arms trafficking, assassination, Balkans, bankruptcy, Biden, Bulgaria, Bulgarian communists, Bulgarian mafia, Communist Party, debt, Donovan, Doynov, Ethiopia, Ethiopian famine, Gasprom, Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeff Epstein, joint ventures, Kleptocracy, Lukanov, mafia, Money-laundering, Mozambique, oil and gas, Robert Maxwell, Samuel Pisar, Secretary of State Blinken, Tony Blinken, Topenergy, Zhivkov
Robert Maxwell was Ghislaine Maxwell’s father. Biden Secretary of State Tony Blinken’s stepfather, Sam Pisar, was Maxwell’s lawyer and confidant. Funny thing how many of the actors in this saga, appear to have died mysteriously.
“Robert Maxwell’s Money and Bulgaria” https://youtu.be/3Xu-Gni5iSQ
“Former Bulgarian Premier Denies Dealings With Robert Maxwell January 09, 1996 00:00 GMT By Ron Synovitz
Sofia, Jan. 24 – (RFE/RL) – Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Andrey Lukanov is denying a new report that alleges he had illegal dealings with the late British publisher Robert Maxwell.
A British newspaper, The Guardian, reported yesterday that Maxwell had helped Bulgaria’s Communist leaders launder money through joint ventures set up in the West with Bulgarian capital.
The Guardian named Lukanov, former Communist Dictator Todor Zhivkov, and former Politburo member Ognyan Doynov.
The newspaper says that with Maxwell’s help, they transfered about $2 billion in foreign currency out of Bulgaria. The Guardian also claims to have obtained classified documents signed by Zhivkov in 1987 approving the formation of the joint ventures.
The Financial Times of London has previously reported that Doynov and other Bulgarian communist leaders sent thousands of millions of dollars in state funds to bank accounts in Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The Financial Times reported that the funds became a source of start-up capital for various Bulgarian mafia groups with close links to Lukanov, Doynov and Zhivkov.
Lukanov told RFE/RL in Sofia today that such articles are simply attempts by newspapers to increase their sales. He also praised Maxwell’s pre-1989 investment policies in Bulgaria, saying that they were “good for the country.”
Doynov told the BBC that he has no knowledge about trade deals between Bulgaria and Maxwell, and that no money was moved out of Bulgaria while he was a Politburo member. Doynov worked for Maxwell for one year after 1989.
Lukanov, who became Bulgaria’s first post-revolutionary Prime Minister, is widely held to be the man who controls the economic power base of the former communists in today’s ruling Socialist Party. He seized control of the Communist Party’s Central Committee, along with communist era foreign minister Peter Mladenov, in the “palace revolution” of November 1989.
Lukanov was prime minister in March of 1990 when the government announced it had no money to repay about $11 billion borrowed from western governments and banks.
About $9 billion was owed to private western banks in the London Club of international creditors while Sofia owed about $2 billion to western governments. More than half of those debts were later written off in debt rescheduling agreements.
Today, Lukanov is a deputy in parliament and a board member of Topenergy, a Bulgarian-Russian joint venture working closely with Gazprom to sell Russian natural gas and oil in the Balkans.
Maxwell’s business empire collapsed following his mysterious death at sea off the Canary Islands in November 1991.” Ron Synovitz Ron Synovitz is a senior correspondent for RFE/RL. Copyright 1996/2021 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036 https://www.rferl.org/a/1079918.html
GA/9112 BULGARIAN MINISTER TELLS ASSEMBLY OF ASSASSINATION OF FORMER PRIME MINISTER; PRESIDENT EXPRESSES SHOCK AT NEWS
“The Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Gueorgui Pirinski, departing from his prepared statement, told the General Assembly today that a former Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Andrey Lukanov, had been assassinated this morning in Sofia. Mr. Lukanov, he said, had been an active member of Parliament at the time of his death…”https://www.un.org/press/en/1996/19961002.ga9112.html
“In 1992 Doinov was indicted along with other former top communist officials on charges of impoverishing Bulgaria by giving millions of dollars to communist movements in the developing world.” See: “Ex-Bulgarian Official Doinov Dies” February 14, 2000 https://archive.is/NAz86
Note Doinov connection with Ethiopia, further below. He is alleged to have given properties to Ethiopia in the 1980s, when he was a Bulgarian official, though what this means is unclear.
