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#Deripaska: Thread. Deripaska "cedes control" of his companies-->Trump lifts sanctions off these companies. + Overlooked details. #manafort reuters.com/article/us-usa…
1. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has notified Congress of its intention to terminate the sanctions imposed on Oleg Deripaska's companies
2. Deripaska is the CEO of Rusal, the biggest aluminum company in Russia. Ivan Glasenberg, CEO of Glencore, is a nominal control shareholder; sits on the Rusal board. Glencore owns 8.75% in Rusal. Glencore participated in Rosneft privatization in Dec 2016.
3. Here is some lesser known history. In 2005, Deripaska met Dimitri Simes, the president of The Center for the National Interest (formerly, The Nixon Center) The National Interest, to discuss forming a Russian-funded think tank.
4. CNS hosted Trump's first foreign policy speech. Richard Burt helped to draft Trump’s first policy speech at The National Interest in April 2016. He is a member of the Center’s board of directors and the chairman of the advisory council for The National Interest.
5. Burt is also a former member of the senior advisory board of Alfa Bank and currently a Board member of Letter One. Alfa Bank is a part of Alfa Group, financial and industrial consortium created and owned by the Russian oligarchs Mikhail Fridman and Petr Aven.
7. Richard Burt is also an Executive Chairman of Diligence LLC from 2002 to 2007 and a member of Advisory Board. Deripaska’s business partner, Nathaniel Rothschild, owns a stake in Diligence LLC, a Washington-based, private global intelligence firm.
8. Dilligence was reported to offer Deripaska corporate intelligence gathering, the US visa lobbying through considerable GOP connections and, crucially, help in obtaining a $150 million World Bank/European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan.
9. In 2007, Diligence LLC was charged over allegations of corporate espionage in a case that involved Alfa Group Consortium. ft.com/content/2c7cf2…
10. Deripaska is also a business partner of Blavatnik, who gave $7.35 million in philanthropic support to the U.S. Republican Party.

11. In 2008, Boris Birshtein collaborated with the FBI on Robert Levinson’s case, negotiating the conditions of Deripaska’s entry into the US despite of the organized crime status. medium.com/mosaic2/mafia-…
12. Birtshtein is an alleged (double) agent of the KGB and Mossad, organized crime boss and a partner, father-in-law of Trump Tower Toronto partner, Kremlin-connected Russian-Canadian billionaire Alex Shnaider. Many details here: medium.com/@ZarinaZabrisk…
13. Birshtein is known to be a partner of Semion Mogilevich and Sergey Mikhailov, the bosses of Solntsevo organized crime group. (see article above for links)
14. Birshtein has decades of helping the Kremlin’s puppet regimes around the world. Importantly, Birshtein helped to finance presidential campaigns of Leonid Kuchma and Vladimir Yanukovich, Putin’s puppets in Ukraine. ☝
15. Birshtein had ties with “Kazakh Trio” that controlled Bayrock Group, a company that was a strategic partner and one of the financing parties for the Trump SoHo in NY and developments in Arizona and Florida.
17. Birshtein was involved into operations with Itera along with Vyacheslav Ivankov (Yaponchik), one of the most influential organized crime bosses in Russia, reportedly was hired by the FSB while operating in the US. Just before being arrested, he was found at Trump’s Taj Mahal
18. On Taj Mahal, Ivankov, organized crime and Trump here: medium.com/@ZarinaZabrisk…
19. Birshtein had close ties with Igor Makarov, founder of Itera. medium.com/@ZarinaZabrisk…
20. In 2008, Deripaska’s Basic Element holding agreed with an Itera Group subsidiary to enter joint projects with investments budget of one billion dollars.
21. Itera was purchased by Rosneft in 2013. Ronseft deal is at the heart of Trump--Russia deal. Read a detailed account here:
22. There is much more but these are crucial details overlooked. Most importantly: there is no independent business or businessmen in Russia. They are part of a mafia state and report to Putin.
Read more at:byline.com/column/83/arti…
23. Removal of the sanctions is a number one goal of the Kremlin's foreign policy. It has been at the center of the Trump--Russia investigation and propels the hybrid war against the West. It is why Russia helped to elect Trump. That, and weakening of the NATO/EU.
24. Today, Trump removes sanctions and the US troops from Syria. Considering his likely removal from the office, these might be personal safety steps on his part. Because in Putin's Russia, failing to deliver the deal means only one thing: murder. medium.com/@ZarinaZabrisk…
25. I've been reporting on this hybrid war since 2015 and have been informed by the Russians that they are reading/listening--and not in a friendly manner. I suggest the West starts using critical thinking and listens to the investigative reporters--and acting fast. It's time.
ps. A few more links for the general picture:
pps. Not everyone here knows/remembers: 1."Deripaska's wife is the daughter of Yeltsin's chief of staff. Deripaska's father-in-law also married Yeltsin's daughter, making him a grandson of Yeltsin by marriage. thehill.com/policy/nationa…
pps.2. Putin came to power de facto in 1999, picked by Yeltsin. Yeltsin and his "family" empowered corruption. Part of the deal was to ensure the "family" is protected. medium.com/@ZarinaZabrisk…
Ppps. A good article with the breakdown of 👆🏼Deripaska’s deal. Read details 👆🏼bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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