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2. Digital Sky Technologies or DST, #Milner’s tech company, acquired a $200 million stake in #Facebook in 2009.

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

theguardian.com/business/2009/…
3.#DST also besides #Facebook has a stake in #Vkontakte, #Russia´s version of #Facebook which is believed to be controlled by #FSB (formerly known as the #KGB) #DST also does plenty of #Bitcoin business.

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer
4.A month after the first investment DST bought up to $100 million of shares from #Facebook employees, and in 2011, #Milner invested an additional $50 million into #Facebook

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

fortune.com/2011/01/11/tim…
5.The mother company Digital Sky Global, and its companies holds 8% of #Facebook and 5% of #Twitter

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6.The trove of documents revealed in “#ParadisePapers,” suggest that the money for the early investment in #Facebook came in part from state-backed #Russian companies, and the #Kremlin

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer
7. In 2017 it was reported that DST received money through shell companies from #Gazprom Investholdings,a financial subsidiary of #Kremlin-backed energy giant #Gazprom (hello Carter Page)

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

nytimes.com/2017/11/05/wor…
8.The director of the financial subsidiary was Alisher Usmanov, an oligarch close to #Russian prime minister Dmitry #Medvedev and a #Milner business associate.

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9.#Milner himself was dubbed by Wired in 2011 “the most successful investor in social media.” In addition to #Facebook and #Vkontakte, he has also invested in #Airbnb, #Groupon, #Spotify, #Zynga and #Alibaba

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11.Behind #Milner’s investments in #Facebook and #Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars from #Kremlin.

Obscured by a maze of offshore shell companies, the #Twitter investment was backed by #VTB

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12..And a big investor in #Milner’s #Facebook deal received financing from #Gazprom Investholding.

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icij.org
13.Among #Milner’s current investments is a real estate venture founded and partly owned by Jared #Kushner.

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14.Oligarchs who receive significant amounts of financial support from #VTB #Sberbank or #Gazprombank need to involve the highest level of #Kremlin for approval, meaning #Putin or #Medvedev

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15.#Milner returned to Russia in the 90s and worked as an executive at Bank Menatep, founded by #Khodorkovsky who was prosecuted and imprisoned after a televised confrontation with #Putin.

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

nytimes.com/2013/12/31/bus…
16.#Milner then teamed up with Usmanov who is close to Russian prime minister, #Medvedev — and a former Goldman Sachs executive to build a large stake in Mail.ru , a Russian internet company

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17.For the #Facebook deal #Gazprom became the bridge.#Gazprom is a vital component of #Putin´s government, has employed its financial subsidiary, #Gazprom Investholding, to reclaim assets privatized during the 1990s.

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18.#Gazprom Investholding is used for politically important and strategically important deals for #Kremlin, #VTB and #Gazprom Investholding’s parent, #Gazprom, are under #USA sanctions since 2014 (CRIMEA)

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19..Over several years, #Gazprom Investholding and a subsidiary made hundreds of millions of dollars in loans to a company called #KantonServices, according to records from the #PanamaPapers

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nytimes.com/2016/04/05/wor…
20..Kanton, in turn, owned one of the #DST investment vehicles used to buy shares of F#acebook. Kanton received $197 million of the #Gazprom Investholding loans before #Facebook announced its first deal with #Milner

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21.Kanton, based in the BVI , had numerous ties to #Usmanov.
Kanton was owned by a longtime #Usmanov business associate, and was controlled by Matthias Bolliger, a director of numerous subsidiaries of #Usmanov’s

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22. To complete the #Facebook deal, #DST used a pair of lawyers based in #Cyprus and #Britain who have set up offshore entities for oligarchs close to #Putin, according to the #PanamaPapers, and #USA securities filings

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23.#Milner’s roughly $380 million investment in #Twitter was directly backed by another instrument of #Kremlin ,#Russia’s second-largest bank, #VTB

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24..61 % of the bank is owned by #Russian government. #VTB’s president #Kostin, is a former #Soviet diplomat; Warnig, on the bank’s supervisory council, is a former East German spy serving in Dresden same time as #Putin

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25.#VTB has operations across the world, including in the #USA. they were also involved in a loan that financed the #Russian government’s privatization of 19.5 percent of the oil giant #Rosneft

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rosneft.com
26. In 2017 the #PanamaPapers revealed that a #Cyprus bank owned by #VTB was used to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to accounts connected to Sergei #Roldugin, a cellist and close friend of #Putin

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27..@andersaslund (resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington):

#VTB is really a slush fund for Putin,”The bank is “the black cashier of the #Putin crowd.”

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28. in July 2015, #Milner was one of several high-profile investors in #Cadre, which is founded by #JaredKushner and #JoshuaKushner, others include #GoldmanSachs, #Soros(!!) and Peter #Thiel

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29.Milner invested $850,000 in #Cadre through a trust, which in turn controls DST Global Advisers,its management firm. He was introduced to the company through an early investor whose name he did not remember.

