Felix Sater has a new partner at the 8:46 mark. If only Holocaust survivors the Gottdieners were so lucky?
From yesterday’s New York Post:
“In a Manhattan federal court suit filed March 18, the estate of Holocaust survivors Ernest and Judit Gottdiener alleges that convicted scammers Felix Sater and Salvatore Lauria — who pleaded guilty to racketeering in a $40 million, 1998 pump-and-dump stock-fraud scheme — bilked the Gottdieners out of $7 million.”
Putin’s Chief Rezident’s Residence in Palm Beach
Cyprus winners and losers.
Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev is the largest shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus, with a 9.9% stake in the company.
Russian oligarchs who had ample time and warning to move money out of Cyprus.
Alternative Western vehicles for ‘Putin & Associates’ investment, e.g. Monaco.
Unprotected Russian investors and small to medium size businesses in Cyprus, leaving winners the opportunity to acquire more of Cyprus economy than they already control.
Western economies as Russian businesses aka ‘Putin & Associates’ become more mainstream putting unconnected and unprotected Western business interests in a distinct disadvantage in the event that they find themselves in competition with them.
Outflows of Russian Capital
Yesterday the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of criminals’ rights and safety vs the American public’s rights and safety when they refused to review the gag order on an attorney who attempted to force open the government’s handling and protection of Felix Sater.
The government’s use and protection of informants and co-operating individuals have spiralled out of control in the post 9/11 era. The case of Felix Sater and other high-profile cases, such as the Mumbai terrorist, David Coleman Headley, and the USCIS Rogue IT Program should start raising the question: Is the federal government, all three branches, covering up bureaucratic incompetence, which includes a failure to properly monitor confidential informants, especially those with criminal and terrorist backgrounds?
It also raises the question: Are organized crime, terrorist organizations, and foreign intelligence services now gaming the confidential informant system to conduct their activities here and abroad?
Sater’s relations with the recent tanking of Trump International Hotel & Tower in Florida made the headlines last year and helped raise the question concerning the government’s judgement and ‘employment’ of individual’s with Sater’s background. And whether government lawyers and managers like it or not there comes a tipping point – when does the government’s use and collaboration with criminals, terrorists and foreign businesses and governments start to threaten and undermine the very nation they are sworn to protect?
Boris ‘Not Good Enough’ Berezovsky is Dead. The Russian oligarch, who once somewhat foolishly boasted to have been the one who ‘made’ Vladimir Putin is reported to have committed suicide in his English home. He had recently lost a high profile lawsuit against another Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. The New York Times is reporting that Berezovsky’s lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky wrote in his Facebook page:
“Just got a call from London. Boris Berezovsky has committed suicide. The man was complex. An act of desperation? Impossible to live poor? A series of blows? I am afraid that no one will know the truth.”
According to a Putin spokesman:
” Mr. Berezovsky had recently sent a letter asking President Putin for forgiveness and permission to return to Russia. “Some time ago, maybe a couple of months, Berezovsky sent Vladimir Putin a letter, written by himself, in which he admitted that he had made a lot of mistakes,” the spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, said on the Russia 24 television channel. “He asked Putin for forgiveness for the errors to be able to return home.”
“They went home… and sat in a hot bath… opened up their veins… and bled to death. And sometimes they had a little party before they did it.”
— Frank Pentangeli, The Godfather Part II
Putin’s Party Member/ Putin’s Farewell Party?
A spymaster-turned-lawmaker has met with a U.S. senator who co-authored the Magnitsky list to discuss tracking the undeclared property of Russian senators abroad, Izvestia reported Thursday, citing a State Duma source.
Nikolai Kovalyov, a former Federal Security Service chief who now heads the Duma’s commission for monitoring the validity of deputies’ income declarations, is believed to have met with Senator Ben Cardin in Vienna in February while on a visit to commemorate Soviet soldiers who fought in the Austrian city, the source said.
The Moscow Times