"Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election”, Alex Van Der Zwaan, Alfa Group, BP, BuzzFeed, compromising information, corruption, Dudley, German Khan, kompromat, Kremlin, Lord Browne, Mayor of St. Petersburg, Mikhail Fridman, Mueller investigation, oil industry, Petr Aven, Putin, Russia, The Godfather, Trump, WikiLeaks
“Alpha held ‘kompromat’ on PUTIN and his corrupt business activities from the 1990s whilst although not personally overly bothered by Alpha’s failure to reinvest the proceeds of its TNK oil company sale into the Russian economy since, the Russian president was able to use pressure on this count from senior Kremlin colleagues as a lever on FRIDMAN and AVEN to make them do his political bidding.” (Steele Dossier, 14 Sept. 2016: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html and quoted in the lawsuit here: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/buzzfeed.pdf )
Alpha is apparently supposed to be Alfa.
This is one of the allegations in the Steele dossier. The first person sentenced in the Mueller investigation was Alex van der Zwaan. Van der Zwaan’s father-in-law, German Khan, is suing BuzzFeed for defamation about this and some additional allegations. His Alfa Group colleagues, Fridman and Aven, are suing with him. Khan is mentioned as seen further below. Are they suing because the allegations are false, or because they are true? The average person will think the allegations are true, simply because they are suing BuzzFeed. So, why did they sue if it makes them look more likely guilty? To put BuzzFeed out of business? If so, why?
(Blog post continues after the following images from the Steele dossier.)
https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html. Perhaps why Trump and Putin are so docile about each other? They have dirt on each other? Or share a co-owner who has dirt on them both?
Excerpt from their lawsuit: “Plaintiffs Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan, by their attorneys Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, allege as follows: … 1. This is an action for defamation based on false, damaging and highly inflammatory statements about plaintiffs, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan, and about Alfa Group (“Alfa”), an umbrella term commonly used to describe a number of entities in which Plaintiffs hold significant beneficial interests. The statements were contained in the so-called Trump Dossier (the “Dossier”) published in its entirety by defendant BuzzFeed, Inc. (“BuzzFeed”) on January 10, 2017…” https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/buzzfeed.pdf
Was Wikileaks sued for publishing this diplomatic cable about German Khan? “At dinner that evening, Khan had told a stunned Summers that The Godfather was his favorite movie, that he watched it every few months, and that he considered it a “manual for life.” Khan had also come to dinner armed with a chrome-plated pistol.” Excerpt from 2008 August 1, 12:18 (Friday), US State Dept. Cable 08MOSCOW2237_a, via Wikileaks: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/german-khan-and-the-godfather/
Did German Khan sue the Guardian and other news agencies that reported: “Oil: ‘Harassed’ head of BP venture exits Moscow “https://www.theguardian.com/business/2008/jul/25/bp.oil
What about this? They didn’t have a comment, says the NYT: “Eventually, Mr. Dudley left Russia after the partners maneuvered to have his visa revoked, according to BP. Things reached such a pitch that Mr. Dudley said he felt it necessary to work for a time in hiding outside Russia.” “2 Hard-Charging Oligarchs Returning to Global Energy Market” BY STANLEY REED AND ANDREW E. KRAMER JUNE 28, 2013 2:41 PM https://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/oligarchs-assemble-team-for-oil-deals/
German Khan’s son-in-law:
“Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Probe Case” Last Updated: February 20, 2018 4:43 PM VOA News https://www.voanews.com/a/mueller-charges-lawyer-/4262244.html
Khan son-in-law, Alex van der Zwaan, is being sent to jail for only a month. If he slowed down Mueller’s investigation, as appears to be the case, he should have been given the amount it was slowed multiplied by the numbers of people whose time is being wasted (all Americans and more) plus additional time for those who will die because of the environmental damage the Trump administration will have inflicted in that period. There are also damages to the Ukrainian people. In short, a life-time in jail would be too little. Hopefully they obtained additional information from him, which sped up the investigation, in exchange for the one month in jail and small fine.
Alex van der Zwaan’s father, Rolf, is an oil and energy consultant, according to Linkedin.
About Khan’s oil industry relationships:
“In July 2012, TNK-BP was sold to the state-owned Rosneft for $56 billion, a process which was still underway by early 2013. … Khan officially left TNK-BP in March 2013 after Alfa Group sold its 50% stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft for $28 billion. Khan earned around $3.3 billion in the deal. Using the $14 billion raised from selling their stakes in TNK-BP, Khan joined Mickhail Fridman in establishing LetterOne (L1), based in Luxembourg, for the purpose of investing the proceeds from the sale of TNK-BP in international projects. LetterOne’s L1 Energy was founded in 2013 with Lord Browne, former CEO of BP,James Hackett of Anadarko Petroleum and Andrew Gould of BG joining L1 Energy Advisory Board.… On 2 March 2015 Lord Browne was appointed chairman of L1 Energy.… One, and a week later, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was appointed as the board’s advisor….”
“12. “One of the original founders of LetterOne, Mr Fridman is Chairman of the Board of Directors of L1 Holdings and L1 Investment Holdings”. LetterOne. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
13. ^ a b c “Rosneft and BP Complete TNK-BP Sale and Purchase Transaction”. BP. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
14. ^ a b c d e Callus, Andrew (4 December 2012). “Insight: UK court reveals fear and mistrust at TNK-BP”. Reuters. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
15. ^ a b c “LetterOne”. Letterone.lu. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
16. ^ a b Leite, Julia (26 October 2015). “Fridman Offers $4 Billion to Merge Brazil Carriers Oi, Tim”. Bloomberg. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
17. ^ a b c Macalister, Terry (8 March 2015). “Ex-BP boss aims to build major energy industry player from scratch | Politics”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
18. ^ a b c d Alic, Jen (23 June 2013). “Alfa Billionaires Launch L1 Energy Fund”. Oilprice.com.
30. “Cash-laden oligarchs hunt pastures new”. Financial Times. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
31 “7 Richest Oil Baron’s In The World”. Billionaires Newswire. 20 November 2015. Archived from the original on 2 May 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
32 Kottasova, Ivana (16 December 2014). “Putin’s cronies lose $50 billion”. CNN. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
33. ^ “Russian tycoon Fridman to invest $16bn in US & European telecoms – media”. RT. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
34. ^ a b Reed, Stanley (28 June 2013). “2 Hard-Charging Oligarchs Returning to Global Energy Market”. New York Times. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
35. ^ a b Rocker, Simon (13 November 2014). “Russian philanthropists bound for London”. The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-11-10.
36. ^ a b c d Bershidsky, Leonid (5 March 2015). “Not All Russian Billionaires Are Putin Cronies”. Bloomberg. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
37. ^ a b c Macalister, Terry (8 March 2015). “Ex-BP boss aims to build major energy industry player from scratch”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
38. ^ “Ex-British trade minister Davies joins Russia’s LetterOne”. Reuters. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
39. ^ “Former Swedish premier Bildt appointed LetterOne board adviser”. Reuters. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-11…” Excerpted from the article here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Khan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ (Emphasis our own.)