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I have been digging into this article on #JimBreyer who is the brother-in-law of #MitchMcConnell, reading all the articles it contains and links to, and doing my own research. It is mind-bending. I recommend highly everyone take a pause and read it twice!
reddit.com/r/RussiaLago/c…
"In 2005 Jim Breyer, a partner at Accel Partners, invested $1 million of his own money into Facebook and gained a seat on the board." fortune.com/2011/01/11/tim…
"In Feb 2009 Jim Breyer visited Russia with a number of other Silicone Valley investors. While there, Yuri Milner, a Russian tech entrepreneur who founded DST with close ties to the Kremlin, hosted a dinner to cap the entire event." fortune.com/2010/10/04/fac…
Mr Milner dismissed suggestions that at a valuation of $10bn he overpaid for his stake in Facebook, especially given that the social networking site has yet to prove it has turned to profit.
telegraph.co.uk/technology/fac…
"It’s seen as a desperate and rather vulgar deal on the one hand—Milner buying a small stake in Facebook, valuing the entire company at $10 billion—and, on the other, Facebook debasing itself by taking Russian money. Russian money!
wired.com/2011/10/mf_mil…
"In fact, it seems rather like a desperate deal for both parties (in the midst of the banking crisis, Facebook has only two other bidders for this round—and none from the top VC tier)" wired.com/2011/10/mf_mil…
"By the end of 2009, DST would own 10% of Facebook. Later revealed by the Paradise Papers, DST’s investments into Facebook were financed by the Russian government through state-owned Gazprom. That’s right, in 2009 Russia owned 10% of Facebook." theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/…
"Soon after, the two continued to work together on other investments. Breyer introduced Milner to Groupon, and Milner helped Breyer’s Accel invest into Spotify."
dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/dst…
"In 2010 an Accel representative joined a gaggle of Silicon Valley investors to Russia and signed a letter promising to invest into the country."
ambarclub.org/executive-educ…
"Then in Nov 2010 Jim Breyer invested into Artsy, run by Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife, Wendi Deng, and Russia oligarch Roman Abramovich’s then-wife, Dasha Zhukova. Jared Kushner’s brother, Josh, also invested in the fledgling company."
businessinsider.com/what-is-cadre-…
"At the time Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation had a joint venture with the Russian mob-linked oligarch Boris Berezovsky, called LogoVaz News Corporation, that invested in Russian media." bloomberg.com/profiles/compa…
"It was Berezovsky’s protege Roman Abramovich who tied Berezovsky to the mob."
vanityfair.com/news/politics/…
"A paramedic, John Pocock, told the hearing that after being called to the house and finding Berezovsky on the bathroom floor, a "warning tone" was triggered on a radiation detection device that he was carrying."
theguardian.com/world/2014/mar…
"According to the Mirror Online, Abramovich paid Berezovsky tens, and even hundreds, of millions every year for "krysha", or mafia protection." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abr…
"In June 2011, Rupert Murdoch ended his foray into social media by selling Myspace to Justin Timberlake and elected Jim Breyer to the board of News Corp."
wsj.com/articles/SB100…
"Jim Breyer invests in Wickr with Erik Prince" foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/14/why…
"In 2012 Breyer invested in a encrypted messenger app, Wickr. Other investors include Gilman Louie and Erik Prince. To understand the connection, we need to go back to 1987." alsop-louie.com/team/gilman-lo…
"Breyer, newly hired to Accel Partners, made his first investment with Louie’s video game company that owned the rights to the Soviet Union’s first video game export, Tetris." sfgate.com/politics/artic…
"Louie went off to become the founding CEO of the CIA-backed In-Q-Tel which invested in Palantir."
gaia.com/article/what-i…
"Palantir’s founder, Peter Thiel, sat on the board of Facebook with Breyer."
bloomberg.com/features/2018-…
"On the board of In-Q-Tel is Buzzy Krongard. Buzzy Krongard is the man who helped Erik Prince’s Blackwater receive their first CIA contract, who also joined the board of Blackwater in 2007."
