This is a deep dive into the lavish life of money launderer Reza Zarrab, known as the “Turkish Gatsby” for his high living, access to top government officials, and his marriage to Ebru Gündeş, a famous Turkish singer and actress.
It’s also the story of his divemaster.
Before Reza Zarrab’s arrest made him a notorious money launderer, he dreamed of being French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.
“He was constantly watching videos about Jacques Cousteau’s research,” the former captain of his superyacht 60 Years said in an interview.
Zarrab, while still in his early 20s, was the co-owner of Bella Investments Company LLC, a Dubai-based “investment company” that secretly handled around $1.25 billion in suspicious wire transactions involving Russian and offshore entities.
Several transactions were tied to the massive tax fraud exposed by the late Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.
Zarrab’s ex-courier Adem Karahan has been speaking to us on-record via Turkish translation for months by secure video. He says he helped haul tons of Zarrab’s gold across borders. Public records show that’s true.
This is his first interview with English-language news outlets.
Karahan provided bank records, travel documents, photographs and other evidence to support his claims.
The police unions "fail to show that the balance of hardships tip decidedly in their favor," Judge Failla says. @CourthouseNews
Given the release of the documents, Judge Failla notes that any ruling "would not put the horse back in the barn," but she says that the police unions' expert provided "no empirical evidence" that release would cause harm.
"His opinion at base is rumination," Judge Failla says.
The judge calls Team Trump's litigation posture "as unprecedented and far-reaching as it is perilous to the rule of law and other bedrock constitutional principles on which this country was founded and by which it continues to be governed."
Judge Marrero wrote that Trump is trying to run out the clock and seek the same "absolute immunity" SCOTUS denied through the "back door."
"The Agalarovs have significant ties to Russian organized crime and have been closely affiliated with individuals involved in murder, prostitution, weapons trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, narcotics trafficking, money laundering" & more.
Senate Intel on Trump pageant sponsor
One of 11 hits for "Russian organized crime" in the 966-page report and 33 hits for simply "organized crime."
Senate Intel Committee:
Emin Agalarov sent Don Jr. an email telling him about a "gift for your dad from Mr. Putin," a Fedoskino-style lacquer box.
This is the photograph of the gift and what appears to be Don Jr's handwritten note: "YOU ARE BEING SENT A GIFT FROM PUTIN!"