the Soviet Union.

The Alfa Group “bought” Tyumen Oil for roughly $810 million from the Russian government. Russian President Boris Yeltsin had instructed his Deputy Prime Minister Alfred Kokh, to “personally control the investment tender of the TNK company” (TNK = Tyumen Oil).
In 2000, the US Export-Import Bank approved a $489 million “loan” to Russian oil company Tyumen Oil Co.; $292 million of those funds to refurbish a Siberian oil field owned by Alfa.
Spokesperson for the Ex-Im Bank, Marsha E. Berry, said that we are “not aware of Tyumen’s connections to the mob”.
Tyumen’s lead attorney at Akin Gump is James C. Langdon Jr., who was also one of George W. Bush’s “Pioneers”, a fund raiser who raised at least $100,000 for his presidential campaign.

In 1993, a top Alfa official met Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who in 2000 was imprisoned for money laundering for Colombia’s Cali cartel:
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to conclude an agreement about the transfer of money into Alfa Bank from offshore zones such as the Bahamas, Gibraltar and others. The plan was to insert it back into the Russian economy through the purchase of stock in Russian companies.
According to a 1997 report by the FSB (the Russian FBI), in the early 1990s Alfa Bank and Alfa Eko had been laundering Russian and Colombian drug money and trafficking drugs from the Far East to Europe.
Alfa Group’s top executives, Mikhail Fridman and Pyotr Aven:
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allegedly participated in the transit of drugs from Southeast Asia through Russia and into Europe.
Alfa Eko supposedly specialises in the shipment of food…
In 1995, residents of a Siberian town became “intoxicated” and “poisoned”, after they had eaten heroin-laced sugar that had been shipped in a rail car container leased to Alfa Eko.
Ministry of Internal Affairs agents conducted raids of Alfa Eko buildings and found “drugs and other compromising documentation”: https://www.publicintegrity.org/2000...federal-trough
(archived here: http://archive.is/nSDkl)


Mikhail Fridman has Israeli citizenship and resides in London.

From the accounts of hundreds of one-day shell companies at Alfa Bank, Uralsib Bank and Smolensky Bank, billions were transferred to the accounts of other firms, either at the Kreditimpeks bank (since 2006) or the Intelfinance bank (since 2007).
Some of the funds were cashed there, or sent to other regional banks (primarily located in Dagestan), where they were cashed.

In November 2003, Sodbusinessbank signed a general agreement with Alfa Bank to work together in amongst others providing credit and the sale of securities.
The Sodbusinessbank was used for a bankruptcy fraud:
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Between January 23 and May 12, 2004, the management of Sodbusinessbank LLC, with the intent of deliberate bankruptcy, by signing loan agreements with various companies, transferred 3 billion 337 million from the accounts of CB Sodbusinessbank.
In 2004, Millhouse Capital acquired more than 86% of the state farm Matveevsky. Another part of Matveevsky was purchased by Inteko. These lands weren’t purchased, but more or less stolen.
This fraud was carried out with the help of a number of entities controlled by Alfa Eko, including LLC Velteks.

In Belarus online (child?) pornography was sold at a site controlled by 2 offshore firms. Some in the KGB thought they were linked to Alfa Eko: http://rucriminal.com/en/material/664

It looks like there isn’t enough “evidence” to confirm the (child) pornography.
I don't know how reliable the last story is...

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Cambridge Analytica is very popular…
Cambridge Analytica worked on Ted Cruz’s campaign before it was hired to work their magic on the Trump campaign.
By common consensus, Cambridge Analytica is owned by Robert Mercer, but in reality Cambridge is “the US subsidiary of SCL Group” in which the British Iranian multimillionaire Vincent Tchenguiz is the largest shareholder.
The parent company of Cambridge Analytica – SCL Group – was also behind the successful Brexit campaign.

Cambridge Analytica is entirely owned by SCL Elections, owned by executive Alexander Nix. From shortly after its inception in 2005 until June 2015, the largest of the 15 shareholders of the UK Strategic Communications Laboratories Ltd. (in 2015 renamed to SCL Group) was Tchenguiz.
On 11 November 2006, a new director was appointed by Tchenguiz’ — Julian David Wheatland. Even today, a year after Tchenguiz divested his shares, SCL Group Chairman is still Tchenguiz’s employee Julian Wheatland.

Vincent Tchenguiz also has connections to Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash.
Tchenguiz used the same Guernsey holding company, Wheddon Ltd., to invest both in SCL Group and another privately held UK business - Zander Group Ltd.
In 2005-2006, Tchenguiz invested in Zander through his Vantania Holdings Ltd.; on 11 September 2015, Vantania transferred its shares to Wheddon Ltd.
From 2006 until 2011, the largest single shareholding in Zander Group, 28% of the shares, was owned by a Cyprus company called Spadi Trading. And Spadi was owned by Group DF, in the British Virgin Islands, of the Ukrainian money launderer Dmitry Firtash. It’s improbable that Tchenguiz wouldn’t know, as Zander Group’s chairman, is Raymond Asquith, an English peer who is also an executive of Group DF.

