Before the U.S. Presidential Election of 2017, five or six (perhaps more) members of the Trump election team talked with the Russians, one of whom was the Russian Ambassador, who doubles as a known spy for Putin.
We cannot help but try to imagine what was said. It was too early to talk about Obama’s new sanctions. They could have been talking about ways to forward money to the campaign. It is quite unlikely that they complained about the cyber attack on Clinton Headquarters. “How dare you interfere with our sacred election process and favor our candidate, Mr. Trump.” You can bet they did not say that.
Putin is the richest man on Earth. No one even knows how much he is worth, as he literally owns all of Russia and its resources. He has learned that the best way that he can keep control is to surround himself with an oligarchy of super rich billionaires that he can control and induce to do his bidding. Besides interfering in elections in Western Europe, Putin instigates land grabs that are designed to add territory to Mother Russia. His billionaire friends serve another function. They are in charge of laundering illegally obtained Russian money and moving it into both brick and mortar properties and complicit banks like Deutsche Bank. The Bank of Cyprus was the favorite laundromat for years.
Putin has learned that the best was he can keep control is to surround himself with an oligarchy of super-rich billionaires that he can control and induce to do his bidding. Besides interfering in elections in Western Europe, Putin instigates land grabs that are designed to add territory to Mother Russia. His billionaire friends serve another function. They are in charge of laundering illegally obtained Russian money and moving it into both brick and mortar properties and complicit banks like Deutsche Bank. The Bank of Cyprus was a favorite laundromat.
Donald Trump, we know, has been a conduit for cash in at least one of the properties that laundered Russian cash. He sold a Florida property for which he paid $40M to a friend of Putin’s, the King of Fertilizer, for $100M. This cash infusion got Trump back on his feet after his bankruptcies. The conduit was established.
This oligarch’s plane, the King of Fertilizer, is seen at the same airport where Trump’s plane is located half a dozen times during the 2016 campaign. This is recorded on time-stamped videos.
Focus on what Putin wants the world to be. He wants to divide the world into oligarchically controlled powers with a common allegiance to one another and a special allegiance to himself.
Enter: Donald Trump, stage right.
A jetliner belonging to the Russian oligarch who had previously bought a Florida mansion from Donald Trump shadowed the candidate’s plane to at least four US cities – three during the campaign and one since the inauguration.
That seems like an awful lot of coincidence, especially given how much concern the Trump campaign expressed over Bill Clinton’s impromptu and ill-advised visit with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac. Remember the chants of “lock her up”? That was so Hillary Clinton’s emails ago.
Dmitry Rybolovlev visited Las Vegas in late October, then tiny Concord and Charlotte, North Carolina five days before the election in November. His plane was also in Palm Beach on the February weekend when Trump held an impromptu national security meeting in front of Mar a Lago diners.
Rybolovlev once purchased a $95 million home from Trump in a deal that appears to have been brokered by Trump’s secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, in order to shelter assets from Rybolovlev’s wife during a nasty divorce. Rybolovlev is also a shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus, where Ross was a vice president until his confirmation by the US Senate. The bank specializes in catering to Russian ‘flight capital.’
The matching flight patterns were the subject of an article published yesterday at DCReport.org, the new website of journalist and author David Cay Johnston. It crashed shortly after Rachel Maddow covered their story in her evening broadcast at MSNBC and remains unavailable at press time.
But Rybolevlev’s movements have actually been discussed in the blogosphere for months. In a little-read article at Huffington Post, computer scientist John Mashey wrote in February that the oligarch’s airplane “made at least 7 visits to New York City … spending several days or more on each visit, usually overlapping with Trump presence there, given his habit of flying back most nights during the campaign.”
At least mainstream journalists are now on the story.
“Rachel, remember that the oligarchs are a state-sponsored network of criminals,” Johnston told Maddow. “They are totally dependent to stay alive, as you’ve shown in an earlier segment, on being in the good graces of Vladimir Putin. And when he wants things done, they do them.”
“In the case of Rybolevlev, he turned over $25o million, quote-unquote “voluntarily,” in a dispute with Putin, where Putin was essentially bringing him to heel.”
Maddow covered the story in two segments. Watch: