VOWS LIKE THESE ARE ABOUT AS MEANINGFUL AS VOWS TO TRUMP’S WIVES
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday signed a joint agreement, after meeting in person for only a few hours, in which Kim promises to work toward ridding the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. But the text of the agreement contained few concrete steps to achieve that goal other than a commitment ‘to hold follow-on negotiations … at the earliest possible date,’ according to a photo of the document.” So there will be future episodes in the series as the pilot was successful. Because our future will be a giant concentration camp and total nihilism has blanketed the former USA, “Trump called the document ‘pretty comprehensive’ and Kim ‘a worthy negotiator,’ pledging to invite the North Korean leader to the White House in the future.” This is what the death of America looks and sounds like — let history record! Now grab your barf bucket and appreciate the role of television in denigrating us all as, “Trump told reporters that he learned during their visit Kim is a ‘very talented man. I also learned that he loves his country very much.’” The people Kim enslaves and brutalizes he does so out of tremendous love and affection, no doubt. They eat grass there and there is no craft beer, just FYI. POLITICO notes, “Before TV cameras and their one-on-one meeting, Trump treated the North Korean totalitarian leader as a peer. He flattered Kim by telling him it was an ‘honor’ to meet him and predicted the two would have a ‘fantastic relationship.’ This came just days after Trump openly fought with traditional U.S. allies including Canada, Germany, and France over trade policy at the G-7 meeting in Canada.” Stars and Stripes adds that in exchange for fucking nothing by way of real concessions, “The United States will freeze war games with South Korea as it negotiates with the North over its nuclear weapons program, President Donald Trump said Tuesday after his historic summit with Kim Jong Un.” Wait until Mattis speaks, as he is the only one capable of doing so with any real credibility. Otherwise, Trump can promise the moon that does not mean the Pentagon will deliver it. Full Trumpistan!
FRESH SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON THREE RUSSIAN ENTITIES ATTACHED TO THE FSB
Gizmodo reports, “The U.S. government on Monday sanctioned five Russian companies and three Russian nationals said to have aided Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), which the Trump administration says waged cyberattacks against the United States and threatened the internet’s core infrastructure.” Now let’s see if these hold at all as the war over sanctions in our own state seems to be one of hold and lock or hold and ease. Gizmodo adds, “In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions were part of an ongoing effort to punish foreign hackers working hand-in-hand with Russian military and intelligence agencies, jeopardizing ‘the safety and security of the United States and our allies,’” but never with the full consent and cooperation of the regime Mnuchin works for. Gizmodo notes, “The Associated Press reports the sanctions were a response to last year’s NotPetya attack, as well as ‘intrusions into the U.S. energy grid and global network infrastructure.’ The report says the U.S. also detected Russian efforts to track undersea cables carrying global internet communications.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “In the June 11 announcement, the Treasury named a St. Petersburg-based company called Digital Security, accusing it of involvement in efforts ‘to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.’ Two subsidiaries were also named. There was no immediate response to an e-mail sent by RFE/RL to the company’s headquarters, and an affiliate office in Palo Alto, California. U.S. authorities also targeted a St. Petersburg company named Divetechnoservice, which it said provided underwater diving equipment to the FSB.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Аlso named was the Kvant Scientific Research Institute, a state-funded, Moscow-region institution that has been headed by a former FSB agent since 2008.”
BYE BYE NET NEUTRALITY, INTERNET FREEDOM-ISH WAS NICE
The Washington Post reports, “Monday marks the official end of the federal government’s net neutrality rules, the Obama-era regulations that said Internet providers can’t block or slow down websites or prioritize their content over others’. It’s a turning point for Internet policy and the Web as a whole, as broadband providers will enjoy additional freedom to seek new ways of making money in a rapidly changing market.”
From The Washington Post.
FEDERAL JUDGE HEARS EMOLUMENTS ARGUMENTS
ABC News reports, “A federal judge in Maryland Monday appeared receptive to arguments that President Donald Trump received what amount to illegal gifts from foreign governments in the form of payments to his Trump International Hotel in the nation’s capital. Judge Peter Messite repeatedly challenged the Justice Department’s attorney, Brian Shumate, who represented the president, questioning his narrow definition of a foreign ‘emolument,’ which is the term used in the Constitution to describe an improper gift.” ABC News adds, “The Constitution prohibits any federal office holder, including the president, from accepting any payment or benefit from a state or foreign government,” but all Trump does is rip it up like he does every other document. What is the Constitution?
From ABC News.
LARRY KUDLOW, TRUMP ECONOMIC ADVISOR, HAS HEART ATTACK
Wouldn’t you if your name and life were somehow attached to this cabal? POLITICO reports, “Larry Kudlow, the top White House economic adviser, suffered a heart attack on Monday, President Donald Trump and the White House announced.” POLITICO adds, “‘Our Great Larry Kudlow, who has been working so hard on trade and the economy, has just suffered a heart attack,’ Trump tweeted from Singapore shortly before he met Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader. ‘He is now in Walter Reed Medical Center.’” Recall Kudlow “spent his Sunday morning angrily denouncing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada on TV. He called Trudeau’s comments at the G-7 a betrayal.” Ah yes that Trudeau with his vision of women’s rights and a livable future is intolerable but North Korea, a country that is a concentration camp, that is the future we want! TRUMPISTAN WATCH would keel over and die if it muttered such horseshit on television, too.
JOHN KELLY THINKS THE OCCUPIED WHITE HOUSE IS MISERABLE
Talking Points Memo, citing The New York Times, reports, “Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly telling visiting senators that the White House is a ‘miserable place to work.’ His deputy Joe Hagin is reportedly looking to vamoose after the North Korea-United States summit.”
From Talking Points Memo.
SOME OF THOSE CLOSEST TO THE REGIME CAN STILL SMELL BULLSHIT
CNN reports, “George Conway, the husband of counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, embraced a position on Monday that he’s slyly promoted on Twitter for weeks — his support for Robert Mueller’s legal authority in the Russia investigation. Conway defended Mueller’s ongoing investigation as constitutional in a column he published Monday on the national security and legal blog Lawfare. Its title: ‘The Terrible Arguments Against the Constitutionality of the Mueller Investigation.’” It’s a very good piece and TRUMPISTAN WATCH recommends everyone read it. CNN adds, “Over the almost 3,500-word essay, Conway argues how the Justice Department gives the special counsel powers to investigate and prosecute crimes and describes how both Congress and the courts have empowered such investigations. He sets up his argument in direct response to the President’s tweets.” Most wonderfully in it, “Conway also uses Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s congressional testimony about Mueller’s appointment to refute Trump’s assertion.” If this is truly a country based on rule of law Conway’s arguments and the Mueller investigation will prevail. As it is now however, America died today and the flag was defiled when it was propped up on a stage shared with the North Korean flag.
WELL THE RUSSIAN INFILTRATION OF THE NRA IS PRETTY TOTAL
McClatchy reports, “Several prominent Russians, some in President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle or high in the Russian Orthodox Church, now have been identified as having contact with National Rifle Association officials during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to photographs and an NRA source.” McClatchy adds, “The contacts have emerged amid a deepening Justice Department investigation into whether Russian banker and lifetime NRA member Alexander Torshin illegally channeled money through the gun rights group to add financial firepower to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.” McClatchy notes, “Other influential Russians who met with NRA representatives during the campaign include Dmitry Rogozin, who until last month served as a deputy prime minister overseeing Russia’s defense industry, and Sergei Rudov, head of one of Russia’s largest philanthropies, the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation. The foundation was launched by an ultra-nationalist ally of Russian President Putin.” Hey so all these people actually really truly deeply hate our country and everything it stands for so remember this when the NRA tries to talk about patriotism. McClatchy adds, “The Russians talked and dined with NRA representatives, mainly in Moscow, as U.S. presidential candidates vied for the White House. Now U.S. investigators want to know if relationships between the Russian leaders and the nation’s largest gun rights group went beyond vodka toasts and gun factory tours, evolving into another facet of the Kremlin’s broad election-interference operation.” Even more of note than Torshin, whose connection to the NRA has already been extensively reported on, is the fact that “Rogozin is a far-right nationalist who has ‘extensive ties to the Russian arms industry’ that he managed and ‘is deeply hostile to the West,’ said Mike Carpenter, who was a Russia specialist while a senior Pentagon official in the Obama administration. Another Russia expert, Atlantic Council fellow Anders Aslund, was flabbergasted that the NRA delegation met with Rogozin.”
