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Fabergé Resurrection Egg owned by Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg
Photo by Testus, CC-BY-SA-4.0, cropped-some glare removed.
NYTimes: “Viktor Vekselberg, Russian Billionaire, Was Questioned by Mueller’s Investigators https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/us/politics/viktor-vekselberg-mueller-investigation.html
Trump Commerce Secretary pick, Wilbur Ross, helped Trump keep control of his Casinos in the 1980s. Up until March 1, 2017, he was Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Cyprus. The largest shareholder of Bank of Cyprus is Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg. His Renova Group has been involved in aluminium, oil, energy, telecoms and a variety of other sectors, such as airport management-construction. Their web site lists them as involved in metallurgy, energy, development, telecommunications and nanotechnolgies.
The Chairman of the Board of Bank of Cyprus (BOC), since November 2014, has been Swiss Banker (St. Gallen born and educated) Josef Ackermann, who “was elected as chairman of the board of directors of the Bank of Cyprus following the proposal of the new major shareholder of the bank Wilbur Ross.“ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Ackermann
Ackermann was head of Deutsche Bank – a major lender to Trump – when it was involved in questionable Mirror Trades, which involved Russia and Cyprus shell companies (and London, New York, etc.) https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/trump-lender-deutsche-bank-fined-for-mirror-trading-10-billion-russian-money-laundering-scheme/
As of March 31, 2016, Lamesa Holding – affiliate of Viktor Vekselberg’s Renova Group – held 9.9% of the Bank of Cyprus (3.5% directly and 6.4% indirectly), according to the Bank of Cyprus web site. According to a New York Times article on Trump Commerce Secretary Pick, Wilbur Ross, and the Bank of Cyprus, “The only Russian with a prominent role in the bank today is Viktor Vekselberg, a billionaire businessman who bought shares in 2014, around the same time as Mr. Ross. Like all wealthy business people still working in Russia, Mr. Vekselberg has maintained good relations with the Kremlin…” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/world/europe/wilbur-ross-russia-bank-of-cyprus.html
Vekselberg was at Trump’s inauguration. He was also at the Kremlin funded RT news dinner, in December 2015, in Russia, which Michael Flynn and Putin attended. Vekselberg’s cousin and CEO of Columbus Nova, Andrew Intrater, gave $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/us/politics/viktor-vekselberg-mueller-investigation.html
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Reuters reported in “Russia’s Putin meets tycoon Vekselberg: TASS” that Putin held a meeting discussing infrastructure projects in which Vekselberg’s Renova Holding Company is involved. This includes a new airport in Rostov, where part of the FIFA World Cup is to be held in 2018. This article lists Renova assets as in metals and mining, utilities, construction and communications.
Much has been made of Vekselberg’s turning down the offer of a Cyprus passport, but no one has noted his apparently permanent Swiss residency. He has maintained his Russian citizenship, while being eligible for Swiss citizenship if he falls from grace.
Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger points out that Vekselberg is a major Swiss industrialist with his Renova group holding 63% of Winterthur’s Sulzer, around 40% of the Schwyz conglomerate Oerlikon and 40% of Lucerne steelmaker Schmolz + Bickenbach. (Tages Anzeiger, April 7, 2018)
In February, Zonoville Investments Ltd, composed of investors led by Vekselberg’s Renova and Blavatnik’s Access Industries, agreed to buy 6% of Rusal from Onexim (Feb. 19, 2018). This brought Zonoville and SUAL Partners (co-owned by Vekselberg (and unknown) ownership of Rusal to 26.5%. Deripaska still owns around 48% of Rusal via EN+. The Chairman of the Board of Rusal is former Stasi agent and old friend of Putin, Matthias Warnig, who is CEO of Nord Stream (also Zug Switzerland based)
Trump-Trump Administration appear(s) to be helping push Deripaska out of Rusal.
“Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska’s aluminum empire has taken up a U.S. offer for relief from sanctions and announced his resignation from the board and a reduction of his stock holdings to less than 50 percent.” (RFERL, April 28, 2018).
For whose benefit is Trump-Trump Administration pushing out Deripaska? So that Access Industries’ Len Blavatnik can get a larger share? And/or for Potanin to get a larger share? And/or for Vekselberg to? Blavatnik is an long-time friend-business partner of Vekselberg.
Summary from the office of Congressman Eric Swalwell:
“Wilbur Ross: Ross, President Trump’s Secretary of Commerce, was the top shareholder in the Bank of Cyprus, an institution with deep Russian ties and investors who made fortunes under Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to McClatchy, the banking system in Cyprus, because of its dependence on Russian investors, is money-laundering concern for the US State Department. Ross served as the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Bank of Cyprus.
