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Will Mueller/Putin Investigate Browder?
Strange bedfellows can use the same cover.
And a ‘Russia Indictment’ can roll out a hustler.
For tax fraud and evasion…
[Clip: “We can bring up Mr Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russia nor in the United States, and yet the money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States.”]
…and dirty laundry.
[Clip: “Bill, ahh, I’m going to put you on the spot here, have you been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and or the Intelligence Committees investigating the money trail?” “I, I, can only talk about what I’ve done, ahh, publicly, and I’ve been interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee about these issues, but I cannot talk about any law enforcement, umm, interactions I’ve had.”]
That’s because this Jewish money manager, former US citizen—hiding out in Britain—is already a “person of interest” with federal investigators.
Caught this fed’s interest.
[Clip: “Nicholas Casale, allow me to show credentials. This is the United States Federal District Court, Baker & Hostetler. Okay. You’ve been served. Go take pictures of him.” “He’s running away. Are you serious?”]
Well, we anticipate the day when Mueller serves Browder his own subpoena.
He got Manafort on a lot less.
They don’t call Mueller “Bobbie Three Sticks” for nothing.
Sticks to the facts, Sticks to the law, Sticks up for America.
[Clip: “I care deeply about the rule of law. In a free society a central responsibility of government, I believe, is to protect its citizens from criminal harm within the framework of the Constitution. I’ve been fortunate indeed to have been able to spend much of my career in pursuit of that goal.”]
He may be in pursuit of Browder.
And maybe more.
[Clip: “Tuesday, the Russian Prosecutor’s Office said it wants to question one Mike McFaul and several other Americans as part of its investigation into financier Bill Browder for what the Russians say are financial crimes.”]
Complicit? Or pivot, and trash Trump.
I mean, some really cheap stuff.
[Clip: “Were you surprised to not get someone reflexively watching your back from the top of the government at the White House today?” “Disappointed, I think, is a better word, surprised I guess, although, fum, a lot of things, cah, come out of the White House these days are not surprising. Something very important here, I want to make sure people understand, by not batting away this as absurd, aah, the president is suggesting that there’s moral equivalency between an indictment put out aah, bah, aah, by Mr Mueller of twelve Russian Intelligence Officers who violated our sovereignty and the evidence is overwhelming with a crazy cockamamie story that makes absolutely no sense, no logical sense, that somehow the US Ambassador is helping money laundering, aah…”]
Methinks he protests too loudly.
And the purge of the Rothschild Money Changers moves on.
[Clip: “Just to go briefly through your story, at one point, you were one of the leading investors in Russia. You owned a lot of Russian companies, Russian stocks in your Hermitage Capital Funds, and you were living between Moscow and London, you were travelling back and forth all the time.”]
So, where did the alleged stolen money go?
I bet Mueller wants to know.
And Putin held out Russia’s documented case to him on a silver platter.
[Clip: “What’s the basis of all the events that took place? Those are unlawful acts of a group of persons headed by Mr Browder, if I’m not mistaken, and with the intent to live in the Russian Federation as a tourist he was engaged in illegal acts, he bought stocks of Russian companies without having the right to do so, not being a resident of the Russian Federation, tens and hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred abroad, and he evaded taxes both in the Russian Federation and in the United States over the last years. According to open American data, you’re able to have a look at them, this Ziff Brothers, the company of which Mr Browder had relations, was sponsoring the Democratic Party and, much less, the Republican Party. The last transfer they had, well it’s in the open, they transferred $1,200,000 to the Democratic Party. They are protecting themselves. In the Russian Federation Mr Browder was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for those illegal actions, but for some reason, because our Office of Prosecutor General has requested the Ministry of Justice of the United States in order to provide information and to work closer together, they did not give any response, they’re just using this in order to instigate some Russian hysteria, and no one has the desire to look at the essence of this problem.”]
Betcha Muellar would like to.
Follow the bouncing ball.
Russia asks the DOJ to launch a probe into Browder’s antics.
Twelve Russian military intelligence officers are indicted
right before the summit.
DOJ informs Trump and he picks the day of the indictment announcement, three days before the summit.
Putin cites Mueller by name at Helsinki with polite deference twice.
He references a Treaty of mutual law enforcement assistance on criminal cases between the two countries.
Putin pegs Browder by name, Trump turns with a very telling nod.
Now, was the Russian Indictment a set up to flush Browder into the public eye?
He’s been on a million TV shows, touting his innocence, while demonizing Putin
It’s “The Helsinki Sting.”
Someone, could be Browder, is gonna bleed.
Especially if Mueller comes closing in.
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What a magnificent Video and deeply appreciate you pulling this criminal investigation angle out from the depths of the insanely mashed together neverending “Russiagate” national security/counter-intelligence/collusion thing which keeps changing shape like an amoeba as it crawls along.
You must have spent days sorting through the mess to pull up the research for the Video. And I think you are entirely correct.
Since the Treaty Between The United States Of America And The Russian Federation On Mutual Legal Assistance In Criminal Matters was signed at Washinginton on June 17, 1999, and ratified by Congress about 2001 or so, America and Russia have probably assisted each other several times a year or more since then, especially on bi-national criminal cases such as Putin described.
It’s not at all outside the range of the “ordinary” because the procedures are set in the treaty.
And because it deals strictly with criminal justice channels, the form of assistance requested is directly processed through the Department of Justice and the Russian Office of the Prosecutor General without having to go through another agency such as the State Department or Congress for review.
A copy of the Treaty is uploaded at Scribd, and the agreed upon procedures are detailed in the Treaty’s Articles.
That clip of Browder trying to duck being served is priceless. Funniest thing I’ve seen all week. He shoved those women out of the way and scuttled across the back seat like he was chasing a gold shekel.
And McFaul, egads, he sure had the “deer in the headlights” look on his face at times when being interviewed, too.
He is certainly spooked now as well, as I recall that not only was he the founder and director of Carnegie Moscow Center in the wild and wilder Russian 1990s, just in time for financial rape and economic looting of Russia by the Oligarchs and Harvard Jews and their “shock therapy,” but McFaul is also a huge cheerleader for Browder’s Magnitsky/Global Magnitsky Acts. I believe Soros contributes to Browder’s NGO pushing Magnitsky, but I’ll have to double check.
Putin laid out the case at Valdai especially well. Like you say, on a silver platter — publicly. DOJ had better not stonewall anymore of Russia’s investigations into Browder and his ilk, Hermitage Capital Management, and Britain’s HSBC which has shares in Hermitage, or did have.
And by the way, I’m finding he’s got a bit of a “body count” going himself (that he blames on Putin) mostly crooked crony “Russian” mostly-Jewish oligarchs and other “helpers” who could possibly testify about Browder’s massive tax fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and wholesale embezzlement from the Russian people commiting financial crimes through a business he wasn’t legally entitled to set up to begin with.
This corrupt billionaire monster, King of the Gaslighters, is becoming very dangerous to the world. Browder has almost single-handedly and relentlessly been the prime mover behind the “New Cold War” pushing every money, publicity, and political lever possible.
And, dear +BN, I must say that great minds and hearts think alike, and you’ve definitely picked up the real meat from the Putin-Trump post summit joint press conference.
Below, Giraldi mentions a documentary by Russian documentary film maker Andrei Nekrasov, an outspoken anti-Putin activist, who was actually initially engaged by Browder to do the film. Halfway through its production, Nekrasov gradually red-pilled himself, his producer and his documentary crew. The last half of the documentary is the red-pill half, where Nekrasov punches holes in the more common Browder lies and claims of Browder’s cunningly crafted epic Jewish fable.
Nkerasov has now crossed Browder, who went on the warpath. His liberal European world of human rights activists have turned their backs on him for tarnishing their god-hero Magnitsky and the high priest of the cult, Bill Browder.
The documentary is so Browder-banned here in America with his frivolous defamation lawsuits, so censored not only in public and private screenings, but on YouTube and other venues as to be actual “samisdat”
Samizdat was a key form of dissident activity across the Soviet bloc in which individuals reproduced censored publications by hand and passed the documents from reader to reader.
It’s currently on BitChute, and has definitely become samisdat. I’ve seen it, and it is a must see.
Phillip Giraldi wrote at Unz yesterday quite an instructive piece:
Is Bill Browder the Most Dangerous Man in the World?
The darling of the war party needs to answer some questions
At the press conference following their summit meeting in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and American President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of resolving potential criminal cases involving citizens of the two countries by permitting interrogators from Washington and Moscow to participate in joint questioning of the individuals named in indictments prepared by the respective judiciaries.
The predictable response by the American nomenklatura was that it was a horrible idea as it would potentially require U.S. officials to answer questions from Russians about their activities.
Putin argued, not unreasonably, that if Washington wants to extradite and talk to any of the twelve recently indicted GRU officers the Justice Department has named then reciprocity is in order for Americans and other identified individuals who are wanted by the Russian authorities for illegal activity while in Russia. And if Russian officials are fair game, so are American officials.
A prime target for such an interrogation would be President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who was widely criticized while in Moscow for being on an apparent mission to cultivate ties with the Russian political opposition and other “pro-democracy” groups.
But McFaul was not specifically identified in the press conference, though Russian prosecutors have asked him to answer questions related to the ongoing investigation of another leading critic, Bill Browder, who was named by Putin during the question and answer session.
Browder is a major hedge fund figure who, inter alia, is an American by birth. He renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1997 in exchange for British citizenship to avoid paying federal taxes on his worldwide income.
Bill Browder is what used to be referred to as an oligarch, having set up shop in 1999 as Hermitage Capital Management Fund, a hedge fund registered in tax havens Guernsey and the Cayman Islands.
It focused on “investing” in Russia, taking advantage initially of the loans-for-shares scheme under Russia’s drunkard President Boris Yeltsin, and then continuing to profit greatly during the early years of Vladimir Putin. By 2005 Hermitage was the largest foreign investor in Russia.
Yeltsin had won a fraudulent election in 1996 supported by the oligarch-controlled media and by President Bill Clinton, who secured a $20.2 billion IMF loan that enabled him to buy support.
Today we would refer to Clinton’s action as “interference in the 1996 election,” but at that time a helpless and bankrupt Russia was not well placed to object to what was being done to it.
Yeltsin proved keen to follow oligarchical advice regarding how to strip the former Soviet Union of its vast state-owned assets.
Browder’s Hermitage Investments profited hugely from the commodities deals that were struck at that time.
Browder and his apologists portray him as an honest and honorable Western businessman attempting to operate in a corrupt Russian business world. Nevertheless, the loans-for-shares scheme that made him his initial fortune has been correctly characterized as the epitome of corruption by all parties involved, an arrangement whereby foreign investors worked with local oligarchs to strip the former Soviet economy of its assets paying pennies on each dollar of value.
Along the way, Browder was reportedly involved in money laundering, making false representations on official documents and bribery.
Browder was eventually charged by the Russian authorities for fraud and tax evasion. He was banned from re-entering Russia in 2005 and began to withdraw his assets from the country, but three companies controlled by Hermitage were eventually seized by the authorities.
Browder himself was convicted of tax evasion in absentia in 2013 and sentenced to nine years in prison.
Browder, who refers to himself as Putin’s “public enemy #1,” has notably been able to sell his tale of innocence to leading American politicians like Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Ben Cardin and ex-Senator Joe Lieberman, all of whom are always receptive when criticizing Russia, as well as to a number of European parliamentarians and media outlets.
In the wake of the Helsinki press conference he has, for example, claimed that Putin named him personally because he is a threat to continue to expose the crimes of the mafia that he claims is currently running Russia, but there is, inevitably, another less discussed alternative view of his self-serving narrative.
Central to the tale of what Browder really represents is the Magnitsky Act, which the U.S. Congress passed into law to sanction individual Kremlin officials for their treatment of alleged whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, arrested and imprisoned in Russia.
Browder has sold a narrative which basically says that he and his “lawyer” Sergei Magnitsky uncovered massive tax fraud and, when they attempted to report it, were punished by a corrupt police force and magistracy, which had actually stolen the money.
Magnitsky was arrested and died in prison, allegedly murdered by the police to silence him.
The Magnitsky case is of particular importance because both the European Union and the United States have initiated sanctions against the identified Russian officials who were allegedly involved.
In the Magnitsky Act, sponsored by Russia-phobic Senator Ben Cardin and signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, the U.S. asserted its willingness to punish foreign governments for human rights abuses.
The Act, initially limited to Russia, has now been expanded by virtue of 2016’s Global Magnitsky Act, which enabled U.S. sanctions worldwide.
Russia reacted angrily to the first iteration of the Act, noting that the actions taken by its government internally, notably the operation of its judiciary, were being subjected to outside interference, while other judicial authorities also questioned Washington’s claimed right to respond to criminal acts committed outside the United States.
Moscow reciprocated with sanctions against U.S. officials as well as by increasing pressure on foreign non-governmental pro-democracy groups operating in Russia. Some have referred to the Magnitsky Act as the start of the new Cold War.
The contrary narrative to that provided by Browder concedes that there was indeed a huge fraud related to as much as $230 million in unpaid Russian taxes on an estimated $1.5 billion of income, but that it was not carried out by corrupt officials.
Instead, it was deliberately ordered and engineered by Browder with Magnitsky, who was actually an accountant, personally developing and implementing the scheme, using multiple companies and tax avoidance schemes to carry out the deception.
Magnitsky, who was on cardiac medication, was indeed arrested and convicted, but he, according to his own family, reportedly died due to his heart condition, possibly exacerbated by negligent authorities who failed to medicate him adequately when he became ill.
The two competing Browder narratives have been explored in some detail by a Russian documentary film maker Andrei Nekrasov, an outspoken anti-Putin activist, who was actually initially engaged by Browder to do the film. An affable Browder appears extensively in the beginning describing his career and the events surrounding Magnitsky.
As Nekrasov worked on the documentary, he discovered that the Browder supported narrative was full of contradictions, omissions and fabrication of evidence.
By the time he finished, he realized that the more accurate account of what had occurred with Browder and Magnitsky had been that provided by the Russian authorities.
When Nekrasov prepared to air his work “The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes,” he inevitably found himself confronted by billionaire Browder and a battery of lawyers, who together blocked the showing of the film in Europe and the United States.
Anyone subsequently attempting to promote the documentary has been immediately confronted with 300 plus pages of supporting documents accompanying a letter threatening a lawsuit if the film were to be shown to the public.
A single viewing of “The Magnitsky Act” in Washington in June 2016 turned into a riot when Browder supporters used tickets given to Congressional staffers to disrupt the proceedings.
At a subsequent hearing before Congress, where he was featured as an expert witness on Russian corruption before a fawning Senate Judiciary Committee, Bill Browder suggested that those who had challenged his narrative and arranged the film’s viewing in Washington should be prosecuted under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA), which includes penalties of up to five years in prison.
Because of the pressure from Browder, there has never been a second public showing of “The Magnitsky Act” but it is possible to see it online at this site. https://www.bitchute.com/video/lQ3qEwX66pIL/
Bill Browder, who benefited enormously from Russian corruption, has expertly repackaged himself as a paragon among businessmen, endearing himself to the Russia-haters in Washington and the media.
Curiously, however, he has proven reluctant to testify in cases regarding his own business dealings. He has, for example, repeatedly run away, literally, from attempts to subpoena him so he would have to testify under oath.
When one gets past all of his bluster and posturing, by one significant metric Bill Browder might well be accounted the most dangerous man in the world.
Driven by extreme hatred of Putin and of Russia, he personally and his Magnitsky Myth have together done more to launch and sustain a dangerous new Cold War between a nuclear armed United States and a nuclear armed Russia.
Blind to what he has accomplished, he continues to pontificate about how Putin is out to get him when instead he is the crook who quite likely stole $230 million dollars and should be facing the consequences.
That the U.S. media and Congress appear to be entranced by Browder and dismissive of Moscow’s charges against him is symptomatic of just how far the Russia-phobia in the West has robbed people of their ability to see what is right in front of them.
To suggest that what is taking place driven by Browder and his friends in high places could well lead to tragedy for all of us would be an understatement.
Also see Giraldi’s ‘Meet the Corrupt Billionaire Who Has Brought About a New Cold War’
“One has to ask why there is a crisis in US-Russia relations since Washington and Moscow have much more in common than not, to include confronting international terrorism, stabilizing Syria and other parts of the world that are in turmoil, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
In spite of all that, the US and Russia are currently locked in a tit-for-tat unfriendly relationship somewhat reminiscent of the Cold War.
Apart from search for a scapegoat to explain the Hillary Clinton defeat, how did it happen?
Israel Shamir, a keen observer of the American-Russian relationship, and celebrated American journalist Robert Parry both think that one man deserves much of the credit for the new Cold War and that man is William Browder, a hedge fund operator who made his fortune in the corrupt 1990s world of Russian commodities trading.
Browder is also symptomatic of why the United States government is so poorly informed about international developments as he is the source of much of the Congressional “expert testimony” contributing to the current impasse.
He has somehow emerged as a trusted source in spite of the fact that he has self-interest in cultivating a certain outcome.
Also ignored is his renunciation of American citizenship in 1998, reportedly to avoid taxes. He is now a British citizen.”
Putin reminds me of Göring, who disowned the Jewish oligarchs simply by applying the tax laws to them.
Since we don’t live in a nation with the rule of law, but instead in a lawless cleptocracy, nothing is going to happen here.
If Browder consents to appear on phony Jew-controlled Mainstream Media, it means that he is the star in a re-make of the phony “Cold War” script that serve the Tribal Bankensteins so well for so long.
“The Browder Show” is Jewish Theater…part of the ongoing merger of the USSR and USSA, as predicted by Anatoly Golitsyn and James J. Angleton in “New Lies for Old.”
If Mueller wants to pursue “rule-of-law,” he should investigate Rabbi Dov Zakheim’s $2 trillion theft of Pentagon funds admitted by Rumsfeld on September 10, 2001 … as well as Larry Silversteinn’s (Mr “Pull it”) insurance fraud in purchasing the World Trade Center.
It sure is a lawless Kleptocracy.
But things will change.
We will win.
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Daniel McAdams from The Liberty Report pointed out that Mueller was the director of the FBI that misled the congress about Iraq having WMDs.
Maybe if your circumstances change in the next two years you should try to run for Congress. We need more Constitutionalists.
He believed Powell’s fake evidence, and Rumsfeld and Cheney’s lies as just about every American did at the time.
Mueller was responsible for no part of the US-driven international Iraq WMD ‘investigation’ that went on for a decade before Mueller was appointed as Director of the FBI.
In fact, Mueller started at the FBi on Sept 4, 2001 just a week before 9/11. At that time, the FBI, which is responsible for investigating and surveilling counter-terrorism inside the United States did not have much in the way of a sophisticated counter-terrorism investigative unit.
Moreover, Mueller, and the FBI before him, largely had to depend on reports fed to him from the other agencies on external threats, such as the CIA, NSA and the State Department, nor was there a systematic way for information sharing across agencies and bureaus. FBI was responsible for intelligence and surveillance and investigation of domestic terrorism, and still is.
The Bureau’s jurisdictional responsibilities outside the US apply only to investigations of crimes and terrorism against US citizens and US government facilities in foreign countries.
Usually what happened in those days is these intelligence agencies, if they did at all, would request that the FBI domestically keep tabs on foreigners these agencies were interested in who entered the US. There was a lot of inter-agency jealousy and information was held close to the chest, and a lot of times, there was just no interagency communications or sharing.
It wasn’t until after July 2004 when the 9/11 Commission Report came out that people began questioning the report, and the official story.
Ron Paul Liberty Report: ‘Shock’ Poll: Most Americans Support Another Trump/Putin Summit…But Congress Says ‘No!
According to a new poll released yesterday, some 54 percent of Americans support President Trump’s plan to hold another summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this year.
Congress reacted in a bi-partisan manner: No! Is Congress again out of step with the American people?
Thanks for clearing things up, KathJuliane.
Lucy Komisar is probably the diva of investigative journalism into off-shore financial and corporate crimes and corruption.
Her site is loaded with documentation, copies of investigative reports and judicial documents from both Russia and America.
Deputy AG Rosenstein’s Order appointing Robert S. Mueller as Special Counsel lists the following authorizations:
(b) The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and
(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a). [Jurisdiction; original, expanded; and consultation with the AG for other administrative and/or civil referral actions outside of the criminal justice system]
(c) If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.
(d) Sections 600.4 through 600.10 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations are applicable to the Special Counsel
[See:28 CFR Part 600 - GENERAL POWERS OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
§ 600.1 Grounds for appointing a Special Counsel.
§ 600.2 Alternatives available to the Attorney General.
§ 600.3 Qualifications of the Special Counsel.
§ 600.4 Jurisdiction.
§ 600.5 Staff.
§ 600.6 Powers and authority.
§ 600.7 Conduct and accountability.
§ 600.8 Notification and reports by the Special Counsel.
§ 600.9 Notification and reports by the Attorney General.
§ 600.10 No creation of rights.
So, Mueller has all of the powers and authority of any other US Attorney to investigate and prosecute, and would be well within lawful bounds if he and his Special Counsel “commission” had been conferring with their countparts in Russia per the standing Treaty Mutual Legal Assistance In Criminal Matters, and have been obtaining original certified Russian criminal investigation reports, depositions, and court transcripts.
Russia’s cases against Browder have been going on since 2003. And in the can of worms mashup that is “Russiagate” there are more then just one investigative case that’s been generated by Mueller’s investigations.
In very rare cases does DOJ confer with the White House on criminal cases unless it touches on national security or diplomacy per the AG’s discretion, or in this case the Deputy AG’s discretion, since Sessions has recused himself from all thing “Russiagate”.
Rosenstein decided to consult with Trump as to when - pre- or post-summit, he would prefer that the indictments against the 12 GRU officers be announced by DOJ. This has no relation to the criminal case which may be shaping up around Browder and his ship of billionaire fools, cronies, mob connections, and pocket-politicians.
Trump chose the announcement be made pre-Summit.
The Komisar Scoop: (October 2017) The Man Behind the Magnitsky Act: Did Bill Browder’s Tax Troubles in Russia Color Push for Sanctions?
The controversial New York meeting in June 2016 between Donald Trump’s campaign team and a group of Russians, initiated as a talk about finding dirt on Hillary Clinton, is drawing new scrutiny of US economic sanctions against targeted Russians.
At the meeting, Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump confederates, lured by a promise of compromising information on Trump’s rival, instead stumbled upon a quagmire: a fraud that bilked the Russian treasury of $230 million; a trans-Atlantic dispute over offshore accounts and tax evasion, and a U.S.-born investor, William Browder, who once ran the largest foreign investment fund in Russia, and who plays the eminence grise in this drama.
Browder is perhaps best known as an investor in Russia turned an anti-corruption activist, and the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, the battery of economic sanctions aimed at Russian officials.
However, an examination of Browder’s record in Russia and his testimony in court cases reveals contradictions with his statements to the public and Congress, and raises questions about his motives in attacking corruption in the Kremlin.
That human rights effort, named after a man Russian investigators say was part of a tax evasion scheme, has helped sour US-Russian relations.
Browder has insisted that his departure from Russia resulted from his anti-corruption activities. However, Russian authorities revoked his visa in November 2005, two years after a provincial court convicted Browder of evading some $40 million in taxes. The Russian federal government next took up the case.
[Hermitage Capital Management was at one time the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. Browder gave up his U.S. citizenship in 1998 to avoid paying taxes related to foreign investment. There’s no telling how much he owes the Infernal Revenue Service].
Magnitsky was interrogated in 2006 about the [Russian] tax evasion and detained over it in 2008.
Nevertheless, by 2012 Browder had convinced key U.S. politicians that Magnitsky was his lawyer, hired to investigate the theft of three of Browder’s companies and jailed by corrupt Russian authorities, who engineered his death in prison.
The Magnitsky Act banned visas and business ties for a number of Russians allegedly linked to Magnitsky’s death. The impact of that legislation has spread, with US and European human rights advocates pressing for a global Magnitsky Act against public officials and corporate officers everywhere accused of corruption or rights violations.
Back in the spotlight this summer, Browder used Magnitsky’s death to again rail against shady Russian government officials and their cronies in Congressional testimony and in the press.
It is the theft of the three companies that ties Browder to the controversial Trump, Jr. meeting. In 2007, shell companies that had once been owned by Browder were used to claim a $230 million tax refund based on trumped-up financial loses. Browder has said the companies were stolen from him, and indeed in a murky operation organized by a convicted fraudster, they were re-registered in the names of others.
About five years later, Browder went after a company he said had gotten money laundered in the tax refund fraud. He persuaded the Justice Department to bring charges in 2013 in New York against Prevezon, a Russian real estate investment firm, and others.
Browder accused Prevezon of receiving $1.9 million from the tax refund fraud. It used the money to buy New York real estate, he said.
That New York lawsuit is what brought Prevezon’s Russian lawyer, Nataliya Veselnitskaya, to the United States several times in 2016, including to the June 2016 meeting with Trump Jr.
Veselnitskaya says the Prevezon suit was a distraction Browder used to cover up his own tax evasion and–she claims–collusion in the tax refund fraud. She bases her accusation in part on the role of Magnitsky. She has lobbied against the Magnitsky Act, deriding it as Browder’s way of protecting himself from Russian legal trouble.
Browder declined repeated requests for an interview about the Russian charges, his time as an investor in Russia, and his campaigns for the Magnitsky Act. Browder went so far as to have the author of this article banned from a public talk he gave at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey, in December 2016.
But this summer, in sworn testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Browder made statements that appear to contradict his testimony in the Prevezon case. Statements by Browder in this article come from the printed record of his Senate testimony, and his various public appearances and writings.
Also, “The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes” has been pulled from Bitchute.
Awesome video, well done, thank you.
The Magnitsky Act - Behind the Scenes is uploaded to Vimeo:
Browder’s Fable is taking on the aura of holocaust touch-me-not religion.
Now once again it’s clear how deeply mass media owners manipulated public opinion so easily during the history.
Russia under the Bolshevik propaganda which is leaving it in order to reinstall in USA and UK. What are UK. A champ of refugees that suffocate the European Heritage of white people only, remains a degringolada which only Babylonia use to have!
Let’s stop the Bolshevik, their tools like money media and confiscate under the antitrust laws for their high sabotage against humanity and white European heritage!
How could it be possible when in a modern country synagogue is located right among prefecture
People, attorney, and city court, half of them are Judas or working for them! That’s Europe and Bolshevik plan to musulmanize the Continent!
Financial Times: White House delays Trump-Putin meeting to next year
Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling cited as reason for postponement
A second bilateral meeting between US president Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this autumn has been delayed until next year, after the first drew bipartisan criticism.
“The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch-hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, said on Wednesday.
Mr Bolton used the language regularly employed by the president to deride a special counsel investigation headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Mr Trump was criticised at the time of his first summit with Mr Putin for accepting the Russia president’s denials about election meddling over the conclusions of the US intelligence services. The White House had said last week Mr Bolton was discussing plans for a second summit in Washington.
The announcement came as US secretary of state Mike Pompeo defended the administration’s record on Russia in a testy hearing in the Senate on Wednesday, arguing it had taken a “staggering number of actions” against Moscow and saying that the US “does not and will never” recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
“The United States calls on Russia to respect the principles to which it has long claimed to adhere and to end its occupation of Crimea,” he said.
But Mr Pompeo came under fire from senators on both sides of the aisle over the administration’s foreign policy record.
“You’re not going to answer any of the questions that would get us to the truth,” Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, berated Mr Pompeo after he refused to say whether Mr Trump discussed relaxing sanctions policy with Mr Putin or reducing the number of US troops in Syria during their private meeting.
Mr Pompeo instead argued that no commitment had been made to change existing sanctions policy and committed to work with Congress on a new Russia sanctions bill.
Paywall: ( .ft.com/content/9933a8be-903d-11e8-bb8f-a6a2f7bca546 )
Also see: RT: No shrinking violets: Pompeo defends Trump policies before Senate
Great to see some real journalism. None of this highlighted on Jewish owned media.
Got to get the Jews out of the media.
RT: US establishment rallies around martyr figure of ex-ambassador McFaul
Former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul was touched that the Senate voted to protect him from being hauled off to a Russian dungeon – or at least that’s what the establishment crowd made it look like.
McFaul was the US envoy to Russia from February 2012 to February 2014, leaving Moscow just days after the US-backed coup in the neighboring Ukraine.
His name was mentioned by Russian officials in the context of a proposal made by President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit to arrange for mutual questioning of individuals suspected of wrongdoing, under a 1999 treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
On Wednesday, the White House said only it was “discussing” the proposal internally, but had not made any commitments. This was enough for Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), to accuse Trump of pursuing “Putin’s agenda,” with the Senate Democrats putting forth a resolution against any US officials ever being questioned by Russia.
“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it. Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday, shortly before the Senate vote.
“Bipartisanship is not dead yet,” McFaul, who believes Putin has made him his personal enemy, proclaimed, thanking the Senate for having his back with 98 votes in favor and none opposed.
The non-binding resolution was quickly hailed as a victory of the #Resistance over the “traitor” Trump and his “puppet-master” Putin, although obviously nothing short of impeachment will do.
Former President Barack Obama’s ethics czar Norm Eisen might have been waxing hyperbolic, but McFaul did get elevated into an almost-martyr by the establishment, with outspoken California Democrat Eric Swalwell tweeting #ProtectMcFaul and threatening to “make [Trump] an ex-president” if he ever turns the ambassador over to Russia.
A couple of voices did point out that Clinton literally failed to defend US ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, back in 2012, but to no avail. The #Resistance was determined to stop McFaul from being delivered to Moscow in irons.
Except that no one had ever asked for it. There’s no extradition treaty between the US and Russia, and even if there was, McFaul is neither a Russian citizen, nor is he facing any formal charges in Russia for Moscow to lay any claim to actually detaining him.
Instead, Putin’s proposal would have enabled Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators to actually interview – almost certainly in Russia – the alleged Russian spies they had just accused of hacking Democrat’s computers in 2016, in exchange for McFaul and others answering questions – almost certainly in the US – about their possible role in financial misdeeds of Bill Browder, a man who renounced his US citizenship in 1998.
Haaretz: Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi to Be Released From Israeli Prison
The 17-year-old turned into a Palestinian protest icon after she was filmed slapping Israeli soldiers
–Israel secretly probed whether family members of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi are non-related ‘light-skinned’ actors
–A girl’s chutzpah: Three reasons a Palestinian teenage girl is driving Israel insane
My daughter, these are tears of struggle / Bassem Tamimi
Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenager convicted of assaulting Israeli soldiers, will be released on Sunday after serving her sentence, her family said Thursday.
Tamimi, 17, from Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, turned into a protest icon after she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier. She was detained for three months before being sentenced in March to eight months in jail after reaching a plea deal.
Vesti: No More Feeding the Beast: Russian Investors Hit America’s Weak Point, Pull Out Funds From US
The US economy is one of the strongest in the world but it also has weak points. Above all, it’s its national debt.
German newspaper “Business Insider” has called attention to the fact that Russia has minimized its role as the US creditor lately.
This irritated the US political and economic elite.
The Key Zionist Control Points of 9/11
July 26, 2018
People often ask what are the key points that show that 9/11 was an Israeli Zionist operation. There are so many points that it is hard to answer the question in a few words, so I put together these slides to show the six major Zionist elements of control in the 9/11 false-flag operation.
Note - The hexagram symbol known as the Star of David is the symbol of Zionism since 1897. Before the Christian era the symbol was known as the Star of Remphan, an Egyptian deity associated with child sacrifice.
#ChristopherBollyn #Solving911Books #911Truth #FalseFlag #Rethink911
PayPal censors journalists who criticize Israel
Alex Krainer, a hedge fund manager in Monaco and a Croatian who grew up in Yugoslavia, originally wrote ‘The Killing of William Browder: Deconstructing Bill Browder’s Dangerous Deception’ (banned by Amazon) dissects and eviscerates the liberal Soros demoncrats godling Browder’s own highly publicised and manipulative book of lies ‘Red Notice’.
Red Notice buttresses the doctrinal legends and his fabrications enveloping the Magnitsky Act, and boosting Browder’s self-image and prestige among liberals and cold war neocons as “Putin’s Enemy No. 1″. The book is further designed as propaganda to cover his own gross criminality by turning the tables and accusing Putin and the Russian government of the very grand scheme of international financial crimes and corruption that he is guilty of.
A large part of the deception is setting up co-criminal criminal ‘Saint’ Magnitsky for the liberals to venerate, Browder’s own long-standing accountant (not anti-corruption “lawyer”) who was integral to Browder’s scams.
Krainer’s book has been re-released this time under the title Grand Deception: The Truth About Bill Browder the Magnitsky Act and Anti-Russian Sanctions, currently on Amazon, but who knows for how long?
I just bought a copy.
Krainer writes in The Killing of William Browder:
“Western institutions could have easily alleviated the suffering of Russians in 1993 when a major health care crisis broke out.
Jeffrey Sachs reports having met with the head of World Bank’s Health Mission at that time, expressly to address the dismal state of health care and social services in Russia and to urge World Bank to take action.
To his dismay, he “discovered that the World Bank planned to take its time to get help to Russia, since there was apparently a need for the bank to study the situation for some years first. ”
Thus, World Bank purposely withheld the help that was well within its means to provide, contributing to needless suffering and deaths of millions of ordinary Russians.
Intellectual musings of Harvard’s historian Richard Pipes showcase the depraved thinking of some of Russia’s Western advisors. He contends that it was “desirable for Russia to keep on disintegrating until nothing remains of her institutional structures. ”
That same Harvard, which kept the likes of Richard Pipes on its payroll, had since 1987 also accepted CIA funding for their program on intelligence and policy at John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The same Harvard that advised the Russian government on shock therapy and privatization also put its employees Andrei Schleifer and Jonathan Hay in charge of HIID to disburse over $300 million of USAID funds among their cronies in Russia.
When Schleifer and Hay were found guilty of fraud and gross corrupt ion, Harvard failed to distance itself from these two criminals, backing Schleifer all the way through nine years of legal proceedings and retaining him on its faculty even after his conviction.
The same university’s honored alumni Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers formulated IMF’s cruel “aid” policy for Russia from their perch at the US Treasury department.
The same Harvard had little compunction about profiting from the misery it had helped inflict on the people of Russia, seeing its endowment balloon from $4 billion in 1992 to $18 billion in 2000.
Bill Browder was right to decry the “evil foundation, ” and “dirty dishonesty of Russia. ” He failed to explain however, that these were largely the creation of Western financial interests which he too represented.
Tens of millions of Russians endured a decade of poverty and humiliation and up to six million of them needlessly met an early death. It is utterly cynical and deceitful for Browder to ignore those Russians as though they were less worthy than Sergei Magnitsky.
It is deeply hypocritical of him to pretend to seek justice for Magnitsky while remaining silent about the millions of victims of Western economic assault on Russia.
As for the worthy Harvard audiences of Browder’s business case presentations, these young men and women would do well not let themselves be misled and rmotionally manipulated. Gaining a proper perspective on such important historical events as the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia’s subsequent transition should be done through critical thinking rather than misplaced sentimentality.
If they ever sought such perspective, they might think to demand their professors and alumni to give them full account of their university’s role in the Russian tragedy. But let’s not delude ourselves.
The whole point of Browder’s presentations at Harvard and elsewhere is not to give his audiences an honest account about Russia. It is to sell his story and gain allies and supporters in his relentless crusade against Russia and its new leadership.
4. Enter Vladimir Putin
In addition to political, social and economic assault it endured during the1990s [by Jewmerica-Kj], Russia also became the target of radical Islamic terrorist groups, again directed by elements of the American deep state. Deputy Director ofCIA’s National Council on Intelligence, Graham E. Fuller explicitly stated that their objective was to use Islamist extremists to “destabilize what remains of Russian power.”
The idea in mobilizing Islamic radicals from Afghanistan, Chechnya and other parts against Russia was to “Balkanize” the Federation and break it into smaller sovereign states. The plan almost worked…
Alex Krainer. The Killing of William Browder: Deconstructing Bill Browder’s Deception “, pp 91-93. online book https://dxczjjuegupb.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TheKillingOfWilliamBrowder_PrintLayout_6×9-1.pdf
My late husband, P.L. was from St. Petersburg (born in Leningrad) and he opened my eyes to what happened and was still happening during the 1990s Yeltsin years, and what was going on even before.
To best of memory, P.L. Krainer’s book goes into great detail on many points my dear P.L. told me about. I wish we had a computer then in the early 2000s so that P.L. could have perhaps made some notes of what he knew.
The story of Clare Bronfman being charged in the US pertaining to her link with a satanic cult prostition ring where they brand women(she would never be charged for anything in Canada) is huge.
She has had to post $100 million bail. One of her cousins or brothers is the bag man for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Her grandfather Sammy Bronfman was probably the biggest organized crime figure in North America except for maybe Myer Lanskly.
Huge amounts of money being shifted around. This promises to develop into a huge can of worms.
Ted, they’ll simply buy off the necessary number of people - and not one more - and nothing will happen to Clare. Same as it ever was.
Tonight, while looking over my old neighborhood of North Miami at Google Maps I came back to an incident from when I was in the fourth grade.
I’d found a fifty cent piece on the playground, which to me was a fortune, and showed it to a Jewish classmate I knew well, Irving Goldberg - or something similar. We used to hunt for tadpoles behind North Miami Elementary school after the rains and had always gotten along.
Irving immediately told me if I didn’t give him half of it he would tell the coach. I was surprised and a little hurt at the attempted shakedown by a supposed friend but told him “No way.” He ran over and told the coach who said, “So what?” It was a Kodak moment.
I told my brothers about it when back home. My older brother Greg said, “What do you expect? He’s a Jew.”
Thinking about it now I understand that Irving’s parents had taught him: “Half of whatever a Goy has is rightfully the Jews’.” He just did as he’d been taught his entire life.
Starting from the the demise of the USSR and for the next ten years, American freelance journalist Anne Williamson thoroughly covered and researched the free-for-all-but-the-Russians Western Klondike capitalism of looter economics and the ’shock doctrine’ of the Yeltsin years that Browder was a major part of.
Williamson was very popular writing on all things Soviet and Russian for the Wall Street Journal and other prestigious outlets.
In 1999, she testified before Congress.
She authored a book in 1999 or 2000, “Contagion: The Betrayal of Liberty: Russia and the United States in the 1990s,” which was turned down for publication back then despite being a highly praised, “widely read manuscript” according to major book review columns, and remains unpublished to this day.
Her unpublished book argued persuasively that Western aid was foolishly committed to reforms and corrupted both the givers and the receivers while doing very little to help the Russian public.
Testimony of Anne Williamson
Before the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the United States House of Representatives
September 21, 1999
Andre Nekrasov’s docudrama “Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes” was shut down at Vimeo today.
Through Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Nekrasov provided a statement to be read into the record of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward Putin’s Russia held June 14, 2016:
“One critical point of disagreement between the Russian Federation and the United States involves Magnitsky Act that was adopted by US Congress in 2012. In my professional capacity as a documentary film maker I made a film examining circumstances of Magnitsky events.
To the best of my professional abilities to investigate the documents and to interview the people with direct knowledge of those events I came to conclusion that Mr. Magnitsky was not a whistleblower: there is no evidence of him uncovering any fraud, or accusing the police of committing it (prior to his arrest).
In interviews with me and numerous statements in the media Mr. Magnitsy’s boss, Mr. William Browder claimed that on Oct. 7 2008 Sergei Magnitsky had testified at the Russian Investigation Committee and accused police officers Karpov and Kuznetsov of defrauding the Russian treasury of 230 million dollars.
That episode, if it had indeed taken place, would be one of the fundamentals of the narrative presenting Sergei Magnitsky as a hero whistleblower who had uncovered a massive fraud and was jailed and killed by the very police had had accused of it. Mr. Browder claimed that as a result of Magnitky’s accusing the officers on Oct. 7, he was, one month later, arrested and jailed on the orders of the same very officers.
Having initially based my film on that story, and while working on the scene of Magnitsky accusing the officers, I realised that the episode referred by Browder as testifying and accusing the officers, was in fact a police examination of Magnitsky. The transcript of that examination was presented on Bill Browder’s websites as the evidence of Magnitsky’s accusations.
The transcript contains no accusations and not even a mention of the officers names.
That discovery led me to investigate other statements by Mr. Browder.
Another essential part of his Magnitsky story is the so-called “theft” of Browder’s companies which were used to apply for and to receive the fraudulent tax refund. The companies, Browder told me and the numerous media, had been stolen before the fraud.
Mr Browder also claimed that the “company theft” was the subject of another whisleblower testimony by Magnitsky. (There would be thus two testimonies, before Magnitsky’s arrest; the first (June 5 2008) about the company theft, the second (October 7 2008), discussed above, allegedly about the 230 million treasury fraud).
The “company theft” testimony was in fact also a police examination of Magnitsky as a witness in a criminal investigation. In this one Magnitsky does mention the names of officers Karpov and Kuznetsov. This fact has been used by my opponents and some media (in particular Finantial Times and ABC News) as an evidence of inaccuracies in my film.
The “mentioning” of the names, is being confused, innocently, or on purpose, with accusations of the officers. I insist that Magnitsky did not accuse the officers of the 230 million dollar before his arrest, and therefore the motive behind the police seeking to have Magnitsky withdraw his testimony was absent.
The mentioning of the names was a part of Magnitsky recounting the story of a search in his offices.One may derive from that story that, according to Magnitsky, the electronic versions of the articles of association of the companies, removed from the offices by the police, could have been used in the dubious re-registration of the companies. (though Magnitsky does not accuse anyone of the “company theft”).
In the Browder’s narrative only the paper originals, not printouts of files, are necessary to re-register the companies.
As I discovered, and show in my film, the articles of association, either originals or copies, are not essential in the process of re-registration. Moreover anyone can get a copy (a printout) of company documents from a public registry in Russia (as I tell Browder in the film).
Thus even if one considers Magnitsky’s “mentioning of the names” of the officers, during one of the examinations, as something close to an accusation, it is devoid of any revelation or evidence value and thus could have not represented any threat to the police, and a motive for a retaliation.
A highly coordinated, cowardly ISIS surprise attack in multiple places on three simultaneous fronts in Suweida province on innocent, unarmed Syrians a couple of days ago.
The massacre is immense — 250 dead so far and numbers are expected to rise. ISIS came out of the eastern Syrian desert — some having fled east and northeast of Damascus during earlier SAA liberation operations, and surely hunkered down inside the the US-coalition’s 34 mile radius “exclusion zone”.
The coordinated terrorist attack murdering innocent farmers and their families was perfectly timed to discredit Russia and Damascus who are inviting all refuges to return from neighboring countries.
More blood on Jewmerica’s hands.
The Guardian: Sweida province: Isis knocked on doors then slaughtered families
Karam Monther’s mother placed the ammunition box in her youngest son’s car, holding back her tears as he drove off in the dawn light to the frontline. News had come that Islamic State militants were storming homes on the eastern edges of his home province, Sweida, in southern Syria.
Monther joined two dozen other young men who had picked up arms and together they battled through to the edge of the nearby town of Rami. Fallen fighters lay strewn in the streets – the remains of the Isis militants in pieces after they detonated suicide vests.
A woman stumbled out of one of the the houses, repeating: “They slaughtered them.” Inside, she pointed to the bathroom.
“I felt in my heart that a crime had happened there,” Monther said. “I opened the door slowly, and I saw a mother holding her children, but it appeared she hadn’t been able to protect them from Daesh’s [Isis] gunshots.”
“I will never forget this scene all my life. No words can describe it. I knelt and wept in grief,” he said.
Residents of Sweida began burying their dead on Thursday, a day after the worst Isis atrocity in recent months claimed the lives of nearly 250 people – a toll that may yet rise.
Dozens were kidnapped and wounded, many are missing, and the slaughter has upended the peace of the ancestral homeland of the minority Druze sect, which had so far largely escaped the violence that devastated much of Syria.
Interviews with Sweida residents offered a glimpse into a brutal but well-planned, 12-hour attack that appeared to have evaded government security forces – and displayed the terror that Isis can still sow despite its repeated battlefield defeats and retreat across Syria and Iraq.
The raids began at about 4am on three simultaneous fronts. Under the cover of darkness, the militants infiltrated Druze towns and villages in the east and north-east of Sweida, some using local Bedouin as guides.
The militants knocked on doors – sometimes calling out locals by name – and slaughtered families. Meanwhile, they deployed snipers outside the town limits, and took up entrenched positions in the towns.
In most homes the militants left a single survivor as a witness to their brutality, said Monther. Some of the Isis fighters had tied their legs together in what appeared to be a symbolic statement that they would fight to the death without fleeing.
As news of the attack spread, local youth and militiamen took up arms. At the same time, at least four suicide bombers entered Sweida city. One bomber blew himself up at the vegetable market, another two in the city centre and the fourth detonated his vest in a building after being cornered by locals in the southern part of the city. About 30 people were killed by those attackers.
“In the beginning, the attack took us by surprise, but the heroic youth of Sweida rallied quickly in the centre of town and the villages that Daesh [Isis] had attacked,” said Osama Abu Dikar, a writer and journalist in the city. “These local fighters with basic capabilities fought real battles against Isis.”
He added: “The people of Sweida defended and fought with one heart. Today the city is recovering gradually. There is a very cautious calm, and there is an expectation of another attack.”
The coordinated assault raised questions over the competence of Syrian government forces, the capabilities of Isis and its ability to sow chaos – and the reconciliation deals that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has used to reclaim control of territory around the country.
Isis once controlled nearly half of Syria’s landmass at the zenith of its power in 2015. Since then it has lost vast tracts of territory to offensives by the US-led coalition and the Syrian military, retreating to desert hideouts and waging an insurgency.
The militants who attacked Sweida emerged from positions in the eastern Syrian desert to the east and north-east of the province.
Scores of militants had arrived there in recent weeks – they had agreed to surrender the Yarmouk refugee camp, a sprawling suburb south of the capital Damascus, in exchange for safe passage to the area.
Their arrival to locations between 10 and 40 kilometres from the majority-Druze province led to great consternation among locals.
“Since then there have been civil society activists asking, why did you bring Isis east of Sweida?”, said one local journalist and activist.
Sweida is nominally under Syrian government control but has maintained a delicate neutrality that isolated it from the chaos raging throughout Syria.
The region has housed refugees fleeing other parts of the country, and while the government controls some of the entry points into the province, it has no checkpoints inside the provincial capital.
Security is loosely maintained by a hodgepodge of local militia, and tens of thousands of young Druze men have dodged their compulsory military service, a source of tension with the Assad regime.
But opposition activists argue that, with military victory within sight, government forces may eventually seek to re-establish total control of the region once more – arguing that the threat of extremists justifies their return, and allowing them to replenish the military’s ranks and clamp down on opponents.
Isis may have also sought to avenge an ongoing government offensive in southern Syria. The attacks occurred as forces loyal to Assad continued to wage a campaign in the neighbouring province of Deraa to reclaim control over all southern Syria.
Isis still controls a sliver of territory in Deraa in the Yarmouk river valley, near the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The area has been the target of unrelenting airstrikes over the past few days to force the militants’ surrender.
But for the people of Suweida, who were attempting to provide security and survival for their families, not even the brutality of Isis would send them fleeing their ancestral homeland.
“We love peace and are tied to our land,” said Monther. “We will never leave here, or get on buses, or become displaced.
“Our roots are deep here, and we will stay, and we will be martyred here if they surround us on all sides.”
You will know them by their acts! And all the while they will look at you as if you’re the crazy one - Haaa - Jew WORMS BE DAMNED!+
What if ALL American CHRIST-ians coordinated a time synchronized from coast to coast to make a concerned effort to meditate on Jesus ALL at the same exact time asking our country to be rid of the pestilence vermin that is the Jew? :)+
At least for a short time, blacklisted Browder documentary exposé is now at:
Browder exploits the unfortunate death of his accountant Magnitsky to cover for his own gross international white collar crimes.
Watch Browder implode under the weight of his own lies.
Very nice Helsinki sting.
I iike it when President Putin exposes Jew gangsters in the U.S. I hope he does a lot more.
Pres. Putin probably has enough incriminating evidence on the Jewish mafia to sink most of the crooked politicians in Washington; especially if they’re Jews.
The website, Veterans Today, claims that Russian scientists sent Intel to them about the residue around the WTC on 9/11, the so called nano thermite particles were actually the result of nuclear explosions such as micro nukes rather than the nano themite itself being used as the primary explosive.
I’m hoping Russian scientists with permission of Pres. Putin send satellite photographic evidence on the flights of the 9/11 planes and where they landed before being replaced by the drones that hit the Pentagon and WTC and what happened to the Flight 93 plane that allegedly crashed in Pennsylvania with no wreckage (impossible).
As for the Democrats claiming that Pres. Putin gave Trump a bugged soccer ball, apparently Adidas puts a tiny transmitter in all their balls. I don’t know why. Someone said Trump threw the ball at his wife’s head, I guess because she started complaining about his unfaithful behavior to the tabloids. But I’ll take him any day over Hillery, Antifa and Soros.
Real nice interesting video, Brother Nathanael.
Settler Jews set a Palestinian home on fire, vandalize another, burn over 50 trees & arson farmland — and the IDF arrest the victims after they got home from Friday prayers.
Palestine Information Center: Settlers burn Palestinian-owned houses, trees near Nablus
Israeli settlers on Friday afternoon carried out several aggressions on Palestinian property near Jaloud town, southeast of Nablus city in the northern West Bank.
Anti-settlement activist Ghassan Daghlas said that a group of Israeli settlers from Esh Kodesh settlement, built by force on Palestinian lands, attacked a number of houses near Jaloud town. One house was burned and another was vandalized.
The settlers further burned over 50 trees and set nearby farmlands alight, according to Daghlas.
He explained that the targeted houses are owned by Palestinian citizens from neighboring villages and no-one was inside during the attack.
The Palestinian activist added that the settlers deliberately carried out the attack during Friday prayer. Palestinian citizens following the prayer rushed to the area to defend their property and clashed with the settlers.
The Israeli occupation forces later arrived in the scene, provided protection to the settlers, and detained a number of Palestinian citizens.
Read more at: https://english.palinfo.com/35658
@Copyright The Palestinian Information Center
I don’t know what to think of Trump, but now that his Jewish lawyer has pulled what von Ribbertrop warned about - “the knife (taping client phone calls) in the back,” maybe he will see the light with Putin’s help.
The Jew Boys are paranoid about him talking to Putin.
I think what Trump is doing is using Twitter to float one trial balloon after another, and then everybody reacts to him flushing the hostiles out of the wood work.
Trump is using trial balloons like a machine gun and maybe it will all work out, but he sure needs to have good security or he won’t last Long as presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy found out.
Its hard ball time.
He is dealing with an organized crime culture and they will off him.
The Jew one-two punch had been the same for 2,000 years. 1) you use bribes (the thirty pieces of silver) and if that doesn’t work use somebody elses military (The Romans) to commit the murder while staying off the radar like any good died in the wool coward would do.
The template is the same today as it was 2,000 years ago,
This is a blockbuster
John McCain, Putin-hater and major original Magnitsky Act backer along with Jew Ben Cardin, going out in a blaze of glory as a great humanitarian in his own mind to further shield his good pal, unconvicted criminal Bill Browder and his associates from any scrutiny with their own bill of distortions.
McCAIN & CARDIN INTRODUCE BILL TO ADD SERGEI MAGNITSKY LAW TO RUSSIA SANCTIONS LEGISLATION
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced legislation today to add the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act to the Russia sanctions review section of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Senators McCain and Cardin, the co-authors of the 2012 Magnitsky Act, remain concerned about the administration’s posture toward Russia, particularly after the Helsinki Summit between President Trump and Vladimir Putin.
The lawmakers want to ensure that, should the administration move to de-sanction Russian officials or stop sanctions designations altogether under the Magnitsky law, that Congress has the option to disapprove of those actions.
“The Magnitsky Act remains the best mechanism to hold the Russian government accountable for its gross human rights abuses and provide justice to the Russian people.
“Putin knows this and has been fighting against it for years,” said Senator McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “He will do anything to see the Magnitsky Act weakened – even asking President Trump to hand over a courageous human rights advocate and a former American ambassador for questioning by Russian authorities in exchange for ‘assistance’ in the Special Counsel probe.
“President Trump’s failure to repudiate this perverse proposal from the outset at the Helsinki Summit and his troubling posture towards Russia demand Congressional action to protect, implement, and enforce this critical legislation.”
“Without substantive, detailed insights into what Presidents Trump and Putin discussed privately in Helsinki, I have growing concerns that Sergei Magnitsky sanctions could have been placed on the table as a negotiating chip.
“The entire world heard what Vladimir Putin said at that press conference, and I subsequently questioned Secretary of State Pompeo about whether Magnitsky came up in the presidential summit. These are troubling developments,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“As we did in CAATSA, Congress needs to assert its expectation that we will have a say in disapproving any Administration changes to this watershed human rights legislation. Congress will continue to hold Russia accountable when the Administration cannot or will not.”
The bill, S. 3275, makes the following series of findings and then makes a technical correction to CAATSA in order to insert the Sergei Magnitsky Act:
(1) On December 14, 2012 the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (The Magnitsky Act), which imposes visa bans and asset freezes on those involved in the Sergei Magnitsky case, and other officials responsible for gross human rights abuses in Russia, was signed into law.
(2) On December 28, 2012, in response to the Magnitsky Act, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that banned U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children, effecting the lives of hundreds of Russian orphans and the American families they were slated to join. The bill, which also banned U.S.-funded civic groups from operating in Russia, sparked massive protests in Moscow.
(3) On April 13, 2013, one day after the U.S. issued its first Magnitsky sanctions designations on 18 Russian officials, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a retaliatory list of 18 U.S. officials banned from entering Russia.
(4) On June 13, 2013, in testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, now-slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov called the 2012 Magnitsky Act “the most pro-Russian law in the history of any foreign parliament;”
(5) On July 11 2013, following an unprecedented posthumous trial that many observers noted fell short of international fair trial standards, a Russian court found Sergei Magnitsky guilty of tax evasion;
(6) On June 9, 2016, senior members of the Trump presidential campaign met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin to discuss Russia’s post- Magnitsky Act adoption policy;
(7) On February 9, 2018, Vladimir Putin said “I think that [the U.S. Congress] will soon get tired of [the Magnitsky Act]”;
(8) On July 16, 2018, during a joint press conference with President Donald Trump in Helsinki Finland, Vladimir Putin indicated his government’s interest in questioning U.S. officials and others involved in the passage and implementation of the Magnitsky Act;
(9) As of July 2018, 49 Russian individuals, including those with close ties to Vladimir Putin, have been sanctioned pursuant to the Magnitsky Act.
(10) As of July 2018, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and other nations in Europe continue to adopt or further efforts to develop their own versions of the Sergei Magnitsky law;
(11) On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which imposes a slate of mandatory sanctions on Russia and requires Congressional review and possible Congressional disapproval of executive branch actions to lift U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia.
The legislation is here.
Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.
Notorious Israel-linked “terror journalist” Gutjahr crushed by German courts!
( .veteranstoday.com/2018/07/22/gutjahr/ )
Russian MFA deputy spokesman during a press briefing stated that the BBC has cherry-picked, abridged, and distorted MFA comment on the UK fraudster Bill Browder:
Briefing by Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Artyom Kozhin, July 26, 2018
BBC’s inquiry into the response to statements addressed to Russia by Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder
We would like to comment on the inquiry by the British Broadcasting Corporation as regards the response to statements addressed to Russia by Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder.
On July 19, we received a BBC request for an urgent comment on several strong statements and even accusations addressed to Russian leaders by Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder and to respond in writing by 9 am on the following day, July 20.
We were promised that the comment would be read without edits in the programme devoted to Browder. Despite a busy schedule, the Foreign Ministry promptly prepared a detailed reply and sent it to the BBC.
The next morning we were surprised to discover that our comment had been extensively compressed, that only about 10 per cent of it was used in the best traditions of the British media. Most of the 20 minute programme was devoted to an interview with Browder, whereas our comment was given only one minute.
This is not the first time the BBC has compressed comments by Russian officials. It is not uncommon for a 45-minute interview with a Foreign Ministry official to be reduced to less than five minutes.
A typical example is Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the programme HARDTalk, from which substantial fragments explaining the gist of Russian policy on many issues were cut.
To be honest, we are stunned by the imbalance in reporting information. We consider this unacceptable for a media outlet that positions itself as professional and unbiased.
Since the BBC did not want to quote in detail our commentary we will use this opportunity to do so.
“It is strange to hear words about theft from a person who stole over $1.5 billion from Russia and was convicted twice in 2013 and 2017. He was sentenced to nine years and given huge fines.
“Another criminal case against him is under investigation now. He is charged with serious crimes and Russian law enforcement agencies are planning to interview a number of US and British secret services employees and others.
“Since 2004, Russian investigative bodies have recorded 12 crimes by Browder’s criminal group.
Subsequently, criminal cases (pre-trial proceedings) have been opened against the group for tax evasion, failure to comply with the duties of a tax agent, deliberate bankruptcy, swindling, money laundering and other crimes.
“The actions by Browder and his accomplices inflicted over 4.5 billion roubles of damage on Russia.
“In February 2018, Russian investigators started another criminal case under Article 210, part 1, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (forming a criminal organisation with intent to committing systematic, grievous and extremely grievous crimes; the running of the organisation and the coordinating of the criminal actions of its members).
“The circumstances of Broder’s criminal activities are being investigated under this case, including his attempted perjury during the US versus Prevezon hearings in a US Court.
“At present, Browder has been charged with tax evasion, failure to comply with the duties of a tax agent and deliberate bankruptcy.
“Handicapped people were allegedly included on the payroll of Browder’s companies for tax evasion purposes while not actually working there. Tax benefits were granted to these companies based on misinformation.
“In the course of this investigation, unique materials have been collected. Russia believes that these materials would influence the Western attitude towards the Magnitsky Act that allows Browder to avoid international arrest under the pretense of being a victim of political harassment and that allows him to do further damage to Russia’s interests.”
The full text of a detailed seven-page comment that quotes judicial facts and substantiations was sent to the BBC. If anyone is interested in it, we can provide it upon request.
In general we would like to emphasise that for our part we will continue to provide detailed commentary on important international issues. We hope that journalists for whom professional ethics is not an empty phrase will forward them to their audience to provide an objective view of the state of affairs.
And that day and time will be CHRIST-mas morning 2018 - AMEN!!!+++
Great follow ups, KathJuliane^!+
“Reagan’s Son: Trump’s Base Would Pick Putin Over Any Democrat As U.S. President”
Britain’s Jewish Press are Revolting
Beautiful and powerful image on the website of the Lioness of Palestina.
Ahed is due to be released on Sunday.
IMEMC: Italian Painters Detained for Painting Ahed Tamimi’s Image on Apartheid Wall
July 28, 2018 9:03 PM
Israeli forces, on Saturday, detained the Italian painters who painted a mural depicting jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi, on the Israeli separation wall, to the north of the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, said Munther Amira, a Palestinian Social Worker, activist and human rights defender.
The activist said, according to WAFA, that Israeli soldiers detained the two Italian painters while they were adding the last finishing touches to the painting that depicts Ahmed al-Tamimi. Forces also seized the painters’ equipment and supplies, and detained Palestinian activist, Mustafa al-Araj.
The painters reportedly came from Italy specifically to draw the painting ahead of Tamimi’s expected release from prison, tomorrow.
Ahed Tamimi was detained for confronting Israeli soldiers who had forced their way into her family’s yard, in Nabi Saleh village, to the north of Ramallah, occupied West Bank, soon after soldiers shot and critically injured her 15-year-old cousin, who was hit in the face. Her trial is still ongoing.
Tamimi’s story has garnered global attention, and both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called for her release.
To be noted, some 85% of the wall’s route runs inside the West Bank, rather than along the Green Line; if completed as planned, the barrier will isolate 9.4% of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, said the United Nations OCHA.
Ruptly: State of Palestine: Slap teenager Ahed Tamimi speaks after being freed
“The UK’s three main Jewish newspapers have published the same front page, warning that a Jeremy Corbyn-led government would pose an “existential threat to Jewish life”.”