ATLANTIC COUNCIL LAUNCHES DISINFOPORTAL.ORG 18 MONTHS LATER
The Atlantic Council reports, “Today the Atlantic Council launched DisinfoPortal.org, an interactive online guide to track the Kremlin’s disinformation campaigns abroad. The portal brings together 23 top organizations and more than 80 experts fighting Russian disinformation in the United States and Europe, and is an initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center.” Very exciting, very late! Luckily now though this will be a long struggle so good for whoever is receiving the funding. Some of us have been holding the line in the meantime for months without funding, but you know, Washington. The Atlantic Council adds, “The disinformation portal was designed for journalists, governments, and policymakers. It features expert content with multimedia content produced by the Atlantic Council and its partners explaining Russia’s ongoing influence operations. It also allows users to find and connect with experts by country, language, and expertise; view stories and reports from Atlantic Council partners; and explore in-depth country profiles.” Well, welcome. This is as hot now as counter-terrorism was in 2003 so utility and competency must be proven at this stage; there are no non-rewards left for the early comers. They have had some excellent reports in this time, though, notably “The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses” about Russian operations in Europe which pre-dates the coup in America.
From The Atlantic Council.
NATO SCRAMBLES JETS 8 TIMES LAST WEEK TO INTERCEPT RUSSIAN JETS
Unian Information Agency reports, “On June 4-10, NATO fighter jets conducting the Air Policing Mission over the Baltic States were scrambled eight times to identify and intercept Russian Federation aircraft flying in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.”
From Unian Information Agency.
RUSSIA IS SHREDDING GULAG RECORDS
Meduza reports, “Scholars have learned about the existence of a confidential interdepartmental memo ordering the destruction of all registration cards issued to convicts in the Soviet prison system who were 80 years old by February 2014. A researcher named Sergey Prudovsky first drew attention to this secret order on May 10. On June 8, the newspaper Kommersant reported that the director of Russia’s Gulag History Museum has also raised the issue in a letter to Mikhail Fedotov, the head of Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council.” Meduza adds, “Deputy Interior Minister Igor Zubov denies that the government has adopted a policy of destroying Gulag registration card records,” but taking the Russian state at its word is like pretending a lobotomy is fun and healthy. Meduza notes, “When people were sent to the Gulag, the prison system opened a personal case file on each inmate — a folder containing the state’s information about that individual. Prisoners were also assigned registration cards that listed their basic information: full name, year of birth, ethnicity, profession, conviction, sentence, and so on.” As Meduza adds, “The loss of these documents not only jeopardizes the work of professional historians, but it also makes it more difficult for ordinary people to find out what happened to their relatives during the Soviet repressions.” This is everything the family of survivors of gulag victims has come to expect from the Russian state: brutal petty eviscerations of truth, indifference to the human condition, a mafia that treats human lives like putty.
NEMTSOV SQUARE GOES UP NEAR RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN VILNIUS
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A sign honoring slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov now stands near the Russian Embassy in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius.”
Reuters reports, “U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort will be arraigned on Friday following a third superseding indictment against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that lodged additional charges on accusations of witness tampering.” Reuters adds, “The additional charges could increase pressure on Manafort to cut a deal and cooperate with Mueller’s probe”. Seeing him go to jail would be a small consolation after the death of our nation today. Three strikes and finally out? Remember, no one is above the law except of course those who are.
—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–
“WE’RE AMERICA, BITCH”: YEE-HAW IS NOT A FOREIGN POLICY
The Atlantic reports on what the fuck our fake Russian bullshit president is doing with our foreign policy. The Atlantic does not mention that the goal of active measures is to capture the state: foreign policy, defense and the economy. Instead The Atlantic talks to a senior official “with direct access to the president and his thinking”. The official tells The Atlantic, “There’s definitely a Trump Doctrine,” noting it consists of, “We’re America, Bitch.” No, sorry that is not a doctrine, that is yee-haw as a foreign policy but tragically this is not America’s foreign policy, this is that of a nation under occupation. Trump lost the popular vote; his Inauguration was sparsely attended. Hell, we live under Russian occupation and a Special Counsel has been appointed to investigate. “We’re America, Bitch,” is as close to a beautiful myth for our time as it gets but it is no more real than the legitimacy of the president the so-called “senior official” serves. The Atlantic nonetheless points out the uncanny similarity to “Team America: World Police, whose theme song was ‘America, Fuck Yeah!’” In other words we stand for nothing but a bunch of puppets leading up to a finale in North Korea — that much is accurate. Expect a lot of celebrities too in the finale.
