New Republic Story on Trump & Russian (mob) $$

by teacherken – Posted this evening and written by Craig Unger, the story is titled Trump’s Russian Laundromat and you can get a real sense of where it is going with this tease immediately below the title: How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. Let me offer two key paragraphs after the introductory material, itself key about a former Soviet pilot, 38-year-old David Bogatin, who with no apparent means of income in 1984 bought five condos (for $6 million) in Trump Tower, eventually forfeited with the US Government saying that he had purchased them to “launder money, to shelter and hide assets.” Here are those two key paragraphs, with a bit of the first omitted: …  A review of the public record reveals a clear and disturbing pattern: Trump owes much of...

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Donald Trump was Bailed out of Bankruptcy by Russian Crime Bosses

by Mark Sumner – In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia. As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark. Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. … The money to build these projects flowed...

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