In March 2011, the brothers Tchenguiz were arrested as they were suspected to be guilty of a bankruptcy fraud involving the Icelandic bank Kaupthing. Just before its collapse, Kaupthing’s loans to the Tchenguiz brothers totalled 40% of its capital. It has been charged that Kaupthing was effectively looted by the Tchenguiz brothers (who controlled the bank). The Tchenguiz brothers were acquitted as in our Brave New World the legal system protects the big criminals.
Kaupthing’s largest shareholder, Meidur (now called Exista), owned 25% of its shares, had ties to Alfa Bank.
Trump adviser Richard Burt was a senior advisor to Alfa Bank: http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news...russian-access
(archived here: http://archive.is/RbAFN)


The Trump administration recently awarded Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, London-based SCL Group Ltd, with the contract for the US State Department’s “Global Engagement Center”.
SCL Group will use its psychological profiling and data manipulation techniques as part of a “counter-radicalization” campaign directed at young men in other countries who could be radicalised into joining ISIS…
Since Congress has eliminated barriers between access to data profiles of foreign nationals and US citizens, it is likely that Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group will have access to personal data of both Americans and non-Americans.

Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, formerly of Mercer-owned media outlet — Breitbart News —joined the Board of Cambridge Analytica. Trump Advisor Kellyanne Conway also has close ties to Robert Mercer.

Cambridge Analytica had the ability to micro-target Facebook users. They could reach into the exact zip codes and precincts for the Trump Campaign.
Literally within hours of the WikiLeaks dumbs that started on 22 July 2016, the Trump Campaign was sending micro-targeted messages to Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts. It is unlikely that Cambridge Analytica could be able to analyse this mass of data and pick out “smoking gun” segments for transmission to potential Trump voters so quickly without advance knowledge.
Cambridge Analytica and SCL have financial ties to Alfa Bank, and there could also be a role for Trump advisor Richard Burt, who sat on Alfa’s senior advisory board.
Maybe the communication between the Trump organization server, Spectrum Health and Alfa Bank was to transmit the coming WikiLeaks dump and/or hacked voting records to target individual voters.

In early 2017, during the transition period and after Trump’s inauguration, Cambridge Analytica had a series of meetings with Trump and his team.
The subject was how Cambridge Analytica could continue “managing public opinion” regarding the policies of the Trump Administration. At the same time, Cambridge Analytica discussed with the Trump Administration on how to promote the real estate “products” of the Trump Organization.

Maybe somebody will agree with me that it’s suspicious that FBI Director James Comey send his “October Surprise” letter to Congress about “reopening” the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
One could argue that the at that time ongoing investigation into the communication between Trump, Spectrum Health and the Alfa Bank was of more significance: http://blog.mccallionlaw.com/fbi-inv...dge-analytica/
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First a little more on the bankrupted Kaupthing Bank, in which Meidur, now called Exista owned a 25% stake. A controlling share in Exista was held by the Bakkavör holding company of Agust and Lydur Gudmun.
In 2005, the 2 owners of Exista were Quenon Investment Limited and Shapburg Limited. Shapburg Limited also, together with the Russian Alfa Bank, owned a stake in the Luxembourg-registered Alfa Finance Holdings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exista

Many of the largest loans were to the brothers Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz, their former brother-in-law Vivian Imerman, Simon Halabi, Nick and Christian Candy, Peter Shalson and Aneel Mussarat. Robert Tchenguiz was a major shareholder in Exista and the second largest borrower from Kaupthing, with “loans” of €1.37 billion.
The fourth largest investor in Kaupthing, Kevin Stanford, with 30.9 million shares “loaned” a total of €519 million.

Former head of the Finnish financial regulator, Kaarlo Jannari, explained the scheme like this:
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In most cases, the assets pledged as collateral for these loans are shares in the companies in which these customers had invested the funds borrowed... My judgment is that their behaviour in this regard has been very imprudent.
https://www.theguardian.com/business...-internet-leak
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In September 2002, Alfa Bank formed a strategic partnership with Gazprom, to provide credit to Gazprom.
This includes a joint position on the indebted Gazprom subsidiary, SIBUR. Alfa Bank agreed to take over SIBUR’s debts: https://alfabank.com/media/news/2002/09/19/
(archived here: http://archive.is/IGA18)

Sibur involves an interesting story in which sanctions boost the profits of the stake of Rothschild agent, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in Navigator.

Deputy Chairman of Sibur, Kirill Shamalov (married to Putin’s “alleged” daughter Katerina Tikhonova) holds a 3.9% stake in the firm. Two other major Sibur shareholders - Leonid Mikhelson and Gennady Timchenko - are under some form of US sanctions. According to the US Treasury, in 2014 Putin held investments in Timchenko’s oil-trading firm.
Kirill Shamalov himself is not sanctioned, but his father, Nikolai Shamalov, one of Putin’s oldest friends from St Petersburg, is. Kirill Shamalov drastically increased his holding in Sibur in September 2014 after “borrowing” $1.3 billion from the state-controlled Gazprombank. His brother, Yury Shamalov, is the bank’s deputy chairman.
In 2017, Kirill Shamalov reduced his 21.4% stake in the company, which was worth about $2.85 billion (after borrowing $1.3 billion 3 years before), to 3.9%. Shamalov sold to Sibur’s main shareholder, Leonid Mikhelson (according to Forbes, Russia’s richest man).

Sibur itself is not under sanctions, which gives it a head start on its competitors that are under sanctions.