From The Atlantic.
THE FUTURE WAS SOLD FOR NOTHING
USA Today reports, “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner may be working as unpaid White House advisers, but the couple isn’t doing too badly with their side gigs, bringing in at least $81 million of outside income.” Ah yes, side hustles! Just like every other millennial that drives for Uber or fucks for the camera or does god knows what to make ends meet! White House kleptocratic human garbage: just like you! Think of their sacrifices! USA Today adds, “Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top White House aide, pulled in at least $69 million in income last year, much of it from his own family’s far-flung real estate empire, financial disclosure forms filed Monday show.” By empire, they are dressing up the fact that he is a slumlord and by “far-flung” they mean New Jersey mostly, but hey a normalizing press has got to normalize. USA Today adds, “Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and senior adviser, reported making more than $12 million last year from companies where she held a position, according to her financial disclosure form.”
From USA Today.
POOR LITTLE ARYAN PRINCESS, THINK OF HER SACRIFICE
POLITICO reports, “President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump made $3.9 million in profit last year off her stake in the Trump International Hotel, while taking in at least $5 million from businesses connected to her personal brand, a newly released financial disclosure shows.” Man did our White House go for cheap. Given the prestige once attached to the edifice and office in the former USA, this is effectively the equivalent of a streetwalking hooker. Even Melania it is alleged at least had a mafiosi pimp. POLITICO adds, “Ivanka Trump also reported taking in about $2 million in 2017 pay and severance from an entity called the Trump Payroll Corp., the disclosure said.” Pennies on our future, folks! Not that there is one anymore, at least not for this generation or those not employed in television.
PRINCELING JARED IS THE ULTIMATE IN ENTITLED WEASEL SHITHEAD
The Forward reports, “Kushner used profanity to scold Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer for being too heavy-handed in his dealings with the White House.” The Forward adds, “On February 13, 2017, the day that Michael Flynn was forced out as national-security adviser, Dermer reportedly went to the White House to try to arrange for Trump to sign secret documents, as other presidents had done, which the Israelis saw as an American commitment not to ask them to give up their undeclared nuclear arsenal. Dermer asked to meet privately with Flynn, prompting aides to explain that he could not dictate whom he wanted to meet with. Advisers felt like they were being taken advantage of. At one point, in front of witnesses, Kushner swore at Dermer in his West Wing office, saying he wasn’t going to do his bidding just because of his Jewish background. ‘You’re not going to tell us how to run these things,’ he told Dermer. ‘Don’t try to push us around. Don’t try to jam us.’” It is always so cute whenever Ivanka and Jared pretend like they know things and couple it with completely out of control entitlement issues, cute in that you vomit like a child everywhere way.
From The Forward.
LET’S HEAR FROM THE IMMIGRANT MOTHERS SEPARATED FROM THEIR KIDS
The Nation reports, “Only one member of Congress has been able to talk to the mothers who have had their children taken from them: Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who got into a federal Bureau of Prisons facility Saturday near Seattle to meet with roughly 170 immigrant women held there. More than a third had lost their children during their migration, either when they were detained by US officials at the southern border or when they turned themselves in seeking asylum. Some of the women she met had lost children but were not from Latin America; because she only had a Spanish-English translator, she couldn’t talk to them, Jayapal told me.” Congresswoman Jayapal elaborates, “I met with 174 women, in three different pods. I went from one pod to the next. The vast majority were Spanish speaking, but there was a group of Chinese speakers and some others. We had a Spanish interpreter. The women would all answer at once sometimes. I did a lot of ‘raise your hand’ questions. ‘How many are asylum seekers?’ The majority lifted up their hands.” Jayapal continues, “Thirty to 40 percent of these women came with children who had been forcibly taken away from them. None got a chance to say goodbye to their children—they were forcibly taken away. One said she was deceived, because they were in detention together. Then the CBP officers told her she was going out to get her photograph taken. When she came back, she was put in a different room, and she never got to see the child again. Some of them said they could hear their children screaming for them in the next room. The children ranged anywhere from one to teenagers.” The heart wrenching story of our officials behaving like gulag or concentration camp guards – albeit with slightly different outcomes continues as, “One of the mothers told me DHS officers threatened to take away her 6-year-old daughter, right in front of them, and her daughter started screaming. She was separated from her daughter on the second day of custody and hasn’t had contact in over a week. But in some ways, she was one of the lucky ones, because her daughter was placed with family in Los Angeles. Another woman came from Guatemala with her children, 8 and 12. Her husband was in prison for raping a 12-year-old child, and he was coming out. She was afraid her children would be raped either by him or some of his fellow gang members. She had been separated from her two children, she didn’t know where they were.”
