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Comment of the Day: Don the Con’s Money Connections to Russia

2017-05-12

This comment appeared in the New York Times attached to an editorial about Russian connections already known:  (the sale of the Palm Beach mansion at a 171% profit in 2008 is especially noteworthy, because the sale occurred during a real estate crash known as the Great Recession.  In addition, Don the Con’s positive comments about Russia date back to this time.)

David Parsons

San Francisco CA

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev purchased Trump’s Palm Beach mansion for almost $95 million in 2008, right in the middle of a global real estate and financial crisis.

The transaction made headlines because he paid almost $60 million more than Trump had, a return of 171% in just 4 years.

Dmitry Rybolovlev is the largest shareholder of the Bank of Cyprus, the same bank Paul Manafort used to bank his 12.7 million slush fund from Putin.

Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross bought into the bank 3 years ago and was the Vice Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus.

In 2015 Ross sold the bank’s Russia-based businesses were sold to a Russian banker and consultant, Artem Avetisyan, who had ties to both the Russian president and Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank.

At the time, Sberbank was under US and EU sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

After the election, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, met with the CEO of Russia’s state-owned Vnesheconombank in December 2016 to obtain financing for his building 666 5th Avenue.

Follow the money, follow the cyber-hacking, follow the disinformation.

For the President to fire the Head of the independent FBI during the middle of his investigation is a Constitutional crisis.

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