DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Firtash Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters – NBC News

In a new filing federal prosecutors call Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash an “upper-echelon” associate of Russian organized crime.

Source: DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Firtash Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters – NBC News 

“One of the other partners working with Manafort on the deal was the former exclusive broker for Fred Trump’s properties, Brad Zackson. Fred Trump is the now-deceased father of Donald Trump.

Eventually, documents show, Firtash’s investment company transferred $25 million into escrow to further the project.

Also in 2008, according to a State Department cable posted by WikiLeaks, Firtash told U.S. Ambassador William Taylor that he got his start in business with the permission of one of Russia’s most well-known organized crime bosses, Semion Mogilevich. But Firtash claimed to Taylor that he was forced to deal with such people.” 

On Firtash’s extradition:

But his all-star legal team, which includes former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, Clinton White House counsel Lanny Davis and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff aren’t waiting for Firtash to land on American soil.

Webb on Tuesday filed a motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to toss the case, arguing that the alleged international titanium racket that Firtash is accused of masterminding has nothing to do with Chicago or the U.S.

Oligarchic Hierarchy:

Semion Mogilevich – Firtash – Yanukovich – Putin 

 

-?- Manafort -?- Trump

________________________________

DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Firtash Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters

1 Share

The Department of Justice has identified a former business associate of ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as an “upper-echelon [associate] of Russian organized crime.”

The declaration came in a 115-page filing as part of the government’s case against Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch who was once involved in a failed multimillion-dollar deal to buy New York’s Drake Hotel with Manafort, and an important player in the Ukrainian political party for which Manafort worked.

Firtash is being prosecuted for what federal prosecutors in Chicago say was his role in bribing Indian officials in order to get a lucrative mining deal to sell titanium to Boeing.

Dmytro FirtashRelated: Donald Trump Aide Paul Manafort Scrutinized for Russian Business Ties

The government says that prosecuting Firtash and his co-defendant in the alleged scheme, Andras Knopp, “will disrupt this organized crime group and prevent it from further criminal acts within the United States.”

In 2008, according to court records, Manafort’s firm was involved with Firtash in a plan to redevelop the Drake Hotel for $850 million. Firtash’s company planned to invest more than $100 million, the records say.

One of the other partners working with Manafort on the deal was the former exclusive broker for Fred Trump’s properties, Brad Zackson. Fred Trump is the now-deceased father of Donald Trump.

Eventually, documents show, Firtash’s investment company transferred $25 million into escrow to further the project.

Also in 2008, according to a State Department cable posted by WikiLeaks, Firtash told U.S. Ambassador William Taylor that he got his start in business with the permission of one of Russia’s most well-known organized crime bosses, Semion Mogilevich. But Firtash claimed to Taylor that he was forced to deal with such people.

Related: What Did Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort Really Do in Ukraine?

Firtash was a major backer of Ukraine’s Party of Regions, the pro-Russian party for which Manafort worked for many years, according to the federal criminal complaint and another leaked State cable. Manafort’s firm made more than $17 million in gross revenue from the party in just two years, according to his recent Foreign Agent Registration Act filing. Another leaked cable said that Manafort’s job in 2006 was to give the Party of Regions an “extreme makeover” and “change its image from … a haven for mobsters into that of a legitimate political party.”

Paul Manafort Subpoenaed To Speak Before Judiciary Committee 3:58

autoplay autoplay

In interviews and statements to NBC News, Manafort has said he “never had a business relationship” with Firtash. “There was one occasion where an opportunity was explored. … Nothing transpired and no business relationship was ever implemented.”

The government’s 115-page filing came in response to a motion to dismiss by Firtash’s lawyers, who say the government has failed to establish that any crime occurred in the U.S.

In a statement to NBC News, Firtash attorney Dan Webb said the government filing makes two accusations that are not part of the federal indictment — that Firtash is connected to Russian organized crime, and that he made bribe payments intended for individuals in the U.S. Webb said there is “no evidence” that Firtash is linked to organized crime, and the accusation that he made bribe payments “is also false, and that is why the government did not include it as well in its own indictment.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois did not respond to a request for comment.

Read the whole story
· · · ·

DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Firtash Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters – NBCNews.com

1 Share

NBCNews.com
DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Firtash Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters
NBCNews.com
Also in 2008, according to a State Department cable posted by WikiLeaks, Firtash told U.S.Ambassador William Taylor that he got his start in business with the permission of one ofRussia’s most well-known organized crime bosses, Semion Mogilevich.

The Early Edition: July 26, 2017 

1 Share

Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

The House Intelligence Committee dropped its subpoena of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to appear before it to testify about a meeting he attended last year with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, a source familiar with the situation told Josh Dawsey, Madeline Conway and Kyle Cheney at POLITICO.

Manafort was briefly subpoenaed yesterday to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Manafort discussed a June 2016 meeting between Trump’s inner circle and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators yesterday, according to his spokesperson, in a meeting in which he “answered their questions fully” and passed investigators notes he had taken during the 2016 meeting, Eileen Sullivan and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.

“We’ll see what happens.” President Trump continued to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigations yesterday, giving an ominous response when asked if he would fire Sessions and repeating an earlier assertion that he would have “picked somebody else” for the job if he’d known that “he was going to recuse himself.” Devlin Barrett, Philip Rucker and Sari Horwitz report at the Washington Post.

“I am very disappointed in Jeff Sessions,” Trump reiterated in an interview with the Wall Street Journalyesterday, without confirming whether he would fire the attorney general. Michael C. Bender reports.

“We’ll come to a resolution soon” on whether to fire Sessions, new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said yesterday, adding that “if there’s this level of tension” between President Trump and Sessions “that’s public,” it’s “probably right” to assume that Trump wants Sessions gone, the BBC reports.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee for around three hours yesterday, Morgan Chalfant reports a the Hill.

Kushner’s answers were “forthcoming and complete” and he “satisfied all my questions,” the leader of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) said yesterday after Kushner’s interview, Kyle Cheney reporting at POLITICO.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to make his first public statements about the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General’s little-noticed investigation looking into several key issues in the Russia saga stretching back to before President Trump’s inauguration when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Josh Gerstein reports at POLITICO.

President Trump is harming himself, alienating allies and crossing “dangerous” legal and political lines by continuing to demean Attorney General Jeff Sessions, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

President Trump has placed the White House in a “virtual state of war” with the Justice Department amid a high-stakes investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion over his denigration of Sessions, write Peter Baker, Jeremy W. Peters and Rebecca R. Ruiz at the New York Times.

The argument for retaining Sessions rests on the perception that firing him would give President Trump a free hand to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but this is wrong and short-sighted: Trump probably has other avenues to get rid of Mueller, he could pardon those under investigation and undercut Mueller’s investigation in that way, and viewing Sessions himself solely through the lens of the Russia investigation “is an insult to the countless Americans who will suffer under Sessions’ extremist reign as attorney general.” Trevor Timm writes at the Guardian.

RUSSIA

A wide-ranging package of sanctions against Russia was approved by the House yesterday in a 419-3 vote that brings President Trump a step closer to a choice he has tried to avoid: whether to sign legislation that undermines his efforts to cool tensions with Moscow, or veto it amid the ongoing investigations into his alleged collusion with Russia during his presidential campaign, writes Matt Felegenheimer at the New York Times.

Trump is waiting for the final legislative package to arrive on his desk which he will “study” to “make sure we get the best deal for the American people possible,” White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on his behalf yesterday, Mike DeBonis and Karoun Demirjian reports at the Washington Post.

Taking away President Trump’s ability to remove sanctions against Russia could backfire, some European leaders are warning, Michael Birnbaum reporting at the Washington Post.

The new sanctions package harmed the chances of improved U.S.-Russia ties, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today, the AP reports.

A “painful” response to the U.S. sanctions package was called for by the head of the foreign relations committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament Konstantin Kosachyov today, Reuters reports.

It is unclear when the Senate will now vote on the measure, with Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker suggesting Monday that he may want to make some small changes to the bill, report Deidre Walsh and Jeremy Herb at CNN.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

A nuclear strike on “the heart of the U.S.” if it tries to remove leader Kim Jong-un was threatened by North Korea yesterday via its state-run Korean Central News Agency, CNN’s Zachary Cohen and Barbara Starr report.

North Korea will be able to produce a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. in one year,American intelligence agencies have said, shortening their previous estimate of roughly four years, David E. Sanger reports at the New York Times.

The chairman of the Armed Services Committee Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) is “increasingly alarmed” by North Korea’s weapons programs, he said yesterday following a classified briefing on the pace of Kim Jong-un’s regime’s missile development, Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

New sanctions against Chinese entities for violating U.N. sanctions against North Korea will soon be issued by the U.S., the acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Asian Bureau Susan Thornton said yesterday, Ian Talley reporting at the Wall Street Journal.

Progress on a new U.N. resolution imposing additional sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is being made, the U.S. and China said yesterday, Edith M. Lederer reporting at the AP.

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Hui Choi met with his Philippine counterpart in Manila today ahead of an A.S.E.A.N. security meeting there on Aug. 7, where he is expected to face pressure to halt Pyongyang’s missile tests, Reuters reports.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

Palestinian worshipers protested outside al-Aqsa mosque yesterday even after Israel removed metal detectors and tensions remain in East Jerusalem as the Islamic Waqf – the administrators of the site – stated that the boycott would continue until Israel restored the status quo before July 14 when the crisis began, which was triggered by the killing of two Israeli policeman by Arab Israelis who had emerged from the mosque. Isabel Kershner reports at the New York Times.

“We will not enter the mosque until these things are implemented,” the head of the Supreme Islamic Committee Ikrema Sabri said yesterday, stating that mass prayer protests would continue outside al-Aqsa mosque until all security measures introduced by Israeli authorities were removed, making the comments following Israel’s decision to remove metal detectors around the site and install surveillance measures instead. Aron Heller and Mohammed Daraghmeh report at the AP.

The violence and rising tensions in Jerusalem “risk turning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a religious one and dragging both sides into the vortex of violence with the rest of the region,” the U.N. envoy on Middle East peace Nickolay Mladenov told the U.N. Security Council yesterday, urging all sides to return to “an environment that is conducive to negotiations.” The UN News Centre reports.

Israel has engaged in “aggressive behavior and provocative violation” of the historic agreements at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Palestinian envoy to the U.N. Riyad Mansour said yesterday, calling on U.N. Security Council members to help protect Palestinian access to the contested holy site. Al Jazeera reports.

A Palestinian man entered a Jewish settlement and stabbed three Israelis to death Friday, posting on social media hours before that he would die a martyr and that his knife would answer “the call of al-Aqsa,” the ensuing attack taking place amid heightened tensions and violence in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and in Jordan’s capital of Amman. William Booth explains the situation at Washington Post.

Hamas should not have been removed from the E.U. terror list, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday, stating that a lower court’s decision to de-list the militant Islamic group was wrong, Mike Corder reports at the AP.

What problems are posed by installing surveillance cameras at al-Aqsa? Zena Tahhan provides an analysis at Al Jazeera.

SYRIA

U.S.-led coalition airstrikes killed at least 18 civilians in the Syrian city of Raqqa and wounded 50 yesterday, according to activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Al Jazeera reporting.

“I am not somebody that will stand by and let him [Assad] get away with what he tried to do,” President Trump said yesterday at a White House press conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, also commenting on Lebanese Shi’ite militia group Hezbollah and labelling them “a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region,” Al Jazeera reports.

The U.S. has an important role to play in stabilizing Raqqa after the Islamic State has been militarily defeated, a senior Kurdish official, Ilham Ahmed, said yesterday, calling on the U.S. to provide financial and political support to build democratic structures in Syria. Sarah El Deeb reports at the AP.

Lebanon has been trying to attract Chinese investment to help its efforts to act as a hub for post-war Syria, but barriers remain to Chinese investment, including the continuing war, the lack of a political settlement in Syria, and the complex internal politics of Lebanon. Erika Solomon and Nazih Osseiran report at the Financial Times.

Trump and Russia are “colluding” on Syria, the U.S. military relying on Moscow to avoid being dragged into Syria’s civil war and Trump’s muddled strategy meaning that Russia’s vision for Syria’s future would likely to come to fruition, emboldening the Syrian president, Hezbollah and Iran. Ishaan Tharoor writes at the Washington Post.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 25 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on July 24. Separately, partner forces conducted two strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE 

Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Egypt and Bahrain added nine individuals and nine organizations allegedly linked to Qatar to their terror lists, making the move amid the Gulf crisis where four Arab nations diplomatically isolated Qatar for its alleged support and financing of terrorism, Margherita Stancati reports at the Wall Street Journal.

“It comes as a disappointing surprise that the blockading countries are still pursuing this story as part of their smear campaign against Qatar,” Qatar’s communications director Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al Thani said today in response to the four Arab nations’ decision, Al Jazeera reports in rolling coverage.

