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2) Astonishingly, an organization, financed with a generous endowment from Russian oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky & George Soros, has housed a world network exchange program called Open World Russian Leadership, in the Library of Congress for 19 yrs.
3) Travel back in time to Bill Clinton’s presidency (1993-2001) After the Soviet bloc disappeared & the Soviet Union itself fragmented.
4) US SoS Warren Christopher asserted that “helping the Russian people to build a free society and market economy is the greatest strategic challenge of our time,” and that “Russia was the single most important foreign policy priority” of the Clinton administration 1
5) Western leaders, particularly in the Clinton admin, portrayed Yeltsin as leading a drive for democracy. In actuality, Yeltsin allowed the privatization of state assets to be hijacked by his cronies who dominated political parties, media, & the govt.1
6) Khodorkovsky, the 39 yr. old son of a factory worker, rose through the leadership ranks of the Komsomol, or All-Union Leninist Young Communist League. By 1996, he was among the Big 7 of Russia's most influential bankers, pursuing gangster methods to push out competitors.
7) Khodorkovsky founded Menatep, a bank w/profits rumored to be supplemented by funds controlled by various Komsomol, Central Committee, & KGB groups attempting to divert state funds. He and the other Big 7 bankers rose to power backing the re-election of Yeltsin.2
8) Privatization efforts provided, every Russian working in a company to be privatized was given 10,000 rubles worth of vouchers to buy shares in that company. But Yeltsin tasked the auctioning of these businesses to Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s bank. (The "Loans for Shares" scheme). 2
9) In 1995 Yeltsin's govt., desperate for money, turned to his cronies, for loans, secured by shares in state assets. In 1998, Russia defaulted on more debts & the ruble crashed. Domestic banks collapsed, scaring off foreign investors. Russian oligarchs arose from the ashes.
10)The oligarchs picked up more businesses for next to nothing. That’s why some of their empires span a bewildering number of industries. Until he was forced into exile, Boris Berezovsky owned a TV station; most of the national airline, Aeroflot; & the country’s largest carmaker.
11) Through his bank, Menatep & holding Co. Rosprom, Khordorkovsky snatched up chemical, construction, textile, mining & oil enterprises. He won a controlling stake in Russia's largest oil company, Yukos oil, worth $45 billion, which he bought into for $309 million. 5
12) Just 12 oligarchs controlled more than half of Russia’s economy. 4 In 1998, Khodorkovsky survived charges by U.S. investigators that he had helped launder $10 billion with his own bank and the Bank of New York. Putin was elected president, in 2000.
13) In an attempt to rehabilitate his gangster image, Khodorkovsky hired APCO, the Washington PR/lobbying firm who also employs former ambassadors & Congressmen. Khodorkovsky was advised to adopt "honesty, openness, responsibility" as his new model. 4
14)He made himself available for sympathetic press interviews that highlighted his workaholic drive for success, common-man values, .7
15) Expanding his influence by new means, he sought an insurance plan or Krysha, as he put it—a term from the Soviet era that literally means “roof” of protection.
16) Initially, Khodorkovsky, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Hartman, Jacob Rothschild, & Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky are the only Board of Trustee members referenced in associated with the Open Russia Foundation.
17) A 1999 report on the pilot program portrays a program of good intentions & connections to creditable charitable organizations & churches. Over 800 families, as well as, members of congress acted as hosts to the incoming delegations of Russian leaders.
18) There is no reference to Khodorkovsky, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Hartman, Jacob Rothschild, & Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky in the pilot program report. openworld.gov/sites/default/…
19) According to a 2002 annual report, Open World Russian Leadership was authorized in 1999, spearheaded by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, members of US Congress, led by Sen Ted Stevens, & financier George Soros to help Russians to establish democratic norms.
20) Although, some of these original Board of Trustees attended the gala launch, when the 2002 Annual Report was printed Khodorkovsky, Henry Kissinger, Arthur Hartman, Jacob Rothschild, & Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky were not referenced.
21) Aside from the annual report, George Soros’ name is never mentioned as a financier or a board member of Open World Russia in any legitimate media reporting or in connection with Khodorkovsky. Their connection to each other would arise later.
22) The 2002, annual report states that Senator Ted Stevens, Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, provided $10 million of transferred Senate funds to launch the 1999 RLP pilot program in 1999.
22) On November 5, 2001, at the launch Gala, Khodorkovsky gave a million dollars to the Open Russian Leadership Development program.