From The Nation.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK EMERGE
Vice reports, “Konstantin Kilimnik, the shadowy Russian political operative indicted Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller, has led such an intensely secretive life that no photograph of him has ever emerged in public. Until now.” Vice adds, “Two photos of Kilimnik, a longtime aide to President Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort, have surfaced on a publicly available Russian social media account apparently used years ago by Kilimnik’s wife. VICE News confirmed with three people who know Kilimnik that it’s him in the pictures.” Of course, “Kilimnik and Manafort were both indicted Friday for obstruction of justice by Mueller, who is probing Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election,” Vice notes, adding, “The photographs of Kilimnik were posted on the Russian social networking site Odnoklassniki, commonly known as OK.ru. They appear on a profile apparently set up by Kilimnik’s wife, Ekaterina.” Vice adds, “The caption identifies the man as ‘Kostya,’ a common Russian shortening of Konstantin, and says the photo was taken in Turkey in June 2007. According to OK.ru’s timestamp, the image was uploaded that November.”
UNCLE VOVA’S CUBS OF THE KREMLIN
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “A local journalist in this remote Siberian city [Nizhnevartovsk] has been fired after she gave an interview about children from a local kindergarten performing a controversial song pledging fealty to President Vladimir Putin.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Journalist Aleksandra Terikova of the local N1 television channel was fired on June 6 after the channel’s general director, Rinat Karimov, told her that someone with such ‘political ambitions’ should go and work for the independent TV Dozhd.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty notes, “Terikova drew attention to the May 24 concert in an Instagram video post that showed the 4- and 5-year-old children from kindergarten No. 68 singing Uncle Vova, We Are With You, by the composer Vyacheslav Antonov. The Uncle Vova in the song refers to Putin.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty continues, “The uber-loyal song provoked controversy last fall when it premiered with a slick video (below) featuring schoolchildren from Volgograd dressed in police uniforms singing it. That video was produced on the initiative of State Duma Deputy Anna Kuvychko of the ruling United Russia party.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “Terikova, whose daughter Alisa sang in the Nizhnevartovsk concert, accompanied her Instagram post with the sarcastic comment: ‘For some reason, I don’t want the commander to summon Alisa to the final battle.’” Terikova told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “I think this is pure Hitler Youth.” Uncle Vova wishes to kill the children in an act of collective suicide. It is like ISIS or the GOP, but in Russia. And besides, you must surrender your children to the state in total silence – for uncle Vova!
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
NORTH KOREA + THE THREAT TO CYBER SECURITY
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists blog carries a piece on how the fake North Korea denuclearization summit could (and likely will) actually make things worse, especially in the arena of cyberwar. It notes, “There are three reasons why the summit might actually make the cyber threat worse. First, and most directly, despite pressure from some US policymakers, the Trump administration may choose to delink the nuclear and cyber issues.” The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists adds, “Second, the lack of cross-domain coercion may extend to China as well. China remains North Korea’s primary political and economic ally in the international system. And despite being relatively sidelined in the Singapore negotiations, China is now more at ease about the longer-term stability of North Korea that could result from these talks. Chaos, conflict, or even the collapse of the Kim regime would pose a significant threat to China.” Then the final optimistic possibility, the cheeriest of all! “Third, and finally, even if the summit goes well, North Korea may still want to threaten or challenge the US-led world order—and cyber weapons may be the best (and potentially only) tool available,” The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists adds. But of course let us tinge this optimism with some truth as, “Prospects for cyberwar look similarly dismal if the summit does not go well and Kim Jong-un rejects the proposed process for denuclearization.” Yee-haw! That’s our foreign policy.
