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    Barrack–Saudis/UAE; Lauder–Alfa Bank; Kushner-Abramovich

    Lawyer Thomas J. Barrack Jr. first met Donald J. Trump in the 1980s.
    According to Roger Stone:
    Barrack is to Trump as Bebe Rebozo was to Nixon, which is the best friend.
    Barrack once invited the Bedouin executive of Aramco to stay with him in Newport Beach, Calif., when he was in California for medical treatment, and in turn Barrack made a nice profit for selling 375 Blue Bird school buses to Aramco.

    In the 1970s, Barrack became friends with Paul Manafort when they were working for Saudi interests in Beirut. It was Barrack, who recommended Manafort for the job of campaign manager in early 2016.
    After Barrack was chosen as chairman of President Donald’s inaugural committee, he first hired Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates to help run the inauguration and then as a consultant.

    In 2010, Barrack led a group of lenders to take over $70 million of the debt owed by Jared Kushner, to keep him out of bankruptcy.

    Barrack also arranged the meeting between the Lebanese-American George Nader, gay paedophile and top adviser to the crown prince of the UAE, with Donald Trump Jr. on 3 August 2016.
    At this occasion, Nader offered the assistance of the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to get Donald Trump crowned US president.

    Barrack had once made drilling deals with Ambassador Otaiba's father Mana Saeed Al Otaiba (Emirati oil minister at the time).
    In 2009, UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba worked with Barrack to sell the L’Ermitage Raffles hotel in Beverly Hills to a joint venture half owned by an Abu Dhabi investment fund for $41 million. In 2012, Ambassador Otaiba invested $1 million in Barrack’s fund to buy homes on the cheap after the real estate crash.

    In May 2016, Tom Barrack also introduced Jared Kushner to UAE Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba.
    Barrack and Ambassador Otaiba also worked to arrange a secret meeting between Trump’s campaign manager Manafort and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in June 2016.
    Ambassador Otaiba later wrote Barrack:
    Thanks to you, I’m in consistent contact with Jared and that has been extremely helpful, for both sides I think.
    Barrack’s Colony NorthStar has raised more than $7 billion in investments since Donald Trump was nominated for president by the Republican Party. Almost 24% of that money came from the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
    In 2017, Barrack looked for investors to finance his $400 million purchase of the office tower One California Plaza in Los Angeles. Barrack sold a $70 million stake to an Israeli insurance company and another $70 million to a state investment company controlled by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi (the United Arab Emirates).

    Before Donald was elected president, Barrack’s most prominent gulf customers were the Qataris, who amongst others bought the film studio Miramax and a Paris soccer team from him.
    In September 2016, Barrack also set up a meeting between Donald Trump and the emir of Qatar in Trump Tower, but apparently this didn’t work out too well:

    For more on UAE Ambassador Otaiba:

    In 2006, Ron Lauder’s Lauder Institute partnered with the Russian Alfa Bank to award Deutsche bank for their successful business in Russia:

    In November 2014, Alfa’s German Khan and Mikhail Fridman visited London and spent Shabbat with Lauder and other representatives of the British Jewish community:

    Ron Lauder and Len Blavatnik were also Committee members of the USC Shoah’s campaign “Auschwitz: The Past is Present”, with Kushner-Trump-Clinton affiliated: Yuri Milner, Haim Saban, Steven Spielberg, Barry Diller (and his wife Diane Von Furstenberg), David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Eric Schmidt, Harvey Weinstein, Rob Wiesenthal and Jeff Zucker:

    Lauder has also worked on Jewish causes alongside national director of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea:

    In early 2014, Ivanka and Jared Kushner attended a charity event with Roman Abramovich that also included Alexey Reznikovich (head of Alfa’s LetterOne Technology) and other Russian oligarchs, including Viktor Vekselberg, Len Blavatnik and Ekaterina Vinokurova (daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov) with her husband Alexander Vinokurov (who is a director of Alfa Group).
    Kushner and Abramovich are close friends. In 2010, Thrive Capital, the venture firm founded by Joshua Kushner (Jared’s younger brother), that was funded by Jared, invested in Artsy. Investors in Artsy included Wendi Deng (Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife) and Dasha Zhukova (Roman Abramovich’s wife):
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    Steinmetz, ENRC, pollution

    In 2005, the notoriously secretive Amsterdam-based Cunico Resources acquired FENI industries. Cunico Resources was started as a joint venture between Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (BSGR) and International Mineral Resources (IMR). IMR is the Zurich-based subsidiary of the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), controlled by the Kazakh trio (Alexander Mashkevich, Patokh Chodiev and Alijan Ibragimov).
    FENI industries owns both the ferronickel plants in Kavadarci (Macedonia) and NewCo Ferronikeli (in Kosovo, since 2006).