23) The Washington Post reported on Sept. 18, 2002, that Khodorkovsky gave Open Russia a $16M endowment during a dinner hosted by one of the leading scholars of Russian history in the U.S., Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who called Khodorkovsky a "visionary." 5
24) Khodorkovsky's makeover has been "a big success," said Rothschild, who was in attendance, surveying the meeting of new Russian money, and the Washington establishment. "It's been enormously to his advantage to change." of course. 5
25) Khodorkovsky claims to be a humanitarian-- According to a study by the Lancet, the “shock Therapy” economics of privatization in Russia resulted in 7 million pre-mature deaths from 1990-1995 alone. Russia’s child population decreased by 4.4 million between 1994 and 2003.
26) Khodorkovsky’s ambition, which brought him to Washington was to become a global oil baron, not only supplying the West a stable flow of crude but also establishing his own respectability. Shortly, after the launch, the very first shipment of Russian oil arrived in TEXAS!! 5
27) Business deals from the 1994 privatization of a fertilizer plant, fraud, & money laundering prompted an investigation leading to his arrest in 2003. Many liberal, Western supporters viewed the tycoon as a political prisoner of now Pres. Putin & cried selective prosecution.7
28) Russian authorities froze billions of dollars of shares held by Mr. Khodorkovsky and his top lieutenants in Yukos. They said the freeze was necessary as collateral for the $1 billion that Mr. Khodorkovsky and his associates were accused of misappropriating during the 1990s.
29) In 2003, Khodorkovsky transferred his shares in Yukos oil to Lord Jacob Rothschild, under a deal they concluded prior to his arrest. As a result, Khodorkovsky's wealth doubled, rendering a net worth of $15B, even as he languished in jail and Yukos's assets were frozen. 8
30) Within Russia, Khodorkovsky targeted his Open Russia philanthropy at education, taking up a role similar to that first assumed by financier George Soros with his Open Society Institute in the years after the Soviet collapse. Putin would later ban his activities.5
31) In 2003 Putin kicked George Soros out of his Moscow offices. The New York-based Soros Foundation that operates under the name "Open Society Institute" had spent more than $1 billion on charitable & educational projects in Russia during the past 15 years. 5
32) What could possibly go wrong? The Open world Program was designed to bring emerging federal and local Russian political leaders to the U.S. to meet their American counterparts & gain firsthand knowledge of how American civil society works.
33) In 2000, less than a year after the 1999 pilot program launched, they declared Open Russian Leadership a booming success and made the program a permanent fixture to house in the Library of Congress.
34) Open World program objectives educate Russians on U.S. government separation of powers, checks & balances, freedom of press, & other key elements. (Yes, you read that correctly!)
35) In hindsight does this really seem like a great idea? “Russian & Ukrainian Delegations Witness U.S. Campaigns, Election Day”
36) Do we get this much access in Russia?---- “Russian judges sit in on jury trials, meet with the US Atty Officer, court staff, law enforcement, toured detention center, take part in seminars, etc. It’s happened in cities and states across the country.”
37) If you want to study weaknesses in various critical systems within a society, the information provided through the Open World Program is great, & it has the added benefit of meeting lawmakers & govt. officials.
38) Another great idea--- show them how to lobby US businesses --- “Business development seminar on lobbying w/ Quick connect USA. /Exploring business and NGO involvement in social services /& Lithuanian journos meet with NBC’s Washington affiliate.
40) A program that bolsters the leadership of other countries also focuses on US congressional oversight? 25K is a lot of people.
41) The current Open World Leadership Program Board of Trustees inspires a few curious thoughts.
42) Mikhail Khodorkovsky donated $500,000, to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where, US Ambassador to Russia James F. Collins is now employed. And he made a generous donation to Yale to study the Russian economy,
43) Interestingly Collins was Ambassador to Russia during the President Bill Clinton Admin. from 1997 to 2001, when their economy imploded & the oligarchs robbed Russia blind.
44) Rep. (D) David E. Price who attended Yale University had this to say about Trump Russia.
45)“Sen. Ben Nelson delivered a crucial vote to pass Obamacare into law in 2009, and now he is cashing out of the Senate to make money off the organizations that benefitted from the legislation.” Washington Examiner 24
45) (D) Rep. Martin Heinrich had his computer server compromised when the Pakistani Imran Awan, currently under investigation, began stealing files from approx. 50 Dem House members, has this to say about Trump Russia election interference.
46) (D) Rep. Martin Heinrich is concerned about Trump Russia while sitting on the Board of Open World Leadership that brings delegations of Russian leaders to US to get and inside view of our government operations, our election process & access to lawmakers. But…
47) James H Billington was more than just the Librarian of Congress & a world renowned expert in Russian studies, he was a CIA consultant.
48) Senator Stevens was the man listed in the 2002 annual report who started the foundation with James H. Billington, other lawmakers and Soros. The future was not good to him.
49) Senator Stevens (R) AK was indicted on 7 counts of corruption. The case hinged on whether Stevens lied on his Senate disclosure forms about work he'd gotten done to his cabin.