( .veteranstoday.com/2018/07/28/britains-jewish-press-are-revolting/ )
Jews don’t control the media, see.
9/11 Families Support the Bobby McIlvaine Act
We, whose loved ones were killed in the events of September 11, 2001, join in support of opening a new and truly independent investigation into the destruction of the World Trade Center Twin Towers and Building 7.
For sixteen long years we have waited for truth and justice. During this time, an abundance of evidence has been gathered that casts serious doubt on the official explanation for the destruction of these three skyscrapers.
We therefore call upon the U.S. Congress to enact the Bobby McIlvaine World Trade Center Investigation Act immediately. Only by conducting an open and honest investigation will the millions of people affected by this tragedy finally have the truth they deserve.
Press TV: Activists expect Israeli raid as freedom flotilla nears Gaza
An international flotilla, meant to draw the world’s attention to the suffering of Palestinians under an inhumane Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, is nearing the coastal enclave’s waters.
Pierre Stambul, co-president of the French Jewish Union for Peace, told AFP that one of the three vessels in the “Freedom Flotilla,” called al-Awda in Arabic (the return), may arrive off Gaza shores as early as Sunday.
About 40 activists from 15 countries are on board the vessels, which left the Italian city of Palermo on July 21.
The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007 and has witnessed three wars. The Israeli regime also carries out regular air raids on the coastal enclave under the pretext of hitting positions belonging to the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
Egypt closely cooperates with Israel in maintaining the siege by keeping Rafah, Gaza’s only land terminal that bypasses Israel, closed most of the time.
Zaher Birawi, head of the International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza, confirmed that the flotilla had crossed into Egyptian waters and was expected to reach Gaza’s territorial waters on Sunday.
Press TV’s correspondent Richard Sudan, who is on board the flotilla, said in a video posted online that one of the vessels had dropped out with an unspecified “problem” and that two boats were now making their way toward Gaza.
European activists and a Jordanian lawmaker are on board al-Awda, which is also carrying medical aid for Gaza residents, he added.
However, the Israeli navy is expected to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza shores as was the case with previous attempts by pro-Palestine activists.
The activists stressed that they will resist Israel’s expected takeover of the boats in non-violent ways, reports said.
Back in May 2010, an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, called Mavi Marmara, killed 10 Turkish activists in high seas and sent Ankara-Tel Aviv ties into a tailspin.
The two sides normalized relations in June 2016, but their ties sank to a fresh low in May 2018 after the expelling of envoys amid growing tensions over the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip at the hands of Israeli forces.
Tensions have been running high near the Gaza fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.
The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
God bless and Godspeed, Freedom Flotilla.
God keep you in the power of His hand, and may He confound the plots of your enemies.
Back from Chicago Street Evangelism. Went GREAT!
Working on MAJOR Vid now. Hope to post by Tuesday, or no later than Wednesday. Stay tuned! +bn
PS Special thanks to “Keep Up The Good Work!” You’re in my prayers daily.
Behind The Scenes of Magnitsky Act
28. Juli 2018
by Andrei Nekrasov.
The film challenges a basis of Magnitsky Act
The Magnitsky Act: Behind The Scenes by Andrei Nekrasov – must watch documentary that has been banned in the western world and US. This film awarded PRIX EUROPA – The European Broadcasting Festival in Germany, Berlin.
Despite all the threats of lawsuits and physical intimidation which hedge fund executive William Browder brought to bear over the past couple of months to ensure that this remarkable investigative film about the so-called Magnitsky case would not be screened anywhere.
This film was shown privately in a museum of journalism in Washington, D.C. Lawyers for Mr. Browder sent a letters to the Newseum this week demanding that it call off the event. The museum’s management refused.
“We stand for free speech and free expression,” said Scott Williams, the chief operating officer of the Newseum.
“We’re not going to allow them not to show the film.”
Mr. Nekrasov is an experienced documentary maker whose work has sometimes been critical of the Russian government. Speaking from Berlin, Mr. Nekrasov said he had not begun the project intending to undermine the account of Mr. Magnitsky’s death.
He said that he viewed it more as a docudrama about Mr. Magnitsky’s last days, and that he had consulted Mr. Browder, whom he envisioned as the film’s narrator. But as he began scrutinizing original documents in the case, Mr. Nekrasov said, he began to doubt Mr. Browder’s version of events:
“It’s difficult to pin down the moment when I thought it was a lie, it’s a made-up story,” he said.
Vid: http://brd-schwindel.ru/behind-the-scenes-of-magnitsky-act/ (a tad fuzzy but watchable)
Question for BN+ & RJN family-
Has anyone got any links to anything exposing the link between the NWO Khazars/Ziobankster establishment and the chemtrails being sprayed in the air everywhere?
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
Media Release Friday, 27 July 2018
Craig Isherwood‚ National Secretary
Will Channel 7’s Sunday Night reveal the criminal connections of its anti-Putin source?
Channel 7 is piling on the coordinated global corporate media assault on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, intended to sabotage any chance for improved relations between the USA and Russia.
Channel 7’s Sunday Night program is promoting an Australian angle to the usual demonisation of Putin as a ruthlessly corrupt dictator who uses his power to amass personal wealth; curiously, however, the main source for the story it will air on 29 July is Bill Browder, a notorious frontman for British bank HSBC’s global criminal empire.
Following is an article from the CEC’s 26 July 2017 Australian Alert Service, which exposes the HSBC-Bill Browder operations against Russia, of which viewers of the Sunday Night program are not likely to be told.
Behind the Magnitsky hoax: HSBC’s offshore crime machine and the new Cold War against Russia
HSBC—originally the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank—was established in 1865 in Hong Kong, the colonial coastal enclave the British empire had taken from China in the 1839-42 Opium War.
The British bank was notorious as the leading institution in the criminal opium trade, which continued into the 20th century. Early in the 21st century, HSBC again became infamous for crimes including money-laundering for narcotics cartels.
The bank has also maintained its notorious ties with British Intelligence, exemplified by the careers of Jonathan Evans (Lord Evans of Weardale) and Sherard Cowper-Coles. Lord Weardale, head of MI5 in 2007-13 after working as its leading expert on al-Qaeda, joined the board of HSBC Holdings soon after his retirement.
Career diplomat and top MI6 figure Cowper-Coles, as UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2003-06, was instrumental in forcing Britain’s Serious Fraud Office to drop its investigation of the Anglo-Saudi al-Yamamah arms deal, which generated a slush fund used to fund terrorism. Cowper-Coles today is an advisor to HSBC’s senior executives.
The money-laundering infrastructure
HSBC’s leaders pulled together the apparatus used in its most recent criminal phase by purchasing other institutions between 1999 and 2002.
In May 1999 HSBC announced it would acquire the offshore-vectored interests of billionaire Edmond Safra, namely the Republic National Bank of New York and the Swiss bank Safra Republic Holdings, for US$10.3 billion.
Safra’s banks concentrated on placing the money of his wealthy clients beyond the reach of tax authorities and law enforcers curious as to the money’s sources.
Safra also specialised in Russia operations. Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and US President George H. W. Bush had helped open up Russia to raw-materials looting and other gangsterism.
Safra’s Republic of New York was a key intermediary: every day it bought new $100 bills from the New York Federal Reserve Bank and shipped as much a tonne or more of them on an overnight flight to Moscow.
Investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman wrote about this operation, “Russian banks … have purchased the $100 bills on behalf of clients, who typically pay for the cash with wire transfers from London bank accounts….
“Federal authorities estimate more than $40 billion—all in uncirculated $100 bills … was shipped to Russia” in January 1994-January 1996. The cash was being used “to finance a vast and growing international crime syndicate….
“[T]he hundreds are also being used to fuel the Russian mob’s flourishing dollar-based global drug trade, as well as to buy the requisite villas in Monaco and Cannes…. More than a dozen Russian bankers have been killed since 1994—one for simply refusing a loan.”
In 1996 US$25 million from Safra went as seed money to establish Hermitage Capital Management, a fund that was to run complex financial investments in Russia under the direction of William Browder, grandson of the 1930s US Communist Party leader Earl Browder.
Born in 1964, the younger Browder would relinquish his American citizenship and become a British subject in 1998. Safra’s and Browder’s firm took billions out of Russia through offshore conduits.
In this period, Russians suffered a sharp population decline as the post-Soviet economy collapsed under the weight of inflation, privatisation, asset-stripping and other financial crimes.
HSBC’s Moscow ops
Edmond Safra was murdered in his fortified dwelling in Monaco on 3 December 1999, the day after New York State regulators approved the acquisition of his banks by HSBC.
Initially police and media reported that two hooded intruders, suspected to be Russian mafia hit men, had set the fire that killed Safra. The story was changed to place the blame on his male nurse.
The Federal Reserve approved HSBC’s acquisition of Safra’s banks on 6 December, three days after his murder.
The deal doubled HSBC’s private banking business to about 55,000 international private banking clients, with US$120 billion in funds under management.
Through its offshore units in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands, HSBC now controlled Hermitage Capital Management and its Moscow-based proprietor Browder.
Hermitage became by far the largest foreign-owned investment fund in Russia, with (officially) US$4 billion under management. Through it, HSBC siphoned more billions out of that bleeding country.
In November 2005 the Russian authorities revoked HSBC client Browder’s visa, sent him back to London, and denied him future entry in the interest of “ensuring the security of the state, public order or public health.” The firm was charged with tax evasion.
In the first 18 months after Safra started up Hermitage Capital Management, the fund had grown by 800 per cent to $1 billion. Its value collapsed in the late 1990s with the general Russian financial crash of mid-1998.
But under HSBC’s offshore management, it ballooned again, so that someone who had put in US$10 million in 1996 had US$230 million by the time Browder was kicked out of Russia.
WikiLeaks obtained a 2009 “private briefing document,” evidently originating with Hermitage Capital Management, which spins the affair to portray HSBC and Hermitage as victims of fraud by the Russian government.
This document discloses an example of the offshore network through which Russia was looted, a picture not usually available to public view.
It maps the relationship of HSBC Management (Guernsey) Limited (Manager), HSBC Private Bank (Guernsey) Limited (Trustee), and HSBC Private Bank (Global) with Hermitage Capital Management in a “joint venture … that invested in Russia on behalf of institutional and individual investors from around the world,” including from Saudi Arabia, Israel, Oman, the UAE, Lebanon, Hong Kong, South Africa, the United States, Europe and South America.
It presents Hermitage as the largest portfolio investor in Russia from 1996 to 2005, more than twice the size of the next biggest fund.
Stephen Green, HSBC’s chief executive since 2003, and Tony Blair’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw lobbied the Russian government to restore Browder’s status, to no avail.
The Levin report on HSBC
The US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, chaired by Sen. Carl Levin (Democrat of Michigan), released its report “US Vulnerabilities to Money Laundering, Drugs, and Terrorist Financing: HSBC Case History” 17 July 2012. It set forth evidence that HSBC had been party to “a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing”—indeed, the largest money-laundering and terror-financing scheme in history.
HSBC’s Mexican affiliate, for example, had channelled US$7 billion into the United States in 2007-08 alone, which may have included “proceeds from illegal drug sales in the United States”.
US Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer told a New York press conference that Mexican drug traffickers had deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars daily in HSBC accounts. Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and Colombia’s Norte del Valle Cartel laundered at least $881 million through HSBC in New York and through its Mexican unit.
The Levin Report further noted that HSBC-Mexico had a Cayman Islands branch, which handled 50,000 accounts and US$2 billion in 2008, but had no staff and no office.
It reported that HSBC had financed and serviced banks in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh tied to terrorist organisations, and that it had cleared US$290 million in “obviously suspicious traveller’s checks” for Russians who were likely money-launderers, claiming to be in the used car business.
The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency took not a single enforcement action against HSBC despite the bank’s egregious violations, such as failure to monitor US$60 trillion in wire-transfer and account activity (HSBC had a backlog of 17,000 un-reviewed account alerts on potentially suspicious activity) and lack of due diligence for money-laundering before opening accounts for HSBC affiliates.
On 11 December 2012 US authorities fined HSBC the miniscule sum of US$1.92 billion—a slap on the wrist for this multinational behemoth with 2011 profits of nearly $22 billion on some $2.5 trillion in assets—for allowing money-laundering by criminals and terrorist networks.
It was the third time since 2003 that HSBC had officially promised US authorities to cease misconduct.
The New York Times of 10 December 2012 outlined the considerations in the Obama Administration’s decision to save HSBC by imposing a fine but no criminal indictment: “State and federal authorities decided against indicting HSBC in a money-laundering case over concerns that criminal charges could jeopardise one of the world’s largest banks and ultimately destabilise the global financial system.”
The crime cover-up that drove a new Cold War
On 14 December 2012 President Barack Obama signed into law the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (“Magnitsky Act”), which portrayed HSBC and its Hermitage Capital Management as victims of Russian human rights violations.
The law was named for Sergei Magnitsky, an auditor in a law firm representing HSBC and Hermitage Capital Management, who had been jailed in Russian on charges of fraud and tax evasion and died in custody.
As debate raged within the Obama Administration over what penalty to put on HSBC for its money-laundering and assistance to terrorists, Senator Levin had criticised the Magnitsky bill, which was simultaneously being pushed through the Congress by those seeking a new Cold War policy.
Levin criticised the House-passed Magnitsky text, which, unlike a draft Senate version, singled out Russia.
If alleged human rights violators were to be denied US visas, said Levin, then this should be applied across the board, regardless of what country they come from. “Applying the sanctions contained in this bill solely to Russians, as the House version does, not only diminishes a universal value. Because it adds a political twist, it will stoke a nationalistic response in Russia”, he warned.
The Senate went ahead and passed the House version on 6 December 2012. Obama signed it just three days after HSBC had gotten off with a token fine for blatantly aiding international criminals and terrorists.
But HSBC stayed completely out of the “Magnitsky” news, the passage of the bill heavily lobbied by Browder—co-founder and CEO of HSBC’s close partner Hermitage Capital Management! The new Cold Warriors had changed the subject.
Wikileak’s 2009 Hermitage “private briefing document,” a pile of fabrications, lies, half-truths and distortions, gives a PowerPoint portrayal of Browder’s Hollywood Evil Russian™ fantasy of the “Raid on Firestone Duncan,” a law and accounting corporation who employed Magnitsky as Browder’s accountant.
“During the search of Firestone Duncan, Victor Poryugin, a lawyer with the firm, tried to stop the seizure of unrelated documents. He was taken into a conference room, punched repeatedly in the throat and face, then arrested and fined 15,000 rubles.”
It shows a picture of the alleged beating victim Poryugin lying in a hospital bed, which turns out to actually be a 40 year old photo of the 1960 “Freedom Rider” James Szwerg from the 1960s Civil Rights era who was beaten by a mob in Alabama.
This “private briefing document” was part of Browder’s “evidence” in the push for the Magnitsky Hoax in Two Acts which would serve the purpose of shielding himself, Hermitage, and ultimately HSBC and other criminal bankers for their rape of Russia.
Todd Hyman, a ‘person of interest’ for the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, is the Department of Homeland Security agent who signed Browder’s original complaint against Prevezon Holdings, and American company incorporated in New York.
