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  • Mueller’s probe focusing on potential money laundering ties to Russian oligarchs

    09/11/2017 1:50:06 PM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2017 | Dan Boylan and Guy Taylor
    Special counsel Robert Mueller is obsessed with President Trump’s network of business interests for suspected money laundering as a critical focus of his investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election last year, according to sources from the intelligence community close to the former FBI director. One of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the special counsel, who this year hired a staff of 16 lawyers with significant experience prosecuting such financial crimes, is focused on unraveling the Trump family’s tangled financial and real estate empire in a bid to find any connections to “dark money”...
  • Ken Livingstone: Venezuela crisis caused by Chávez's failure to kill oligarchs

    08/03/2017 6:41:59 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 52 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Aug 3, 2017 | Jessica Elgot
    Ken Livingstone, a former mayor of London, has blamed the turmoil in Venezuela on Hugo Chávez’s unwillingness to execute “oligarchs” after he came to power. ... “One of the things that Chávez did when he came to power, he didn’t kill all the oligarchs. There was about 200 families who controlled about 80% of the wealth in Venezuela,” Livingstone told Talk Radio. “He allowed them to live, to carry on. I suspect a lot of them are using their power and control over imports and exports to make it difficult and to undermine Maduro.”
  • 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...
  • What Is Mine Is Mine, What Is Yours Is Negotiable

    07/30/2003 10:19:38 AM PDT · by DPB101 · 27 replies · 619+ views
    Rosbalt News ^ | 7/30/03 | Peter Lavelle
    The Kremlin-Yukos conflict, almost a month old now, has shaken the conventional wisdom many had come to accept about the Vladimir Putin presidency. In a nutshell, the standard interpretation before this happened was the following: Putin's 2000 agreement with the oligarchs called for strengthening the state without big business getting overly involved in politics. In turn, the state would not meddle too much in the affairs of the business empires - basically, in the Russian economy. Of course, there are many nuances, but, essentially, the Yukos fracas has put this 'social contract,' as it were, into question. Eventually, most likely...
  • The Tide Is Turning Against the Oligarchs

    12/07/2016 8:12:36 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Paul Craig Roberts ^ | 05 December 2016 | Paul Craig Roberts
    The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell Dear Friends, This is my quarterly request for donations. As you know, this is your site. It will stay up as long as you support it. The ruling oligarchy and their presstitute media have become desperate now that they are losing control over explanations and Americans’ minds. Thus, they charge independent Internet journalists such as myself with being Russian agents peddling fake news. Recent legislation in the House of Representatives, the list of 200 alleged Russian agents, and the attacks on...
  • The Democracy Alliance: How a secretive group of donors helps set the progressive agenda

    11/24/2014 9:43:02 PM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Vox ^ | November 24, 2014 | Andrew Prokop
    In mid-November, some of the wealthiest liberals and most important left-leaning interest groups in the country came to Washington, DC to talk strategy. They came to attend the meeting of the Democracy Alliance — the closest thing that exists to a "left-wing conspiracy" in the US. The Alliance was founded a decade ago, after progressive donors became convinced they needed to more aggressively fund and build liberal institutions to match conservative ones. Since then, the Alliance has steered hundreds of millions of dollars to certain progressive groups. But it's faced some criticism for its secrecy and lack of transparency, and...
  • House Republicans try to make it harder for Speakers to be replaced (oligarchs protect themselves)

    10/09/2016 7:15:01 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 10/8/16 | Taylor Millard
    House Republicans appear to be trying to make it harder for rank-and-file revolts, like the one which caused John Boehner to step down last year, from happening again. California Congressman Devin Nunes told Roll Call, his proposal would keep leadership vacuums from happening. The proposed change, offered by Rep. Devin Nunes, would end the privileged status of the motion to vacate that allows any member to call up the motion for a vote at any time. The California Republican is proposing that instead the majority or minority caucus must vote on the motion and that a majority of the caucus...
  • Today’s Tech Oligarchs Are Worse Than the Robber Barons

