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1 .In 1981, David #Bogatin arrived in #NewYorkCity, #Bogatin was a former pilot in the #Soviet Army, and shot down #USA planes during the #VietnamWar, he arrived in #NewYorkCity broke.
2. Three years later in 1984, David #Bogatin bought an apartment in #TrumpTower on Fifth Avenue, paying $6 million to buy five luxury condos. #Trump personally attended the closing, along with #Bogatin.

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3.During the 1980´s and 90´s #Russian mobsters were beginning to invest in high-end real estate, which offered an ideal vehicle for #MoneyLaundering
4 .It didn’t matter that you paid too much, because the the values would rise, and it was a way of #MoneyLaundering. It was done very systematically, and it explained why there are so many high-rises where the units were sold but no one is living in them.

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5.Three years after #Bogatin bought the five condos at #TrumpTower in 1987
#Bogatin pleaded guilty to taking part in a massive gasoline-bootlegging scheme with #Russian mobsters.

nytimes.com/1987/03/12/nyr…
6.#Bogatin fled #USA,The #USA government seized his five condos at #TrumpTower, saying that he got them to “launder money, to shelter and hide assets.” A Senate investigation into organized crime later revealed that #Bogatin was a leading figure in the #Russian mob in #NewYork.
7.David #Bogatin ties ed straight to the top: His brother ran a $150 million stock scam with none other than #Mogilevich the “boss of bosses” of the #Russian mafia.

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8.Same year as this was going on 1987, on his first trip to Russia, #Trump visited the Winter Palace with #Ivana. The #Soviets flew him to #Moscow—all expenses paid—to discuss building a luxury hotel across from the #Kremlin.
In 1987 Mogilevich-expanded his "business" to #USA
9.Over the past three decades, at least 20 people with known or alleged links to #Russian mobsters or oligarchs have owned, lived in, and even run criminal activities out of #TrumpTower and other #Trump properties.
10.Many used #Trump apartments and casinos for #MoneyLaundering, Others ran a worldwide high-stakes gambling ring out of #TrumpTower—in a unit directly below one owned by #Trump.
11.Some provided #Trump with branding deals with no #Trump monetary investments. The flow of money from #Russia provided #Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin, burnish his image, and launch his career in television and politics.
12.#Trump made his first trip to #Russia in 1987, Invited by #Soviet Ambassador Yuri #Dubinin, #Trump was flown to #Moscow and #Leningrad—all expenses paid—to talk business with high-ups in the #Soviet command.
13. In The Art of the Deal, #Trump recounted the lunch meeting with #Dubinin that led to the trip. “One thing led to another,” he wrote, “and now I’m talking about building a large luxury hotel, across the street from the #Kremlin, in partnership with the #Soviet government.”
14.Over the years, #Trump and his sons would try and fail five times to build a new #TrumpTower in #Moscow. But for #Trump, what mattered most were the lucrative connections he had begun to make with the #Kremlin
thedailybeast.com/russia-may-not…
15.“#Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets,” #DonaldTrumpJr. boasted at a real estate conference in 2008. “We see a lot of money pouring in from #Russia.”
usatoday.com/story/news/wor…
16. Money began to rain in after the #SovietUnion fell in 1991. #Yeltsin’s shift to a market economy was so abrupt that cash-rich gangsters and corrupt government officials were able to privatize and loot state-held assets in oil, coal, minerals, and banking.
17.#Yeltsin described #Russia as “the biggest #mafia state in the world.”After #Putin succeeded #Yeltsin as #president, Russian intelligence joined forces with mobsters and oligarchs, allowing them to operate freely as long as they strengthen Putin’s power and financial interests
18. Since 1990 $1.3 trillion in illicit money through #MoneyLaundering and other criminal activity has poured out of #Russia.

the-american-interest.com/2016/12/19/the…
19.The man at the top, in charge was Semion #Mogilevich. Beginning in the early 1980s,#Mogilevich was the key #MoneyLlaundering contact for the #Solntsevskaya #Bratva, or #Brotherhood

#FBI report attached.
20.#Mogilevich was running a multibillion-dollar worldwide racket of his own. #Mogilevich wasn’t feared because he was the most violent gangster, but because he was the smartest.
21.#Mogilevich holds a degree in economics from Lviv University,#Mogilevich ran drug trafficking and prostitution rings on an international scale; #Mogilevich bought a bankrupt airline to ship heroin from #SoutheastAsia into #Europe.
slate.com/blogs/crime/20…
22. #Mogilevich used a jewelry business in #Moscow and #Budapest as a front for art that #Russian gangsters stole from museums, churches, and synagogues all over #Europe
23. #Mogilevich sold $20 million in stolen weapons, including ground-to-air missiles and armored troop carriers, to #Iran. #Mogilevich uses this wealth and power to not only further his criminal enterprises, but to influence governments and their economies.