    Air pollution from the NewCo Ferronikeli mine and smelting plant was 9 times the legal limit, and “posed a serious risk to the health of the population”.
    In the NewCo Ferronikeli there were explosions, fires, and dangerous levels of pollution. In June 2011, a furnace exploded in the plant, injuring 5 workers and damaging dozens of homes. Demonstrators blocked the entrance to Ferronikeli’s facilities for several days.

    The amount of nickel found in moss from Kavadarci was about 15 times higher than in the rest of Macedonia.
    From 2011 to 2012, the cancer rates in and around Kavadarci rose from 981 to 1,332.
    In 2013, 17 children younger than 6 were diagnosed with cancer.

    In 2013, thousands of Romanians protested against the pollution by the Rosia Montana plant, owned by Gabriel Resources.
    The 3 largest shareholders in Gabriel Resources are BSG Capital Markets (of Beny Steinmetz), Electrum Global Holdings and hedge fund Paulson & Co; each own 16%.

    In July 2013, the Dutch Court froze ENRC’s assets, including its share of Cunico Resources, over fraud allegations.
    Also in 2013, ENRC was “investigated by the Serious Fraud Office over claims of fraud, bribery and corruption in Africa”:
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    In 2019, Attorney General William Barr “personally spearheaded” the attempt to stop the investigation by the Department of Justice into the largest Turkish state-owned bank, Halkbank.
    That came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan contacted President Donald “in a bid to avoid charges” and a lobbying campaign for months to avoid prosecution.

    The top lobbyist for Turkey was Trump crony Brian Ballard, who had extensive contact with Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow during that time.

    On 15 October 2019, despite all the pressure, US attorney Geoffrey Berman indicted the Halkbank anyway for a multi-billion-dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. Berman explained:
    The bank's audacious conduct was supported and protected by high-ranking Turkish government officials, some of whom received millions of dollars in bribes to promote and protect the scheme.

    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    HalkBank, a Turkish state bank, recently hired former Congressman Bob Wexler and Ballard Partners for $375,000 per quarter. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Halkbank’s deputy general manager, has been charged by the Justice Department for conspiring to evade sanctions on Iran:
    (archived here:

    Brian Ballard’s firm, Ballard Partners, will be paid $1.5 million from 15 May 2017 to 14 May 2018.
    Brian Ballard is a long-time lobbyist for Donald Trump, and raised $16 million for Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump called him after purchasing Mar-a-Largo in 1985, and paid Ballard at least $460,000 from 2013 to 2015 for lobbying work.

    For more on the firing of US attorney Geoffrey Berman:
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  5. #64
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter View Post
    In 1999, Putin enlisted the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar. Leviev and Abramovich would become Chabad’s biggest patrons worldwide.

    In December 2007, Trump hosted the wedding of Sapir’s daughter, Zina, and Leviev’s right-hand man, Rosen, at Mar-a-Lago. A few months later, Leviev met Trump to discuss potential deals in Moscow. Trump has called Sapir “a great friend”.
    In June 2008, Zina Sapir and Rosen held a bris for their newborn son. Trump and Jared Kushner attended the bris.

    In 2010, Israeli authorities “investigated” a money-laundering case of Bank Hapoalim that involved the Katsyv family. Millions of dollars were transferred through Katsyv-controlled accounts at the bank. According to Israeli prosecutors, Hapoalim bank managers concealed the real beneficiaries of these accounts in violation of anti-money-laundering rules.
    The bank blamed Katsyv’s business for these violations, so the bank managers were found not guilty.

    Prevezon Holdings Ltd was registered in 2005 and is owned by Denis Katsyv and Martash Investment Holdings Ltd from the British Virgin Islands that is also owned by Denis Katsyv.

