Russian Collusion, Part 2

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In part 1 of this story I relayed the actions of Hillary Clinton in vetoing the sale of GM’s Opel division to a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska.

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Deripaska

I believe it is important to understand the interest she took in this deal, since she claimed that she took no interest in the Uranium One deal. At the same time a dozen Russian oligarchs own businesses in America from professional sporting teams, steel mills, stakes in Facebook and Twitter, industrial parks and music studios. No interest was taken in these acquisitions…..but oddly the sale of a European car division was blocked by the secretary of state.

 

Also in Part 1 of Russian Collusion, I told you about a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska. Most likely more than anyone but policy wonks, ever wanted to know. But to understand Russian collusion you have to get a full grasp of just how things operate in that system. I have written several times about that system, so I won’t rehash it here, but suffice it to say, it is an oligarchy…not a republic, not communism, not a market based system…..an oligarchy. An oligarchy is defined as “rule by a few”. These men have no titles, no government position, or no army…..but what they do have is boatloads of cash. Billions and billions. There are some 93 or so oligarchs in Russia, according to Forbes worth, collectively, north of $412 billion dollars, a full third of all the wealth in Russia. These oligarchs determine the policies of the Russian government. But, please, understand, Russia does not care about ideology. They don’t care if Iran has a nuke, they don’t care if Venezuelans are starving, and they don’t care if a democrat or republican is in the WH. They only care about making more money and protecting their sovereignty so they can do that.

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Vekselberg

 

Now let me introduce you to one of the biggest oligarchs in Russia…..Viktor Vekselberg. Reportedly the 4th richest man in Russia, Vekselberg, like the rest of the oligarchs made his money after the Soviet break-up in 1991. Like Deripaska, he made a lot of money in Aluminum. His company, SUAL was one of the top aluminum producers in Russia, RUSAL, Deripaska’s aluminum company, being the largest. In March of 2007, RUSAL and SUAL merged, forming the largest aluminum/alumina company in the world. At that Merger, Vekselberg became the non-executive chairman, while Deripaska retained owner status. By the way, I also find it strange and gratifying when parts of other things I have studied line up with new posts. there was a third company that became part of RUSAL in this merger……GLENCORE! You probably don’t remember GLENCORE, so let me refresh your memory. GLENCORE is the raw material marketer created by Marc Rich…..yes the Marc Rich that was pardoned by Bill Clinton and who I wrote about in INTO THE WEEDS 10David Simonds Glencore 13.05.12But I digress. Not long after….in December of that year, RUSAL acquired a 25% stake in NORILSK Nickel, one of the largest mining businesses in the world. Deripaska’s plan was to create the largest diversified metals company in the world. Vekselberg didn’t agree with the purchase, or holding it during the meltdown. Again Deripaska had to leverage much of his business to borrow the reported $15.7 billion dollars to buy the 25% plus 1 share stake. Look again at the date…this is just before the world’s economy fell apart. Deripaska was in trouble with his debt. In October of 2008, the Russian state bank, VEB Bank, loaned Deripaska $4.5 billion to pay to Western banks. This would allow RUSAL to stay in Russian hands. Vekselberg wanted out of RUSAL, but it was complicated. RUSAL’s interest in NORILSK is what I’m told is “blocking stock”. They can’t make decisions, but they can stop certain things from happening. If Vekselberg sold his RUSAL stock (some 15.8%), RUSAL may forfeit its blocking status. Another oligarch is trying to gain control over NORILSK Nickel, Vladimir Potanin. Plus, Vekselberg is also very unhappy with RUSAL suspending shareholder agreements and dividend payments. So almost from day one Vekselberg and Deripaska didn’t get along….and by all outward appearances, Deripaska was pushing Vekselberg’s face into the dirt, ignoring him and vetoing many of his decisions. While all this was happening in Russia, in May of 2008, Cisco (the software giant) was answering charges from congress that it provided technology to China to track and censor its citizens. Multiple law suits were filed against Cisco for providing this kind of technology to a totalitarian country. I only mention this, because it will become pertinent later. My guess is Vekselberg wanted to ruin Deripaska without destroying RUSAL. He would need help to achieve this. That help came from Hillary Clinton, in blocking his bid to acquire Opel, but it wouldn’t come cheap. Through a series of very complicated and illegal bank transfers, which is commonly called money laundering, millions of dollars were diverted from the Russian funds provided by Rusnano, allocated for the SKOLKOVO project, which Vekselberg controlled, wound up in a Citibank account controlled by the Clinton Foundation. Incidentally, Rusnano is a 10 billion dollar private equity firm completely controlled by Putin and the Russian government.