More pages from #FBI
24.#Mogilevich’s influence reaches all the way to the top. In 2005, Alexander #Litvinenko recorded an interview with investigators detailing his inside knowledge of the #Kremlin’s ties to organized crime.
mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article-4…
25.#Mogilevich, #Litvinenko said in broken #English have good relationship with #Putin since 1994 or 1993.” A year later #Litvinenko was dead, apparently poisoned by agents of the #Kremlin
26.#Mogilevich’s greatest talent is finding creative ways to cleanse dirty cash. #Mogilevich has laundered money through more than 100 front companies around the world, and held bank accounts in at least 27 countries.

businessinsider.com/semion-mogilev…
27. in 1991 #Mogilevich paid a #Russian judge to spring Vyachelsav Kirillovich #Ivankov, from a Siberian gulag. #Mogilevich was the brains,# Ivankov was the enforcer—a vor v zakone, or “made man,” infamous for torturing his victims and boasting about the murders he had arranged.
28.Sprung by #Mogilevich, #Ivanko headed to #NewYork on an illegal business visa and proceeded to set up shop in Brighton Beach.
29.When #Ivankov touched down at #JFK he was met by a fellow vor, who handed him a suitcase with $1.5 million in cash. Over the next three years, Ivankov oversaw the mob’s growth from a local extortion racket to a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise.
30.#Ivankov recruited two “combat brigades” of Special Forces veterans from the #Soviet war in #Afghanistan to run the mafia’s protection racket and kill his enemies.
31.#Ivankov then bought a Rolls-Royce dealership that was used for #MoneyLaundering one of #Ivankov’s partners in the operation was Felix #Komarov, who lived in #TrumpPlaza on Third Avenue.
nytimes.com/1998/06/29/nyr…
32.#FBI agents spotted #Ivankov meeting with other #Russian crime figures in #Miami, #LosAngeles, #Boston, and #Toronto.
33.#Ivankov made frequent visits to #TrumpTajMahal which mobsters routinely used for #MoneyLaundering. In 2015 #TajMahal was fined $10 million—the highest penalty ever levied and admitted to having “willfully violated” anti-money-laundering regulations for years.
34.The #FBI also struggled to figure out where #Ivankov lived.They were looking around, looking around, looking around,They had to go out and really beat the bushes. And then they found out that he was living in a luxury condo in #TrumpTower
35.A top #Russian mafia boss lived and worked in #Trump’s own building indicates just how much high-level #Russian mobsters came to view #Trump´s properties as a home away from home.
36. In 2009, after being extradited to Russia to face murder charges, #Ivankov was gunned down in a sniper attack on the streets of #Moscow. #Ivankov´s funderal attracted 1,000 people wearing black leather jackets, sunglasses, and gold chains,and all brotherhoods.
37.Throughout the 1990s, millions from the former #SovietUnion flowed into #Trump’s luxury developments and Casinos. It wasn't enough, He owed $4 billion to more than 70 banks, with $800 million of it personally guaranteed.

reuters.com/article/us-usa…
38. #Trump spent much of the 90´s in litigation, filing for multiple bankruptcies and scrambling to survive. Fortunately for #Trump, his own economic crisis coincided with one in #Russia.
39. In 1998, #Russia defaulted on $40 billion in debt, causing the ruble to plummet and #Russian banks to close. The ensuing financial panic sent the country’s oligarchs and mobsters scrambling to find a safe place to put their money.
40. In October 1998 two months after the #Russian economy went into a tailspin, #Trump broke ground on his biggest project yet. Rising to 72 stories in midtown Manhattan, #TrumpWorldTower would be the tallest residential building on the planet.

nytimes.com/1998/10/16/nyr…
41. Construction got underway in 1999—just as #Trump was preparing his first run for the #presidency on the Reform Party ticket— and concluded in 2001.

