I love a good mystery, don’t you? The barest outline of this mystery has an odd resonance: reference to the Office of the Prosecutor General; desire of a foreign government to make high-level contacts with Team Trump; and a strange, some might say, shady set of intermediaries.
Let’s start here: Two months before the 2020 Presidential—a mysterious organization (no, not Veselnitskaya’s Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative) from Ukraine hires a DC/London operative to get key meetings with Trumpworld.
kyivpost.com/ukraine-politi…
The mysterious Ukrainian organization claims that its delegation will include: “top officials from Ukraine’s central bank, the state-owned Export-Import Bank of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General’s Office…” Impressive, no?
In 2020, could there be a more fraught topic than Ukrainian/American relations… especially during a campaign season that’s featured Rampaging Rudy digging for #Firtrash to throw at Joe Biden?
But, no worries, friends, this is just another shadow-play… translate.google.com/translate?hl=e…
“An unknown public organization paid $58 thousand to American lobbyists for the visit to Washington of the head of the National Bank Kirill Shevchenko, Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova and the head of Ukreximbank Yevgeny Metzger.”
Of the mysterious organization: “It should be noted that the public organization "Reanimation Package of Reforms" is listed among the Guild's partners, but the NGO itself denies any connection with the "Ukrainian Guild of Activists.”
“Moreover, according to information in YouControl, the three NGOs that founded the Guild of Activists (in particular, the NGO "Animal Rescue Service") have nothing to do with banks or the prosecutor's office.”
“The National Bank, the Office of the Prosecutor General and Ukreximbank did not report any intentions to hire American lobbyists... or the reasons why an unknown NGO pays money in the interests of the leadership of the Ukrainian state authorities.”
But, there’s a twist in this tale. Isn’t there always? The PR maven, based in DC and London, is a fellow named David Sowells, whose firm Tricuro has, at times, worked for folks you might politely call “rogues,” or, impolitely, “murderers.”
“It is also known that the father-in-law of the head of the agency David Sowells - British economist John Mills - wrote articles in support of Igor Kolomoisky on the Privatbank case.”
“Later, John Mills admitted that such information about Privatbank was provided to him by his son-in-law, that is, David Sowells from the Tricuro agency.”
And who do you suppose, David Sowells, a former Bell Pottinger executive, works with? Oh, it’s another Bell Pottinger-ex, Charles “Chip” Andreae, who signed that deal with “SCL Social” that references a certain “Global Strategy Limited.” globalstrat.net/who_we_are.php
Now, if pushed to guess what the mysterious mission to D.C. by the Ukrainian "Guild" was all about, I bet it was to learn more about our Government's investigation into Kolomoisky and to advance that key oligarch's interests. And, oh, that's not but a few steps from Firtash.

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