“We cannot compromise with any form of terrorism, we cannot compromise or enter into any form of negotiations,” Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told a news conference yesterday, following discussions with the E.U. Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini. Al Jazeera reports.

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban fighters killed 30 Afghan soldiers in an attack on an army base in Kandahar province today, the attack coming after days of intensified fighting across the country and a series of attacks on civilians in the capital of Kabul, Reuters reports.

The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani discusses the difficulties of governing in Afghanistan in an interview with Jessica Donati and Habib Khan Totakhil at the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

Afghanistan’s vast mineral deposits could provide a pretext for continued U.S. presence in the country, with the Trump administration considering sending an envoy to meet with mining officials and President Ghani realizing that President Trump would be intrigued by the possibilities for profitable extraction by Western companies, Mark Landler and James Risen write at the New York Times.

What would happen if the U.S. completely disengaged from Afghanistan? Max Bearak asks a variety of experts and interested parties this question at the Washington Post bearing in mind that the U.S.’ longest war shows no sign of ending any time soon.

IRAN

The U.S. Navy fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf yesterday, a U.S. defense official calling the actions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) patrol boat “unsafe and unprofessional,” Dion Nissenbaum reports at the Wall Street Journal.

The I.R.G.C. accused the U.S. vessel of being “extremely unprofessional” in its actions, stating that the I.R.G.C. boat was “on routine patrol in the Persian Gulf,”  Courtney Kube, Eoghan MacGuire and Ali Arouzi report at NBC News.

New sanctions against Iran being discussed by the U.S. Congress “will be met with a definitive response,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said today, commenting following the House of Representatives’ overwhelming vote in favor of new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea yesterday. Reuters reports.

LIBYA

Two rival Libyan leaders agreed to a ceasefire yesterday in a meeting in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, also agreeing to a 10-point plan that included commitments to working toward parliamentary and presidential elections and using the armed forces “strictly” for counterterrorism purposes, the joint declaration forming the basis for further work by the U.N. Libya Envoy. Elaine Ganley and Nadine Achoui-Lesage report at the AP.

“We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counterterrorism,” the Prime Minister of  the U.N.-backed unity government Fayez Serraj and Gen. Khalifa Hifter of Libya’s self-styled national army said in a joint declaration yesterday, Al Jazeera reporting.

The meeting was “very positive” with both sides sharing a vision to “prioritize a political agreement,” Prime Minister Serraj told FRANCE 24 in an interview following the meeting.

French President Emmanuel Macron praised the rival Libyan leaders for their “courage,” hailing the agreement as “historic,” the AP reports.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

The Venezuelan government’s accusation that the U.S. is working with Mexico and Colombia to oust its president Nicolás Maduro was repeated by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada yesterday, reports Spanish news agency EFE.

The C.I.A. is entering a “danger zone” where the White House wants it to take aggressive action overseas without developing a clear strategy or the political support required to sustain it, David Ignatius at the Washington Post providing a road map of the dangers that lie ahead.

President Trump’s China-first approach to the North Korean issue has not borne fruit, writes Jamie Fly at Foreign Policy, arguing that the president must pursue a long-term strategic China policy that looks beyond North Korea.

GUANTANAMO BAY

Ex-Guantánamo Bay detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab tried to travel to Russia in one of four attempts to leave Uruguay where he was resettled following his release, a Uruguayan official confirmed yesterday, Leonardo Haberkorn reports at the AP.

The trial of Ali Charaf Damache on charges of being a recruiter of al-Qaeda in a federal court in Philadelphia will hopefully demonstrate to President Trump that the federal court system is far better equipped to handle such prosecutions than military commissions at Guantánamo Bay will ever be, writes the New York Times editorial board.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

The N.S.A. an the F.B.I. improperly searched and disseminated raw intelligence on Americans and failed to properly delete unauthorized intercepts in violation of civil liberty protections during the Obama era, according to newly declassified memos seen by the Hill’s John Solomon.

Rumors that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson planned to leave the agency were denied by spokesperson Heather Nauert yesterday, though she added that Tillerson serves “at the pleasure of the president,” Max Greenwood reports at the Hill.

A criminal investigation into the $28 million purchase of forest camouflage for the Afghan army has been launched, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (S.I.G.A.R.) John Sopko said yesterday, explaining that he opened the investigation after it was discovered that the Pentagon have spent over $93 million in taxpayer dollars on Afghan National Army uniforms in a forest camouflage pattern despite there being very few forests in Afghanistan. Ellen Mitchell reports at the Hill.

“Elements” of the Congolese army were accused of digging most of the mass graves identified by the U.N. in the Kasai region of central Democratic Republic of Congo in a report by the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo, the first time the U.N. has directly suggested that government forces dug the graves discovered after the Kamuina Nsapu group launched an insurrection last August, Al Jazeerareports.

There is support for a plan for the U.K. to take up formal observer status at the E.U.’s bi-weekly foreign policy meetings after Britain exits the bloc, Patrick Wintour reports at the Guardian.

Read on Just Security »

Read the whole story
· · · · · · · · · · · · ·

Abedin-Weiner emails affair – Google Search

1 Share
Image result for Abedin-Weiner emails affair

Oligarchs As The Weapons – Google Search

1 Share
Image result for Oligarchs As The Weapons

DOJ inspector general testimony may shed light on 2016 election inquiry

1 Share

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has offered few public indications of the status of his probe, which some lawmakers said he initially told them was expected to be complete by early next year | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Amid criminal and congressional Russia inquiries, Justice’s internal watchdog is quietly running its own review of issues linked to last year’s election.

By Josh Gerstein

Updated

2017-07-25T07:45-0400

With special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s criminal inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election now well underway and at least four congressional probes ongoing, it may seem like every aspect of the controversy is already being closely scrutinized.

But there’s also a less-noticed investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General, which has been exploring several issues key to the Russia saga since before President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Story Continued Below

Inspector General Michael Horowitz has offered few public indications of the status of his probe, which some lawmakers said he initially told them was expected to be complete by early next year. On Wednesday, he’s likely to make his first public statements at a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about the status of his inquiry – and whether he’ll acquiesce to any of the many requests from Republicans and Democrats to expand his review to include the firing of former FBI director James Comey or other developments.

“I think he’ll find a way to engage with the committee on that, while still being a little bit cagey,” said Michael Bromwich, who served as Justice’s inspector general from 1994 to 1999.

About a week before Trump’s inauguration in January, Horowitz announced a multi-faceted probe, focused primarily on whether Comey acted properly in his handling of the FBI’s investigation into classified information found in Hillary Clinton’s private email account.