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42 It wasn’t long before one-third of the units on the tower’s priciest floors had been snatched up—either by individual buyers from the former #SovietUnion, or by #LLC´s connected to #Russia. big buyers came from #Russia, #Ukraine and #Kazakhstan
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
43.Among the new tenants was Eduard #Nektalov, a diamond dealer from #Uzbekistan. #Nektalov investigated by a Treasury Department task force for mob-connected #MoneyLaundering, bought a condo on the seventy-ninth floor, directly below #KellyanneConway.
44.A month later #Nektalov sold his unit for a $500,000 profit. Year after rumors circulated that #Nektalov was cooperating with #FBI he was shot down on Sixth Avenue.
nymag.com/nymetro/news/p…
45.After #TrumpWorldTower opened, #Sotheby’s International Realty teamed up with a #Russian real estate company to make a big sales push for the property in #Russia. The “tower full of oligarchs,”became a model for #Trump’s projects going forward.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
46.#Trump slapped his name on a big building, and high-dollar customers from #Russia and the former #Soviet republics were guaranteed to come rushing in.

usatoday.com/story/news/wor…
47.#Trump struck a deal with a Florida developer to attach his name to six high-rises in #SunnyIsles, Without having to put up a dime of his own money, Trump would receive a cut of the profits. “#Russians love the #Trump brand,” Gil Dezer, the Sunny Isles developer said
48. One-third of the 500 apartments he’d sold went to “#Russian-speakers.” So many bought the #Trump-branded apartments, in fact, that the area became known as “#LittleMoscow.”

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49.Many of the units were sold by a native of #Uzbekistan who had immigrated from the #SovietUnion in the 1980s; she brought #Russian tour groups to Sunny Isles to view the properties.
50. At least 63 buyers with #Russian addresses or passports spent $98 million on #Trump’s properties in south #Florida, another one-third of the units—more than 700 in all—were bought by shadowy shell companies that concealed the true owners.
reuters.com/investigates/s…
51.#Trump promoted the properties. His organization continues to advertise the units; in 2011, when they first turned a profit, he attended a ceremonial mortgage-burning in Sunny Isles to toast their success.

businessinsider.com/wealthy-russia…
52. At least 13 buyers in the Florida complex have been the target of government investigations, either personally or through their companies, including “members of a #Russian-#American organized crime group.

miamiherald.com/news/politics-…
53.Two buyers in Sunny Isles, Anatoly #Golubchik and Michael #Sall, were convicted for taking part in a massive international gambling and #MoneyLaundering syndicate that was run out of #TrumpTower in #NewYork. The ring was operating under the protection of the #Russian Mafia.
54. By 2004, to the outside world, it appeared that #Trump was back on top after his failures in Atlantic City. That January, flush with the appearance of success, #Trump launched his newly burnished brand into another medium.
55. My name’s Donald #Trump, opening narration for The Apprentice, the largest real estate developer in #NewYork. I own buildings all over the place. Model agencies. The Miss Universe pageant. Jetliners, golf courses, casinos, and Mar-a-Lago.
56. About 13 years ago, I was seriously in trouble. I was billions of dollars in debt. But I fought back, and I won. Big league. I used my brain. I used my negotiating skills. And I worked it all out. Now my company’s bigger than it ever was and I’ve mastered the art of the deal
57.Above all, #Apprentice sold an image of the host-boss as supremely competent and confident, dispensing his authority and getting immediate results. The analogy to politics was palpable.
58. #Trump used his prime-time perch to unveil another big project. On the 2006 season finale of The Apprentice, as 11 million watched #Trump cut to a promotional video for his latest venture.
58a) “Located in the center of Manhattan’s chic artist enclave, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in SoHo is the site of my latest development,” he narrated over swooping helicopter footage of lower Manhattan.
home.crainsnewyork.com/clickshare/aut…
59.#Trump #SoHo was the brainchild of two development companies
#BayrockGroup LLC and the #SapirOrganization—run by a pair from the former #SovietUnion who had done business with some of #Russia’s richest and most notorious oligarchs.
60.Together, their firms made #Trump an offer he couldn’t refuse: They would finance and build #Trump #SoHo themselves. In return for lending his name to the project, #Trump would get 18 percent of the profits—without putting up any of his own money.
61. One of the developers, Tamir #Sapir emigrated from the #SovietUnion in the 1970s, he started out driving a cab in #NewYorkCity and ended up a billionaire living in #TrumpTower
washingtonmonthly.com/2017/02/20/tru…
62. #Sapir´s big break came when he co-founded a company that sold high-tech electronics,#Sapir’s partner in the firm was a “member or associate” of #Ivankov’s mob in Brighton Beach
nytimes.com/2000/08/09/nyr…
63.#Trump described #Sapir as a “great friend,” bought 200 televisions from his electronics company. In 2007, he hosted the wedding of #Sapir’s daughter at Mar-a-Lago, and later attended her infant son’s bris.