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SKOLKOVO Technology Center. Moscow, Russia

 

 

I have written about SKOLKOVO, but it’s worth restating what it is, because it relates to what I wrote above about Cisco. SKOLKOVO is a city close to Moscow. It was to be transformed into a technology center, hosting entrepreneurs from all over Russia to partner with American and European high tech companies to develop their own Silicon Valley. It was the brain child of Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president. The project was hatched in November of 2009. In June of 2010, Medvedev traveled to Silicon Valley, hosted by Hillary Clinton to meet with CEOs of American Tech companies and to tour Cisco. Shortly there after Cisco announced it would commit 1 billion dollars to the SKOLKOVO project. 28 companies took part….some of the biggest names in American tech. The FBI, the DOJ, and the Army, all warned Clinton that some of this technology had duel use aspects that could be transferred into military purposes. The warnings were ignored. Several projects at SKOLKOVO developed weapons. Once again, we give our enemies the means to challenge us. But that’s another story. The story here, that no one ever investigated when we sold technology to China and North Korea in the 90s, is how much the Clintons got for the technology. skolkovo17 of the 28 companies donated openly to the Clinton Foundation. It’s hard to know exactly how much because of the way the foundation reports, but it’s between 15 and 25 million dollars. It’s also important to mention here that, at the same time, John Podesta received 35 million from the same source, Rusnano through Metcombank. Again, that’s a whole other story. You can read that here: Into The Weeds 11
The screen shots below were acquired in secret from a Russian bureaucrat that I found here: Conservative Read These documents, translated from the Russian language, layout the complicated series of bank transfers to get the money from Viktor Vekselberg to the Clinton Foundation without a trail….but there’s always a trail somewhere. By the way, Vekselberg totally owns Metcombank, a small Russian bank in the Ural Mountains, from where the transfers originated. In 2013, it was discovered that $55 million was missing from the SKOLKOVO project funds. The police raided the SKOLKOVO offices. Of course some underlings were arrested and the money was never found…a very, very common occurrence in Russia. Exactly how much of that money ended up in a Clinton bank account is unknown, but I’m going to guess it was a bit more than the 50k that Deripaska gave.

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Now it’s impossible to determine if the millions were payment for hurting Deripaska or for selling American technology, but either way, she got the money, and she did what she did. I prefer the former because more recent developments show some details. In 2012, Vekselberg quit his post at RUSAL after not attending a single board meeting, during the entire year. He then filed a lawsuit against Deripaska in a London court. Deripaska was forced to make an accounting and interests and assets had to be distributed. I certainly don’t know all the details….its way above my ability or my pay grade to dig any deeper. But I can report that both men are still alive, which in Russia is unusual.

So did Hillary break the law? As always, there is no smoking gun, but the pattern repeats itself again and again. It’s hard not to see criminality in her actions. I can only imagine that if I could find all this information on the open internet, what could be found if I had access to the documents and witnesses that an honest justice department would have? And that’s the point, isn’t it? An honest justice department. I feel like we, the people, are dragging the law enforcers kicking and screaming, to do the right thing. Will they?

Deal of the Century

Who really has ties to Russia?

air-tractor-at-802u-airtruck-logo.pngYesterday, I saw a story from one of my close FB friends about a weapons sale to Kenya, signed on January 19th…..Obama’s last day in office. The story is attached and outlines a request for a congressional investigation. On its face, it seems like an innocuous story about only 14 planes,  weaponized to fight Al-Shabab. It further talks about who got the contract and who didn’t. It states a company called L3 Technologies received this contract. The contract became a no bid contract and a company that has a lot of past experience with these planes claim they could be made for half the price. Regardless, the contract was issued to L3 Technologies for 418 million dollars. The funny thing is, not only is L3 double the price, they have never made a plane, let alone one like this. So I began to wonder just what was going on.

