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identification of PSS at is about as certain as can be. I've crosschecked details and everything matches. Hans, FN, walkafyre have all checked it as well. So take it to the bank.
2/ Danchenko completed high school in Perm in 1996. FYI Perm is region which the Permian geological formation is name after. As seen below, D attended Perm State University so infill of Perm here is almost certain.
3/ high school details not infilled yet, but don't matter
4/ D went to Perm State University, worked after graduation with PermTex and UralSibSpetsStrov, including travel to Iran. Went to US as "facilitator" with Open World Program.
5/ in his CV, Danchenko lists "facilitator" with Open World Program.
6/ the affiliation is noted in 302.
7/ the matches go on and on. No doubt whatever.
8/ From D's CV, his degree in law from Perm State University and M.A. from University of Louisville - one of the 10-character universities listed a few days ago.
9/ then Danchenko took a second M.A. at Georgetown between 2006-2009.
9/ concurrently with his studies at Georgetown, PSS was employed as an analyst at Brookings where he encountered Fiona Hill, among others. As the anonymous blogger observed, he thanked Hill in his thesis introduction.
10. Brookings Institute and Georgetown University are both touched on in the paragraph discussing PSS activity between 2006-2009. Question: PSS' attorney pointed out to FBI that Danchenko had had a role in "uncovering" something. What??
11/ PSS hit a "glass ceiling" at Brookings and decided to try "independent consulting". Which is what Danchenko began to do in 2010.
12/ in 2011, Danchenko began work for Sidar Global Ventures, becoming Program Research Manager, Russia & Eurasia in 2012. Sidar Global Ventures appears to be mentioned in this paragraph of the interview report.
13/ according to my current interpretation, the paragraph below refers to Danchenko's employment at Sidar. However, Sidar seems to be still in business - so this interpolation is not strong. Nothing seems to turn on it.
10/ part of this thread appears to have been orphaned.

Anyway, jumping to how Danchenko met Steele. My guess: first introduced in 2005 at end of tenure at Louisville by Paul Weber, a revered professor who died in 2005. Weber thanked in Gtown thesis. Infill not Hill since 4+1+5
11/ later, Steele began grooming Danchenko with a small assignment. For a "few hundred dollars" which Danchenko desperately needed.
12/ then in 2009 or 2010, while Danchenko was still employed at Brookings (Fiona Hill, Clifford Gaddy), Steele "brought [him] on board" with Orbis. Danchenko initially did small jobs.
13/ Steele did not bring Danchenko over to UK or introduce him to other Orbis employees. Nor did Steele explain who his end clients were.
14/ in 201x, Danchenko made first trip for Orbis to Russia (easy infill). His strategy was to use existing contacts to try to get information on the target.
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