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Navalny may have found a missing link between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. The most recent Navalny video, which is now banned in Russia, is about an important Russian official spending several days on Deripaska’s yacht in early August 2016. Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has represented Deripaska as a lobbyist in the past, and had business interests with him. Although Deripaska has sued Manafort in the past, and currently, lawsuits can act as a channel for money-laundering. Deripaska is President of Rusal. The Chairman of the Board of Rusal is former German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany), Matthias Warnig. Warnig is also Managing Director of Nord Stream 2. En+ Group controls Rusal. Deripaska is President and Director and Nat Rothschild is Chairman of the Board of En+ Group.
Note that the reported comment by Deripaska about Nuland being friends with Prikhodko appears to be sarcasm, unless they were friends long ago, because in the video he reportedly says “We’ve got bad relations with America because the friend of Sergey Eduardovich (Prikhodko) is responsible for them” and “she hates our country….” Nuland worked in the US State Department under Obama and was apparently purged by Trump on Jan. 25, 2017. She served as US Ambassador to NATO under Bush.
According to the video, in her book Nastya Rybka calls Prikhodko the éminence grise (grey eminence) of the regime and compares him to France’s Cardinal Richelieu. She also concludes that Deripaska is fearful of Prikhodko.
Navalny 25 min. video with subtitles in English
Navalny video link: http://youtu.be/RQZr2NgKPiU
Press Release by the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was started by Navalny in 2011:
“OLIGARCH, YACHT, US ELECTIONS RIGGING AND ESCORT LADIES
08 ФЕВРАЛЯ 2018, 12:00
This is one of the most shocking investigations we’ve ever done.
While doing some research on one of the ladies who rushed into our Moscow HQ last September and tried to disturb our work, we noticed something very interesting on her Instagram page: photos and videos with the famous Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Apparently, this lady (who calls herself Nastya Rybka) was his escort during one of his yacht trips in 2016. Upon further research, we found a very strange video of hers. On it, Deripaska is talking (seemingly) to her about relations with America, Victoria Nuland (Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs at the US Department of State) and someone named “Sergey Eduardovich”, who is friends with Nuland. This made no sense to us at first: why would an oligarch talk about such things to an escort lady? But soon enough, all pieces of this puzzle fell into place.
We found out that Nastya Rybka actually wrote a book where she describes this trip. She’s altered all names and locations, but didn’t bother to alter the dates and even times (up to minutes!) of the events. This helped us make sure she’s writing about Deripaska, whose yacht was in Norwegian waters (Nastya changed the location to Greenland in her book) at these exact times.
Furthermore, Nastya mentions that someone called “Daddy” was on the yacht as well. She describes “Daddy” as a very powerful Russian politician involved in foreign policy who’s held his post since Yeltsin’s times, and even mentions his exact position: Deputy Prime Minister. Only one person matches Nastya’s description: Sergey Eduardovich Prikhodko.
Nastya writes that Deripaska and Prikhodko weren’t simply vacationing on the yacht. They were discussing some important business matters. When an oligarch invites a government official to his yacht with “escort ladies” to discuss some business matters, this is obviously a bribe.
Moreover, it is possible that Deripaska also provided his private jet to Prikhodko, so that he could reach the remote Norwegian peninsula where the yacht was stationed. Again, this would be a bribe in that case.
We thought to ourselves: what possible important matters could Deripaska and Prikhodko could discuss? Then it came to us.
Last year, a scandal started in the US when it was revealed that Paul Manafort, the person in charge of Trump’s presidential campaign, was receiving money from Deripaska and offered him private briefings on the progress of the campaign. The media treated it as a proof that Kremlin is trying to influence the outcome of the elections, but that did not quite look plausible back then.
After all, Deripaska is just one of the many oligarchs that are close to Putin. There was no proof that he was acting on Putin’s orders and transmitting all the information from Manafort to him.
But now we’ve found the missing link: Prikhodko. As Deripaska mentioned, he is friends with Victoria Nuland and probably has some connections in the higher circles of the US government. He’s also very experienced in foreign politics, so the US elections would be among his field of expertise.
It was him that Deripaska was transmitting the information to. To back this theory up, we took a look at Prikhodko’s official income and the property he owns. Naturally, things didn’t quite add up. Prikhodko has been a government official throughout his career, he’s never owned any businesses. And still, he managed to buy a huge mansion near Moscow and two very expensive apartments. The total value of these assets is close to one billion rubles. Even if we take Prikhodko’s wife (whose official income over the last 3 years was 280 million rubles, even though she only owns a yacht club that brings no profit) into account, there is still no way he could have earned enough money for all this through honest methods.