    08/11/2016 3:09:22 PM PDT · by moonhawk · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Joel Kotkin
    OUR SILICON VALLEY ROBBER BARONS08.10.16 11:00 PM ET Today’s Tech Oligarchs Are Worse Than the Robber Barons Yes, Jay Gould was a bad guy. But at least he helped build societal wealth. Not so our Silicon Valley overlords. And they have our politicians in their pockets. A decade ago these guys—and they are mostly guys—were folk heroes, and for many people, they remain so. They represented everything traditional business, from Wall Street and Hollywood to the auto industry, in their pursuit of sure profits and golden parachutes, was not—hip, daring, risk-taking folk seeking to change the world for the better....
  • Why the Media Hates Trump, and Why You Shouldn't

    06/06/2016 9:01:17 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 13 replies
    Email from the net ^ | June 5, 2016 | Fred Marshall,III
    Without an understanding of the increasingly centralized, global ownership of media outlets, it's hard to grasp the incredible power and influence of the half dozen companies who own the media.  If this is news to you, you have some catching up to do.  Search the internet for "who owns the media", and see what you find.  Both my late dad and I have written about this periodically over the last many years. It is a known fact within the journalism trade that reporters cover stories their editors tell them to, and are steered away (and sometimes prevented) from reporting stories...
  • Why Democrats Are Becoming the Party of the 1 Percent [Mainstream Media Article]

    04/20/2016 4:20:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Vanity Fair Link Only! | 4/20/16 | TA Frank
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/04/why-democrats-are-becoming-the-party-of-the-1-percent
  • Could Powerful GOP Oligarchs Bribe Trump's Delegates in Order to Stop Trump?

    04/09/2016 8:18:36 AM PDT · by pinochet · 40 replies
    I first want to make it very clear, that I admire rich people, and do not believe in class warfare. But I distinguish between two types of rich people. The first is those who made it on their own, without bribing (through lobbyists, etc) to get inflated government contracts. The second is those who got rich through family connections and inflated government contracts (remember those DoD toilet seats worth $400). I admire the former, because they keep the American economy going. I do not admire the latter, because they steal the wealth of the middle-class. Oligarchs are those rich people...
  • False East/West Paradigm And The End Of Freedom

    10/15/2015 12:59:34 PM PDT · by amorphous · 2 replies
    Alt-Market.Com ^ | 14 Oct 2015 | Brandon Smith
    People are desperate for leaders and heroes. This is an undeniable condition of human life and of human civilization. Some historians and social observers, however, seem to think it is enough to simply point out this condition and pretend as if they have made some grand declaration; as if they have come to the root of the problem of mankind. In their laziness, they have mistaken a symptom for the cause. Why do people so often demand leaders and heroic figures? What drives the institutionalization of hierarchy, celebrity and geopolitical idolization? I believe this condition is caused by three factors...
  • We Have the Authoritarian Monarch Leftists Have Always Wanted:

    06/25/2015 10:54:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Well, there's no way to spin this, folks. It's just a disaster. I think many of us are witnessing now the complete corruption of Washington, DC, meaning the objective has been to corrupt the government and success appears to be, at this moment in time, in hand. As it was pointed out to me earlier today, the left has the government that they've always wanted. We have an authoritarian megalomaniac ruling like a monarch. The opposition bends over and, according to the high court, the Supreme Court, words, laws, really have no meaning. It's whatever the popular interpretation of...
  • Four TBTF Banks Threaten To Withhold Funds To Democrats Over Elizabeth Warren's Wall Street Rants

    03/31/2015 10:51:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-31-2015 | Durden
    Having already proven that their institutions are above the law in the aftermath of the financial crisis, executives at the “Too Big to Fail and Jail” banks have decided it’s time to teach Senate Democrats a lesson. Not being content with trillions in taxpayer backed bailouts to protect and further consolidate virtually all wealth within their oligarch fiefdoms, these bankers are irate at the notion that a commoner would dare criticize their unassailable crony privilege. However, the worst part of this story, is that while Warren is harsher than most of her completely bought and paid for colleagues, she is...
  • Poroshenko Orders Arrest Of Kolomoisky-Linked Militia Troops For Seizing State-Owned Oil Firm