The inquiry has examined Comey’s decision to make a public statement about the closure of the investigation in July 2016 and to send politically explosive notices to Congress about developments in the case just before Election Day.

Horowitz also announced a determination to try to get to the bottom of election-season leaks from the FBI and the Justice Department, as well as claims that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s judgement in the email probe and other matters may have been tainted by financial support his wife received in a state Senate race from Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.), a longtime Clinton backer.

Trump has raised that issue repeatedly in recent months, including in tweet on Tuesday morning.

“Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!” the president wrote.

In recent months, Horowitz—an Obama appointee who previously worked in top roles at the Justice Department under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—has been on the receiving end of a slew of letters from lawmakers and interest groups, asking him to expand the scope of the inspector general inquiry.

In February, the then-chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), asked Horowitz to look into leaks of classified intelligence intercepts about National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

In March, several Senate Democrats led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the inspector general to explore Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia inquiry.

Later that month, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Horowitz to look at whether White House officials pressured the Justice Department to drop the FBI’s investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

In May, Chaffetz asked the inspector general to investigate Trump’s firing of Comey.

And last month, more than 30 House Democrats asked Horowitz to consider whether Sessions violated the terms of his recusal by taking part in Comey’s dismissal.

“One of the first things an IG has to do when lawmakers want you to jump is to figure out how high to jump,” said Bromwich, who runs the Bromwich Group consulting firm and is senior counsel at law firm Robbins Russell. “You’ve got to make careful discriminating judgements about what you do. I think Horowitz and his staff will make individual judgements about what is fairly included or can be fairly included without taking him down a rabbit trail.”

A spokesman for Horowitz declined to comment this week and has repeatedly rebuffed questions about the status of his inquiry. In a recent letter obtained by POLITICO, the inspector general alludes to the possibility that Mueller’s May 17 appointment as special counsel could impact and perhaps even limit what the Justice Department’s permanent internal watchdog office can do.

Horowitz’s letter, sent to Democratic senators more than four months after their request on Sessions’ recusal, notes that Justice has “appointed a Special Counsel to investigate allegations regarding the Russian government interference in the 2016 Presidential election and related matters.”

“We are continuing to assess what, if any, additional review would be appropriate for the OIG to undertake and will update you as appropriate,” Horowitz wrote on July 14, days before he was first scheduled to testify to Senate Judiciary.

The inspector general’s response raises the question of whether Mueller and Horowitz are coordinating and whether the inspector general may be asked to step back in certain areas while given the green light in others.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment for this story. Horowitz’s comments at the hearing may also give hints into what Mueller is up to.

For instance, it seems certain that Comey’s firing is now under examination by Mueller, but it’s less clear whether the special prosecutor will seek to explore in detail Comey’s explanations for his actions in the Clinton email probe.

“Some of the details of the probe now seem to overlap at least somewhat with what Mueller is doing,” Bromwich said. “I’m sure they’ve talked and Mueller’s criminal investigation would take preeminence and I’m sure Michael will defer to some extent to him.”

At a hearing just days before he was fired, Comey said he welcomed the inspector general investigation into his decisions.

“Yes, I’ve been interviewed. The Inspector General’s inspecting me look and looking at my conduct in the course of the e-mail investigation, which—I know this sounds like a crazy thing to say—I encourage,” Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3.

Comey also pointed to one key feature of an inspector general inquiry: unlike a criminal investigation, it traditionally culminates in a public report.

“I want that inspection because…I want my story told because some of its classified but, also, if I did something wrong, I want to hear that. I don’t think I did, but, yes, I’ve been interviewed and I’m sure I’ll be interviewed again,” the then-FBI chief said.

At a committee meeting in May, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Horowitz had assured his staff that the investigation would move forward, despite the fact that Comey’s dismissal obviated the possibility of any punishment for violating department policies or regulations.

“Through my staff, I had conversations because we had heard that because of Comey going that he might not continue that investigation,” the Iowa senator told colleagues. “He’s informed me that he was going to continue the investigation and, if there was any attempt to stop him from continuing that investigation, he’s going to let the whole world know.”

Read the whole story
· · · · · ·

Russian Mafia Arrests – 6.9.17

9:59 AM 6/9/2017

Russian Mafia Arrests – 6.9.17

US Police Arrests 33 including 15 Georgians for Various Crimes – Georgia Today on the Web
Russian mafia in US: Razhden Shulaya to face 65-year-imprisonment, 2 killers of gang to be sentenced for life
Дело о смерти бывшего министра печати Михаила Лесина может получить продолжение
Russian ‘thief-in-law’ arrested in Las Vegas, faces multiple charges – Las Vegas Review-Journal
Russian ‘thief-in-law’ arrested in Las Vegas, faces multiple charges – Las Vegas Review-Journal
U.S. Charges 31 Members Of ‘Russian’ Gang With ‘Dizzying Array’ Of Crimes
Members of a Russian crime syndicate arrested for stealing chocolate – Business Insider

Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation – 6.9-7.17

Feds arrest dozens of Russian mobsters whose crimes involve Atlantic City casinos – Palmer Report
Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation – Google Search
russian organized crime syndicates – Google Search
News – russian organized crime syndicates – Google Search
Deadly Russian Gangsters Smuggled Insane Amount of Chocolate, Feds Say – VICE
Russian mafia – Google Search
News – Russian mafia – Google Search
Mar 28, 2017 – FBI arrests ten people in New York City with alleged ties to Donald Trump and Russian mafia – Palmer Report
News – Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation – Google Search
русская мафия – Google Search
Widow of Russian whistleblower…
News – русская мафия – Google Search
Сами себе русские – Аргументы Недели
Image – Russian mafia – Google Search
Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, U.S. Says – The New York Times