Well, I looked into L3 Technologies. I thought I had heard the name before in other research. I was right. L3 Technologies is formerly L3 Communications. One of their 11 directors is Peter Cohen. Mr. Cohen is also the founder and CEO of the Cowen Group. From Wilkepedia:

“Cowen Group Inc. is a diversified financial services firm that provides alternative investment management, investment banking, research, and sales and trading services through its two business segments: Ramius, LLC, a global alternative investment management business, and Cowen and Company, LLC, a broker-dealer business”

Now the Cowen Group has been around quite awhile. The Vice-Chairman of the Cowen Group is Stelios Papandopolus. Papandopolus is also on the board of Joule Unlimited along with Reuban Vardanyan, a close friend of Vladimir Putin. Why is this important? I recently wrote an expose on my blog about Joule. (included at the bottom) This is the company that Russia invested $35 million in to work against our fracking industry. Vardanyan is also the founder of Skolkovo…..the venture acquiring American technology from more than a dozen of our biggest tech firms…..ALL contributing to the Clinton Foundation to the tune of $20 million.

So what do think? Do I have to write more? OK…….A mature American company, with experience, is not considered for a military contract for weaponized planes in Kenya. Instead, a company, with no experience, gets a contract for twice the market price. Coincidently, directors of that company are also directors and officers of a Russian financed business, that John Podesta was a director and held 75,000 shares of stock, that he did not disclose.

Just how much more evidence does the justice department or the FBI need? Folks I’m telling you….I can’t look into a story that doesn’t have the Clintons somewhere in it. The corruption, cronyism, illegality, and down right treason is rampant. It truly is a swamp….and I hope someday, we will see an end to this corruption. One can only hope.

http://dennismichaellynch.com/congress-probing-obamas-last-minute-deal-kenya/

https://kengeorge.org/2017/02/19/into-the-weeds-11/

Into the Weeds 11 – Update

Pay for play reaches new lows.

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In my last post I mentioned a Russian start up program called SKOLKOVO innovation center. Well apparently this is a big deal, to date hosting over 900 companies, mostly start-up and mostly hi-tech new technology firms.    I found some of the American Companies that are aiding in advancing this technology. They include Microsoft, Google, Intel, Cisco, GE, IBM, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Boeing, Dow, HCL America, Price Waterhouse, and others. From Europe, tech giants, Siemens and Nokia  From India, Tata. And from Russia, Rusnano and Lukoil. So far, American companies alone have invested 2 billion dollars in this tech venture in Russia. Oddly enough, the same Russian investment fund that was used to start SKOLKOVO was used to purchase Uranium One…..you may remember this is the deal brokered by Hillary Clinton and Frank Giustra to sell 20% of American uranium reserves to the Russians. Not only did Frank Giustra donate over 30 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation, I recently found out the same Russian company that now controls those American mines of Uranium, also penned a deal with Iran to sell them Uranium.

Now you have to admit this is special! Selling our technology, our uranium reserves, and giving them to Russia and Iran….two of our biggest enemies. I can see right inside the liberal skull…..  “if we help them they won’t attack us…..we just need to treat them better”. Well, how’d that work out with N. Korea when Bill Clinton gave them nuclear technology? Or how about giving China missile technology and all our factories? Is that working for America?

Its working for somebody. Every single one of those companies listed above, just coincidently donated big money to the Clinton Foundation or paid Bill Clinton big money for a speech. Since the Foundation only lists donations in 5 million dollar increments its hard to say the exact number….but its at least 10 million and as high as 25 million. I might also add that the CF has over 300,000 donors, and many have not even been disclosed. Many, many are individuals. I could spend days just studying donors, its irrelevant. Some of those individuals are certainly corporate officers or foundation managers that bring a lot less attention, when they donate as an individual.

Have we learned nothing from history? Are we so stupid that we keep funding our foreign competitors and provide them the technology to defeat us economically? Are we really that stupid, or is it just greed? Someday we will regret all this “cooperation”. But I guess there are plenty of folks that just don’t give a shit about America…making money is all that matters.

Into the Weeds 11

Why should we still pursue Hillary Clinton?

