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 […]

Forbes: Man of Steel

Forbes: Man of Steel

Heidi Brown Nathan Vardi 3/28/2005 @ 12:00 AM Alex Shnaider became a billionaire in the dimly lit steel mills of eastern Europe. How will he handle the glare of the Western world? Alexander Shnaider was relaxing on a recent winter morning with his wife and three young daughters on his 170-foot Benetti yacht in a […]

WP: Putin’s Career Rooted in Russia’s KGB

WP: Putin’s Career Rooted in Russia’s KGB

By David Hoffman Washington Post Foreign Service Sunday, January 30, 2000 DRESDEN, Germany – In the gray villa at No. 4 Angelikastrasse here, perched on a hill overlooking the Elbe River, a young major in the Soviet secret police spent the last half of the 1980s recruiting people to spy on the West. Vladimir Putin looked for […]

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