Crime and Russia

Crime Russia – criminal news

6.9.17

(36) European Separatist Movements – YouTube

6.8.17

Burr gives GOP a badly-needed…
Christopher Wray’s law firm has ties to Russian energy companies
James Comey claims his moment at hearing
Trump in hot seat as Comey to testify at Russia hearing | Reuters
Washington Journal 06082017 | Video | C-SPAN.org
Comey account could fuel obstruction accusations against Trump: legal experts | Reuters
Text: Ex-FBI Director Comey’s prepared testimony to Senate panel | Reuters
Q&A: What we know about U.S. probes of Russian meddling in 2016 election | Reuters
Televised Comey testimony billed as ‘Super Bowl of Washington’ | Reuters
Thomas Becket – Google Search
Thomas Becket – Wikipedia
News – Comeys testimony puts the presidents character on trial – Google Search
Comeys testimony puts the presidents character on trial – Google Search
Comey’s Testimony Puts the President’s Character on Trial | RealClearPolitics
Comey accuses Trump of ‘lies, plain and simple’
Former FBI Director Comey Say President | Video | C-SPAN.org
Comey: Hero, Villain and Shakespearean Character Who Lived Up to Hype – The New York Times
Comey Accuses White House of ‘Lies’ and Says Trump Tried to Derail Inquiry – The New York Times
Mr. Comey and All the President’s Lies – The New York Times
Comey’s Case for Obstruction of Justice – The New York Times
slam dunk case – Google Search
Comey Bluntly Raises Possibility of Trump Obstruction and Condemns His ‘Lies’ – The New York Times

Russian ‘thief-in-law’ arrested in Las Vegas, faces multiple charges – Las Vegas Review-Journal

1 Share

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced racketeering charges against more than two dozen reputed Russian mobsters and associates, including Razhden Shulaya, the alleged leader of a Soviet mafia syndicate who is accused of running gambling, stolen goods and protection rackets in several states across the country.

Shulaya was arrested in Las Vegas Wednesday morning, and appeared in federal court for a brief hearing later in the day. U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley ordered his transfer to New York, where the case is being prosecuted.

“I understand what they accused me of, but I just don’t understand why,” the 40-year-old Shulaya, a Russian national, said through a translator after the judge asked him if he understood the charges contained in the seven-count indictment against him and other members of the New York City-based “Shulaya Enterprise.”

ads-in_article_1

Authorities describe Shulaya as a “vor v zakone,” a Russian term for “thief-in-law” that refers to an elite order of Soviet criminals. The indictment provides an image of a powerful crime boss who collected “tribute payments” from loyal subordinates and violently retaliated against lower-ranking criminals who failed to pay up.

The Shulaya Enterprise’s alleged crimes were detailed in three indictments unsealed in New York City. Among the more shocking allegations is a charge that the group used a female member to seduce men, incapacitate them with gas and rob them. The indictments also included accusations of traditional mob crimes such as illegal gambling, cigarette trafficking, bribery, extortion and credit card fraud — along with more unusual charges, such as the theft of a cargo shipment of 10,000 pounds of chocolate. A related criminal complaint, in which Shulaya was not charged, focused on a murder-for-hire conspiracy.

‘Extremely violent history’

The reputed “vor,” who was taken into federal custody after his arrest, displayed little emotion during his afternoon court hearing Wednesday. He sat at the defense table, shrugging occasionally and sliding his feet in and out of sandals while the judge addressed him. Authorities say he used his substantial criminal underworld influence to run illegal operations in several states, including Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Burns described Shulaya as a “high-level member of Russia’s organized crime mafia” with an “extremely violent history.” Russian authorities, Burns said, had a notice out for his arrest on kidnap-for-ransom charges. Shulaya, however, is expected to remain in this country for the immediate future as the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia.

In a statement released Wednesday, acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, who is overseeing prosecution, accused the Shulaya Enterprise of engaging in a “panoply of crimes around the country.” Kim said the case represented “one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a Russian ‘vor.’”

‘Dizzying array’ of criminal schemes

ads_insert_2

The prosecutor accused Shulaya and his associates of a “dizzying array” of criminal schemes, which included an illegal poker business the group ran in Brooklyn. Shulaya and one of the other defendants also are accused of investing in an after-hours club in New York, and then bribing local law enforcement officers so they could use the business to sell drugs to customers.

The indictment provides few details about the extent of criminal activity in Las Vegas, but it suggests that it involved the use of counterfeit credit cards and identity theft.

Those indicted Wednesday also were accused of trying to defraud casinos in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to the indictment, federal investigators intercepted a telephone call between Shulaya and one of his co-defendants this year in which the two men discussed the operability of devices that could predict the behavior of electronic slot machines at casinos.

Authorities say Shulaya and others charged in the case sent portions of their mob profits back to mafia members and associates in Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.

The reputed gangsters’ efforts to avoid prosecution also were detailed in the indictment, which says members of the criminal enterprise spoke in coded language and used encrypted communication to thwart law enforcement. Meanwhile, federal investigators wiretapped phone conversations and gathered information from confidential informants, who negotiated the sale of stolen jewelry and other goods from members of the conspiracy.

“The Thief-in-Law allegedly established an extensive cross-country criminal enterprise from Brighton Beach to Las Vegas that engaged in bribes, gambling, and murder for hire,” New York Police Department Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in a statement released Wednesday.

Thirty-three defendants were charged in the indictments, 27 of whom are said to be associated with the racketeering enterprise led by Shulaya. Twenty-three of the defendants are in federal custody.

ads-insert_3

Contact Jenny Wilson at <a href=”mailto:jenwilson@reviewjournal.com”>jenwilson@reviewjournal.com</a> or 702-384-8710. Follow @jennydwilson on Twitter.

Read the whole story
· · · ·

Razhden Shulaya to face 65-year-imprisonment, 2 killers of gang to be sentenced for life

1 Share

Two killers of the gang might face life sentence.+

On several counts 40-year-old thief in law Razhden Shulaya also known as Razhden Pitersky, Roma and Brat, can be sentenced to 65 years in the United States, the US Department of Justice said. +

In addition, for the committed crimes the thief in law will face up a fine of not less than $1.250.000. +

Other members of the criminal group, who were charged yesterday by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Southern District of New York, are threatened with various terms of imprisonment – from 25 to life imprisonment. In particular, the members of the Razhden Pitersky gang Nikoloz Dzhikia and Bakai Marat-Uulu can be sentenced to life imprisonment for contract killings. +

Earlier it became known that in the state of New York, 33 representatives of the Russian mafia, led by thief in law  Razhden Shulaya  were charged. 27 of them were detained, five more are still on the wanted list. +

After the names of the detainees were published, it became clear that 15 of them were Georgian citizens, including two world-famous athletes – World Boxing Champion Avtandil Khurtsidze and MMA fighter Levan Makashvili, who competed in UFC championships. +

Khurtsidze commented on his arrest on Facebook, describing what happened as a “big misunderstanding.” He noted that he arrived in New York to prepare for a fight with Billy Joe Saunders, which, is to be held only on July 8, and in London. +

Depending on the role of each, members of the OCG are accused of various crimes – from smuggling cigarettes, storing drugs, racketeering, selling stolen goods and giving bribes, to with theft of large loads, organizing illegal gambling, storing and selling weapons, robberies, drug trafficking and contract killings. +