Browder (and his team) had privately “investigated” Prevezon for alleged money laundering, and had bought New York real estate with part of the money from the massive Russian tax fraud against Hermitage that Browder claims Magnitsky had uncovered.
In September 2013, the US Attorney of South New York filed a civil forfeiture complaint looking to seize more than $20 million worth of New York real estate which Prevezon owned based on Browder’s complaint.
Denis Katsyv, a Russian citizen, who had created several companies in the USA that were members of the Prevezon Holdings group, purchased real estate properties on their behalf and rented said properties out to third parties from among American companies and citizens.
Katsyv had been openly conducting business in the USA since 2010 without hiding himself behind any offshore entities, paying all required taxes, and properly filing all required documents; and I believe financed his companies through American banks.
Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian lawyer for Prevezon Holdings, which is owned by Denis Katsyv, the son of a Russian government official, Piotr Katsyv.
She spent 15 or 20 minutes informally and privately speaking with Donald Trump, Jr, when he was neither the son of a president, nor a the son of a single candidate for his part, back during Trump’s campaign. It was not about “dirt on Hillary Clinton,” although that’s how it came out in an email version of the old ‘Telephone Game’, but largely about the Magnitsky Act.
She was speaking to Trump, Jr not as a lawyer, but as a concerned Russian citizen who was helping get started an American-Russian business lobby/activist movement to repeal it. She was meeting him to see if he could give referrals to any members of Congress who might be sympathetic to it’s repeal.
You can read her written responses to questions submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting in June 2016, which were released by the committee in May of this year. It is nothing like the Russian-hating, Putin-demonizing, howling Cold War political elites and MSM made it out to be.
She really skewers Browder, the architect of the Magnitsky Act, as well.
( .scribd.com/document/379403098/Natalia-Veselnitskaya-Trump-Tower-meeting-statement-to-Senate-Judiciary-Committee )
Veselnitskaya also has all of the US vs Prevezon Holdings trial case files, built upon Browder’s original complaints and his paper evidence including his PowerPoint presentations, and also included the videotaped depositions of Browder himself (hours of him squirming and saying, “I don’t know,” and “I don’t remember”), and of other persons involved in the federal case, such as Todd Hyman deposed by Prevezon’s American attorneys, which she properly shared with the Prosecutor General’s office as a licensed private attorney in Russia.
Returning to Todd Hyman, in the documentary, Magnitsky Act Behind the Scenes, at about 1:47:00, the Homeland Security investigator is being deposed by Prevazon’s defense attorneys from Baker & Hostetler, LLP.
Essentially, Hyman testifies that all of the evidence came from Browder and his team, they questioned Browder and his associates, dug up some public records, and that’s about it.
After stating that he knew what a witness is, Hyman has to admit that no questioning of direct witnesses had been conducted in the Prevezan case.
Browder was not present or allowed into Russia after 2006, and was therefore not a credible direct witness, because he wasn’t there to see anything. A witness by definition is to have first hand knowledge of (an event or change) from personal observation or experience.
And that’s why Homeland Security investigator Todd Hyman is a “person of interest” that the Prosecutor General of Russia would like to have interviewed by US authorities per the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty for their own cases, and preferably the Russian investigators would be part of the inquiry.
David Long, 9/11 Eyewitness
The IOF Pirate Jews of the Mediterranean high seas struck again.
Gaza Flotilla Ship Al Awda Violently Seized by Israelis
Israeli forces have violently boarded a ship, being followed by Consortium News, that was headed to Gaza bringing humanitarian aid.
By Joe Lauria
Special to Consortium News
Israeli soldiers in international waters boarded the Al Awda ship headed to Gaza to deliver relief supplies on Sunday, detaining everyone on board after beating and tasering some passengers, according to an eyewitness account.
Only two of the 22 passengers on the ship have been released, with the rest being held in Givon prison in Israel, the flotilla’s organizers said on Monday.
One of those released, Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli citizen, contested an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) statement that the ship had been captured “without exceptional incident.”
“People on board were tasered and hit by masked IOF soldiers. We did not get our passports or belongings before we got off the boat. Do not believe reports of peaceful interception,” Regev said in a statement to the organizers, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition. Regev referred to the IDF derogatorily as the Israeli Offense Force.
He said he saw “blood on the deck of the Al Awda as the last participants were being dragged off the ship,” according to the coalition’s statement. Regev and a second Israeli passenger, who has not yet been identified, were charged with attempting to enter Gaza and conspiracy before being released.
“A military attack on a civilian vessel is a violent act and a violation of international law,” the flotilla organizers said in its statement.
“Taking 22 people from international waters to a country which is not their destination constitutes an act of kidnapping, which is also unlawful under the international Convention of the Law of Sea.”
Consortium News has been following the progress of the flotilla in two reports by passenger Elizabeth Murray. Murray left the Al Awda (The Return) before it approached Gaza and was not onboard when it was seized by Israeli forces.
“We call on national governments, civil society and international organizations to demand that Israeli authorities immediately release our boat so that we can deliver our much-needed medical supplies on Al Awda and the fishing boat itself to the rightful recipients in Gaza,” the organizers said.
“Our second boat Freedom will follow Al Awda within a day or two, and the Freedom Flotilla will continue until the blockade ends and Palestinians of Gaza regain their full freedom of movement,” they said.
New Documentary-U.S. Veterans Witness Brutal Reality for Ahed Tamimi and Palestinians
Syrian Army declares entire border with occupied Golan Heights liberated
By Ian Greenhalgh - July 30, 201
Also, ^What Albert said^!
I just again found some 24kt gold
“THE NAMELESS WAR”
by Captain Achibald.H.Maule Ramsay
“Christians say …
“Captain Ramsay, a Christian gentleman of unflagging courage, believed that the war with Germany was not conceived in the interests of Britain and could lead only to the extension of Communist and Jewish power. Because he warned his fellow countrymen of the forces at work, he was put in prison without trial for 4+ years, for ‘reasons’ so preposterous that those who framed them dared not submit them to a court of law.” — Truth
“For years Captain Ramsay had been a member of the British Parliament. His book is an analysis of the Jewish-Zionist war against Christian civilization.” — The Cross and the Flag
So much for evolving society. From Appendix 1 of ‘Nameless War’, PDF page 112
Stätütüm dè Jûdèísmö 1275
From The Statutes of the Realm, vol. I, pp. 220-1
Forasmuch as the King hath seen that divers evils and the disinheriting of good men of his land have happened by the usuries which the Jews have made in time past, and that divers sins have followed thereupon albeit that he and his ancestors have received much benefit from the Jewish people in all times past, neverthless, for the honour of God and the common benefit of the people the King hath ordained and established, that from henceforth no Jew shall lend anything at usury either upon land, or upon rent or upon other thing.
And that no usuries shall run in time coming from the feast of St. Edward last past. Notwithstanding the covenants before made shall be observed, saving that the usuries shall cease. But all those who owe debts to Jews upon pledge of moveables shall acquit them between this and Easter; if not they shall be forfeited.
And if any Jew shall lend at usury contrary to this Ordinance, the King will not lend his aid, neither by himself or his officers for the recovering of his loan; but will punish him at his discretion for the offence and will do justice to the Christian that he may obtain his pledges again.
And that the distress for debts due unto Jews from henceforth shall not be so grievous but that the moiety of lands and chattels of the Christians shall remain for their maintenance; and that no distress shall be made for a Jewry debt upon the heir of the debtor named in the Jew’s deed, nor upon any other person holding the land that was the debtor’s before that the debt be put in suit and allowed in court.
And if the sheriff or other bailiff by the King’s command hath to give Saisin to a Jew be it one or more, for their debt, the chattels shall be valued by the oaths of good men and be delivered to the Jew or Jews or to their proxy to the amount of the debt; and if the chattels be not sufficient, the lands shall be extended by the same oath before the delivery of Saisin to the Jew or Jews, to each in his due proportion, so that it may be certainly known that the debt is quit, and the Christian may have his land again; saving always to the Christian the moiety of his land and chattels for his maintenance as aforesaid, and the chief mansion.
And if any moveable hereafter be found in possession of a Jew, and any man shall sue him the Jew shall be allowed his warranty if he may have it; and if not let him answer therefor so that he be not therein otherwise privileged than a Christian.
And that all Jews shall dwell in the King’s own cities and boroughs where the chests of the chirographs of Jews are wont to be.
And that each Jew after he shall be seven years old, shall wear a badge on his outer garment that is to say in the form of two tables joined of yellow fait of the length of six inches and of the breadth of three inches.
And that each one, after he shall be twelve years old pay three pence yearly at Easter of tax to the King whose bond-man he is; and this shall hold place as well for a woman as for a man.
And that no Jew shall have the power to infeoff (take possession of) another whether Jew or Christian of houses, rents, or tenements, that he now hath, nor to alien in any other manner, nor to make acquittance to any Christian of his debt without the special licence of the King, until the King shall have otherwise or ordained therein.
And forasmuch as it is the will and sufferance of Holy Church that they may live and be preserved, the King taketh them under his protection, and granteth them his peace; and willeth that they be safely preserved and defended by his sheriffs and other bailiffs and by his liege man, and commandeth that none shall do them harm or damage or wrong in their bodies or in their goods, moveable or immovable, and they shall neither plead not be impeaded in any court nor be challenged or troubled in any court except in the the court of the King whose bondmen they are; and that none shall owe obedience, or service or rent except to the King or his bailiffs in his name unless it be for their dwelling which they now hold by paying rent; saving the right of Holy Church.
And the King granteth unto them that they may gain their living by lawful merchandise and their labour, and that they may have intercourse with Christians in order to carry on lawful trade by selling and buying. But that no Christian for this cause or any other shall dwell among them.
And the King willeth that they shall not be reason of their merchandise be put to lot and soot nor in taxes with the men of the cities and boroughs where they abide; for that they are taxable to the King as his bondmen and to none other but the King.
Moreover, the King granteth unto them that they may buy houses and castilages in the cities and boroughs where they abide, so that they hold them in chief of the King; saving unto the lords of the fee their services due and accustomed.
And that they may take and buy farms or land for the term of ten years or less without taking homages or fealties or such sort of obedience from Christians and without having advowsons of churches, and that they may be able to gain their living in the world, if they have not the means of trading or cannot labour; and this licence to take land to farm shall endure to them for fifteen years from this time forward.
“But no Christian for this cause or any other shall dwell among them.” — England 1275 - “This Sceptered Isle: A Day in the Life of 13th-Century England”
They should be segregated like isolating an infectious disease.
Thanks KJ for bringing to our attention the interesting story of the Magnitsky Affair.
Like most people in America I hadn’t heard a thing about it - but it’s clear that beneath the sea a great deal of time and effort has been devoted to:
1. Hushing it up.
2. Lying about the things that HAVE gotten out.
3. Buying off people of influence to: a. Run cover for the delivered story. b. Demonize Putin’s Russia.
All in all, this tale can be seen as a primer for analyzing the internal mechanics of organized Jewry: obfuscate, lie, bribe, smear, threaten, murder.
Wow - CHRIST-ian intellectuals abound^:)+
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Watch them with their Synagogue Of Satan “buddy” lawyers LIE & SQUIRM once AGAIN, but it WONT work! It doesn’t work anymore! - Les Moonves WORM!
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ESSENTIAL READING: Pawns In The Game by William Guy Carr – part 10
By Ian Greenhalgh - July 31, 20180177
Political Intrigue — 1914 – 1919
The way international intrigue was used to depose the Right Honourable H.H. Asquith when he was Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1916 was explained to me by a man who was extremely well informed.
I met him while serving as King’s Messenger in 1917. We were in my room, in a hotel when, during the course of conversation, I mentioned that I strongly suspected that a comparatively small group of extremely wealthy men used the power their wealth could buy to influence national and international affairs, to further their own secret plans and ambitions.
My companion replied : “If you talk about such things it is unlikely that you will live long enough to realize how right you are.” He then told me how Mr. Asquith had been deposed in December 1916, and Mr. David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, and The Rt. Hon. Arthur James Balfour were placed in power in England.
It was not until long after the war, when I was studying modern history and comparative religions, that I began to realize the vast importance of political Zionism to those who planned to obtain undisputed control of the world’s economy. The following historical events speak for themselves.
When war broke out in 1914 the Rt. Hon. H.H. Asquith was Prime Minister. He was an Anti-Zionist.
The International Bankers decided that Asquith’s Government had to go and be replaced by a coalition government in which David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill would wield great influence. Lloyd George had for years been Solicitor for the Zionist movement as planned and financed by the Rothschilds. Winston Churchill had been a supporter of political Zionism from the time he first entered politics.
In 1917 the International Bankers were supporting both the Bolshevik and Zionist movements. It would seem incredible that the British Cabinet didn’t know what was going on, particularly when the British Government had had to intervene to get Trotsky and his revolutionary leaders released after they had been detained in Halifax while on their way from New York to Russia.
The overthrow of the Russian Empire was bound to cause the withdrawal of the mighty Russian Armies from the war on the side of the Allied Powers. The German Armies, which had been engaged on the Eastern Front, would be free to re-inforce the Armies fighting against the allied forces on the Western Front.
Full chapter: (.veteranstoday.com/2018/07/31/essential-reading-pawns-in-the-game-by-william-guy-carr-part-10/ )
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Are you aware that there are no genealogical records that can prove that any Jew has a genealogy connected to or that goes back to it’s founders: Jacob or Moses?
The Romans completely destroyed all of the Jewish genealogical records in 70 AD, the same as the Romans completely destroyed the Jerusalem Temple in 70 AD.
Is Judaism today a real scam, as Judaism implies that it maintains a true historical Jewish genealogy, when there is no proof?
At the bottom of the following article, Rabbi Tovia Singer claims that his family has written genealgical records that go back to Aaron.
I heard a lot about Browder from my late husband, P.L. who was a Leningrader (now St. Petersburg) and experienced the 1990s rape and near destruction of Russia.
Browder, part of the Jewish oligarchy in Russia, and the architect of the Magnitsky Act, who boasts of being the “rebel son” in a liberal/communist Jewish family by becoming a Republican capitalist, is particularly galling.
The psychopath Browder is a British citizen who renounced his US citizenship, and his vast wealth and network of bought and paid for senators, like McCain and others, and his European and American “human rights” machinery has managed to construct the Magnitsky Act to shield himself from criminal prosecution, especially in Russia.
It also works as a diversionary effort to keep Browder and his Hermitage Capital Management protected from scrutiny inside the US for our own charges of tax evasion, organized crime ties, fraud and money-laundering.
YThe Magnitsky Act of 2012 metastatized into an international cancer of US sanctions regimes (economic and financial warfare) calledthe Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016, all in the name of “human rights”.
Alex Krainer, a Croat and a hedge fund manager now in Monaco who suffered through the 1990-1995 Yugoslav wars, has written a very important, easy to read and digest book about Browder, his role in the rape of Russia, and the lies and deceptions pushing the Magnitsky Act.
Here’s an article Krainer recently wrote drawing from his book.