nytimes.com/2007/11/17/us/…
"Around that same time, 2012-2013, Prince met Vincent Tchenguiz, founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL."
haaretz.com/israel-news/re…
"Prince met Vincent Tchenguiz, founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, and was introduced to Cyrus Behbehani of Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier."
medium.com/@wsiegelman/a-…
Cyrus Behbehani sat on the board of RusAl with Christophe Charlier, who is also Chairman of the board at Renaissance Capital, an early investor of DST.
vccircle.com/all-you-wanted…
"Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to use DST's experience in making money from its millions of social networking users across Russia and Eastern Europe to help propel his business, which has over 200 million users worldwide, into the black."
theguardian.com/business/2009/…
"The testimony of Erik Prince can be best described as a matryoshka doll of lies: one lie inside another inside another."
medium.com/@inawa/a-warlo…
"Jim Breyer and Yuri Milner invest in Prismatic" techcrunch.com/2012/12/05/pri…
"That same year, 2012, Jim Breyer invested in Prismatic, a news aggregate app, with Yuri Milner. Prismatic’s technology works by crawling Facebook, Twitter and the web to find news stories."
blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital…
"Prismatic, a personalized social news discovery engine, has raised $15 million in Series A funding. Backers include Accel Partners, Breyer Capital and Yuri Milner." finsmes.com/2012/12/prisma…
"It then uses machine learning to categorize. Prismatic users follow these Topics and Publications, as well as Individuals and the algorithm then uses these preferences and user-activity signals to present a relevant Newsfeed."
prismatic.org.uk/2018/04/11/cam…
"Facebook talks US Elections with Russia: In Oct 2012 Zuckerberg traveled to Moscow and met Dmitry Medvedev where they had a very interesting conversation."
nytimes.com/2012/10/02/tec…
"Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Medvedev talked about Facebook’s role in politics, though only jokingly in reference to its importance in the American presidential campaign, according to Mr. Medvedev’s press office."
nytimes.com/2012/10/02/tec…
"While there he also visited Victor Vekselberg's Skolkovo, who’s currently under investigation by Mueller for donations to Trump."
adweek.com/digital/zucker…
"Long before Viktor Vekselberg was tied to a scandal over the president and a porn star, the Russian oligarch had been positioning himself to extend his influence in the United States."
apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a…
"And took time to teach Russian's how to hack Facebook friend data, the same hack used by Cambridge Analytica, Donald Trump’s campaign data firm. Facebook later hired the individual who hacked Facebook and sold the data to Cambridge Analytica".
theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/…
“Federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin. The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies.”
time.com/5401645/putins…
"A month after that visit, Putin propaganda mouth-piece Konstantin Rykov, claims he began helping with Trump’s presidential aspirations."
washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/24/a-t…
"Days later, Trump registered “Make America Great Again. The following year, Russia's Troll Factory, the Internet Research Agency, was created as was Cambridge Analytica."
"Andrei Shleifer and Len Blavatnik: Len Blavatnik, a US-Russian oligarch currently under investigation by Mueller, graduated from Harvard in 1989 and quickly formed Renova-Invest with Viktor Vekselberg, another oligarch under Mueller’s investigation." institutionalinvestor.com/article/b150np…
"Blavatnik, a US-Russian oligarch currently under investigation by Mueller, graduated from Harvard in 1989 and quickly formed Renova-Invest with Viktor Vekselberg, another oligarch under Mueller’s investigation."abcnews.go.com/Politics/inves…
"In 1992, after the fall of the Soviet Union, Andrei Shleifer led a consortium of Harvard professors to assist Russia’s vice-president, Antaoly Chubais, with the privatization of Russia’s state-run assets."
thenation.com/article/harvar…
"Scandal broke when it was revealed Shleifer, through Blavatnik’s company and with Blavatnik’s guidance, invested in the very companies he worked to privatize." newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…
"Years later, Shleifer continued to fund loans to Blavatnik for Russian ventures through his hedge fund, managed by his wife, Nancy Zimmerman."