Navigator Holdings earns millions a year transporting oil and gas for Sibur.
Wilbur Ross first invested in Navigator Holdings in 2011. In the summer of 2012, WL Ross took control of Navigator by buying a further $110 million stake from the collapsed Lehman Brothers bank. Ross is a shareholder in a Cayman Islands investment vehicle WLR Recovery Associates IV DSS AIV GP, which in turn own 2 other WLR Cayman firms, one of which is a shareholder in Navigator.
In 2016, 31.5% was still held by entities in which Ross has a stake. In 2017, the WLR stake in Navigator was worth about $179 million, but it is not clear how much is held by Ross personally. When he joined the Trump administration, Ross declared holdings worth up to $10 million.

Ross’s press secretary, James Rockas, claimed the Navigator-Sibur deal was signed in February 2012, before Ross joined the Navigator board. Sibur’s annual report shows, the deal was signed in March. Ross filed ethics forms that his start date at Navigator had been January 2012.
In 2012-2014, Wilbur Ross was a board member of Navigator. During that period Navigator increased its business with Sibur. The energy firm accounted for 9.1% of Navigator's total revenues in 2015, compared with 5.3% in 2014. Sibur has provided Navigator with $68 million (£49 million) in revenue since 2014.
Navigator went public on the New York stock exchange, its share price buoyed by the Sibur deal. Ross more than doubled his investment.

After Ross left Navigator's board in November 2014, his seat was taken by Ross group partner Wendy Teramoto until 2017. Teramoto resigned to join the Trump administration as Ross’s chief of staff.
Navigator doubled the ships transporting for Sibur to 4 in 2017, as Ross joined Trump’s administration.
On the night Ross was nominated as commerce secretary, he went to a restaurant in New York and said to the Navigator Holdings CEO:
Quote:
Your interest is aligned to mine. The US economy will grow, and Navigator will be a beneficiary.
In May 2014, a Russian government fund invested $700 million in the Ust-Luga port, where Sibur has exclusive rights to ship liquefied gas.
In December 2015, Sibur received a $1.75 billion state loan at a third of the market rate.

Ross is the wealthiest member of Trump’s cabinet with an estimated $2.9 billion.
In 2014, Ross led the €1 billion takeover of the Bank of Cyprus. The billionaire Russian industrialist Viktor Vekselberg invested in the bank takeover. Vekselberg was present at the December 2015 dinner in Moscow for RT, where Trump’s future national security adviser Michael Flynn and Jill Stein were photographed at the same table as Putin.
In the senior leadership team of the Bank of Cyprus, Ross appointed Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, a former KGB colleague of Putin, who also sits on the board of several state corporations.
In 2015, when Ross was vice-chairman, its Russia-based businesses were sold off to Artem Avetisyan, a Russian businessman who had been appointed by Putin to chair an agency to strengthen ties between the Kremlin and business.
See from left to right – Blavatnik, Mikhail Fridman, Lord John Browne and Vekselberg, February 2003.


Navigator vessels also carried out extensive business with the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA. Trump imposed sanctions on PDVSA in August.
Some transactions through the Bank of Cyprus involved Paul Manafort: https://www.theguardian.com/news/201...aradise-papers
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Please don’t tell special cover-up artist Robert Mueller that the Russian Gazprom and Gazprombank lead back to the Ukraine, RosUkrEnergo, Dmytro Firtash and Paul Manafort: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthre...post1062991683
I wouldn’t like to see Mueller come in a position that he couldn’t deny anymore…
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In August 2016, when the presidential campaign was running smoothly, husband and wife Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were on “holiday” in Croatia. Javanka were pictured on board the $200 million yacht the Rising Sun of billionaire David Geffen.
David Geffen was one of the earliest supporters of Barack Obama and donated to both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the primary.

They later went sightseeing in Dubrovnik with Rupert “the FOX” Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng and Brian and wife Veronica Grazer.


After Geffen joined Instagram in 2016, one of the first photos he posted was with Karlie Kloss, the 24-year-old supermodel girlfriend of Joshua Kushner (Jared's brother).
Disney CEO Bob Iger is another Hillary Clinton supporter that frequently enjoys time on the Rising Sun: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...200m-boat.html

It’s a bit strange that Jared and Ivanka were on a boat with a fervent Hillary Clinton supporter when the campaign was in full swing, but the following information is even more interesting.

Dmitry Rybolovlev bought Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida mansion for $95 million in 2008. During the campaign his private jet was repeatedly spotted where Trump’s private jet arrived.
In March 2017, a spokesperson for Rybolovlev said it was "pure coincidence" that his and Trump’s planes were parked next to each other in North Carolina and that Rybolovlev "has no connection whatsoever to Mr. Trump or his team of advisers".

In one of those strange coincidences, none other than Dmitry Rybolovev’s yacht and private jet were in Croatia when Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were there on August 10-13 2016.
Dmitry Rybolovlev’s yacht Anna was even in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

From Dubrovnik, Ivanka and Kushner went to Hvar, which is an island about 3-4 hours by boat. While Croatian media reported them in Dubrovnik on 11 and 12 August, Ivanka and American media waited until August 14 to post photos and stories on this trip.
Were they trying to hide something?