Russia’s 1990s: The Transition Which Took 5 Million Lives
“A huge segment of the population became destitute. In 1989 two million Russians lived in poverty (on $4/day or less). By the mid-1990s, that number soared to 74 million according to World Bank figures”
“Western and Russian demographers agreed that from 1992 to 2000, Russia sustained between five and six million “surplus deaths” – deaths that couldn’t be explained by previous population trends.That corresponds to between 3.4% and 4% of the total population of Russia”
In a recent appearance on FOX News, U.S. senator Ted Cruz stated categorically that Vladimir Putin was a KGB thug who said that the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 21st century was the dissolution of the Soviet Union (the quote and the warped timeline Cruz’s own).
The foregoing article should explain why Vladimir Putin may have said something of the sort.
It is part 5 in a six-part series on Russia’s 1990s transition from communism to capitalism, excerpted from Chapter 3 of my book, “Grand Deception: the Truth About Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act, and Anti-Russia Sanctions.” The book’s previous incarnation was banned last summer.
Links to previous posts: introduction, part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.
“Does America want Russia to raise its living standards and consume most of its fuels and raw materials domestically?
“Or, does it see a chance to nail down its Cold War victory by destroying Russia’s potential power to be a rival, by turning it into an exporter of oil, gas and other raw materials?” – Dr. Michael Hudson speaking before the Russian parliament, 15 March 1999.
To make ends meet, professors had to become taxi drivers, nurses became prostitutes and art museums sold paintings right off their walls. Nearly every Russian was cowed and humiliated… – Bill Browder, “Red Notice”
The transition that took five million lives
The transition program engineered by the American deep state and its Wall Street patrons was nothing short of catastrophic for Russia.
The perfect storm of sudden price liberalization, drastic curtailment of government spending and bank credit, and opening of domestic markets to unrestricted foreign competition produced a toxic brew that devastated Russian economy, destroyed its currency, and plunged much of the population into poverty and hunger.
After 1992, Russian middle class saw their savings evaporate and their real wages halve – if they were fortunate enough to receive them at all.
Economic reforms rapidly destroyed the nation’s agricultural production and store shelves went almost empty. In 1992 the average Russian consumed 40% less than in 1991.
By 1998 some 80% of Russian farms went bankrupt and the nation that was one of the world’s leading food producers suddenly became dependent on foreign aid.
About 70,000 factories shut down and Russia produced 88% fewer tractors, 77% fewer washing machines, 77% less cotton fabric, 78% fewer TV-sets and so forth.
In all, during the transition years, the nation’s Gross Domestic Product fell by 50%, which was even worse than during the World War II German occupation.
A huge segment of the population became destitute. In 1989 two million Russians lived in poverty (on $4/day or less). By the mid-1990s, that number soared to 74 million according to World Bank figures.
In 1996, fully one in four Russians was living in conditions described as “desperate” poverty.
Alcoholism soared and suicide rates doubled making suicide the leading cause of death from external causes. Violent crime also doubled in the early 1990s and during the first six years of reforms, nearly 170 thousand people were murdered.
An acute health crisis emerged, resulting in epidemics of curable diseases like measles and diphtheria.
Rates of cancer, heart disease and tuberculosis also soared to become the highest for any industrialized country in the world.  Life expectancy for males plummeted to 57 years.
At the same time abortions skyrocketed and birth rates collapsed: in Moscow they were as low as 8.2 per 1000. In all, Russia’s death rates increased by 60% to a level only experienced by countries at war.
Western and Russian demographers agreed that from 1992 to 2000, Russia sustained between five and six million “surplus deaths” – deaths that couldn’t be explained by previous population trends.
That corresponds to between 3.4% and 4% of the total population of Russia. To put that number into perspective, consider that during the course of World War II, the United Kingdom lost 0.94% of its population, France lost 1.35%, China lost 1.89% and the U.S. lost 0.32%.
Aleksandr Rutskoy was in fact not exaggerating when he called the reforms program an “economic genocide.”
Russia’s plight is difficult to comprehend. I grew up in Croatia, formerly part of Yugoslavia. We also had a one-party communist regime and a socialist, state run economy, so I am intimately familiar with the many failings of that system.
With roughly the same timing, Yugoslavia also endured a long drawn-out economic crisis and a traumatic transition to a multiparty democracy and market economy.
The transition led to a series of bloody wars of secession that lasted from 1991 to 2000. Croatia was at war for four years, from 1991 to 1995. In spite of all that, Croatia’s experience may have been mild compared with what took place in Russia.
Throughout these unhappy years, people in Croatia continued to go to work and received their salaries, social services were provided without interruption, shops and pharmacies were always well stocked up, and in spite of a tangible drop in the standard of living the population suffered relatively little poverty and almost no hunger.
Apart from those living in active combat zones, the people were able to adjust to the new circumstances and life went on.
For Russia, the dismal economic statistics don’t convey the suffering her people endured. Knowing that the average Russian consumed 40% less in 1992 than in 1991, or that the economy operated on only 15% of the currency it required leaves out the human dimension of this experience.
What happens to the people when their nation is subjected to a campaign of economic sabotage?
A Russian-Canadian blogger Nina Kouprianova published a small collection of personal memories from Russians who lived through the shock therapy reforms:
Natalia: I remember one particular day from the 1990s: in the morning, really early, we went on a walk to the park with our dogs.
We never tried to wake our children up on weekends: the more they sleep, the less they eat. Anyhow, we found several mushrooms in the park and returned home happy, since we had pearl barley at home and could make soup!
Foma: In my town, all the pigeons were killed [and eaten]. People searched for food dumpster-diving.
Svetlana: I gave birth to my son in December of 1993. That particular winter was quite cold, and our apartment building barely had any heat. When we returned home from the hospital, it was 10 degrees Celsius inside (50 F), so we lived in a small room without turning off our portable heater for days.
I also remember that it was even difficult to buy soap: the stores were empty.
My daddy, who was always very organized, came home one day feeling extremely pleased with himself, dragging a three-liter jar with brown stinky goo.
The latter turned out to be liquid soap. We used that horrifying substance for bathing for a long time.
Evgenia: It’s scary to remember that to this day I’m afraid to be left alone with an empty fridge, as if I grew up in besieged Leningrad (during World War II—Ed.).
To this day, I feel acute shame because I had thoughts about stealing groceries. And, yes, we had to eat food covered with mould.
Valentina: My friend fainted from hunger making kasha for her two little children. They also did not pay us in money, but in light bulbs, for instance. Then we had to sell the light bulbs in order to buy something to eat.
Elena: I was happy back then because I was in love. I also had a bag of flour and a bag of potatoes.
Roman: I remember that my mom bought me a Mars chocolate bar for my birthday. Then there were no more sweets for a long time, because we ran out of money. How many died back then just like that…
Vladimir: We ate macaroni. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Marina: I grasped the fact that we have begun to live better when we got the ability to buy fruit for our children on a regular basis. I’m not talking about limes or avocados, but simply apples, pears, and oranges.
Yana: I was a college student at the beginning of the 1990s. I remember that one winter I kept having dreams about apples. Evidently, I lacked vitamins terribly, because apples were a huge luxury for me.
Olga: I took my little five-year-old child (I had no one to babysit) and traveled to the nearby town (this was embarrassing to do in my own town) and sold worn children’s clothing, which my daughter outgrew.
If I were lucky, then I used the money I earned to buy food. Then there was barter…
An anonymous man: For me, the worst thing about the 1990s was not hunger but rather, the constant, tedious, and continuous sense of humiliation.
Asya: Every recess, I sat at my desk in school because I was exhausted from hunger. I was unable to walk or laugh. Later on, I read that this is how those, who lived in besieged Leningrad, felt. Then I stopped having my period for six months. I also stole bread and tvorog (quark—Ed.) from the grocery store a few times.
Nina (Kouprianova): [I recall] receiving large, very elongated cans of humanitarian aid at my school with mystery meat inside.
Spam, I think. It was very much expired, but we ate it. [I also remember] seemingly endless tank convoys beneath my windows, though it wasn’t a parade…
For people like Ted Cruz and others who thoughtlessly slander Vladimir Putin as a KGB thug etc. – they should recall that this was Russia as Putin took it over in 1999.
Those who demonize him ought to compare Russia on western-prescribed shock-therapy and today’s Russia after 18 years of Putin’s stewardship of that nation.
Here is Putin’s scorecard based on empirical data sourced mostly from Western sources including Ernst&Young, World Bank, VCIOM, Ipsos and Gallup.
Alex Krainer: Vladimir Putin’s 17 years in power: the scorecard
This article is an excerpt from my book “Grand Deception: The Browder Hoax,” which was first published in August 2017 as “The Killing of William Browder” on Amazon.com.
Only five weeks after its publishing, Bill Browder’s lawyers had the book suppressed. Clearly, dear reader, you aren’t meant to know what’s in it.
The book is on sale again at this link: https://thirdalliance.ch/product/grand-deception-the-browder-hoax/
Here we summarize many of the changes in Russia over 17 year period under Vladimir Putin’s rule. All of the information is based on empirical data, most of it from western sources like the World Bank, Ernst&Young, Vtsiom, Ipsos and Gallup.
Virtually none of this information is published or cited by western corporate press.
“Beware of the false prophets… You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit — Matthew 7:16
On 26th July 2014 British magazine “The Economist” published an article titled “A web of lies,” opening with the following two sentences:
“In 1991, when Soviet Communism collapsed, it seemed as if the Russian people might at last have the chance to become citizens of a normal Western democracy. Vladimir Putin’s disastrous contribution to Russia’s history has been to set his country on a different path.”
Well, we have already seen how Russia fared in the 1990s after Soviet communism collapsed.
For some reason, the bright minds at The Economist thought this path was so promising, it was a real shame – a disaster, no less – that Vladimir Putin took Russia on a different one. Let’s take a closer look, shall we, at Mr. Putin’s “disastrous contribution.”
To start with, Putin played the pivotal role in keeping the country from disintegrating.
When he came to power, Russia’s regional governors were writing their own laws, disregarded presidential instructions and were not even returning their republics’ tax receipts to the Federation’s purse.
Mikhail Gorbachev stated that Putin “saved Russia from the beginning of a collapse. A lot of the regions did not recognize our constitution.” 
But this historical feat was only the starting point of the subsequent renaissance of the nation. Its economy returned to growth and became more vibrant and diverse than it had been perhaps since the reforms of Pyotr Stolypin of the early 1900s.
In 2000, Russia was one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Without instituting draconian purges Putin took on the oligarchs and steadily curtailed their power, gradually returning Russia to the rule of law.
By 2016 his government reduced corruption to about the same level as that of the United States. That was the empirical result of the annual study on corruption published in 2016 by Ernst & Young.
The global auditing consultancy asked respondents around the world whether in their experience, corruption is widespread in the business sector. Their survey, which was conducted in 2014, indicated that only 34% of their Russian respondents thought so, the same proportion as in the United States, and below the world average of 39%.
Things have probably improved further since then as Vladimir Putin stepped up a high-profile anti-corruption campaign that led to investigations and prosecution of a number of high level politicians around Russia. Even highly ranked members of Putin’s own political party were not spared.
The unmistakable message of such campaigns was that corruption would not be tolerated and that it would be aggressively investigated and prosecuted.
Some of the best evidence that Putin’s various anti-corruption measures have had effect can be found in World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys which ask businessmen the question, “was a gift or informal payment expected or requested during a meeting with tax officials?”
In 2005, nearly 60% of respondents answered affirmatively. By 2009 this number was 17.4% and by 2012 it had dropped to only 7.3%.
Putin’s government also made impressive advances in making it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to set up shop, raise capital and operate in Russia.
According to World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” report, which ranks 190 world economies on a set of attributes such as the ease of starting a business, obtaining construction permits, obtaining electricity, raising credit, and enforcing contracts. On all the metrics combined, Russia managed to climb from 124th place in the world in 2012 to 40th in 2017.
Thus, within only five years, Russia had vaulted an impressive 84 positions in World Bank’s ranking. This was not a random achievement but the result of President Putin’s explicit 2012 directive that by 2018 Russia should be among the top 20 nations in the world for ease of doing business.
One of the strategically important sectors where Russia has made striking progress is its agricultural industry. After the disastrous 1990s when she found herself dependent on food imports, Russia again became self-sufficient in food production and a net food exporter.
By 2014, Russian exports of agricultural products reached nearly $20 billion, almost a full third of her revenues from oil and gas exports.
Not only is Russia now producing abundant food for its own needs, the government is explicitly favoring production of healthy foods, a strategy which includes a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified (GMO) crops, introduced by the State Duma in February of 2014. According to official Russian statistics, the share of GMO foods sold in Russia declined from 12% in 2004 to just 0.1% by 2014.
These and many other constructive reforms have had a very substantial impact on Russia’s economic aggregates as the following examples show:
Between 1999 and 2013, Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) leaped nearly 12-fold from $1,330 per capita to more than $15,560 in 2013, outpacing even China’s remarkable economic growth.
Russia reduced its debt as a percentage of GDP by over 90%, from 144% in 1998 to less than 14% in 2015!
Gross national income per capita rose from $1,710 in 2000 to $14,810 in 2013.
Unemployment fell from 13% in 1999 to below 5% in 2014. Among the working population (those aged 15-64), 69% have a paid job (74% of men).
Only 0.2% of Russians work very long hours, compared to 13% OECD average
Poverty rate fell from 40% in the 1990s to 12.5% in 2013 – better than U.S. or German poverty rates (15.6% and 15.7%, respectively)
Average monthly income rose from around 1,500 rubles in 1999 to nearly 30,000 rubles in 2013.
Average monthly pensions rose from less than 500 rubles to 10,000 rubles.
Social and demographic improvements
Putin’s economic reforms included also a more equitable distribution of wealth.
As hopelessness faded and standard of living improved, Russian society started to heal: suicides, homicides, and alcohol poisonings declined dramatically. Over the twenty-year period between 1994 and 2014, suicides declined by 56%, homicide rate by 73%, and alcohol poisonings by 83%!
As we can see, these misery statistics rapidly deteriorated with the introduction of shock therapy in 1992, but the trend sharply reversed soon after Putin took charge.
By 2014, these figures reached their lowest values since even before 1992. Along with these improvements, the nation’s demographic trends also experienced a dramatic turnaround. Russian life expectancy, which sunk to an average of barely 64 years (57 for men), rose steadily from the early 2000s to reach almost 72 in 2016, the highest it has ever been in Russia’s history.
Looking at the way life expectancy in Russia changed over time, we see again that it had collapsed in the early 1990s but the trend turned around sharply under Vladimir Putin’s leadership of the country.
Similarly fertility rate, which dropped to 1.16 babies per woman in 1999, increased by almost 50% to 1.7 babies by 2012, comparing favorably to European Union’s average of 1.55 babies per woman of childbearing age.
Abortions declined 88% from a harrowing 250% of live births in 1993 to 31% in 2013.
Not only are Russians living longer than ever before and enjoying much better quality of life, they also feel freer and happier.
In 2014, Gallup Analytics reported that 65% of Russians, more than ever before, answered “Yes” when asked, “are you satisfied … with your freedom to choose what you do with your life?”
Meanwhile, Russia’s happiness index rose more than tenfold, from 6 in 1992 to 70 in 2015. Happiness index, compiled by VCIOM adds the proportion of the respondents reporting that they feel decidedly happy or generally happy and deducts those that report feeling generally unhappy or decidedly unhappy.
