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Jun 17 6 tweets 3 min read
The Coin That Could Wreck Crypto - As cryptocurrencies plunge attention focuses on potential vulnerability: market reliance on so-called stablecoin Tether by @yaffebellany

CTO is Paolo Ardoino, elusive CEO JL van der Velde is in Hong Kong (per LinkedIn)
nytimes.com/2022/06/17/tec… Tether founder Brock Pierce once worked w/Steve Bannon, Pierce ran for president2020 w/campaign mgr Brittany Kaiser(exCambridge Analytica)

Pierce & partner later gave Tether control to ex plastic surgeon who stored some assets in bank run by ex cartoonist
Jun 14 9 tweets 5 min read
Interesting update from @RYP__ on Erik Prince, hawking new 'secure' phone on Bannon's War Room

Prince is promoting 'Unplugged' a stand-alone phone (coming soon) & app suite

Prince recently invested in another co Eitanium w/Michael Yudelson, the director of Unplugged Systems Here's chart on Eitanium created w/@ktskts11 who first spotted Eitanium - Erik Prince and Michael Yudelson were directors and co-investors with a few others with links to NSO Group

Yudelson was previously involved with Russian linked arms company
Jun 1 10 tweets 5 min read
Evgeniy Kochman's Imperial Yachts & BLD Management - under scrutiny of US KleptoCapture taskforce - are part of oligarch-industrial complex w/billions flowing from Putin-connected Russians to European companies by @PekingMike @gaia_pianigiani @julianbarnes
nytimes.com/2022/06/01/wor… The excess is astounding

Extravagant superyachts can cost up to $75 million a year to operate.

Since 2010, 17 superyachts 400 feet or longer have been delivered; all are owned by Russians or members of the Gulf monarchies.

May 30 16 tweets 9 min read
Thread on Trump’s media company execs

Trump, Chmn/Dir
Devin Nunes, CEO/Dir
Phillip Juhan, CFO
Andrew Northwall, COO
Vladimir Novachki, CIO
William “B.J.” Lawson, CTO
Scott Glabe, Gen Counsel
Don Jr, Dir
Kashyap “Kash” Patel, Dir
Wesley “Wes” Moss, Dir
sec.gov/Archives/edgar… TMTG CFO Phillip Juhan previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Town Sports International Holdings, Inc, was officer of B.L.K., Inc., a restaurant operating company, and had worked at Prudential Financial and the Bank of Montreal

May 18 4 tweets 2 min read
Craig Bouchard - ex CEO of Braidy Industries KY who did $200 million deal w/Oleg Deripaska's Rusal in 2019 (Rusal invested $75mil, KY invested $15mil) - has a new gig

Bouchard is co-chairman of Space Railway Corp (a space transportation co)

HT DDulaney
recyclingtoday.com/article/boucha… Image Craig Bouchard form exec of stalled Braidy Industries (now Unity Aluminum) project in KY has reemerged as board co-chair of Space Railway Corp which will "provide railway-like efficiencies in delivering passengers and payload through our solar system”
May 12 4 tweets 2 min read
A 2018 donation of $630,225 by Ehud Sheleg, a London art dealer who became Conservative Party treasurer helped Boris Johnson win in 2019

Documents say the money originated in a Russian account of Sheleg’s father-in-law Sergei Kopytov, by @jane__bradley

nytimes.com/2022/05/12/wor… Kopytov, father of Ehud Sheleg’s wife Liliia, served in Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin government of Crimea until Russia annexed the area in 2014. Filings show he owns two hotels in Crimea. The source and extent of his wealth at the time of the donation is unclear

Apr 14 7 tweets 3 min read
Russian Legislator Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Babakov and Staff Members Aleksandr Nikolayevich Vorobev and Mikhail Alekseyevich Plisyuk Charged With Conspiring To Have A U.S. Citizen Act As An Unregistered Agent Of The Russian Government In The United States

justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/r… Indictment - U.S.A. v Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Babakov, Aleksandr Nikolayevich Vorobev and Mikhail Alekseyevich Plisyuk defendants