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30..#VTB gave #Milner $191 million to invest in #Twitter, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which obtained the Paradise Papers.

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nytimes.com/2017/11/05/wor…
31.#Gazprom Investholding, the financial arm of #Gazprom, backed a company affiliated with #Milner which owned approximately $1 billion in #Facebook stock shortly before it went public in 2012

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32..Lawyers representing the two companies and Google testified before the House and Senate intelligence committees about Russia's election meddling

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nordic.businessinsider.com/how-to-watch-s…
33 .In 2005 #JimBreyer, a partner at Accel Partners, invested $1 million of his own money into #Facebook and gained a seat on the board

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fortune.com/2011/01/11/tim…
34. In February 2009 #JimBreyer visited #Russia with other investors, the visit was hosted by #YuriMilner

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fortune.com/2010/10/04/fac…
35.DST (#YuriMilner´s company) has the backing of the big boys at the top in the Kremlin, which is why it will go from strength to strength

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

theguardian.com/technology/201…
36.#YuriMilner found out #JimBreyer liked Impressionist art and took him to #Russian’s Hermitage Museum,3 months later Yuri Milner’s DST invested into Facebook at a bloated value

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fortune.com/2010/10/04/fac…
37.The two continued to work together on other investments. #JimBreyer introduced #YuriMilner to #Groupon, and #YuriMilner helped #JimBreyer’s Accel invest into #Spotify

dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/dst…

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38. In November 2010 #JimBreyer invested into Artsy.net, run by Rupert Murdoch’s then-wife, #WendiDeng, and #Abramovich’s then-wife, Dasha Zhukova

businessinsider.com/what-is-cadre-…

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39 .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

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

bloomberg.com/profiles/compa…
40.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…

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer
41. In June 2011, Rupert Murdoch ended his foray into social media by selling Myspace to Justin Timberlake and elected #JimBreyer to the board of News Corp

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myspace
42. In 2012 Breyer invested in a encrypted messenger app, Wickr. Other investors include Gilman Louie and Erik Prince.

wickr.com/wickr-raises-3…

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer
43.Louie went off to become the founding CEO of the CIA-backed In-Q-Tel which invested in #Palantir. Palantir’s founder, Peter #Thiel, sat on the board of #Facebook with #JimBreyer

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

sfgate.com/politics/artic…
44.Around 2012-2013, #Prince met Vincent #Tchenguiz, founder of #CambridgeAnalytica's parent company, #SCL and was introduced to Cyrus Behbehani of #Glencore, one of the purchasers of #Rosneft

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

haaretz.com/israel-news/re…
46.While there #Zuckerberg also visited Victor #Vekselberg's Skolkovo, who’s currently under investigation by #Mueller for donations to #Trump

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

adweek.com/digital/zucker…
47. As #Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations with #Russia sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to #Putin

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apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a…
49.A month after the visit, #Putin propaganda mouth-piece Konstantin #Rykov, claims he began helping with #Trump’s presidential aspirations

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

washingtonmonthly.com/2017/11/24/a-t…
51.On April 2013, two months after #JimBreyer was elected to the board of Harvard Len #Blavatnik, donated $50 million to the school

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news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/…
53.#Blavatnik joined the Board of Dean’s Advisors and Harvard’s Global Advisory Council alongside #JimBreyer

accessindustries.com/about/academic…

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54 .In 2016 Len #Blavatnik donated over $7 million to #GOP candidates, including $2.5 million to Mitch #McConnell himself

dallasnews.com/opinion/commen…

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer
55. In 2014 #JimBreyer’s Accel Partners invested in #Russian hotel booking site, Ostrovok, along with #YuriMilner, Esther Dyson,Mark Pincus, and Peter #Thiel

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

techcrunch.com/2014/06/18/ost…
56 .In 2011 #Schwarzman was named to the board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund headed by Kirill Dimitriev

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/5…
57 .In June 2016, during #Trump’s presidential campaign, #JimBreyer met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman, or MBS

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thetrustedinsight.com/investment-new…
59. In the past #Blackstone Group had loaned #Kushner Companies a combined $400 million over multiple projects

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bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
60. In the 2018 election cycle, #Schwzarman donated $5 million to the pro-#McConnell superPAC, Senate Majority PAC

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

washingtonpost.com/news/post-poli…
61.On October 22, 2018, three weeks after the murder of #Khashoggi, #JimBreyer showed up at an MBS-hosted Saudi business summit alongside Kirill Dimitriev of the Russian Direct Investment Fund

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latimes.com/business/la-fi…
62.That same day, MBS pledged $20 billion for #Blackstone Group's new infrastructure fund to fund Elaine Chao's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan

#YuriMilner #Facebook #Kushner #Trump #McConnell #JimBreyer

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
63.Elaine Chao, Mitch #McConnells wife and #JimBreyer's sister-in-law, is Trump's Secretary of Transportation.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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