The second largest investor in the Bank of Cyprus was Viktor Vekselberg, who once served on the Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft, which is under partial sanction by the US Treasury Department. Vekselberg is known to have a close relationship with Vladimir Putin. In February , six senators sent a letter to Ross inquiring about his relationship to Vekselberg. The senators also inquired about Ross’s relationship with Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, who is also linked to the Bank of Cyprus, was a former KGB agent, and is believed to be a Putin associate.” https://swalwell.house.gov/issues/russia-trump-his-administration-s-ties
Additional Ross connections found in the Paradise Papers:
“Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross benefits from business ties to Putin’s inner circle“, NOVEMBER 5, 2017 https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/donald-trumps-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-and-his-russian-business-ties/
While Congress was on Recess for (Easter-Passover-Spring) last year, one US Congressman (Democratic Party) from the House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Quigley of Illinois, was on an investigative hunt seeking ties between Trump and the Russians in Cyprus: “Apr 14, 2017 Press Release WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement upon his return from a fact-finding trip to Cyprus. “As part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our elections, and in support of ongoing counterterrorism efforts, my recent trip to Cyprus was both informative and timely. It is essential for the Intelligence Committee to examine the nature and scope of Russian money laundering and how the use of offshore accounts, like those used in Cyprus, is one of many tools the Kremlin utilizes to exert undue influence abroad. Trips like this help our Committee continue to connect the dots specific to Russia’s election meddling and other nefarious activities they have undertaken around the world.” https://quigley.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/quigley-statement-recent-cyprus-visit
Did Vekselsberg open the Fabergé Museum to please Putin? As a public relations stunt that he is giving back to Russia? Recall that this sort of thing was recommended to the original US robber barrons for public relations. Or, could it possibly be a front for money laundering-repository for objects related to money laundering? Hypothetically, it could be. But, is it? The museum houses over 4,000 items, not just the imperial eggs.
Russian oligarchs Vekselberg and Len Blavatnik both serve on the board of the museum holding the Chabad-Lubavitcher Schneerson library. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are members of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect, which is a subset of a subset (Hassidic) of a subset (Ultra-Orthodox) of a subset (Orthodox) of Judaism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasidic_Judaism Jewish Members of Congress opposing Trump appear to be members of Reform or Conservative synagogues.
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s (now ex-) wife Dasha, friend of Ivanka, appears to have replaced him on the board (Zhukova Darya Alexandrovna). Abramovich has been a large Chabad donor in the past. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_Museum_and_Tolerance_Center. About Dasha’s oligarch father: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/10/alexander-zhukov-what-we-know-about-russian-oil-magnate
Dasha was reportedly invited by Ivanka to attend Trump inauguration related events.
Russian Orthodox Church (Fabergé Eggs) and Chabad Lubavitch (Schneerson Library) are conjoined through the World Congress of Families (WCF).
References Re Vekselberg’s Swiss Interests’ and his RUSAL Investments
“Sanktionen gegen Vekselberg: Schweizer Firmen beunruhigtEingefrorenes Vermögen: Was bedeutet das für die Schweizer Beteiligungen des russischen Oligarchen?” Tages Anzeiger:
Peter Burkhardt Wirtschaftschef Walter Niederberger Korrespondent Wirtschaft 07.04.2018. https://www.tagesanzeiger. ch/wirtschaft/standardsanktionen-gegen-vekselberg-schweizer-firmen-beunruhigt/story/18731912
“Russian billionaires risk ‘shootout’ in battle over nickel giant
Polina Devitt. FEBRUARY 26, 2018 / 3:19 PM https://www.reuters.com/article/us-viacom-cbs-m-a-exclusive/exclusive-redstone-makes-concessions-on-viacom-ceo-in-bid-to-clinch-cbs-deal-sources-idUSKBN1I52DM
“Russian Aluminum Giant Makes Bid For Relief From U.S. Sanctions “April 28, 2018 04:26 GMT RFE/RL https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-aluminum-giant-rusal-deripaska-en-plus-makes-bid-relief-us-sanctions/29197245.html
“BRIEF-United Company Rusal Says Zonoville Investments To Buy 6% Stake In Co From Onexim Group FEBRUARY 20, 2018 / 4:39 AM https://af.reuters.com/article/metalsNews/idAFFWN1QA0B2
SUAL GROUP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUAL_Group
Vekselberg’s Renova: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renova_Group