forbes.com/sites/peterjre…
"Shleifer and wife Nancy Zimmerman paid $3.5 million to end a lawsuit claiming he violated self-dealing rules when they invested in Russia while the feds paid him to advise Russian officials on privatization. Harvard forked over $26.5 million to settle."
forbes.com/forbes/2006/02…
"They created the Russian Recovery Fund which bought $230 million of Russian debt from Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management, who’s seed fund, Tiger Global, later invested in Milner’s DST." cnbc.com/id/47444421
"Len Blavatnik and Viktor Vekselberg are major investors in Rusal. Schleifer is still a professor at Harvard."
"Deripaska is best known in the U.S. for his connection to Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chief who has pleaded guilty to a number of crimes revealed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation."
thedailybeast.com/deripaskas-rus…
People have been giving me a lot of credit for this thread, but the credit goes to reddit.com/user/Puffin_Fi… What I have done is translate their work into a twitter thread for folks on Twitter.
"On April 2013, two months after Breyer was elected to the board of Harvard, Len Blavatnik, donated $50 million to the school."
news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/…
"Len Blavatnik joined the Board of Dean’s Advisors and Harvard’s Global Advisory Council alongside Breyer."
cnbc.com/2017/07/21/del…
"The next month Breyer announced plans to step down from the board of Facebook with an intention of focusing on his latest Harvard appointment."
sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/04/27/fac…
"In 2016 Len Blavatnik donated over $7 million to GOP candidates, including $2.5 million to Mitch McConnell himself."
dallasnews.com/opinion/commen…
"Breyer invests in Russian Companies"
techcrunch.com/2014/06/18/ost…
"In 2014 Breyer’s Accel Partners invested in Russian hotel booking site, Ostrovok, along with Yuri Milner, Esther Dyson, Mark Pincus, and Peter Thiel."
idcee.org/participants/c…
"Jim Breyer, Blackstone Group, and Saudi Arabia" bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
"In 2011 Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone was named to the board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, headed by Kirill Dimitriev."
rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/5…
"In June 2016, during Trump’s presidential campaign, Jim Breyer met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman, or MBS."
thetrustedinsight.com/investment-new…
"The next month Breyer joined the board of Blackstone Group alongside Stephen Schwarzman and Jacob Rothschild. In the past Blackstone Group had loaned Kushner Companies a combined $400 million over multiple projects."
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
"In the 2018 election cycle, Schwzarman donated $5 million to the pro-McConnell superPAC, Senate Majority PAC."
washingtonpost.com/news/post-poli…
"Jacob Rothschild’s brother, Nat, is business partners with both Oleg Deripaska, Rupert Murdoch, and Dick Cheney. Nat Rothschild is also a major investor in Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier, and RusAl."
telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/…
"Nat Rothschild is also a major investor in Glencore, one of the purchasers of Rosneft stock detailed in the Steele Dossier, and RusAl."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel…
"In January 2017, Breyer’s business partner at Wickr, Erik Prince, was introduced to Dimitriev by MBS’s emissary, George Nader, and the Crown Prince of the UAE."
vox.com/2018/3/7/17088…
"Three weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, when most American investors were spooked away from Saudi Arabia, Jim Breyer showed up at an MBS-hosted Saudi business summit alongside Kirill Dimitriev of the Russian Direct Investment Fund."
latimes.com/business/la-fi…
"That same day, MBS pledged $20 billion for Blackstone Group's new infrastructure fund to fund Elaine Chao's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan."
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
"Elaine Chao, Mitch McConnell's wife, and Jim Breyer's sister-in-law, is Trump's Secretary of Transportation." | reddit.com/r/RussiaLago/c…
People have been giving me a lot of credit for this thread, but the credit goes to reddit.com/r/RussiaLago/c…. What I have done is translate their work into a twitter thread with the links referenced in the article for folks on Twitter.
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