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Whos Enabling Putins Enablers?
BY SAM PIZZIGATI
CounterPunch, March 29, 2022
Where would Vladimir Putin be without the Russian oligarchy? Without Russias oligarchs, political leaders of the Western world have concluded, Putin would be tottering. Western leaders have made squeezing Russias richest a central piece of their strategy to end Putins Ukraine cross-border assault.
These same Western leaders, unfortunately, have failed to take seriously what ought to be an equally pressing question: Where would Russias oligarchs be without the West, without the Wall Streeters, wealth managers, and assorted other high-finance riff-raff paid millions, as Institute for Policy Studies analyst Chuck Collins puts it, to help billionaires sequester trillions?
Western leaders have essentially been ignoring this question almost ever since the old Soviet Union collapsed. And now were paying the price. Those Ukraine sanctions against Russias oligarchs? They come with a huge loophole. The Western worlds opaque web of tax havens and anonymous corporations is essentially rendering much of those sanctions ineffective.
The U.S. wealth defense industry, we need to remember, hasnt just been helping Russian oligarchs hide their fortunes. Americas money-handlers have for years been helping them pile up ever grander fortunes. Theyve steered the illicit funds of Russian oligarchs into U.S. real estate, investment funds, and even factories, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein, a senior reporter on the 2016 bombshell Panama Papers tax avoidance exposé.
The Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has used a network of banks, law firms and advisers in multiple countries, the New York Times just reported, to invest billions in American hedge funds. Along the way, he tapped the expertise and contacts of U.S. high-finance giants ranging from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to BlackRock and the Carlyle Group.
Not only can we do it, weve done it before.
We will accomplish the impossible again.
Its clear poets truly are the unrecognized legislators of the multiverse.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 21, 2020
Contributor: Rachel Ellehuus
According to the UK Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee, the UK government does not know andincrediblydid not try to find out.
This was the question at the heart of the long-awaited Russia Report, the 9-month delayed, 55-page assessment of Russias malign interference in UK politics. Produced by an independent committee of nine members of parliament from several political parties, including the ruling Conservatives, the report became highly controversial because Boris Johnsons government tried to block its publication.
The report is damning. It says that the government, along with its intelligence and security services, underestimated the response required to the Russian threat and are still playing catch up. It asserts that Russian influence in the UK is the new normal [ ] the UK is clearly a target for Russian disinformation.
If Russia did have a role in tipping the 2016 Brexit referendum, the report asserts that it was not through direct involvement in the voting process, which, in the United Kingdom, is done entirely with paper and considered very hard to corrupt.
But the report leaves open the possibility that Moscow-based information operations, especially through social media and Russian state-funded broadcasters like Sputnik and RTand backed up by targeted support to influential voices within UK politicsmay well have been a significant factor.
Disinformation is a dish best served weaponized.
How Billionaires Picked Putin as "Russias Pinochet"
By Greg Palast
BuzzFlash, March 16, 2022
Vladimir Putin did not arrive from outer space on an abalone shell.
Putin went from the virtually unknown Deputy Mayor of St. Petersburg to Russias President and potentate by winning a weird competition organized by Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky who sought a "Russian Pinochet" to succeed Boris Yeltsin as President.
The competition, dubbed "Operation Successor," went so far as to send Russias "Larry King," Mikhail Leontyev, to interview General Pinochet for Russian TV while Pinochet was under indictment in Chile on murder charges. Russians were treated to the old dictators advice on choosing a leader who could imitate Pinochets "strong hand," a police state, while promoting a hyper-capitalist economy.
And Putin fit the Pinochet profile.
Victor Nemec and Nick Nemec (on the right) in the photo.
Republican AG Told at Least the Guy Was a Democrat After He Killed a Man With His Car
AT LEAST THE GUY WAS A DEMOCRAT
The family of a man run over and killed by South Dakotas Republican attorney general have expressed outrage at a vile text message sent after his death.
The Daily Beast, Mar. 10, 2022
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg ran down and killed a pedestrian on Sept. 12, 2020. This week, South Dakota Department of Public Safety Secretary Craig Price said Ravnsborg received a text message from an unnamed political consultant less than two days after the crash that commented on the political party of Joe Boever, the 55-year-old man that Ravnsborg, a first-term Republican, had killed.
Well, at least the guy was a Democrat, the message read.
Boever was a cousin of Nick Nemec, a Democrat and former state legislator who ran for the state Public Utilities Commission in 2012. Nemec, who has served as a family spokesman since the crash, said the comments about Boever were upsetting.
He said Boever was a registered Democrat but was not active in politics.
He was just a voter, Nemec said.
The prices these days are murder!
Not even worth a dime. Made entirely from pennies and nickels.
The Face of Money (2017)
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