NYT: Russian Fund Under Scrutiny for Loan to Company Linked to Kremlin

NYT: Russian Fund Under Scrutiny for Loan to Company Linked to Kremlin

By ANDREW E. KRAMER JAN. 22, 2016  MOSCOW — When a new government-backed investment fund opened five years ago, Moscow wanted to send a simple message: Russia was ready to take the politics out of business. CLICK IMAGE for direct link to story @ NYT.com Authorities signed up a high-powered board of international advisers to oversee its activities, a […]

ABC News: Memory Lapse? Trump Seeks Distance From ‘Advisor’ With Past Ties to Mafia

ABC News: Memory Lapse? Trump Seeks Distance From ‘Advisor’ With Past Ties to Mafia

By MATTHEW MOSK BRIAN ROSS Dec 10, 2015, 7:30 AM ET Though he touts his outstanding memory, when Donald Trump was asked under oath about his dealings with a twice-convicted Russian émigré who served prison time and had documented mafia connections, the real estate mogul was at a loss. Even though the man, Felix Sater, had played a role […]

AP: Donald Trump picked stock fraud felon as senior adviser

AP: Donald Trump picked stock fraud felon as senior adviser

By Jeff Horwitz – Associated Press – Friday, December 4, 2015 WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump tapped a man to be a senior business adviser to his real-estate empire even after the man’s past involvement in a major mafia-linked stock fraud scheme had become publicly known, according to Associated Press interviews and a review of court records. CLICK […]

Daily Beast: Inside Donald Trump’s Empire: Why He Didn’t Run for President in 2012

Daily Beast: Inside Donald Trump’s Empire: Why He Didn’t Run for President in 2012

WAYNE BARRETT 05.26.11 12:29 PM ET Editor’s Note, 8/10/15: Four years ago, Wayne Barett reported shady business deals ahead of Trump’s flirtation with a White House run. After first exposing Trump’s ties to organized crime in his 1992 book, Barrett looked into his most recent business dealings and discovered the following: • One associate who […]

Bloomberg: Putin Allies Aided Russian Mafia in Spain, Prosecutors Say

Bloomberg: Putin Allies Aided Russian Mafia in Spain, Prosecutors Say

Esteban Duarte and Henry Meyer June 29, 2015 at 2:00:01 PM PDT Some of Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, including the chairman of OAO Gazprom, a deputy premier and two former ministers, helped one of Russia’s largest criminal groups operate out of Spain for more than a decade, prosecutors in Madrid say.Members of St. Petersburg’s Tambov crime syndicate […]

Real Estate Weekly: Accusations of mob tactics muddy fight over money

Real Estate Weekly: Accusations of mob tactics muddy fight over money

BY SARAH TREFETHEN MARCH 26, 2014 The controversy surrounding former employees of Tevfik Arif’s Bayrock Group is part spy novel, part courtroom procedural, part financial drama. CLICK IMAGE for link to story. The latest developments came last week, when a mob-informant-turned-author-turned-developer, Salvatore Lauria, filed a summons in New York State Supreme court against Jody Kriss, now a […]

Ynetnews: A billionaire in stormy waters

Ynetnews: A billionaire in stormy waters

Yana Pevzner, Thiya Barak |Published:  29.03.11  Alexander Mashkevich, one of Jewish world’s biggest philanthropists, suspected of organizing sex party on luxurious yacht seized by Turkish police. His lawyer denies allegations, but Yedioth Ahronoth reveals what really happened on board. September 28, 2010. A huge yacht anchors in Bodrum, Turkey. The Savarona, 136 meters (446 feet) long, […]

Scientific American: Planning to E-Vote? Read This First

Scientific American: Planning to E-Vote? Read This First

By Larry Greenemeier on August 18, 2008 With less than three months before the presidential election, the hotly contested state, Ohio, along with others, continue to have problems with E-voting technology. CLICK IMAGE for link to story. In their rush to avoid a repeat of the controversy that plagued the 2000 presidential election, and to meet the requirements […]

NY Mag: Trump Soho Is Not an Oxymoron

NY Mag: Trump Soho Is Not an Oxymoron

  By Michael Idov  Published Mar 30, 2008 It’s a 46-story skyscraper being built on a graveyard that’s brought together shadowy Russians and a billionaire brand name to attract internationals in a zoning-skirting scheme that’s enraged the neighborhood, sent glass shattering to the street, and killed a construction worker. It’s New York in the aughts, and inside […]