50) Some of that work had been done by his friend Bill Allen, the head of VECO Corp., then the largest oilfield services company in the state. FBI agent Mary Beth Kepner speculated Allen bribed Stevens by remodeling the senator's house when talking to a reporter in spring 2008.
51) When federal prosecutors finally indicted Stevens in summer 2008, he was up for re-election. He lost his case and subsequently lost Alaska's Senate race by just a few thousand votes to then-Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, a Democrat.
52) The DOJ hid evidence in his case & FBI agent Mary Beth Kepner cont. to make a case where there wasn’t one. If not for whistle blower FBI agent, Chad Joy, Kepner’s partner, Sen. Stevens might be sitting in a jail cell. Conduct reports on Kepner remain redacted she kept her job
53) A federal judge concluded that two DoJ prosecutors intentionally hid evidence in the case against Sen. Ted Stevens, one of the biggest political corruption cases in recent history.
54) Atty. Gen. Eric holder’s, punishment for unlawful prosecution by his own prosecutors was a temporary suspension from work for 55 days. Other members of the prosecution team were found sloppy and reckless, but exonerated.
55) Sen. Stevens died two years later, in a plane crash, before the completion of the two investigations, into the the FBI/ DOJ corruption which found there was prosecutorial misconduct in handling his case.
56) Sen. Stevens case highlights the corruption within the FBI & DOJ 8 years before the present day replay. The prosecution of Gen Flynn & the ongoing FBI/CIA/NSA/DOJ manufactured saga of fake Russian collusion to unseat a current sitting U.S. Pres. Trump have eerie similarity.
57) Senator Steven’s & other corruption cases are told through the chilling acct of frmr prosecutor, Sydney Powel, in her book “Licensed to Lie.” The piece exposes the lack of protections for US citizens against a weaponized DOJ/ FBI for political purpose. .@SidneyPowell1
58) Since Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky in 2013, the PR machine has been heavy at work collaborating w/ liberal media to portray Khodorkovsky as a political prisoner & humanitarian. Of course the aspects of his more nefarious connections are left out of the picture.
59) Khodorkovsky dealt with the commodity trader MARC RICH, head of global commodities trading company Glencore International. His trading operations included intl. commodity shipments – notably a major oil-for-sugar deal w/Cuba. 19
60) His offshore operations pre-dated the fall of Communism by a year. 19
61) RICH, was a commodities, oil trader, & founder of Glencore & a fugitive who had fled the U.S. residing in Switzerland during his prosecution. Rich owed $48 million in taxes & was charged w/51 counts of tax fraud. Bill Clinton pardoned him on his last day in office. 19
62) “Marc Rich ended up being a mentor to all these young kids who came out of the Communist Party establishment, and who made billions off these schemes themselves,” Klebnikov charges. 19
63) Vitaly Malkin, a Russian mafia oligarch suspected of money laundering and fraud, donated $482,000 the Open World Leadership Program, to elevate his image as a humanitarian & make business connections.
64)Finally we have Ali Chalupa, the Ukranian, Clinton, DNC operative looking for opposition research on President Trump.
65) Alexandra Chalupa, worked w/Ukrainian govt officials & journalists from both Ukraine & U,S to dig up Russia-related oppo research on Trump and Manafort. She also shared her anti-Trump research with both the DNC and the Clinton campaign, according to the Politico report.21
66) Ali Chalupa was a foreign policy advisor to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. Ali Chalupa also worked in the White House Office of Public Liaison during the Bill Clinton administration and has been a DNC staffer and consultant.21
67) Chalupa also told Politico that the Ukrainian embassy worked directly with reporters in uncovering dirt on Manafort and Trump. 21
68) The Open World Leadership Center, funded Chalupa’s briefing of Ukranian journalists about Manafort, is a taxpayer-funded congressional agency. 21 Yes, you read it correctly, OWLP was a helpful connection for her.
69) Open World may do some good but it is also a bridge between potential nefarious actors vying for access to lawmakers, US industry leaders, inside information, & the vehicle to meddle in US govt affairs.
“Email reveals that Michael Isikoff, whose Yahoo News article based on the "Steele dossier" was used to obtain the FISA interception warrant against the Trump campaign's Carter Page, was secretly "working with" the DNC's Alexandra Chalupa.” WikiLeaks -Politico
70) Congressman Steve Scalise passes amendment to zero out funding for Open World Leadership Center in 2012. Unfortunately, his plan was squashed or reversed because the program was funded again.
71) “The Foreign-Exchange Program That Won't Die, Why can't Congress kill funding for a U.S.-Russia exchange program? Because Congress runs it.” theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
72) A man who knows about communism 👉"I Should Know: Dems' Intel Abuse Is Reminiscent of My Work for Ceausescu" pjmedia.com/mihaipacepa/kn…
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