Access Industries, airport management, aluminum, Andrew Intrater, Bank of Cyprus, Blavatnik, Chabad Lubavitch, Columbus Nova, construction, construction projects, Cyprus, Cyprus fact finding trip, Deripaska, Deutsche Bank, Easter Eggs, EN+, energy, Faberge Eggs, Faberge Museum, FIFA World Cup 2018, Flynn, Imperial Faberge eggs, Josef Ackermann, Kremlin, Lamesa Holding, metallurgy, metals, mining, Mirror Trades, Nord Stream, Oerlikon, oil, Panama, Putin, Renova, Renova Group, Resurrection Egg, RUSAL, Russian oligarch, Schmolz+Bickenbach, Schneerson library, Schwyz, St. Gallen, St. Petersburg, Stasi, Sulzer, Swiss Bankers, Swiss industrialist, Switzerland, telecommunications, Trump casinos, Trump Commerce Secretary, Trump lender, US House Intelligence Committee, Viktor Vekselberg, Warnig, Wilbur Ross, Winterthur, Zug, Zurich
Fabergé Resurrection Egg owned by Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg
Photo by Testus, CC-BY-SA-4.0, cropped-some glare removed.
NYTimes: “At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and Oligarch Discussed Russian Relations: The meeting, which took place 11 days before the inauguration, preceded a $1 million contract Mr. Cohen received from a firm tied to the Russian oligarch“. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/25/us/politics/michael-cohen-viktor-vekselberg-trump-tower.html
Reports the Washington Post: “Later that month, Cohen signed a lucrative consulting contract with Intrater’s investment firm, Columbus Nova. Company officials have said that Vekselberg, who is Columbus Nova’s biggest client, played no role in Cohen’s hiring.” See “Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg met with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen days before the inauguration” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/russian-billionaire-viktor-vekselberg-met-with-trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-days-before-the-inauguration/2018/05/25/ab18eadc-602a-11e8-9ee3-49d6d4814c4c_story.html. There has been some debate as to whether Columbus Nova is a subsidiary of Vekselberg’s Renova, or not.
What appears to be Russian oligarch Vekselberg, and his cousin Andrew Intrater (of Columbus Nova), who arrive at 6:48 and leave at 7:18 (30 minutes). They go up elevator 1 and come down elevator 4. Clips: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4731532/pay-play-russian-oligarch-viktor-vekselberg https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4731534/pay-play-russian-oligarch-viktor-vekselberg
At around 4:26, what appears to be Trump Economic Advisor-former Goldman Sachs banker, Gary Cohn arrives, as does Michael Cohen ca 4:32 (Trump lawyer). As Michael Cohen goes up, a young Jewish man in what appears to be ultra-orthodox attire comes down. Entire video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?421399-1/pool-feed-trump-tower-lobby https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Cohn_(investment_banker)
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: https://www.rferl.org/a/russian-aluminum-giant-rusal-deripaska-en-plus-makes-bid-relief-us-sanctions/29197245.html )
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
Vekselberg is connected to Len Blavatnik, as pointed out above:
Len Blavatnik, owner of Access Industries and born in the Soviet Union, appears to tie many of the Republican Senate-Trump-Russia threads together. Blavatnik’s Access Industries has given millions to right wing PACs, including over $1.5 million to the (Republican) Senate Leadership Fund, at least a million to South Carolina Senator Graham’s presidential campaign, and a million to Trump’s inaugural committee. https://www.fec.gov/data/receipts/individual-contributions/. Inaugural Committee Donations: http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/286/201704180300150286/201704180300150286.pdf
The Kushners and Trump are long-time friends of Netanyahu. Haaretz reports that Blavatnik is a Netanyahu friend: “Kremlin-linked Billionaire, Netanyahu Friend Donated to Trump’s Private Legal Fund : Len Blavatnik, who made his fortune in the former Soviet Union in the oil business, appears on a legal defense fund list uncovered by the Wall St. Journal” Haaretz and News Agencies Sep 25, 2017 1:28 Pm. Access Industries just bought Calpine along with Trump donor and fund-raiser, nuclear waste king, Doug Kimmelman’s Energy Capital Partners (Energy Solutions), and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Kimmelman is a Goldman Sachs “alumnus”. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/916457/000091645717000107/exhibit991-8182017.htm Len Blavatnik (Access Industries), Sheldon Adelson (Trump mega-donor), Lev Leviev were sued re Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Leviev and Blavatnik, both Russian oligarchs, are connected to Chabad Lubavitch of which Ivanka and Jared are members. Adelson has also donated to Chabad. See: http://www.martinmcmahonlaw.com/Tamimi_Complaint.pdf
Some of the other people there that day (Jan. 9, 2017):