Another interesting Trump-connection is that in March 2017 Rybolovlev’s yacht was photographed in the British Virgin Islands next to the Sea Owl yacht of Trump backer Robert Mercer.
Mercer also funded Breitbart News of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica that orchestrated the Trump campaign and Brexit: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/201...Jarred-Kushner
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I’ve finally found a real story in 3 parts with some excellent dot connecting. Maybe it’s too long though.
It starts with Deutsche Bank, but there’s much more…

Deutsche Bank helped US clients to report approximately $29.3 billion in bogus transactions on their tax returns. This allowed them to evade approximately $5.9 billion in income taxes. Deutsche Bank also sold “basket options” which allowed clients to evade taxes.
Between 2000 and 2012, Renaissance Technology (RenTec) purchased 29 basket options with a notional value of $46 billion and profits totalling $15.9 billion. The co-CEO of RenTec, billionaire Robert Mercer, contributed over $20 million to Republican candidates during the 2016 election campaign (and was one of the biggest supporters to Trump’s campaign). Robert Mercer also funded Breitbart and the SCL Group (parent company of Cambridge Analytica).
In 2016, Dmitry Firtash was a board member of SCL when Mike Flynn was a paid consultant. Cambridge Analytica employed Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.

The Global Laundromat involved Commercial Bank of San Francisco (associated with Boris Avramovich Goldstein and Irakaly “Ike” Kaveladze) and Bank of New York (associated with Bruce Rappaport and Peter Berlin).

US Attorney Preet Bharara investigated (amongst others) several cases against Deutsche Bank.
After Bharara was fired, on 3 January 2018 Geoffrey Berman was appointed Interim US Attorney for the SDNY. Berman was a partner at the law firm that employed Rudy Giuliani.

In 2015, Deutsche settled the case for rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) for $2.5 billion with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) through a deferred prosecution agreement: https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/01/08/de...ussian-part-1/
(archived here: http://archive.is/Cwuxz)


Donald Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank began in 1998 when he “loaned” $125 million.
Trump’s wealth manager at Deutsche Bank, Rosemary Vrablic, also counted husband and wife Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump under her clients. Vrablic was even invited to attend the inauguration.
Trump’s 2017 disclosure form contained 2 Deutsche Bank accounts, which are worth between $100,000 and $10 million.

Part of the $10 billion in mirror trades through Deutsche Bank’s Moscow office involved money from Putin associates and childhood friends Arkady and Boris Rotenberg.
The Rotenberg brothers have a long association with Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, who has long-time ties to Paul Manafort.

One favoured recipient of Deutsche Bank “loans” was giant telecommunications company VimpelCom (VIP), recently renamed VEON. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands it’s the sixth-largest mobile network operator in the world with 214 million subscribers.
It is listed on the NYSE and part of the Alfa Group of Mikhail M. Fridman and Pyotr Aven.
According to a 2 October 2016 report, Robert Mercer’s RenTec bought 866,100 shares of VIP.

In 2008, Vneshekonombank (VEB) intended to repay a syndicate of Western banks. VEB’s chairman at the time was Vladimir Putin.
The largest loan at the time was $4.5 billion to Rusal, owned and run by billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska and Nathaniel “Nat” Rothschild.
Separately, Fridman also “loaned” $2 billion letter from VEB, which prevented Deutsche Bank from attempting to seize 44% of VimpelCom.

Deutsche Bank had a good relationship with Anatoliy Chubais — minister in Boris Yeltsin’s cabinet and architect of privatisation.
On 28 April 2006, Deutsche Bank and VEB signed a “cooperation agreement”.

In 2012, Fridman formed a $1 billion real estate partnership with New York magnate Jack Rosen (head of the American Jewish Congress).
Fridman’s son and daughter have attended Yale University.
The Alfa Group had a correspondent relation with a small bank called Krainiy Sever, which was linked to the Prevezon forfeiture case.
The FBME Bank was also involved in laundering the so-called Magnitsky funds associated with Hermitage Capital and Bill Browder. Nikolai Gorokov represented Sergei Magnitsky’s family.
Gorokov fell from a window in Moscow about a month before he would testify in the Prevezon case.
Strategies used to launder money involved buying luxury yachts; ownership interests in professional soccer, hockey and/or basketball teams; investments through shell companies into real estate in UK and the US.

In November 2014, former CEO of Deutsche Bank, Josef Ackerman, became chairman of the Bank of Cyprus. This was proposed by its major shareholder Wilbur Ross. Josef Ackerman is also on the board of Renova.
The second-largest shareholder of Bank of Cyprus at this time was Viktor Vekselberg, another Russian oligarch and head of the Renova Corp. Vekselberg is also in business with Mikhail Fridman in AAR. Vekselberg sold his Aluminium company to Oleg Deripaska, who turned it into Rusal.
Vekselberg is also in business with the Russian born with American citizenship Len Blavatnik.

Another large shareholder of the Bank of Cyprus is Dmitry Rybolovlev, who was also in business with Robert Mercer as co-CEO of the Hedge Fund RenTec.
Rybolovlev is best known for buying a mansion from Trump in 2008 for $95 million (by common consensus above the market price). He was also a major contributor to Trump’s campaign. Rybolovlev’s yacht was parked next to Mercer’s during the campaign.

Reportedly Paul Manafort had opened 15 separate accounts at the Cyprus Popular Bank, which was later taken over by the Bank of Cyprus.
Two Trump companies are registered in Cyprus. Trump’s 2017 financial disclosure form “forgot” to mention these companies: https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/01/15/de...ussian-part-2/
(archived here: http://archive.is/bxL3a)


Jared Kushner disclosed that he and his mother have ”loaned” up to $25 million from Deutsche Bank, but “forgot” to disclose the $285 million refinancing from Deutsche Bank in October 2016.
In 2015, Kushner’s company purchased the former New York Times Building in Times Square from an entity called Africa-Israel Investments, headed by Russian oligarch Lev Leviev.
Leviev was a business partner of the Russian Prevezon Holdings that was accused of money laundering by the DoJ. Prevezon was represented by Natalia Veselnitskaya and got off with a “slap on the wrist” of $6 million.
Leviev told the New York Times that he was a “true friend” of Vladimir Putin, largely through his work with the Moscow Jewish Museum, the Russian Jewish Congress and his close ties to Russia’s Chief Chabad Rabbi, Berel Lazar.

