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Republican Senator: Dmytro #Firtash "earned millions while fighting extradition to U.S.

Dmytro Firtash has been under indictment in Chicago since 2014. He was also involved in a failed business deal w/ex-Trump campaign chair Paul #Manafort." #Bvlgari

"Sen Roger Wicker, R-MS, wrote in an 4/18 letter obtained by NBC News that #Firtash had served as a "direct agent of the Kremlin" and was using the money earned from ONGOING "corruption" to delay his extradition to Chicago, where he has been under federal indictment since 2014."

"Firtash was indicted in 2014 for...his role in bribing INDIAN officials in order to get a lucrative mining deal to sell titanium to BOEING. He was arrested in Vienna in 3/14, released on $174 MILLION bail, and has been contesting his extradition to the U.S. ever since."
"Federal prosecutors said in a 2017 filing that Firtash and his co-defendant in the alleged scheme, ANDRAS KNOPP, "have been identified by United States law enforcement as two upper-echelon associates of Russian organized crime."
#Firtash and Andras #Knopp:

"two upper-echelon associates o Russian organized crime"

Senator "Wicker's letter alleges that prior to 2014, Firtash acted as a "direct agent of the Kremlin" during a separate scheme to skim money from natural gas transfers between Russia's #Gazprom and Ukraine."
They arrested Firtash in 2014, just weeks after Yanukovych (Manafort's benefactor), fled the palace he built to himself, for Russia.

Interesting, no? Those hand-written payment ledgers that Manafort and Rudy Giuliani are denying. Yeah.
You wanna know who else is denying?

"Lanny Davis and Dan Webb, said that the allegations in Wicker's letter were "categorically and unequivocally false."

"Every single one is a lie," Davis said. "There are no facts to support them."
"Court docs and leaked State Dept cables reviewed by NBC News say Firtash was involved in the scheme from at least 2005 to 2010. "By manipulating natural gas prices," the Wicker letter says, "the Kremlin used RosUkrEnergo as a tool to keep [Kiev] dependent on Moscow."
Read Lanny Davis rant here, I won't waste your time with it. He gets paid $80K per month by #Firtash. Would say anything.

"...spokesperson for Wicker, said, "As the co-chair of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Senator Wicker regularly meets with foreign delegations. He has a deep interest in Ukraine and a strong record of opposing Vladimir Putin's aggression in the region."
"...He stands firmly with the people of Ukraine fighting for freedom and reform. The letter was an inquiry from Sen Wicker to the U.S. admin seeking updates on efforts to extradite #Firtash — widely known for his corruption and connection with the Kremlin and organized crime."
"The letter was written after considering a range of credible sources, including meetings with foreign delegations, publicly available data, and non-public info."

A spokesperson for the U.S. Atty's Ofc in Chicago declined to comment, citing the ONGOING extradition proceedings."
"Firtash, 54, owns a valuable portfolio of chemical, RE and energy businesses. He is perhaps best known in the U.S. as a one-time associate of former Trump campaign chair Paul #Manafort, who is now in federal prison."
"In 2008, according to court records, Manafort's firm was involved with Firtash in a plan to redevelop NYCs Drake Hotel for $850M. Firtash's company planned to invest more than $100M, the records say.

Wash, wash, wash your Russian cash....
"One of the other partners working with Manafort on the deal was Brad #Zackson, the former exclusive broker for the properties of President Donald Trump's late father, FRED TRUMP."

"Firtash was a major backer of Ukraine's Party of Regions [Yanukovych], the pro-Russia party for which Manafort as a political consultant worked for many yrs, according to the fed criminal complaint against Firtash and a 2/06 State Dept cable posted by WIKILEAKS in 2010."
"Manafort's firm made more than $17 million in gross revenue from the party, according to his Foreign Agent Registration Act filing."

Buh, wait, #ColludyRudy said the ledgers were fake!
"Another leaked cable said that Manafort's job in 2006 was to give the Party of Regions [Yanukovych] an "extreme makeover" and "change its image from … a haven for mobsters into that of a legitimate political party."
"According to a 12/08 State Dept cable posted by WIKILEAKS, Firtash told U.S. Ambassador William Taylor during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv that he got his start in business w/the permission of one of Russia's most well-known organized crime bosses, Semion Mogilevich."
"Mogilevich was once on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list and has an Interpol Red Notice out for his arrest. The FBI alleges that he is "involved in weapons trafficking, contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking, and prostitution on an international scale."
"According to the cable, Firtash told Taylor he was forced to deal w/such people.

"[Firtash] was adamant that he had not committed a single crime when building his business empire...argued that outsiders still failed to understand the period of lawlessness that..."
"...reigned in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union."

At one point during the meeting, Firtash began to talk about "mistakes he might have made," the cable says, but was waved off by an accompanying adviser."
eot ✌🏽

Russian #Mobligarch Firtash earned millions while fighting extradition to U.S.

Just dropping the back-up on the ledger, it's legit @RudyGiuliani is full of cagada, as per usual:

@RudyGiuliani Backup for BOEING INDIA being the company in the bribery case against #Firtash.

1) Boeing now as acting Sec of Def

2) Haley to Boeing's board. YES, Trump is that simple-minded/racist.

3) Trump's dad did biz w/Zackson, Zackson w/Firtash & Manafort

@RudyGiuliani "Exhibit A’: How McKinsey Got Entangled in a Bribery Case
The consultancy’s report became key evidence in a battle over the extradition of a powerful Ukrainian oligarch [Dmytro Firtash] charged in a scheme to help Boeing."

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