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  • Senate Testimony: Fusion GPS Helped Corrupt Russians And Venezuelans

    07/26/2017 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Federalist, the ^ | 26 July 2017 | Mollie Hemingway
    At a hearing today, witnesses will testify that Fusion GPS, an organization behind an infamous dossier pumping the Russia-Trump collusion story, is a highly paid smear-for-hire operation in violation of international laws. At a hearing this morning, Senate Judiciary members will receive testimony that Fusion GPS helped advocate the interests of corrupt Russian and Venezuelan officials while hiding its foreign work from federal authorities. Many in the media have focused on whether Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort would testify publicly at the hearing. Less well covered has been anything to do with Fusion GPS, the...
  • Who paid Fusion GPS for the Steele Dossier?

    07/14/2017 2:44:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 13 July 2017 | John Batchelor
    audio 11:08 Fusion GPS was hired by Democrats in 2012 to do opposition research on Mitt Romney. Some of the work that received the most media attention was focused on investigating the marriage records of a large donor to the Romney presidential campaign, Frank VanderSloot.[2][3] Planned Parenthood[edit] In August 2015, Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to defensively investigate the veracity of a series of undercover videos released by pro-life activists that they claim showed Planned Parenthood officials agreeing to sell fetal tissues obtained through abortions to medical researchers.[2] Fusion GPS hired video and transcription experts to analyze the videos and...
  • How the grandson of a leading Communist became the largest foreign capitalist in Russia, lost it all

    02/02/2015 1:08:08 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 11 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-02-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Bill Browder rose from rebellious grandson of the former head of the Communist Party USA, Earl Browder, to the leading foreign capitalist in Russia, as the founder and CEO of the high-flying hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management. But his rise was matched by a brutal and deadly fall, in which the Russian government would steal and destroy Browder’s company, and physically threaten its employees, culminating in the imprisonment, torture and death of Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky — the man for whom on account of Browder’s lobbying, the Magnitsky Act was named. Browder and a deceased Magnitsky would both be convicted...
  • Dead Russian lawyer Magnitsky found guilty

    07/11/2013 4:30:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2013 2:38 PM EDT | Jim Heintz
    More than three years after he died in prison, whistle-blowing Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was found guilty of tax evasion by a Moscow court Wednesday. The posthumous trial of Magnitsky was a macabre chapter in a case that ignited a high-emotion dispute between Russia and Washington that has included U.S. sanctions against Russians deemed to be human rights violators, a ban on the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens and calls for the closure of Russian non-governmental organizations receiving American funding. Magnitsky was a lawyer for U.S.-born British investor William Browder when he alleged in 2008 that organized criminals...
  • Catholic deacon given job of hermit at 350-year-old cliffside retreat

    04/23/2017 2:46:20 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | 21 Apr 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Stan Vanuytrecht beat 50 applicants to win the role and occupy one of the last hermitages in central Europe A Catholic deacon has won a competition to live in one of central Europe’s last hermitages, beating 50 other applicants to occupy a 350-year-old cliffside cell above a small Austrian town. Stan Vanuytrecht, 58, responded to an advertisement placed by Fr Alois Moser, which asked for someone with a “connection to Christian belief” and “at peace with themselves”. The role, which is unpaid, became vacant after the previous incumbent left to pursue a writing career in Vienna. The hermitage, in Saalfeden,...
  • Firm behind "Dossier" Joined Lobbying Effort to Kill Pro-Whistleblower Sanctions on Kremlin

    04/04/2017 9:15:46 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | March 31, 2017
    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking whether a suspected former Russian intelligence officer-turned U.S. lobbyist and the firm behind the unsubstantiated anti-Trump dossier should have registered as foreign agents for their efforts to bring down a U.S. law on behalf of the Kremlin. According to a complaint filed with the Justice Department, Fusion GPS, which was also involved in the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, was involved in the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Global Magnitsky Act around the same time. In 2012, President Obama signed into...
  • Spat between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin over German treasure

    06/21/2013 1:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 84 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-21-13
    A dispute over ancient German treasure looted by Soviet troops at the end of the Second World War has overshadowed a visit by Angela Merkel to Russia.
  • Cats Guard Art At St Petersburg Museum

    01/03/2011 6:17:51 AM PST · by marthemaria · 28 replies
    St Petersburg's famous museum, known for the world's most admired art collection, is also home to some surprising residents The splendid and revered Hermitage Gallery is a must-see for any tourist visiting St Petersburg. Once the home of Catherine the Great the mueum has always been home to a great number of cats. A lesser known fact about the museum's astonishing history is that felines have inhabited the cosy cellars for centuries - surviving Tsars and Communists. Initially they were brought in to protect the masterpieces from being ravaged by vermin. But now with poison to do that job the...
  • Slave Cabins of The Hermitage

    05/29/2010 7:44:27 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 27 replies · 799+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 29, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Andrew Jackson would not be "politically correct" in today's world. A Backcountry warrior, made famous by the Battle of New Orleans, and a rough-hewn politician who became America's first Scotch-Irish President, Jackson was also a farmer and a slave-holder. His estate, The Hermitage, in Davidson County, Tennessee, has been preserved -- including some of the log cabins where Jackson's slaves lived. [Vintage photographs]
  • Russia: Officials Say Betrayal, Bad Inventories Behind Hermitage Thefts

    08/08/2006 1:20:37 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 343+ views
    RFERL ^ | August 7, 2006 | Daisy Sindelar
    The revelation that St. Petersburg's renowned Hermitage Museum had been systematically robbed of 221 precious art objects has underscored yet again the vulnerability of Russia's cultural treasures. PRAGUE, August 7, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- It has all the elements of a classic mystery novel. Hundreds of icons and precious objects worth an estimated $5 million are systematically stolen from Russia's most storied art museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The majority of the items, it becomes clear, were taken from a single storeroom -- whose guardian, a curator identified as Larisa Zavadskaya, died suddenly late last year. Museum officials bring in...
  • One man's multimillion-dollar legal battle threatens chaos in art world

    11/29/2005 3:39:28 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 14 replies · 536+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday November 29, 2005 | Mark Honigsbaum
    Hermitage museum may be forced to halt loans of treasures The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg - Russia's most important museum and one of the world's leading lending institutions - is threatening a moratorium on overseas loans, throwing into doubt the future of the Hermitage Rooms in London's Somerset House, as well as an exhibition at Tate Modern, due to open in June. In an interview with the Art Newspaper published this week, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage, warns there is a real possibility that no Russian museum will lend works to UK or other European venues unless...
  • American Family Fall Vacation to St. Petersburg Russia 2005

    09/16/2005 4:17:48 AM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 23 replies · 556+ views
    personal letter home to US friends and family | 9/16/05 | schwing_wifey
    For privacy purposes and since its Russia, I'll be Natasha and we'll have Boris and Boris Junior OK? We went to Russia. I can't believe we went to Russia. Did I say we went to Russia? Never in a million years would I have believed I'd be able to say, "I went to Russia". Now that I've gotten that off my chest... Getting a visa to go to Russia was very interesting. Someone told me it was their revenge for the American visa process. Needless to say, it cost about $130 each and wanted to know everything from education, military,...