I had not found out yet what the 9 June 2016 meeting with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was all about (most media claim this was about dirt on Hillary Clinton)...
Kushner had promised to recuse himself from any case involving Deutsche Bank. It has been reported that Prevezon and its partners “loaned” $90 million from a “big European financial institution”; court records show this was Deutsche Bank.
Can we hold it against Kushner that he didn’t know that Veselnitskaya represented Prevezon Holdings in the money laundering case that also involved Deutsche Bank?
Maybe I’m the only one to think that this matter was discussed at this meeting...

Kushner also “forgot” to disclose that in December 2016 he met at Trump Tower with Sergei Gorkov, head of the sanctioned Russian bank VEB, who was trained by the FSB (the current name for the KGB).
Also in December 2016, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nayan met Kushner and Steve Bannon in an undisclosed meeting.
On 11 January 2017, Erik Prince, brother of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, at the suggestion of Bin Zayed, met covertly with Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and formerly of Goldman Sachs, in the Seychelles. RDIF’s parent company is VEB, and both RDIF and VEB are under US sanctions. Mohammed bin Zayed and Alexander Mashkevich were also in the Seychelles at this time.
On 17 January, Anthony Scaramucci, Trump senior advisor, met head of RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, in Davos, Switzerland. Dmitriev is also under sanctions.

Trasta Komercbanka was a Latvian-located bank that played a prominent role in the Prevezon forfeiture case and the so-called Global Laundromat. Trasta Komercbanka was co-owned by Igors Buimisters and Ivan Fursin.
Fursin is a a former member of the Russian Parliament for the “Party of Regions” and junior partner at Ukraine’s RosUkrEnergo of Dmitry Firtash. Firtash and Fursin also own the Ukrainian Nadra Bank and Misto Bank.
Fursin has also been reported as a senior figure in the Semion Mogilevich crime organisation: https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/02/01/de...ussian-part-3/
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The following article details some of the “Putin” proxies that funnelled millions to Republican political campaigns.
In reality Moscow (like Washington) takes their orders from London...

In the 2015-16 election cycle, US-UK citizen Leonard “Len” Blavatnik was one of the largest donors to the Republicans. In the late '70s, Blavatnik's family emigrated from the USSR to the US.
In 2009-10, Blavatnik started donating to US political campaigns, during that season he contributed $53,400. His contributions increased to $135,552 in 2011-12 and $273,600 in 2013-14. During this period his contributions were fairly balanced across party lines.
In 2015-16, Blavatnik's political contributions soared to $6.35 million only to Republican action committees - including Senators Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.
Blavatnik's AI-Altep Holdings donated $2 million to McConnell's PAC.

Viktor Vekselberg is one of the 10 richest men in Russia, and together with long-time business partner Blavatnik (they met at university in Russia.) hold a 20.5% stake in the Rusal of Oleg Deripaska and Nat Rothschild.
In 1990, Blavatnik and Vekselberg co-founded the Renova Group; one of their earliest investments was in Tyumen Oil Co. (TNK), founded in 1995. In 2003, TNK formed a joint venture with British Petroleum (BP). That relationship ended 10 years later when they sold to the state-controlled Rosneft.
Vekselberg has connections to at least 2 Americans that made large Republican campaign contributions.

Andrew Intrater has been reported as Vekselberg's cousin and is chief executive of Columbus Nova (Renova's US investment arm).
In January 2017, Intrater contributed $250,000 to Trump's Inaugural Committee. His gift got him invited to a dinner billed as "an intimate policy discussion with select cabinet appointees”.

From 1998 to 2003, oil magnate Simon Kukes worked for Vekselberg and Blavatnik as CEO of TNK. CIA documents released in 2003 claimed that TNK president Kukes "bribed local officials".
In 2016, Kukes contributed a total of $283,000, most of it to Trump’s Victory Fund.
In June 2003, Kukes resigned as CEO of TNK to join the board of Yukos Oil, at the time the largest oil company in Russia owned by the richest Russian, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Four months after Kukes joined the board, authorities arrested Khodorkovsky on trumped up charges of tax evasion to make Kukes the CEO.

In 2000, Alexander Shustorovich , chief executive of IMG Artists, tried to donate $250,000 to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, but this was rejected.
Trump on the other hand gladly accepted Shustorovich's $1 million check to his Inaugural Committee.

From the start of the 2015-16 election cycle through September 2017, Blavatnik, Intrater, Shustorovich and Kukes made $10.4 million donations to US politicians (99% to Republicans).

Trump’s super PAC, Make America Number 1, was primarily funded by Robert Mercer. His Renaissance Technologies hedge fund also invested $15.5 million in Cambridge Analytica (subsidiary of the British SCL Group), the firm that Jared Kushner hired for $5.9 million to arrange Trump’s election.
Alexander Nix has confirmed that he asked Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to forward the Clinton-related emails. Assange said he declined: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/c...-gop-campaigns
(archived here: http://archive.is/zlfiu)


In 1993, Senator Mitch McConnell, who received $2 million from Lev Blavatnik, married Elaine L. Chao.
Elaine Chao (born in Taiwan) is Trump’s Secretary of Transportation; she earlier was an official in the Reagan administration and secretary of labor in both George W. Bush cabinets (from 2001 to 2009). Elaine Chao is also a member of the CFR.