Mar 28 4 tweets 3 min read
SCOOP: Roman Abramovich company was behind $120 million mortgage to Fisher Island Developer

In 2014-2015 Tri-Star Capital Ventures Ltd provided $120mil mortgage for Palazzo Del Sol/Della Luna in FL

Roman Abramovich is beneficiary of Tri-Star, new from me
wsiegelman.medium.com/roman-abramovi… Per recent @nytimes reporting NY company Concord Management run by Michael Matlin invested $ for Abramovich

Matlin is a director of S IMMO AG in Austria

I found Abramovich was 11% owner of S IMMO AG from 2013-2017 thru Tri-Star Capital Ventures Limited
Mar 14 8 tweets 5 min read
Russian Oligarch Andrey Muraviev Charged With Making Illegal Political Contributions - Conspiring to Fund $1,000,000 in Illegal Donations

Muraviev, a Russian foreign national conspired with Lev Parnas, Andrey Kukushkin and Igor Fruman HT

justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/r… Andrey Muraviev Superseding Indictment

US vs Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, David Correia, Andrey Kukushkin and Andrey Muraviev

Prior to today, Muraviev's identity was not revealed in the indictments

Muraviev is believed to be in Russia and remains at large

Mar 14 8 tweets 4 min read
Trump has refinanced $100mil for Trump Tower NYC w/Axos Bank, formerly Bank of Internet USA/BofI

Dodgy backstory on Axos, CEO Greg Garrabrants, investor Don Hankey, payday loan partner World Business Lenders, lawsuits & loans to Kushner by @7im @AndyKroll
rollingstone.com/politics/polit… Trump refinanced Trump Tower in NYC in February with a $100 million loan from Axos Bank of San Diego, which launched in 2000 as Bank of Internet USA

Story on refinancing deal from @Z_Everson

Mar 12 4 tweets 2 min read
Some US Hedge funds told to freeze assets after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by UK

Abramovich accessed funds through NY based Concord Management, per sources he was seeking to sell the funds since late February

Abramovich is not sanctioned in the US

wsj.com/articles/abram… Per @MattGoldstein26 advisories about freezing Abramovich investments seem to be mainly for offshore funds as opposed to domestic ones

Mar 9 12 tweets 7 min read
Trump refinanced Trump Tower in NYC in February with a $100 million loan from Axos Bank of San Diego, which launched in 2000 as Bank of Internet USA. CEO Gregory Garrabrants, has contributed $50K to Republicans & $9,600 to Trump, since 2012, by @Z_Everson
forbes.com/sites/zachever… Here's February 2022 agreement for $100 million loan from Axos Bank for Trump Tower at 725 Fifth Ave NY, made to Trump Tower Commercial LLC signed by Eric Trump per @Z_Everson

Prior $100mil loan from Ladder Capital was scheduled to come due in September

Mar 9 6 tweets 5 min read
How Western Firms Quietly Enabled Russian Oligarchs

Concord Management LLC in Tarrytown NY invested in US hedge funds & private equity firms, per sources most $ is from Roman Abramovich

@MattGoldstein26 @kenvogel @JesseDrucker @maureenmfarrell @mmcintire
nytimes.com/2022/03/09/bus… Wall St bankers & hedge fund mgrs who interacted with Concord and founder Michael Matlin said it oversees from $4-$8 billion

It isn’t clear how much of that belongs to Abramovich whose fortune is estimated at $13billion

Abramovich hasn’t been sanctioned

Mar 5 8 tweets 4 min read
Mikhail Fridman owns £65Mil London mansion Athlone House

He was main owner of Athlone House Ltd (domestic personnel co) until March 2, now new owner is Nigina Zairova 'Executive Assistant'

Note there's similarly named N. Zairova 'Assistant' at LetterOne
…te.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/124467… ImageImage Athlone House Ltd business: Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel

Financials list 4 employees and few assets - but change of ownership from Fridman to Zairova raises question of whether property ownership also changed

…te.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/124467… ImageImage
Mar 2 7 tweets 3 min read
Ex-Goldman Banker Tim Leissner testified that Malaysian financier Jho Low said he met Jared Kushner and discussed shutting down US investigation of 1MDB scandal, w/global settlement & no criminal charges

(Leissner said he doesn’t know if Low was truthful)
bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy pleaded guilty in 2020 to illegally lobbying the admin on Low’s behalf. Broidy said Low paid him $6million and promised a $75mil success fee if the Justice Department dropped its investigation. Trump pardoned Broidy.

Feb 28 15 tweets 4 min read
Dmytro Firtash who has ties to Kremlin, Gazprom & reputed Russian mafia ties and hired Trump aligned lawyers Toensing & diGenova & paid Lev Parnas during hunt for dirt on Biden - asks to be allowed to enter Ukraine to protect country from Russian invasion
en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/8… To add to irony of Firtash's request to protect Ukraine:

In 2021 Ukraine imposed sanctions on Firtash for selling titanium products that allegedly were used by Russian military enterprises

Firtash was indicted in US for alleged bribery in titanium deal

Feb 24 14 tweets 5 min read
Sanctions target Russia's 2 largest financials institutions Sberbank & VTB and some execs & subsidiaries

Sanctions on 3 banks Otkritie, Sovcombank, Novikombank

Sanctions on families close to Putin & sons:
Sergei B. Ivanov
Nikolai Patrushev
Igor Sechin
home.treasury.gov/news/press-rel… U.S. Treasury Targets Belarusian Support for Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Feb 11 8 tweets 4 min read
Update on Questionardo Limited - Ahmad Al Khatib (ex dir of Cambridge Analytica successor Emerdata) with director Chun Shun Johnson Ko (ex Emerdata director and Erik Prince partner)

Main shareholders are Duncan Chu(Chau), Ko, Al Khatib, Oakwood Media

…te.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/128239… Questionardo Limited shareholders of 34,938 shares:

Duncan Chu - 12,000
Johnson Ko - 8,052
Ahmad Al Khatib - 7,368
Oakwood Media - 6,000
P Mihajlo - 1,265
A Umar - 253

Feb 10 8 tweets 5 min read
News on Trump social media deal Digital World Acquisition - ARC Group exec Abraham Cinta offered $2mil to form DWAC thru Singapore fund & $ from Israeli blockchain entrepreneurs Stas Oskin & Sebastian Stupurac, by @DEER_ECHO_ @MJBerens1 HT @braisincapital

reuters.com/business/how-c… Chart on Trump's Digital World Acquisition Corp deal with Patrick Orlando and ARC Group
Feb 10 7 tweets 5 min read
Auspex International, run by ex Emerdata (Cambridge Analytica successor) director Ahmad Al-Khatib & ex CA exec Mark Turnbull - won €200,000 consulting contract in Romania for Alliance of Liberals and Democrats/ALDE in 2019 by @MattBernardini7 @BylineTimes
bylinetimes.com/2022/02/08/a-f… Story notes Craig Tiedman was identified as chief operating officer of Auspex International - Tiedman was formerly a US Dept of Defense advisor to Afghanistan govt and director of policy and research at Henry Jackson Society a right-leaning UK think tank

Feb 8 12 tweets 5 min read
Ilya Lichtenstein 34 and Heather Morgan 31 (both married and from New York) arrested for alleged conspiracy to launder $4.5billion in stolen cryptocurrency - government seized $3.6billion directly linked to 2016 hack of Bitfinex a virtual currency exchange
justice.gov/opa/pr/two-arr… Ilya Lichtenstein
DemandPath, investor
SalesFolk & Endpass, advisor
MixRank, co-founder

Heather Morgan
DemandPath, partner
SalesFolk, CEO
Forbes, Inc, columnist
Rapper, Fashion Designer, Surrealist Artist Razzlekhan (Razzle World) ImageImage