Over the years, I’ve heard depressingly many intellectuals attempt to dismiss Putin’s achievements and Russian people’s contentment as the product of Russian government propaganda.
Putin the autocrat, you see, keeps such tight control over the media that he can deceive his people into believing that things in the country are much better than they really are. But the idea that government propaganda can influence public opinion in this way is just silly.
If the majority of people thought their lives were miserable, state propaganda could not persuade them that everything is great.
On the contrary, most people would conclude that the media is deceiving them and might feel even less positive about things as a result.
It is sillier still to think that western intellectuals should have a better appreciation of what it is like to live in Russia than the Russian people themselves.
Rather than buying the truth from their media, such intellectuals would do well to take a trip and visit Russia, speak to ordinary people there, and reach their own conclusions.
My own travels in Russia, as well as reports from other visitors largely agree with the positive picture that emerges from the statistics we’ve just examined.
Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last August, 2017.
While there was much MSM bruhah about Simpson answering questions about the dossier on President Trump that the research company compiled with the assistance of Christopher Steele, a former British spy, not one peep was made bout the fact that Browder was mentioned 50 times in the transcript.
Browder was also a subject of Fusion GPS research in an unrelated case, US vs Prevezon Holdings, most of it was quite negative in the way of dodgy and corrupt practices, tax evasion, shell companies and money-laundering, and crooked dealings.
Simpson was largely “personally sympathetic” towards Browder’s “human rights” activism until he started research for the Prevezon case.
The case was initiated upon Browder’s complaint to the US Attorney’s Office of South New York that Prevezon was a link in a long “money-laundering” chain the of a $230 million Russian tax rebate that was “stolen” from Browder and Hermitage…the very same figure that’s recorded in the Russian case and court trial conviction of Browder for financial crimes against the Russian Treasury.
The Nation: Why Are the Media Ignoring Crucial Parts of the Simpson Testimony?
Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson painted a disturbing portrait of hedge-fund manager William Browder.
On Tuesday [January 16, 2018], California Senator Dianne Feinstein made public a transcript of Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past August.
While her decision to release the transcript outraged some Republicans, Feinstein, the committee’s ranking member, claimed she was compelled to release the testimony because “The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice. The only way to set the record straight is to make the transcript public.”
The media immediately seized upon Simpson’s claim that the FBI had a mole inside the Trump campaign. An additional claim, made by Simpson’s lawyer, that someone had been killed as a result of the Steele dossier also, rightfully, made headlines.
Yet beneath the sensational and salacious parts of Simpson’s testimony lies a largely unreported story regarding William Browder, the hedge-fund manager turned human-rights crusader and Kremlin critic.
Simpson’s testimony about what he discovered about Browder has gone largely unremarked upon.
There was no mention of it in three leading US publications (The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Politico), despite the fact that Browder was mentioned no fewer than 50 times during the course of Simpson’s testimony.
The media’s silence regarding the parts of Simpson’s testimony pertaining to Browder is also interesting given that Browder has, for years now, been the media’s go-to Kremlin critic of choice, appearing regularly on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC, where he is often promoted as “Putin’s Enemy #1.”
Simpson’s testimony regarding what his firm found out about Browder would seem particularly newsworthy because it speaks to Browder’s credibility as the principal architect of the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which arguably set off a chain of events that deepened the new cold war between the United States and Russia.
Indeed, Browder’s advocacy has long been championed by powerful supporters on Capitol Hill, such as Senators John McCain and Ben Cardin, who have praised Browder as “a strong advocate for anti-corruption efforts around the world” and a person on whom they have relied on for his “expertise and support” as they worked to pass the Magnitsky Act.
“Mr. Browder’s work,” said the senators, “has helped to remove corrupt actors from our financial system and enhance accountability measures with respect to the U.S. relationship with the Russian Federation.”
Some background regarding Simpson’s testimony is in order.
Briefly: In 2014 Fusion GPS was retained by the law firm Baker Hostetler, which was defending a Russian holding company, Prevezon, in a money-laundering suit filed by the US Justice Department.
By October 2016, Browder’s Hermitage Capital, which had previously been represented by Baker Hostetler, successfully petitioned in US district court in Manhattan to remove Baker Hostetler from the Prevezon case.
According to Simpson’s testimony, the lawsuit against Prevezon was based on information provided to the DOJ by William Browder.
So Fusion was hired to assist Baker Hostetler with the pretrial process. Simpson testified, “my lane was research, discovery, William Browder’s business practices, his activities in Russia, his history of avoiding taxes.”
And what did Simpson find during the discovery process?
Simpson testified that in an attempt to document whether Browder’s hedge fund had a presence in the United States, Baker Hostetler subpoenaed his hedge fund.
According to Simpson, Browder “then changed the hedge fund registration, took his name off, said it was on there by accident, it was a mistake, and said that he had no presence in the United States and that…he surrendered his citizenship in 1998 and moved outside the United States.
“That was around the time he started making all the money in Russia. So he’s never had to pay US taxes on his profits from his time in Russia.”
“In any case,” said Simpson “he said he never came to the United States, didn’t own any property here, didn’t do any business here, and therefore he was not required to participate in the US court system even though he admitted that he brought the case to the US Justice Department.”
Simpson testified that Browder “was willing to, you know, hand stuff off to the DOJ anonymously in the beginning and cause them to launch a court case against somebody, but he wasn’t interest[ed] in speaking under oath about, you know, why he did that, his own activities in Russia.”
“We found this,” said Simpson, “to be a frustrating and somewhat curious situation.”
But far from never coming to the United States, Simpson alleged that Browder “seemed to own a house in Aspen, Colorado, a very expensive mansion, over $10 million, which he had registered in the name of a shell company in a clear attempt to disguise the ownership of the property.”
When Simpson traveled to Aspen and attempted to serve Browder with a subpoena, Simpson testified that Browder simply “ran away. He dropped it on the ground and he ran away. He jumped in his car and went back to his mansion.”
In response, Browder wrote via Twitter this week that “Simpson forgot to mention in his testimony-that subpoena was quashed by the court. He also forgot to mention that I was scheduled to be a witness for the DOJ to prosecute accused Russian money launderers (his clients).”
That aside, it should be noted that was not the last time Browder took off and ran in the face of a subpoena.
On February 3, 2015, Nicholas Casale, who was also working on behalf of Baker Hostetler, attempted to serve Browder with a subpoena as he left a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Video taken by Casale Associates shows Browder bolting down 51st St. in Manhattan.
In his testimony, Simpson recounted his mounting suspicion that the carefully cultivated image of Browder as an anti-corruption crusader was perhaps something of a fiction.
Simpson testified that Browder’s “determined effort to avoid testifying under oath, including running away from subpoenas and changing—frequently changing lawyers and making lurid allegations against us, including that, you know, he thought we were KGB assassins in the parking lot of Aspen, Colorado, when we served the subpoena, all raised questions in my mind about why he was so determined to not have to answer questions under oath about things that happened in Russia.”
Interestingly, Simpson recalled that when he first met Browder, “I was working on a story about Vladimir Putin[’s] corruption and he lectured me about how have [sic]Vladimir Putin was not corrupt and how he was the best thing that ever happened to Russia.”
“This,” said Simpson, “made me more curious about the history of his activities in Russia and what that might tell me about corruption in Russia, and as part of the case we became curious about whether there was something that he was hiding about his activities in Russia.”
As indeed there seemed to be.
During the course of the pretrial discovery, Simpson alleges that he began to learn about Browder’s history of “tax avoidance in Russia and we began to deconstruct the way that his hedge fund structured its investments in Russia and, you know, we gradually accumulated through public records, not all from Russia, that he set up dozens of shell companies in Cyprus and other tax havens around the world to funnel money into Russia and to hold Russian securities.”
The pretrial discovery also found that Browder “set up shell companies inside of Russia in order to avoid paying taxes in Russia.
“In fact, William Browder famously said in 2005 at Davos everybody knows under Putin you have to pay your taxes, which is ironic because at the time he was being investigated for not paying taxes.”
Browder and his many supporters in Washington have tried to claim Simpson and Fusion GPS had targeted Browder in order to discredit his work on the Magnitsky Act. But Simpson’s work on the Prevezon case had nothing to do with Magnitsky or Browder’s tireless efforts to get the act through Congress.
Simpson actually noted that he personally “was extremely sympathetic for what happened to Sergei Magnitsky and I told him that myself and I tried to help him.
It was only later,” after working on the Prevezon case, that Simpson “began to be curious and skeptical about William Browder’s activities and history in Russia.”
When you consider what he discovered, Simpson’s skepticism seems warranted. Yet the question remains as to why there has been a virtual media blackout regarding his testimony about Browder.
Given Browder’s prominence as a widely sought after commentator and his designation as a leading anti-corruption activist, surely his past business practices in Russia, as well as his questionable behavior relating to the Prevezon case, are worthy of some scrutiny.
Browder is an “anti-corruption activist” and Wolf Blitzer is CNN’s “ethics consultant.”
Protocols as usual.
The Duran: The ‘Magnitsky Trio’ Pushes for War with Russia with New Sanctions
If half of what I have come to understand about the Curious Case of Bill Browder is true, then the “Magnitsky Trio” of Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Ben Cardin are guilty of espionage, at a minimum.
Published 5 days ago on August 6, 2018 By Tom Luongo
Why? Because they know that Browder’s story about Sergei Magnitsky is a lie. And that means that when you tie in the Trump Dossier, Christopher Steele, Fusion GPS, the Skripal poisoning and the rest of this mess, these men are consorting with foreign governments and agencies against the sitting President.
As Lee Stranahan pointed out recently on Fault Lines, Cardin invited Browder to testify to Congress in 2017 to push through last year’s sanctions bill, a more stringent version of the expiring Magnitsky Act of 2011, which has since been used to ratchet up pressure on Russia.
Cardin knew there were problems with Browder’s story about Magnitsky’s death and yet brought him into Congress to testify to secure the vote.
That’s suborning perjury, as Lee points out.
Just the holes in Browder’s story about Magnitsky’s death are alone enough to warrant a perjury charge on him.
If you haven’t read Lucy Komisar’s detailed breakdown of Browder’s dealings then you owe it to yourself to do so.
I’d read it a few times, because it’s about as murky as The Swamp gets. And, still my eyes glaze over.
The Magnitsky Act and its sequel have been used to support aggressive policy actions by the U.S. against Russia and destroy the relationship between the world’s most prominent militaries and nuclear powers.
The new bill is said to want to put ‘crushing sanctions’ on Russia to make ‘Putin feel the heat.’
In effect, what this bill wants to do is force President Trump to enforce sanctions against the entire Russian state for attempting to do business anywhere in the world.
The new financial penalties would target political figures, oligarchs, family members and others that “facilitate illicit and corrupt activities” on behalf of Putin.
It would also impose new sanctions on transactions tied to investments in state-owned energy projects, transactions tied to new Russian debt, and people with the capacity or ability to support or carry out a “malicious” cyber act.
In addition, if it wasn’t clear enough already, that he’s no friend of the President, Graham is trying to tie the President’s hands on NATO withdrawal, requiring a two-thirds majority.
Now, why would Graham be worried about that, unless it was something the President was seriously considering?
This is similar to last year’s sanctions bill requiring a similar majority for the President to end the original sanctions placed on Russia in 2014 over the reunification with Crimea.
And behind it all stands Bill Browder.
Because it has been Browder’s one-man campaign to influence members of Congress, the EU and public opinion the world over against Putin and Russia for the past 10 years over Magnitsky’s death.
Browder’s story is the only one we see in the news. And it’s never questioned, even though it has problems. He continually moves to block films and articles critical of him from seeing distribution.
Browder is the epicenter around which the insane push for war with Russia revolves as everyone involved in the attempt to take over Russia in 1999 continues to try and cover their collective posteriors posterities.
And it is Browder, along with Republic National Bank chief Edmond Safra, who were involved together in the pillaging of Russia in the 1990’s.
Browder’s firm hired Magintsky as an accountant (because that’s what he was) to assist in the money laundering Hermitage Capital was involved in.
The attempted take over of Russia failed because Yeltsin saw the setup which led him to appoint Putin as his Deputy Prime Minister.
Martin Armstrong talked about this recently and it is featured prominently in the film about him, The Forecaster, which I also recommend you watch.
There was $7 billion that was wired through Bank of New York which involved money stolen from the IMF loans to Russia. The attempt to takeover Russia by blackmail was set in motion.
As soon as that wire was done, that is when Republic National Bank ran to the Department of Justice to say it was money-laundering.
I believe this started the crisis and Yeltsin was blackmailed to step down and appoint Boris A. Berezovsky as the head of Russia.
Clearly, Republic National Bank was involved with the US government for they were sending also skids of $100 bills to Russia. It was written up and called the Money Plane.
Yeltsin then turned to Putin realizing that he had been set up. This is how Putin became the First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia on August 9th, 1999 until August 16th, 1999 when he became the 33rd Prime Minister and heir apparent of Yeltsin.
So, now why, all of a sudden, do we need even stronger sanctions on Russia, ones that would create untold dislocation in financial markets around the world?
Look at the timeline today and see what’s happening.
Earlier this year Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicts 13 people associated with Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm, for influencing the 2016 election.
Then Mueller indicts twelve members of Russian intelligence to sabotage the upcoming summit between Trump and Putin while the Russia Hacked Muh Election narrative was flagging.
Three days later President Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
There Putin let the world know that he would assist Robert Mueller’s investigation if in return the U.S. would assist Russia in returning Bill Browder, who was tried and convicted in absentia for tax evasion.
All of a sudden Browder’s story is all over the alternative press. Browder is all over U.S. television.
Earlier this week Facebook comes out, after horrific earnings, to tell everyone that IRA was still at it, though being ever so sneaky, trying to influence the mid-terms by engaging Democrats and anti-Trumpers to organize.
In that release, Facebook let it be known it was working with the political arm of NATO, The Atlantic Council, to ferret out these dastardly Russian agents.
And now we have a brand-new shiny sanctions bill intended to keep any rapprochement between the U.S. and Russia from occurring.
Why is that? What’s got them so scared of relations with Russia improving?
Maybe, just maybe, because Putin has all of these people dead to rights and he’s informed Trump of what the real story behind all of this is.
That at its core is a group of very bad people who attempted to steal trillions but only got away with billions and still have their sights set on destroying Russia for their own needs.
And Lindsay Graham is their mouthpiece. (all puns intended)
That all of U.S. foreign policy is built on a lie.
That our relationship with Russia was purposefully trashed for the most venal of reasons, for people like Bill Browder to not only steal billions but then have the chutzpah to steal the $230 million he would have paid in taxes on those stolen billions.
And the only way to ensure none of those lies are exposed is for Trump to be unable to change any of it by forcing him to openly side with the Russian President over members of his own political party.
The proposed sanctions by the Graham bill are so insane that even the Treasury department thinks they are a bad idea. But, at this point there is nothing Graham won’t do for his owners.
Because they are desperate they will push for open warfare with Russia to push Putin from power, which is not possible.
All of this is nothing more than a sad attempt to hold onto power long enough to oust Trump from the White House and keep things as horrible as they currently are.
Because no one gives up power willingly. And the more they are proven to be frauds the more they will scream for war.