    On 5 February 2008, Bunicon received $9.4 million from the correspondent account of the Krainiy Sever bank. The next day Bunicon sent $410,000 to Prevezon’s account at the Swiss bank UBS AG.
    On 13 February 2008, Elenast received $800,000 from the same account and then transferred more than half that amount to Prevezon.

    Katsyv is also in business with Russian oligarch Lev Leviev:

    Lev Leviev also bought Israeli media companies together with Donald Trump’s close friend Ronald Lauder.
    And links to Donald’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
    Quote Originally Posted by Firestarter
    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.
    The following story is quite good... see some excerpts (including Hapoalim, Leviev, Denis Katsyv and Preet Bharara).
    Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey primarily because Comey asked for additional resources from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to beef up the FBI's "follow-the-money" investigation of the Trump campaign. The FBI's receipt of data from the Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) regarding the money laundering involving Trump and Kushner businesses, accounts maintained by the Bank of Cyprus, HSBC, Bank Hapoalim of Israel, and other banks, and the Trump presidential campaign are what lie at the heart of the FBI's investigation of Trump. The FBI is reportedly focused on Trump's associates' financial dealings with banks in Cyprus.

    Bayrock was linked as a partner to another business syndicate, the Sapir Organization, headed by Donald and Ivanka Trump's and Jared Kushner's good friends Rotem Rosen and Israeli citizen Alex Sapir. The Sapir Organization is involved in major hotel projects in New York and around the world, including the Trump Tower in Toronto. Others involved with the Toronto Trump Tower include Uzbek-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, accused of trafficking in African "blood diamonds" and Canadian-Russian-Israeli businessman Alexander Shnaider, owner of Talon International Development Inc, and co-owner of Midland Resources Holding Inc. with his partner Ukrainian-Russian billionaire , who is also vice-president of the World Jewish Congress.

    According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, none other than Preet Bharara, who Trump fired, the Trincher criminal syndicate, known as the "Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization, ran a major illegal sports betting operation in the United States. Bharara's indictment specified the "Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization (the "Organization") was a criminal enterprise with strong ties to Russia and Ukraine. The enterprise operated a high-stakes, illegal sports gambling business out of New York City that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Ukraine and Russia." In other words, the same tower that Donald Trump called home was the center of a major illegal sports betting operation. Given Trump's own ties to gambling casinos and professional sports, there is little wonder why Trump viewed Bharara and Comey as threats.

    A Kushner project to redevelop Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood involves the family of Israel's diamond magnate billionaire family. The Kushner deal involves Raz Steinmetz, whose uncle is Beny Steinmetz, the owner Steinmetz Diamond Group and BSG Resources, the latter under an FBI investigation for violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribes paid to officials of the West African Republic of Guinea for mining concessions in that nation. Steinmetz companies also conduct business through a British Virgin Islands shell company called "Rebar LLC."

    Ras Steinmetz's brother, Daniel Steinmetz, was involved in business with Jared Kushner through Gaia Investments Corporation of Tel Aviv through an affiliate Gaia JC LLC. After Jared Kushner became a chief adviser to Trump, said to be one of only a few in a Trump "inner circle" that also includes daughter Ivanka Trump, communications specialist Hope Hicks, and Trump "body man" Keith Schiller, the Steinmetz-Kushner firm changed its name to "65 Bay LLC."

    In a case that was vigorously pursued by fired U.S. Attorney Bharara in Manhattan, the U.S. Justice Department, now under Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, has agreed to a settlement with Moscow businessman Denis Katsyv and his hedge fund firm Prevezon Holdings, Ltd. just three days before scheduled jury selection for the trial. Prevezon and its eleven related companies had been charged with money laundering for a criminal network extending from Russia to Moldova and Latvia to New York and Israel. What was at the heart of the money laundering case? You guessed it. the Red Kosher Nostra. Katsyv's partners included his Russian partner Timofey Krit and Israeli businessman Alexander Litvak.