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John Podesta                                                                 Vladimir Putin

I almost can’t wait to tell this tale. It is way, way convoluted….so you’ll have to pay close attention. I continue my research on the Clinton Foundation. Why, you say? The election is over and Hillary is no more. Not necessarily……the money! Its always the money!

I came across a story on Breitbart that peeked my interest. Somehow I missed it when it first came out in October of 2016. The story revealed that John Podesta transferred 75,000 shares of common stock to a shell company in California, registered in Delaware, named Leonidio. Trouble is, it is a complete ghost of a holding company. Nobody can find who owns it. But let’s set that aside for now. What’s more important is the stock. The stock was in a company called Joule, unlimited. Joule is a tech company based in Bedford, MA. Its tech is bio-fuel and green energy. Podesta, in addition to receiving the 75,000 shares of stock, also sat on the board of one of the three branches of Joule. He did not disclose any of this, required by law, on his financial disclosures when he joined the Obama administration or the Clinton campaign. Most of this information, so far, is in the Breitbart articles. But it gets much, much better.

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Reuben Vardanyan

Also on the board of Joule is a man named Reuben Vardanyan. He is a long time friend and advisor to Putin. You might call him a Russian Oligarch. He is native Armenian but has many financial interests in Russia, including banks, tech companies and oil interests. He is very, very wealthy. He founded an entity called SKOLKOVO, a Russian management school, dedicated to the tech industries. During the time that both Podesta and Vardanyan were on the board together of Joule,  they received a 35 million dollar investment from a Russian government fund. At the same time another shell company was being set up in Bermuda…..Klein Ltd. The whole scheme seems to have been hatched sometime in early 2011, shortly before Podesta was placed on the board of Joule. Klein, Ltd. has absolutely no information known, since it was set up in Bermuda and its against Bermuda law to provide any information, but the agents of Klein are known. They have strong connections to the Russian oil industry and Vardanyan and share the law firm that set up the shell company, Klein, and a foundation called Sea Change. Sea Change is involved in this scheme as well. They appear to be funded by only two sources: Klein Ltd. and Nat Simons and his wife, Marilyn.  Mr. Simons is a big left wing donor to Hillary Clinton and a rabid environmentalist. Sea Change is no small outfit. They take in about 30 million a year from just two sources. It is exclusively spent on climate change issues and alternate energy, with the one exception of millions a year given to the Center for American Progress….you remember them….that’s John Podesta’s organization. Somehow though, I think Nat Simons is a useful idiot. Maybe not, but the whole goal here seems to be to block, delay, and stop our development and use of fossil fuels. Now why would Russia invest in that? This seems to sharpen the image a little more, as to why climate change is so important to so many elites. By the way, all the people mentioned here are making millions and millions off all this advocacy.

But wait….there’s more. Above, while introducing the Russian connection, Vardanyan, I mentioned a school he created called SKOLKOVO. During Hillary’s “reset” with Russia, as secretary of state, at the request of SKOLKOVO, brought together 17 high tech American Companies to furnish technology to SKOLKOVO. All 17 companies were Clinton Foundation Donors or paid Bill big money for a speech. Hillary was warned by the FBI, that much of the technology could have duel use in military applications. Nothing was stopped. The technology was purchased, just as 20% of our uranium reserves were purchased.

For details and further reading I will furnish links at the bottom. But let’s sum up: Podesta, illegally, does not disclose his directorship of a Russian funded alternate fuel company……gets huge fee. Shares board with Reuben Vardanyan, close friend and confident of Vladimir Putin.  Russians fund Klein, Ltd which funds Sea Change to weaken American resolve for using fossil fuel, donates to Center for American Progress…..John Podesta. Hillary arranges technology transfers to the Russians by 17  U.S. companies, all contributing to the Clintons.

Now! Tell me….who actually has ties to the Russians?

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/01/timeline-countdown-john-podestas-35-million-russian-deal/

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/13/wikileaks-bombshell-john-podesta-owned-75000-shares-putin-connected-energy-company/

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2014/07/30/exposed-sea-change-the-shadowy-one-percenter-foundation-waging-war-on-affordable-energy/

http://www.insidephilanthropy.com/fundraising-for-climate-change/sea-change-foundation-grants-for-climate-change.html

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderProfile.asp?fndid=5424

https://panamapapers.icij.org/20160403-putin-russia-offshore-network.html