So once again: The missing link between US elections rigging, Paul Manafort, Oleg Deripaska and Kremlin is found. Deputy Prime Minister of Russia spent some time on Deripaska’s yacht discussing foreign policy. Escort ladies attended this “meeting” as well. This is definitely a new low for the corrupt Russian regime. Watch our new video with English subtitles” (Emphasis our own. Original and more here: https://fbk.info/english/news/post/400/ https://fbk.info/english/about/
Excerpt from RFERL: “Russian Media Regulator Moves To Block Latest Navalny Exposé” Last Updated: February 10, 2018 21:37 GMT:
“Russia’s media regulator has moved to prohibit material related to an investigation by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that exposed a meetingbetween a Russian billionaire and a senior government official on a yacht.
Rozkomnadzor ruled the investigative report on the connections between billionaire Russian metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska and a deputy Russian prime minister contained prohibited information and placed it on its register of sites containing information not to be distributed in Russia, Russian media reported February 10.
Navalny called the move “censorship” and urged “the dissemination of the video with the investigation as widely as possible,” according to RFE/RL’s Russian Service.
On February 9, RFE/RL’s Russian Service said it received an e-mail notification from Rozkomnadzor stating the Navalny investigation on ties between Deripaska and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko contained material whose dissemination in Russia was prohibited.
At least one other news site in Russia, Mediazona, an independent news source, also reportedly received a similar notification from Rozkomnadzor….” https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-navalny-media-regulator-blocks-deripaska-expose/29032397.html
Additional Information About Prikhodko:
Sergei Eduardovich Prichodko (b. 1957) is a Russian politician and diplomat. He is considered one of the most important officials in Russian foreign policy, and was worked for all Russian Presidents: Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev and again for Putin. He is 1980 graduate of Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He then served as a Soviet diplomat in Czechoslavakia [Home to Trump’s first wife]. From 1986 to 1987 he was Attaché and Third Secretary of the Department of Socialist Countries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union. From 1992 to 1993 he was Second Secretary and later First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Czechoslovakia. From 1993 to 1997 he was a department manager and deputy director of a department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. In 1997, he became Advisor to the President; in 1998 Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration; on February 2, 1999, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration and Head of the President’s Dept. of Foreign Policy. In March 2004, he was appointed foreign policy adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, first by Vladimir Putin, then in 2008 by his successor Dmitry Medvedev. Then in May 2012 he became First Deputy Head of the Government; from May 9, 2013 Deputy Chairman of Government and Acting Head of Government of the Russian Federation; from May 22, 2013 Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Eduardowitsch_Prichodko
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Eduardovich_Prikhodko Note: Please go to an official list if you need this for research. This was cobbled together from the German and English wikipedia articles, and the titles, etc., may not be exact and weren’t verified. Suffice it to say that he has long held critically important positions in government, as Navalny observes.
About Matthias Warnig:
“Most people believe that no one in Germany has as close and cordial a relationship with the Russian president as former chancellor Gerhard Schröder. But that is not entirely true./ Warnig’s acquaintance with Putin dates back further than Schröder’s,…. Warnig meets up with Putin much more often than Schröder… Warnig is a regular at the Kremlin. The two men see each other “generally every three weeks”, sources in Moscow say.” See: “Circles of power: Putin’s secret friendship with ex-Stasi officer” by Dirk Banse, Florian Flade, Uwe Müller, Eduard Steiner, Daniel Wetzel Wednesday 13 August 2014 10.04 BST, Last modified on Wednesday 12 April 2017 15.25 BST, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/13/russia-putin-german-right-hand-man-matthias-warnig
The Stasi was the official state security service of East Germany (DDR) and “has been described as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies to have ever existed….” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stasi
Matthias Warnig has been Managing Director of Nord Stream 2 AG (Switzerland) since September 21, 2015. He has also been a Member of the Board of Directors of Transneft since July 24, 2015; Chairman of the Administrative Council of GAZPROM Schweiz AG since May 1 2011; Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rosneft, since July 1, 2014; Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Company RUSAL Plc since August 2012. From October 1, 2010 to August 26, 2015 he was a Member of Supervisory Council of Verbundnetz Gas AG (Germany). He held many senior positions in Dresdner Bank.