    On 30 April 2020, Geoffrey Berman announced a deferred prosecution agreement against Israel's largest bank Bank Hapoalim, for helping to hide assets in offshore accounts and helping to bribe FIFA officials (the body that controls international soccer).
    Bank Hapoalim settled the 2 cases for more than $900 million. Berman commented:
    Israel's largest bank, Bank Hapoalim, and its Swiss subsidiary have admitted not only failing to prevent but actively assisting U.S. customers to set up secret accounts, to shelter assets and income, and to evade taxes. The combined payment approaching $1 billion reflects the magnitude of the tax evasion by the Bank's U.S. customers, the size of the fees the Bank collected to provide this illegal service, and the gravity of the illegal conduct.
    In the first case, Bank Hapoalim helped launder millions in bribes and kickbacks paid to officials in FIFA. Between 2010 and 2015, Hapoalim’s Miami branch laundered illicit payments to FIFA officials, including former head of Colombian football and a member of FIFA’s executive committee Luis Bedoya. In 2015, Bedoya was banned from international soccer and was (is?) awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty pleading guilty to racketeering and wire fraud.
    Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowsk commented:
    For nearly five years, Bank Hapoalim employees used the U.S. financial system to launder tens of millions of dollars in bribe payments to corrupt soccer officials in multiple countries.
    In the second case, Bank Hapoalim pleaded guilty to aiding U.S. customers in setting up accounts under false names to evade taxes on more than $7.6 billion in deposits.
    For this second case alone, Bank Hapoalim agreed to pay $874 million in penalties, tax arrears and forfeited assets:

    For more on the firing of US attorney Geoffrey Berman for investigating Trump’s associates:
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    When Georgia wasn’t doing too well economically, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev came to the rescue. In 2005, Georgia’s president Mikhail Saakashvili and Nazarbayev announced that BTA Bank was providing 300 hundred million dollars in loans to develop Georgia.
    In a strange twist, all the loans went to subsidiaries of the Silk Road Group. BTA’s deputy chairman, Yerkin Tatishev, selected one of his employees at the Kusto Group, Talgat Turumbayev, to represent both BTA and him on the boards of 2 of those subsidiaries. Some legal experts conclude that if Tatishev was financially involved in businesses funded by the BTA Bank loans, then he and the Silk Road Group have committed bank fraud (self-dealing).
    Not surprisingly one of Silk Road’s subsidiaries receiving loans, Batumi Riviera Holding, B.V., was registered in the Netherlands.

    In 2009, when Nazarbayev was planning to take control of BTA Bank, its chairman, Mukhtar Ablyazov, fled to London (where else?). Ablyazov took billions of dollars in bank funds out of BTA, by giving dozens of offshore companies under his control loans from B.T.A., which weren’t paid back.
    Starting in 2009, Ablyazov was sued in the UK by the Kazakh government to reclaim ten billion dollars that he had siphoned out of the country. The UK courts ordered him to repay more than four billion dollars to BTA (so that he could keep almost six billion dollars). According to Judge Nigel John Martin Teare, Ablyazov had committed “fraud on an epic scale”.

    In 2010, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen began negotiating with the Silk Road Group about a Trump Tower in Batumi, Georgia.
    When Donald came to Georgia for a speech, he pointed to Tatishev and Ramishvili and said: “We have two great partners. And they’re going to do a fantastic job”:

    I found the following story by "chance" after I couldn’t find it by searching the internet for a link to Bayrock, Arif or Sater, to Mukthar Ablyazov....

    More than $30 million of the looted billions from Mukhtar Ablyazov was invested in the US with the help of none other than Tevfik Arif’s and Trump’s gopher, Chabad-Lubavitcher Felix Sater.

    Eesh Aggarwal had worked for Ablyazov’s son-in-law, Ilyas Khrapunov, to use a network of a dozen or more offshore companies to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through accounts in the Tanzania-based bank FBME.
    Ilyas Khrapunov — under the codename “Elvis” — was the ultimate beneficiary of the offshore network that handled close to $440 million through accounts at the FBME bank.

    Bayrock's and Sater's links to the Khrapunovs date back to 2007, when Trump SoHo was under development. They set up a Dutch joint venture with Arif’s Bayrock called KazBay. Bayrock and the Khrapunovs also partnered on a project in Switzerland in 2008.
    Sater was also directly involved with 2 members of Ilyas Khrapunov's family.
    From 2012 to 2014, Ilyas Khrapunov and Elvira were helped by Sater and another ex-Trump Organization employee, Daniel Ridloff, to transfer millions of dollars to the US. Part of this cash was used to buy 3 Trump SoHo apartments:
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