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64 .In 2007, #Trump celebrated the launch of #Trump #SoHo with partners Tevfik #Arif and Felix #Sater . #Arif was later acquitted on charges of running a prostitution ring.
65.#Sapir ntroduced #Trump to Tevfik #Arif, his partner in the #Trump #SoHo deal. #Arif had graduated from the #Moscow Institute of Trade and Economics and worked as a #Soviet trade and commerce official for 17 years before moving to #NewYork and founding #Bayrock.
66.Practically overnight, #Arif became a wildly successful developer in #Brooklyn. In 2002, after meeting #Trump, he moved #Bayrock’s offices to #TrumpTower, where he and his staff of #Russian émigrés set up shop on the twenty-fourth floor.
67.#Trump worked closely with Bayrock on its ventures in #Russia, #Ukraine, and #Poland. “#Bayrock knew the investors,” he later testified. #Arif “brought the people up from #Moscow to meet with me.”

fortune.com/2017/05/17/don…
68.#Trump boasted about the deal he was getting: #Arif was offering him a 20 to 25 percent cut on his overseas projects, he said, not to mention management fees. “It was almost like mass production of a car,” #Trump testified.
69.But #Bayrock and its deals quickly became mired in controversy. #Bayrock was financed by a notoriously corrupt group of oligarchs known as The Trio
forbes.com/sites/richardb…
70. In 2010, #Arif was arrested by #Turkish prosecutors and charged with setting up a prostitution ring after he was found aboard a boat—chartered by one of The Trio—with nine young women, two of whom were 16 years old.
dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1…
71.The women reportedly refused to talk, and #Arif was acquitted. According to a lawsuit filed that same year by two former #Bayrock executives, Arif started the firm “backed by oligarchs and money they stole from the #Russian people.
casetext.com/case/kriss-v-b…
72. In addition, #Bayrock “was substantially and covertly mob-owned and operated.” The company’s real purpose, the executives claim, was to develop hugely expensive properties bearing the #Trump brand—and then use the projects for #MoneyLaundering and #TaxEvasion
73.#Trump SoHo had multiple ties to an alleged international #MoneyLaundering network.A former #Kazakh energy minister is being sued in federal court for conspiring to systematically loot hundreds of millions of dollars of public assets and then buying three condos in Trump SoHo.
74.During his collaboration with #Bayrock, #Trump also became close to the man who ran the firm’s daily operations—a twice-convicted felon with family ties to #Mogilevich. In 1974, when he was eight years old, Felix #Sater and his family emigrated from #Moscow to Brighton Beach.
75.Felix #Sater´s father convicted for extorting local restaurants, grocery stores, and a medical clinic—was a #Mogilevich boss.

bloomberg.com/features/2016-…
76.#Sater tried making it as a stockbroker, but his career came to an abrupt end in 1991, after he stabbed a Wall Street foe in the face with a broken margarita glass during a bar fight, opening wounds that required 110 stitches.

latimes.com/politics/la-na…
77.Years later, in a deposition, #Trump downplayed the incident, insisting that #Sater “got into a barroom fight, which a lot of people do. #Sater lost his trading license over the attack, and served a year in prison.

npr.org/2017/03/01/517…
78 .In 1998, #Sater pleaded guilty to racketeering—operating a “pump and dump” stock fraud in partnership with alleged #Russian mobsters that bilked investors of at least $40 million.
79 .To avoid prison time, #Sater turned informer. ,But he also resumed “his old tricks.” By 2003, #Sater controlled the majority of #Bayrock’s shares—and proceeded to use the firm to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, while skimming and extorting millions more.
80.#Sater committed fraud by concealing his racketeering conviction from banks that invested hundreds of millions in #Bayrock, and that he threatened “to kill anyone at the firm he thought knew of the crimes committed there and might report it.
81. By #Sater’s account, in sworn testimony, he was very tight with #Trump. He flew to Colorado with him, went with #DonaldTrumpJr. and #Ivanka on a trip to #Moscow at #Trump’s invitation, and met with #Trump’s inner circle “constantly.