Elaine’s father, James S.C. Chao, is a long-time friend of the president of China in the 1990s - Jiang Zemin (they were classmates at Jiao Tong University).
In August 2014, a ship of the Foremost Maritime Corporation of James Chao was caught with 40 kilograms (about ninety pounds) of cocaine on board.

Elaine Chao and McConnell are also connected to John Huang of the Indonesian Lippo Bank of the Riady family.
Lippo was at the centre of the Clinton “Chinagate” fundraising scandal, in which Lippo´s chief executive James T. Riady pled guilty to illegally donating to Bill Clinton: https://forum.davidicke.com/showpost...2&postcount=29


Goldman Sachs, Bonesman Steve Mnuchin owned Hollywood financing company RatPac-Dune with Len Blavatnik.
Mnuchin sold his stake before becoming Treasury Secretary without disclosing to whom.

In April 2017, Blavatnik’s Access Entertainment purchased James Packer’s ownership share of RatPac Entertainment.
RatPac is a partner in RatPac-Dune Entertainment with Dune Entertainment, which was led by Steven Mnuchin. Since 2006, Dune partnered with Warner Brothers and Fox Filmed Entertainment (of Rothschild agent Rupert Murdoch).
Mnuchin was also co-chairman of movie company Relativity Media (co-owned by Brett Ratner and Packer), which distributed or financed nearly 200 motion pictures that were nominated for 60 Oscars.
Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh was sued for fraud and neglect, which involved porn photo shoots involving Dana Brunetti. Brunetti met gay paedophile Kevin Spacey in 1997, and became long-time partners, including working on several feature films.
In 2007, then Senator Hillary Clinton threw a fundraising party at Brett Ratner’s home, whose guest lists have included Paris Hilton (also close to Donald Trump).

Brett Ratner, co-owner of RatPac-Dune directed X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Gay paedophile Bryan Singer had directed X-Men (2000) and its 2003 sequel. Singer’s and Spacey’s career took off with The Usual Suspects (1995), for which Spacey’s won his first Oscar.
In 2012, prominent Democratic fundraiser Ron Burkle purchased a large stake in Relativity. Bill Clinton has flown on his buddy Burkle’s private Boeing 757 that some refer to as “Air Fuck One.”

In 2000, Rothschild associates Oleg Deripaska and Roman Abramovich partnered to found RUSAL. Abramovich is the owner of investment company Millhouse LLC and is maybe best known as the owner of Chelsea Football Club. Blavatnik and Viktor Vekselberg hold a 15.8% joint stake in Rusal.
Blavatnik is the founder of Access Industries that now owns Warner Music Group. In 2015, Blavatnik was called Britain’s richest man (ignoring the Houses of Windsor and Rothschild…).

Benjamin Netanyahu has been suspected of fraud and bribes from Los Angeles producer Arnon Milchan, Australian billionaire James Packer, and others. Netanyahu’s son Yair flew on Packer’s private jet and stayed in hotels at Packer’s expense: http://www.conspiracyschool.com/blog...igarchs-part-i
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Maybe all of this controversy over Trump’s team ties to Russia is strange (while the ties to Britain are ignored...).
Even during the “Cold War” the relations between the US and USSR were very tight. See for example the ties between Rockefeller agent Henry Kissinger and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?t=320670


In 2003, BP formed a joint venture with the Alfa–Access–Renova consortium (AAR) - TNK-BP - to explore, extract, refine and sell Siberian oil and gas. The joint venture generated more than £19 billion in dividends for BP and accounted for around a quarter of its total oil production.
In 2011, BP tried to form a strategic alliance with Russia’s largest state owned oil company - Rosneft. BP and Rosneft were forced to put their plans on hold after AAR obtained a High Court injunction against BP. In July 2012, the Russian courts awarded 100 billion roubles (about £2 billion) to AAR.
Rosneft eventually partnered with Exxon-Mobil and BP lost out on this opportunity.

On 18 October 2012, Rosneft bought out BP and AAR for a reported £56 billion deal, including a significant stake in Rosneft for BP: https://www.lexology.com/library/det...0-52fc4e4ea1e0

As a little aside; Rex Tillerson, who was recently unceremoniously dismissed (by tweet) as Secretary of State, was CEO of ExxonMobil…


From 1995 to 2000, Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton. The ties to Russia have been a little overlooked.
During the 5 years with Cheney’s as CEO, Halliburton was awarded $3.8 billion in government contracts or insured loans. During Cheney’s 5 years, government banks loaned or insured loans to Halliburton (most for its subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown and Root) worth $1.5 billion, compared to (only) $100 million during the previous 5 years.

For the refurbishment of the Siberian oilfield, the Tyumen oil company (TNK) was loaned $489 million from the US Export-Import Bank (after lobbying by Halliburton). Halliburton in return received $292 million for the refurbishments: https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ion.georgebush
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I’ve found more interesting information on the Diligence LLC, whose chairman Richard Burt is also affiliated with the Alfa Bank (besides Burt’s ties to various major US politicians, including Donald Drumpf).
I’ve found a connection to George W. Bush’s brother, Neil Bush.