Our
notes

Razhden Shulaya, 40, is a Georgian thief in law, who was thief-crowned at the age of 36 at a Cyprus meeting in May 2013. Other criminals that got their crowns that day are Dato Krasnodarsky (later discrowned), Bondo Kazakhstansky, Goga Kutaissky, Ilo Kaliningradsky and Artem Saratovsky. Those who approved the “coronation” were Antik, Koka, Matevich, Givi Tbilissky, Merab Sukhumsky, Tsripa Kutaissky, Robinson, Takhi, Osetrina and some others. According to the investigation, the criminal syndicate is involved in the organization of illegal poker clubs in the New York area where immigrants from the post-Soviet states live and in a fraud on casino slot machines using electronic hacking devices in Atlantic City (New Jersey) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).

ragd2.jpgAccording to the US law enforcement agencies, thief in law Razhden Shulaya was the person that created the criminal enterprise accused of a number of crimes. Shulaya has been living in New Jersey lately, and the other mobsters resided mainly in New York’s Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. +

The district attorney also mentioned the extensive ties Shulaya had in the underworld that contributed to establishing strong links with the criminals of post-Soviet countries like Georgia, Ukraine and Russia. +

Most of the gang members were born in the Soviet Union, traveled regularly to its former states and contacted individuals associated with criminal activity of the gang, the US Justice Department said. +

Read the whole story
· · ·

US Police Arrests 33 including 15 Georgians for Various Crimes

1 Share

Thirty-three suspected members of an organized Russian crime syndicate were arrested with a variety of charges, including racketeering, fraud, narcotics, firearms, and stolen property offenses.

The information was released by the United States (US) Department of Justice on Thursday.

The Justice Department reports that 27 out of the detained are associated with a nationwide racketeering enterprise led by Razhden Shulaya and Zurab Dzhanashvili and are charged in United States v. Razhden Shulaya, et al. (the “Shulaya Indictment”) and an accompanying superseding indictment.

The US Attorney’s Office of Southern District of New York says that Charged Defendants Include Alleged “Vor” or “Thief-In-Law” of a Russian and Georgian Criminal Enterprise.

“We have charged 33 members and associates of a Russian organized crime syndicate allegedly engaging a panoply of crimes around the country. The indictments include charges against the alleged head of this national criminal enterprise, one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a Russian ‘vor.’ The dizzying array of criminal schemes committed by this organized crime syndicate allegedly include a murder-for-hire conspiracy, a plot to rob victims by seducing and drugging them with chloroform, the theft of cargo shipments containing over 10,000 pounds of chocolate, and a fraud on casino slot machines using electronic hacking devices,” the statement reads.

The office says that the charges include:

  • Theft of cargo shipments, including approximately 10,000 pounds of chocolate confections.
  • Having females seduce men, incapacitate them with gas, and then rob them.
  • Selling untaxed cigarettes.
  • Scheming to pay bribes for law-enforcement officials.
  • Operating illegal poker businesses and extorting gamblers who became indebted to them.
  • Plans to defraud casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia by using electronics that could predict the behavior of slot machines.

According to the allegations in the Indictments and complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court, Shulaya Enterprise was an organized criminal group operating under the direction and protection of RAZHDEN SHULAYA a/k/a “Brother,” a/k/a “Roma,” a “vor v zakone” or “vor,” which are Russian phrases translated roughly as “thief-in-law” or “thief.”

“Most members and associates of the Shulaya Enterprise were born in the former Soviet Union and many maintained substantial ties to Georgia, the Ukraine, and the Russian Federation, including regular travel to those countries, communication with associates in those countries, and the transfer of criminal proceeds to individuals in those countries,” the statement reads.

By Thea Morrison

09 June 2017 11:59

Read the whole story
· ·

russian organized crime in us – Google News: US Police Arrests 33 including 15 Georgians for Various Crimes – Georgia Today

1 Share

Georgia Today
US Police Arrests 33 including 15 Georgians for Various Crimes
Georgia Today
Thirty-three suspected members of an organized Russian crime syndicate were arrested with a variety of charges, including racketeering, fraud, narcotics, firearms, and stolen property offenses. The information was released by the United States (US) …

russian organized crime in us – Google News

russia as mafia state – Google News: Russian mafia in US: Razhden Shulaya to face 65-year-imprisonment, 2 killers of gang to be sentenced for life – https://en.crimerussia.com/

1 Share

https://en.crimerussia.com/
Russian mafia in US: Razhden Shulaya to face 65-year-imprisonment, 2 killers of gang to be sentenced for life
https://en.crimerussia.com/
On several counts 40-year-old thief in law Razhden Shulaya also known as Razhden Pitersky, Roma and Brat, can be sentenced to 65 years in the United States, the US Department of Justice said. +. In addition, for the committed crimes the thief in law

and more »

russia as mafia state – Google News

1. VIDEO NEWS from mikenova (66 sites): AssociatedPress’s YouTube Videos: AP Top Stories June 9 A

1 Share
From: AssociatedPress
Duration: 00:59

Here’s the latest for Friday, June 9th: Conservatives lose majority in UK vote; Justice Dept. says Sessions recused self from Russia probe because he was in Trump campaign; Accused NSA Leaker denied bond; Pickup truck hits two DC police officers…

Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, U.S. Says Wednesday June 7th, 2017 at 9:03 PM | Palmer Report: Feds arrest dozens of Russian mobsters whose crimes involve Atlantic City casinos by Bill Palmer Wednesday June 7th, 2017 at 6:46 PM

Image result for Russian mafia

Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, U.S. Says

1 Share

Mark Galeotti, a Russian crime specialist at the Institute of International Relations Prague in the Czech Republic, said the case showed how Russian and other Eurasian crime groups had sought to move into new and often ingenious areas of illegal activity, like trying to beat casino machines through hacking.

“What surprises me actually is they were still involved in the traditional types of crime,” Mr. Galeotti said in a telephone interview after being told about the charges.

Most of those charged were accused of being part of a nationwide racketeering enterprise led by Razhden Shulaya of Edgewater, N.J., who faces racketeering conspiracy and other counts.

Mr. Shulaya, 40, was described in the indictment as a “vor v zakonei” or “vor,” which it said were Russian phrases that translate roughly as “thief-in-law” and refer to “an order of elite criminals from the former Soviet Union” who, among other things, receive tribute from other criminals.

“As a vor,” the indictment said, “Shulaya had substantial influence in the criminal underworld and offered assistance to and protection of the members and associates” of the enterprise.

