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Scott Stedman @ScottMStedman
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While it remains to be seen if loan is nefarious in nature, it's worth noting that large loans are the method that Putin used to reward Marine Le Pen for her recognition of the Russian annexation of Crimea.
1- Hacked text messages were released by Anonymous International that showed continual discussion between Konstantin Rykov and Putin adviser Timur Prokopenko — the head of the Russian domestic affairs department.…
2- The two men discussed a quid-pro-quo between Le Pen and the Kremlin. Le Pen was to recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea as legitimate in exchange for Russian money in the form of large loans.
3- Le Pen denies knowing Rykov or Prokopenko and maintains her innocence despite the fact that she recognized Crimea, and then subsequently received over 40 million euros in loans from Moscow’s First Czech-Russian Bank.
4- In 2014, the French newspaper Navalny revealed that Rykov owns a $2 million villa in the town of Mougins in France.
5- He is listed as a tax resident of France, meaning that he must either permanently live in France, work there, or have his main economic interests in France. Rykov claims he lives in Moscow. He does not.
6- Approximately six weeks after the $285M Deutsche Bank loan, Jared Kushner attempted to set up a secret back channel to Russian officials.…
7/END It remains to be seen whether the loan/Kushner's communications with Russia were coincidental, but I agree with others that this is an important line of inquiry for Mueller.
NOTE: At the risk of sounding like a broken record: Konstantin Rykov was the Kremlin propagandist who boasted about working with hackers, WikiLeaks and Cambridge Analytica during the election to help Trump win.
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