Around the time of the Iraq invasion, New Bridge Strategies was formed. The principal backers included Joe Albaugh (Chief of Staff to then-Governor Bush of Texas and Campaign Manager for the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign), Ed Rogers, John Howland and Jamal Daniel.
Daniel is also co-chairman of Crest Investment. The other co-chairman is none other than Neil Bush…
Daniel's family, Christians originating from Syria, reportedly was involved in the founding of the Ba'ath Party and remained affiliated with it in both Syria and Iraq even after Hafez al-Assad came to power. Jamal Daniel boasts connections with the families of the rulers of at least 5 Middle East countries: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
Neil Bush was hired by Jamel Daniel as a “consultant” for New Bridge, for $15,000 every three months for 3 to 4 hours a week.

In 2006, Ed Rogers (former Deputy Assistant to George HW Bush) was vice Chairman and Director of New Bridge Strategies and also a director of Diligence Inc.
Ed Rogers and Lanny Griffith were also the top executives of republican lobbying firm Barbour, Griffith and Rogers (BGR). BGR was the initial funder for Diligence.
Diligence's current Chairman is Richard Burt, who is also a Director of BGR.
Diligence Middle East Inc. is a joint venture between Diligence Inc. and New Bridge Strategies.
At one time BGR, Diligence and New Bridge shared the same 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue address in Washington DC.

Most people focus on the countries Iran or Israel and Saudi Arabia. Sadly overlooked is the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Neil Bush also has strong business ties with the UAE.
Neil Bush visited the UAE in October 2000, and in October and November 2001. In 2002, Neil was again in the UAE to get funds for his Ignite! Inc. company.
UAE is a major investor in The Carlyle Group, where George H.W. Bush was once a senior adviser: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2006/3/26/197164/-
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Richard Burt is also a Senior Advisor of McLarty and Associates.

Thomas F. McLarty III is the President at McLarty Associates. He was the cofounder of Kissinger McLarty Capital Group.
McLarty was also a member of the Advisory Board at Diligence London.
McLarty is senior advisor of The Carlyle Group LP.

McLarty was also President Clinton's Chief of Staff.
He was also an advisor of US Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter: https://www.bloomberg.com/research/s...ners%20Limited


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Have you ever heard of Russian billionaire Yuri Milner?
In 2015, Milner “invested” $850,000 in the Cadre start-up in New York, owned by Jared and his brother Joshua Kushner (with a third associate). The complete group of investors (including George Soros and Peter Thiel) “invested” $50 million in the Trump in-laws.
Milner said he knew Joshua Kushner but had met Jared Kushner only once, at a conference in Aspen, Colorado, in autumn 2016.

Yuri Milner is well-connected to at least 2 Russian state-controlled companies that used him as an intermediary to invest in Facebook and Twitter that played an important role in the 2016 US presidential elections.
Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, became friends with Milner and invited him to invest in Facebook. In 2011, Zuckerberg attended Milner’s wedding in California. Milner and Zuckerberg are advisers to each other’s “philanthropic” ventures.
In 2014, Zuckerberg, Milner and Harvey Weinstein hosted an event for The imitation game.
See Yuri Milner on the far left, Mark Zuckerberg second from right and the star of the movie, Keira Knightley, in the white dress: https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.../458606834.jpg

Milner through his DST Global funds invested heavily in Twitter and Facebook for the VTB Bank and the financial arm of the state oil and gas firm Gazprom.

Gazprom's investment subsidiary is managed by Uzbek-Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov (also co-owner of Arsenal FC).
In 2009, Gazprom took control of Kanton for $920 million. In 2011, Kanton took a majority stake in DST USA II that by 2012 had bought more than 50 million shares Facebook, more than 3% of the company.
Usmanov sold the last of his Facebook holdings in September 2013 and Milner said DST Global had sold all stakes in Facebook and Twitter by 2014. Usmanov is estimated to have made more than $1 billion on his original $200 million investment.

VTB funded DST Investments 3 with $191 million, which bought 11 million Twitter shares in 2011. In 2013, the VTB-funded vehicle held a 2% stake in Twitter. According to Milner, VTB sold all of it in May 2014. The profit has been estimated at more than $240 million.
VTB has a close relationship with the Kremlin and reportedly received more state subsidies than any other Russian bank. The bank’s chairman, Andrey Kostin, is a former KGB foreign intelligence operative. VTB funded 45% of the Twitter stake.

Both VTB and Gazprom are now under US sanctions: https://www.theguardian.com/news/201...shner-investor
(archived here: http://archive.is/dmK2t)


By chance, I stumbled upon a list of the members of the Committee of 300 of Queen Elizabeth, and was shocked to see so many “Russian” oligarchs that I’ve repeatedly seen in investigating the connections between Donald Trump and Rothschild (and what about all of those Nobel Pize winners?)…
Roman Abramovich - worth $12 billion.
Pyotr Aven – director of the Alfa Group.
Leonard Blavatnik –worth $10 billion.
Patokh Chodiev – Uzbek, worth $3 billion.
Oleg Deripaska – CEO of RUSAL, worth $17 billion.
Mikhail Fridman – CEO Alfa Group, worth $15 billion.
Lev Leviev – Bukharian-Israeli, net worth $12 billion
Alexander Mashkevitch – Kazakh-Israeli.