Joon H. Kim, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, said the case was one of the first federal racketeering charges ever brought against a Russian vor. Mr. Kim announced the unsealing of the charges with William F. Sweeney Jr., the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York office; James P. O’Neill, the New York police commissioner; and Leon Hayward, acting head of Customs and Border Protection’s New York office.

The authorities unsealed a total of three indictments and one criminal complaint. A lawyer for Mr. Shulaya could not immediately be reached for comment.

The documents showed that investigators relied on cooperating informers. One, described as CS-1, had been arrested in a murder-for-hire plot involving Russian organized crime and had served about six years in prison, the complaint said. Since being released, the complaint noted, the informer has worked for the F.B.I. as a paid source.

The authorities offered few details about the slot-machine scheme. In January, they said, Mr. Shulaya was overheard in a phone call discussing the testing of devices that would predict slot-machine behavior; in another call, he was told about the reconnaissance of a casino that featured a particular model of slot machine that would be susceptible to the device.

In April, the device was used in a casino near Philadelphia, netting the group more than $1,000, one of the indictments said.

“Using computers is second nature to many of these groups,” said Mr. Galeotti, the expert in Russian crime. He added that when people hear about Russian organized crime, they often have an image of a stereotypical Russian thug.

“Yes, there are tattooed thugs around,” he noted. “But actually the kind of Russian gangster one sees in America is more likely to be a fraudster, a hacker or semi-criminal businessman.”

Continue reading the main story

Read the whole story
· ·

Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News: Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, US Says – New York Times

1 Share
Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, US Says
New York Times
There were the usual accouterments of an organized crime prosecution: an illegal poker house and cases of stolen cigarettes, the authorities said. … Trial of Vincent Asaro Highlights Loss ofMafia’s Code of Silence NOV. … Mark Galeotti, a Russian

Russian – International “Mafia” – organized crime – Google News

Russian mafia – Google Search

1 Share
Image result for Russian mafia

Widow of Russian whistleblower…

1 Share

Widow of Russian whistleblower ‘poisoned by sorrel soup’ denies he fell out with organised crime syndicate

Mirror.co.uk – ‎Jun 5, 2017‎
Giving evidence behind a screen, his widow Tatiana Perepilichnaya denied her husband fell out with an “organised crime syndicate” in Russia or that he moved to England because he owed people a lot of money. The mother-of-two said the family only …

Alexander Perepilichnyy death: Russian was ‘not in fear of his life’ inquest hears

BBC News – ‎Jun 5, 2017‎
The mother of two denied her husband had fallen out with an “organised crime syndicate in Russia” and said they moved to England for a change of lifestyle. “I know if there were any threats or problems Alexander would have told me. “In 20 years of

Wealthy Russian allegedly poisoned with soup at home in Surrey received threatening text, inquest hears

Telegraph.co.uk – ‎Jun 5, 2017‎
Mrs Perepilichnaya, giving evidence from behind a screen, denied her husband fell out with an “organised crime syndicate” in Russia or that he moved to England because he owed people a lot of money. The mother-of-two said the family only moved to the …

Russian whistleblower, 44, ‘who died when his sorrel soup was poisoned’ never complained he was afraid for his life …

Daily Mail – ‎Jun 5, 2017‎
She denied the suggestion her husband fell out with an ‘organised crime syndicate‘ in Russia or that he moved to England because he owed people a lot of money. The mother-of-two said the family only moved to the UK for their children’s education and …

Russian whistleblower found dead in Weybridge ‘never feared for his life’ says widow

Get Surrey – ‎Jun 5, 2017‎
At the inquest at the Old Bailey in London on Monday (June 5) the businessman’s widow Tatiana Perepilichnaya addressed the court from behind a screen. She denied her husband fell out with an “organised crime syndicate” in Russia or that he moved to …
Read the whole story
· ·

Russian mafia – Google Search

1 Share

Story image for Russian mafia from Daily Mail

How Russia buries its Mafia kingpins: The extravagant tombs …

Daily MailJun 2, 2017
Standing imposingly over their graveyards, clad in black marble, these Russian Mafia bosses remind visitors that, even in death, they still have …

Story image for Russian mafia from OCCRP

Germany: Russian Mafia plundering Billions through Nursing Services

OCCRPJun 1, 2017
Elderly Care (Max Pixel CC0 1.0)A police report leaked to Die Welt am Sonntag allegedly linked the services to the Russian mafia. Its network …

Story image for Russian mafia from Raw Story

WATCH: Explosive Dutch documentary says Trump has deep ties to …

Raw StoryMay 12, 2017
… Dutch documentary says Trump has deep ties to Russia’s mafia … by Zembla TV and examines Trump’s alleged relationship with Russian …

Story image for Russian mafia from Fortune

Here’s A Closer Look At Donald Trump’s Disturbingly Deep Ties To …

FortuneMay 17, 2017
The President has deep Russian connections that far exceed what he … stock fraud in collaboration with the New York and Russian Mafia.
Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia
WhoWhatWhy / RealNewsProject (blog)May 17, 2017

Read the whole story
· ·

Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation – Google Search

1 Share

Story image for Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation from WhoWhatWhy / RealNewsProject (blog)

Why FBI Can’t Tell All on Trump, Russia

WhoWhatWhy / RealNewsProject (blog)May 17, 2017
Our investigation also may explain why the FBI, which was very public about its …. Preventing the Russian mafia from expanding its foothold in the United …. who was eventually arrested in the Tower for ordering a murder.

Story image for Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation from Washington Post

The Daily 202: Ohio is hurting because of Obamacare’s uncertain …

Washington Post8 hours ago
As Trump told The Post in March: “The best thing politically is to let ….. that Trump would probe Comey on the bureau’s Russia investigation. … Jenna Portnoy has a nice profile of the former Virginia governor: “Reporters mob him in the …. Mark Berman and Lindsey Bever report: “Winner’s arrest stunned her …

Story image for Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation from VICE

The VICE Morning Bulletin

VICE8 hours ago
President Donald Trump reportedly asked Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to persuade former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn. … US officials suspect Russian hackers may be responsible for the … A$AP Mob released the official video for the track “Wrong.