—–THE GREAT GAME: BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS + FOOTBALL—–
ROBBIE WILLIAMS WILL KICK OFF LEGITIMIZATION OF THE MAFIA STATE
The Telegraph reports, “Robbie Williams has been accused of ‘shamefully legitimising’ Vladimir Putin’s ‘thuggish’ regime after the pop star agreed to perform at the World Cup opening ceremony.” It is not so much an accusation as it is the truth, sorry if that makes anyone uncomfortable not sorry. The Telegraph adds, “Williams, 44, a singer in Take That before he embarked on a solo career, was unveiled on Monday as the headline act that signals the start of the tournament on Thursday. Williams will perform half an hour before the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia kicks off on Thursday in front of President Putin. Campaigners urged the singer to pull out.” Once integrity is gone, it is gone forever so it really kicks open the door on a lucrative life of whoring for those with cash in their pocket and blood on their hands. He won’t do what any decent human being would and quit now as The Telegraph notes, “Williams said in an official Fifa statement it was his ‘boyhood dream’ to open the World Cup in front of 80,000 fans in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. ‘I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance,’ he said.”
From The Telegraph.
FAMILY OF OLEG SENTSOV PLEADS FOR HIS RELEASE
The Moscow Times reports, “The family of Oleg Sentsov pleaded with President Vladimir Putin to secure his release from a Russian jail as the most severe symptoms of his month-long hunger strike are expected to kick in around the start of the FIFA World Cup.” That’s fun, enjoy your football, fans! It’s only human life, football is way, way more important, just so long as it is not your life. Also great branding for FIFA: Fuck Inhumane Football, Assholes!
From The Moscow Times.
ALL THE KREMLIN’S GOONS USING THE GREAT GAME FOR GREAT LOOTING
Forbes reports, “Russian billionaires found a way to get in on the World Cup, which begins in their homeland on June 14. They either received state contracts — just 6 of them control the companies that collected nearly $7 billion to construct or repair facilities and transportation infrastructure — or invested money to do things like run ticketing systems and provide internet availability in stadiums.” Of course they did! Why else would a corrupt mafia state relish the opportunity to host the mother of all such swindles? The include Viktor “Vekselberg, who reportedly had ties to an investment firm that paid $500,000 to an LLC owned by Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, was sanctioned earlier this year for his alleged role in promoting Russia’s subversive agenda abroad. Back at home, his firm Airports of Regions spent $560 million to renovate airports in four World Cup host cities: Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don and Samara.” Also Arkady Rotenberg, Putin’s former judo mate, who Forbes notes, “No one landed a bigger payday. Rotenberg runs contractor Mostotrest, which owns a subsidiary that received over $4 billion in state contracts for a 425-mile highway connecting St. Petersburg and Moscow. But the highway won’t be finished in time for the sporting event. His company also received just another $1 billion to renovate three airports.” Then there is “Mikhail Fridman, German Khan, Alexei Kuzmichev, Pyotr Aven,” all “tied to the ‘Trump Dossier’” who, “in 1989 founded Alfa Group, a diversified outfit that controls Alfa-Bank, the largest non-state owned bank in Russia. Aven joined later in 1994 as President of Alfa-Bank. With 745 offices and branches throughout Europe, Alfa-Bank is a sponsor of the event and will support FIFA on all ticketing sales in exchange for billboard advertising during matches.” That means if you bought tickets or go to the World Cup, you are literally supporting the subversion of democracy at home, not just blood and cruelty and inhumanity and sickness of the Russian state in Russia. There is also Aras Agalarov whose “Crocus Group was awarded $580 million in state contracts to erect two stadiums in host cities Kaliningrad and Rostov-on-Don.” And Gennady Timchenko, “sanctioned by the U.S. in 2014,” who, “is the majority shareholder of engineering-and-construction firm Stroytransgaz, which received $530 million in state contracts to construct 45,000-seat stadiums in two cities hosting matches: Volgograd, in southern Russia, and Nizhny Novgorod, seven hours east of Moscow.” Forbes adds Alisher Usmanov, “a main shareholder of USM Holdings, which controls telecommunications provider MegaFon. The telecom company received $680 million in state contracts to provide internet and communications infrastructure to all 11 stadiums and all training camps for the 32 teams descending upon Russia for the games,” and a few others.
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