There are of course lots of Royals, Rothschilds and Rockefellers in the list…

A huge amount of politicians and business executives in the US…

Compared to the US, a relatively small amount of politicians, business executives from Britain…
Tony Blair – ex British PM.
David Cameron – ex British PM.
Peter Mandelson –ex-European Commissioner for Trade.
George Osborne – ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer of UK.
David and Simon Reuben – owners Trans-World Metals, worth $9 billion.
Peter Sutherland – chairman of Goldman Sachs International, steering committee of Bilderberg, Honorary Chairman of Trilateral Commission, financial adviser to the Vatican.

I’ll end this interesting selection with some other “interesting” names…
Charles Bronfman – Canadian Jew, worth $2 billion.
Edgar Bronfman Jr. – ex-CEO of Warner Music Group.
Etienne Davignon – chairman of Bilderberg.
Mikhail Gorbachev – Ex-Chairman of Soviet Union.
Rupert Murdoch – US-Australian media mogul, Director of NewsCorp: http://themillenniumreport.com/2015/...-who-are-they/
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The attorney of Trump supporter and porn star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, has claimed that the Delaware shell company of Trump’s long-time attorney, Michael Cohen, received half a million dollars from a firm linked to “Russian” oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, Columbus Nova.
This was denied by Columbus Nova…
Columbus Nova quickly released a statement it was: “owned and controlled by Americans and not Vekselberg”.

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The second-largest shareholder of Bank of Cyprus at this time was Viktor Vekselberg, another Russian oligarch and head of the Renova Corp. Vekselberg is also in business with Mikhail Fridman in AAR. Vekselberg sold his Aluminium company to Oleg Deripaska, who turned it into Rusal.
Vekselberg is also in business with the Russian born with American citizenship Len Blavatnik.
In 2014, the FBI warned that a foundation controlled by Vekselberg could be used to spy on “sensitive or classified research”.
The Guardian reported that: “American investment vehicles managed for Vekselberg by Columbus Nova were used to secure $450m in loans that Vekselberg took from the Russian state-controlled VTB Bank”.
That looks like a cozy relationship between Vekselberg and Columbus Nova…

Then came the report that 11 days before Trump’s inauguration Vekselberg met Michael Cohen in Trump Tower, to discuss US-Russian relations.
In one of those strange coincidences, after the inauguration Columbus Nova hired Cohen for $1 million worth of “consultancy”: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...ael-cohen.html
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In my opinion the most interesting “Russian” oligarch is Nat Rothschild’s buddy Oleg Deripaska.

There are a handful of (other) “Russian” billionaires with ties to the same elite that control Donald Drumpf. The most interesting of these could be Jewish-Ukrainian-Russian-British-American multibillionaire “Sir” Leonard Blavatnik and his long-time partner Viktor Vekselberg.
In June 2017, Blavatnik was knighted by Queen Elizabeth:
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When the major shareholder of the Bank of Cyprus was Trump’s Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, its second-largest shareholder was Viktor Vekselberg (who was also in business with Mikhail Fridman in AAR).
Vekselberg and Blavatnik also own a large stake in the Rusal of Oleg Deripaska and Nat Rothschild.

Len Blavatnik owned Hollywood financing company RatPac-Dune with Goldman Sachs, Bonesman Steve Mnuchin. Mnuchin sold his stake before becoming Trump’s Treasury Secretary without disclosing to whom.

There are some obvious ties between Blavatnik and Edgar Bronfman Jr.
In 2007, Len Blavatnik bought Edgar Jr’s Manhattan townhouse for $50 million.
In May, 2011, CEO Edgar Bronfman announced that the Warner Music Group had been sold to Blavatnik’s Access Industries for $3.3 billion cash, less than half the price for what it had gone public. Warner's biggest record labels are Warner Bros. records and Atlantic.

In reality Blavatnik paid only $1.3 billion and the media concluded $3.3 billion by adding Warner Music's $2 billion debt load.
Blavatnik had already been a business partner of Bronfman as a member of Warner's board of directors and he retained a large stake even after leaving the board.
Bronfman remained Warner’s chairman, until he resigned: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001...06993963966516

In November 2016, Blavatnik, Edgar Bronfman Jr and Ynon Kreiz offered $1.8 billion for Time Inc ($18 a share).
At that time shares Time Inc were valued lower than $14. The shares quickly rose…

Kreiz has been CEO of Fox Kids Europe, Endemol (from the Netherlands) and Maker Studios (that was acquired by Disney for $670 million in March 2014): https://www.billboard.com/articles/b...fman-blavatnik

The offer by Blavatnik, Bronfman and Kreiz was rejected by Time Inc., whose shares rose further to $18.65 (maybe that was the whole objective...).
Meredith also pursuit acquiring Time Inc. In March 2017, the group led by Blavatnik, Bronfman dropped their offer (Meredith with the Koch brothers later closed the deal though): https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/...quire-time-inc

For more information on the Bronfman family: https://forum.davidicke.com/showthre...=321769&page=3
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This could be the best “Russiagate” story I’ve found so far.
It’s a story about a Trump server that was communicating with the Russian Alfa Bank and Michigan-based Spectrum Health of the DeVos family.

I’ve started this investigation with the following: http://aanirfan.blogspot.nl/2016/10/...s-exposed.html
On 11 November I noticed that the Aangirfan blogspot has been removed from the internet.
Here's an archived version of the relevant blog: http://web.archive.org/web/201803052...s-exposed.html
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