Story image for Russian Mafia arrests and Trump Investigation from ABC News

Russian mafia boss still at large after FBI wiretap at Trump Tower

ABC NewsMar 21, 2017
The FBI investigation did not implicate Trump. But Trump Tower was under close watch. Some of the Russian mafia figures worked out of unit …
Read the whole story
· ·

FBI arrests ten people in New York City with alleged ties to Donald Trump and Russian mafia

1 Share

The FBI and NYPD Joint Organized Crime Task Force have arrested ten men in New York City today on charges of running a racketeering conspiracy as part of an organized crime effort. What’s notable is that these men and their crime family have alleged ties to the Russian mafia and to Donald Trump – raising the question of whether this move was made as part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Trump and Russia.

The ten men arrested today are associates of the Bonanno organized crime family (source: NBC New York). But a bit of digging by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump has revealed that a lawsuit alleges that same crime family is partnered with Russian businessman Felix Sater (link). Sater has a long history of financial ties to both Donald Trump and the Russian mafia, and in fact has done prison time for his Russian mafia ties (source: Esquire). So it’s not difficult to draw a straight line from today’s arrests to Trump and Russia. But what is the FBI suddenly up to?

If today’s ten FBI-NYPD arrests are indeed related to the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, as the connections suggest, it may be an instance of rounding up the lower level mafia associates in order to see which of them is willing to cut a deal by selling out their bosses. This could also be a sign that the FBI is further along in its Trump-Russia investigation than had been believed, having completed its phase of gathering information externally, in favor of a phase of actively prompting little fish to flip on bigger fish, presumably leading all the way up to Trump and his direct associates. Contribute to Palmer Report

 

All of Palmer Report’s content is made available to you for free, with no subscription fees or paywalls. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to

contribute

:

 

Bill Palmer is the founder and editor in chief of the political news outlet Palmer Report

russian organized crime syndicates – Google Search

1 Share

Story image for russian organized crime syndicates from VICE

Deadly Russian Gangsters Smuggled Insane Amount of Chocolate …

VICE1 hour ago
On Wednesday, the FBI arrested members of a Russian organized crime syndicate on a range of serious charges. Along with racketeering …

Story image for russian organized crime syndicates from Mirror.co.uk

Widow of Russian whistleblower ‘poisoned by sorrel soup’ denies he …

Mirror.co.ukJun 5, 2017
Giving evidence behind a screen, his widow Tatiana Perepilichnaya denied her husband fell out with an “organised crime syndicate” in Russia …

Story image for russian organized crime syndicates from CBC.ca

Millions in suspected Russian crime proceeds flowed through …

CBC.caMay 10, 2017
A powerful Russian crime syndicate that’s accused of laundering … by an organized crime syndicate led by Russian crime boss Dmitry Klyuev.

Story image for russian organized crime syndicates from Daily Mail

Russian whistleblower’s widow tells his inquest she and her …

Daily MailJun 6, 2017
Ms Perepilichnaya also denied the suggestion her husband fell out with an ‘organised crime syndicate‘ in Russia or that he moved to England …

Story image for russian organized crime syndicates from Herald live

Ismail Lagardien: Huge cost of corruption

Herald liveJun 6, 2017
By some accounts, organised criminal groups have grown … of evidence from post-Cold War Russia, where the rise of the Russian Mafia has …
Read the whole story
· ·
Next Page of Stories
Loading…
Page 2

Deadly Russian Gangsters Smuggled Insane Amount of Chocolate, Feds Say

1 Share

While some gangs pull sophisticated hacking heists to steal Jeeps, and others focus on robbing high-profile graves, some, apparently, deal in the lucrative underground market of chocolate trafficking, according to NBC New York.

On Wednesday, the FBI arrested members of a Russian organized crime syndicate on a range of serious charges. Along with racketeering, contract killing, extortion, and credit card fraud, some members of the Shulaya Enterprise were allegedly trafficking 10,000 pounds of stolen chocolate, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Sadly, there still aren’t too many details available regarding why a crime syndicate might have an interest in stealing and selling chocolate, or how one manages to procure such a vast quantity of the stuff. But according to the federal complaint, the gang had a wide range of maniacal schemes in the works—including robbing people by seducing them and drugging them with chloroform, and running an illegal poker business.

The feds believe that 33 members of the gang—which reportedly has ties to Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia—were involved in running their “dizzying array of criminal schemes” in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada. While 23 members were taken into federal custody Wednesday—including suspected ringleaders Razhden Shulaya and Zurab Dzhanashvili—many are still reportedly on the loose.

The suspected chocolate culprits are slated to see their first day in federal court later on Wednesday, at which point more details about their case should surface. Hopefully, we can all get a little more insight on what the hell anyone would do with five tons of stolen chocolate, besides melt it into a giant river and swim in it like Augustus Gloop.

Palmer Report: Feds arrest dozens of Russian mobsters whose crimes involve Atlantic City casinos

1 Share

The United States federal government announced today that it has arrested dozens of members of a Russian crime syndicate for a long list of alleged crimes. This raises the inevitable question of whether these arrests relate to the FBI’s ongoing and broadening investigation into Donald Trump’s Russian connections and financial dealings. There’s one clue in the press release that may provide insight.

The various charges against these alleged Russian mobsters include everything but the kitchen sink: “murder-for-hire conspiracy, a plot to rob victims by seducing and drugging them with chloroform, the theft of cargo shipments containing over 10,000 pounds of chocolate, and a fraud on casino slot machines using electronic hacking devices,” according to the Justice Department website (link). Stealing ten thousand pounds of chocolate might be one of the strangest mafia crimes of all time. But the details of the casino related crimes are what may or may not give away what’s really going on here.

Here’s the detail stands out: the alleged crimes include “efforts to defraud casinos in Atlantic City and Philadelphia by using electronic devices and computer servers to predict and exploit the behavior of electronic slot machines.” Donald Trump had two casinos in Atlantic City, including the Taj Mahal. He retained an ownership stake in it all the way up through 2015 before he he bailed out, and then it ultimately went out of business altogether.

As Palmer Report has previously reported (link), the U.S. Treasury Department busted the Trump Taj Mahal for participating in money laundering in early 2016, in the form of a multimillion dollar fine. Donald Trump still owned a stake in the Taj Mahal at the time. The Senate Intelligence Committee has recently taken an interest in that money laundering bust, and has asked the Treasury Department for additional details.

So maybe the Feds have moved in on these Russian mobsters because they’re the same ones who who were laundering money through Trump’s Atlantic City casino, and now the Feds want to get them to flip against Donald Trump himself. Or maybe this is simply a standard issue takedown of a crime syndicate and it has nothing to do with the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation at all. We’ll find out eventually.

The post Feds arrest dozens of Russian mobsters whose crimes involve Atlantic City casinos appeared first on Palmer Report.

Palmer Report

Read the whole story
· ·