“BBC holds firm over Ethiopia famine funds report: Bob Geldof and charities deny aid was spent on weapons but corporation executives say reports are credible https://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/mar/07/bbc-holds-firm-ethiopia-famine-funds
Was it a publicity stunt? Or was he laundering money and/or running weapons?
“In November the first British relief plane arrived in the capital Addis Ababa, sponsored by UK newspaper the Daily Mirror. But it was more a publicity stunt for proprietor Robert Maxwell, who arrived personally to deliver just 20 tonnes of supplies. As BBC Correspondent Michael Buerk reported it was enough to last 12 minutes”. (BBC, “Flashback 1984: Portrait of a famine”, 6 April 2000 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/703958.stm
Excerpt from “Robert Maxwell obituary” by Dennis Barker and Christopher Sylvester Wed 6 Nov 1991 09.58 GMT: “This marked the beginning of the most fascinating period in Maxwell’s career, during which he was rarely out of the headlines. Maxwell tried to solve the problem of famine in Ethiopia, he ‘rescued’ the Commonwealth Games (which was later found to be insolvent), he patronised Neil Kinnock and other Labour politicians, he sued Private Eye (successfully) for suggesting that he had tried to buy a peerage, he launched Britain’s first 24-hour newspaper (the London Daily News), he launched The European. He became another Fleet Street legend, notorious for his treatment of editors and journalists as well as print workers…
He had been up to his old trick of using transactions between his private companies, registered in secretive tax havens such as Lichtenstein and Gibraltar, and MCC to bolster MCC’s share price.
There was always something rather ridiculous about Maxwell’s constant need to prove himself. He was criticised and mocked for his sycophancy towards the satraps of Eastern Europe, where Pergamon had done business since the late forties. He published the speeches of Husak, Kadar, Ceaucescu, Brezhnev, Andropov, and Chernenko. A recent interview with Maxwell in the magazine Playboy demonstrated the Walter Mitty-ish aspect of his character. He virtually claimed that he, above all others, had been responsible for persuading the Israeli premier Yitzhak Shamir to show restraint in the teeth of Saddam Hussein’s scud attacks during the Gulf War. When asked whether he was more powerful than most politicians, the former Labour MP said: ‘Yes, except for the two or three highest people in an administration.’” Excerpt Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd Read the article here: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/1991/nov/06/obituaries
“In respect of the applicant, the initial charges against him were also under the above quoted provisions of the Criminal Code. It was contended that between 1981 and 1986 in his capacity of an official, Political Secretary of the BCP, and in concert with another ten officials, members of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the BCP, he had misappropriated public funds and property (BGL 8,171,347; 200,000 convertible Bulgarian levs; 2,175,500 United States dollars; 8,000 tonnes of wheat; the value of organising a summit; sixty airplane tickets; 20,000 tonnes of oil; properties given to Ethiopia; training of fifty officials from Mozambique, thirty officers and thirty cadets from Ghana; and, training, accommodation and employment for thirty Turkish nationals), which had been entrusted to him for safekeeping and management and which represented a very serious offence and for a very large amount. In addition, it was claimed that in order to facilitate the aforesaid offence the applicant had perpetrated another offence – that in his capacity as an official, Secretary of the Central Committee of the BCP, he had violated his obligations as such and had exceeded his authority with the aim of obtaining advantage for himself and for a third party and had caused severe damages, which was qualified as being a very serious offence.” See: “COUR EUROPÉENNE DES DROITS DE L’HOMME, EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS, FIFTH SECTION, CASE OF DOINOV v. BULGARIA” (Application no. 68356/01), JUDGMENT STRASBOURG 27 September 2007, FINAL 27/12/2007 hrlibrary.umn.edu/research/bulgaria/Doinov-en.pdf
Samuel Pisar, step father of Biden Secretary of State Tony Blinken, was the lawyer and confidant of Ghislaine Maxwell’s father, Robert, as well as former advisor to JFK. Pisar played the role of intermediary between Epstein and the law office that Epstein used in France (Berlioz), according to Mr. Stéphane Coulaux, formerly of Berlioz, as reported in Le Parisien. See: “Affaire Epstein : les nombreux liens du millionnaire avec la France” Le 13 août 2019 à 21h19, modifié le 14 août 2019 à 07h05 https://www.leparisien.fr/faits-divers/affaire-esptein-les-nombreux-liens-du-millionnaire-avec-la-france-13-08-2019-8133258.php