washingtonpost.com/politics/forme…
82.#Trump seems unable to recall any of this. “Felix #Sater, boy, I have to even think about it,” he told #AP in 2015.
abcnews.go.com/Politics/memor…
83. In 2013 testifying in a video deposition, #Trump took the same line. If #Sater “were sitting in the room right now,” he swore under oath, “I really wouldn’t know what he looked like.” #Trump added: “I don’t know him very well, but I don’t think he was connected to the mafia.”
84.Even after Sater’s criminal record was exposed in 2007, he continued to use office space provided by the #TrumpOrg. In 2010, he was even given an official #TrumpOrg business card that read: FELIX H. #SATER, SENIOR ADVISOR TO DONALD #TRUMP.
85.#Sater remains close to #Trump’s inner circle. #Cohen hand-delivered to #Flynn’s office a “back-channel plan” for lifting sanctions on #Russia. The co-author of the plan was Felix #Sater.

nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/…
86.#Trumps international projects in #Russia and #Poland never materialized. A #Trump tower being built in #FortLauderdale ran out of money before it was completed, leaving behind a massive concrete shell. #TrumpSoHo ultimately had to be foreclosed and resold.
87.Russian investors had left Trump with a high-profile property he could leverage. The new owners contracted with Trump to run the tower, #Trump and #Ivanka were still listed as managers of the property in April.
propublica.org/article/trump-…
88. In April 2013, a little more than two years before #Trump rode the escalator to the ground floor of #TrumpTower to kick off his presidential campaign, police burst into Unit 63A of the high-rise and rounded up 29 suspects in two gambling rings.

motherjones.com/politics/2016/…
89.The operation, which prosecutors called “the world’s largest sports book,” was run out of condos in #TrumpTower—including the entire fifty-first floor of the building.
90.Unit 63A—a condo directly below one owned by #Trump—served as the headquarters for a “sophisticated #MoneyLaundering scheme” that moved an estimated $100 million out of the former #SovietUnion, through shell companies in #Cyprus, and into investments in the #UnitedStates.
91.The entire operation was working under the protection of Alimzhan #Tokhtakhounov, a top #Russian vor closely allied with Semion #Mogilevich. In a single two-month stretch, according to the federal indictment, the money launderers paid #Tokhtakhounov $10 million.
92.#Tokhtakhounov indicted for conspiring to fix the ice-skating competition at the 2002 Winter Olympics, was the only suspect to elude arrest.
motherjones.com/politics/2016/…
93. In November 2013, he suddenly appeared live on international television—sitting in the audience at the Miss Universe pageant in #Moscow. #Tokhtakhounov was in the VIP section, just a few seats away from the pageant owner, Donald #Trump.

motherjones.com/politics/2016/…
94.After the pageant, #Trump bragged about all the powerful #Russians who had turned out that night, just to see him. “Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” he told Real Estate Weekly.

rew-online.com/2013/11/12/hot…
95.#Tokhtakhounov insisted that he had bought his own ticket and was not a VIP. He also denied being a mobster,saying he had been indicted in the gambling ring because #FBI agents “misinterpreted his #Russian slang”

nytimes.com/2013/06/02/wor…
96.Without the #Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald #Trump would not be president of the #UnitedStates.
97.Semion #Mogilevich, My ideas are not important to anybody,” #Mogilevich said in a statement provided by his attorney. “Whatever I know, I am a private person.” #Mogilevich has nothing to do with #Trump. He doesn’t believe that anybody associated with him lives in #TrumpTower.
98.Back in 1999, the year before #Trump staged his first run for president, Mogilevich gave an interview to the #BBC
#Mogilevich mostly joked and double-spoke his way around his criminal activities.

99.Q: “Why did you set up companies in the Channel Islands?” A: “The problem was that I didn’t know any other islands. When they taught us geography at school, I was sick that day.
Q “Do you believe there is any Russian organized crime?”
#Mogilevich then turned half-serious.
100. How can you say that there is a #Russian mafia in #America?” #Mogilevich asked
The word mafia, as far as I understand the word, means a criminal group that is connected with the political organs, the police and the administration.
101. I don’t know of a single #Russian in the #USA #Senate, a single #Russian in the #USA #Congress, a single #Russian in the #USA government. Where are the connections with the #Russians? How can there be a #Russian mafia in #America? Where are their connections?”
102. Today we can finally answer #Mogilevich question.
Donald J #Trump
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