    03/24/2015 6:35:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Kiev Post ^ | 3-24-2015 | Allison Quinn, Oleg Sukhov
    What started off as a corporate dispute is swiftly turning into a battle between the state and a billionaire regional governor who was once credited for curbing separatism in his region. The standoff between Kyiv's authorities and Dnipropetrovsk Governor Igor Kolomoisky is making a farce of the gains of the revolution a year ago that ousted the former corrupt president and his cronies, and is aiding the Russian cause of destabilization of the nation. On March 23, accusations of involvement with organized crime became the latest twist in the oligarch saga. Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, head of Ukraine’s Security Service loyal to...
  • We now know why Thad Cochran did not sign the Senate letter to Iran and it’s not good

    03/12/2015 5:17:11 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 29 replies
    Mississippi Conservative Daily ^ | 3/12/15 | Ryan S. Walters
    GOP power broker Haley Barbour’s lobby shop, BGR Group, represents a Russian bank that has financed a company that helped build Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, according to corporate documents and lobbying disclosure records. The bank is owned by a secretive oligarch, Mikhail Fridman, who has met at least twice with White House officials in the last few years, according to visitor logs.
  • Meet the super-rich oligarch's wife whose life includes pet falcons, (Ukraine) [truncated]

    02/20/2015 9:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2015 | Ruth Styles
    For a woman with billions in the bank, 37-year-old Kamaliya Zahoor is surprisingly fond of a bargain. 'I spent £1,000 in Poundland once,' she chirps. 'It was fun!' Kamaliya, a popstar and mother-of-two, is the chatelaine of no fewer than 10 homes and spends her days flitting from shops to recording studio and back again. Married to billionaire British businessman, Mohammed, her world is one that could be justifiably described as gilded, with yachts, private planes and £60,000 shopping sprees all part of the deal.
  • Steyer Hedge Fund Tied to Russian Oligarch Targeted by U.S. Sanctions

    05/07/2014 9:21:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/7/14 | Adam Kredo
    The hedge fund founded and, until recently, run by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer was involved in a deal to sell a stake in a Russian oil company to a Russian oligarch who is the target of U.S. sanctions. Farallon Capital Management sold a part of its stake in Russian firm Geotech Oil Services to the Volga Group, a Luxembourg-based investment firm owned by Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, in 2010. Four years later, in April 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would target Timchenko, Volga, and a number of companies associated with them, in a round of sanctions aimed...
  • Scot Young's Wife Hired A Private Detective Just Weeks Before He Was Impaled On A Fence

    12/12/2014 9:44:41 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 11, 2014 | Stefano Pozzebon
    The Mail says Young was particularly paranoid about enquiries on his wealth. He had stated that the hunt for the money was driving him crazy, and he had even demanded to be confined for treatment under the Mental Health Act. Although Young's friends have claimed that he would have never committed suicide, Scotland Yard is under pressure to open an inquiry after The Telegraph revealed that four of his friends and business associates have also died in mysterious circumstances in the last four years. The group included the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who was found hanging in his Surrey house...
  • Putin to Compensate Russian Oligarchs for Everything the West Seized

    10/03/2014 8:43:40 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 5 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 3 October 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has devised a way to keep Russian elites from turning on him, according to reports from September 30. Why would Russia’s leading tycoons turn against Putin? Because their industries have suffered, and their assets have been seized as a result of sanctions the West levied on them after Putin annexed Crimea and destabilized eastern Ukraine. In fact, the main purpose of the Western sanctions was to squeeze elite Russians, hoping to turn them against Putin and bring about regime change. But on September 30, the lower house of parliament passed a law allowing Russian oligarchs whose...