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Lance pushes Trump to enforce Russian sanctions

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, is introducing legislation requiring the Trump Administration to enforce the sanctions against Russia.

Lance also said that Russian President "Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian regime tries to sow discontent" and that the "United States must respond forcefully to Russian interference and this bipartisan legislation ensures that Russia faces severe consequences."

At issue is the Trump Administration’s enforcement of sanctions against Russia. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (also known as CAATSA), was signed into law by President Trump on Aug. 2, 2017, having passed Congress with the support of Lance and an overwhelming bipartisan majority, according to the release. The legislation targeted officials of the Russian government who took part in foreign interference during the 2016 U.S. elections.

In order to prevent and stop the interference, CAATSA also asked for the executive branch to provide a detailed report from Treasury to determine individuals involved, prevent those individuals from coming to the U.S., and freeze the assets of influencers.

After new reports of the Trump Administration not enforcing the sanctions, Lance wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking for action, the release said. The DISARM Act makes clear the executive branch must follow the will of Congress and punish the Russian government.

So today the Trump admin did A FEW of the things that Congress overwhelmingly passed in August 2017 and which Trump himself signed into law at that time (but never did a thing about).

He still hasn't even done a lot of what he was legally obligated to but ignored for 6 months.

But it's a start, after he was hounded for doing absolutely nothing.

US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

US sanctions on Russian individuals and entities today did not target oligarchs and government officials close to President Vladimir Putin.

Lawmakers in both parties to said Trump needs to do much more.

Sixteen of the Russian individuals and entities sanctioned were indicted on Feb. 16 by Mueller

Today's sanctions didn’t hit Putin’s dominance hierarchy (power structure) and they didn’t team up with Europe.

Obama’s administration had already imposed sanctions on many of the people and entities targeted on Thursday.

U.S. sanctions Russians for meddling, but not Putin's oligarchs

NOTE that it is oligarchs who Trump is in financial debt to.
See the Financial Leverage paragraph of
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Hey, remember when Steve Bannon called the meeting at Trump Tower with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign "treasonous" and "unpatriotic"?
And said lots of other stuff about Trump and the White House? Well, at least according to that Fire and Fury book.

Well now Steve says he meant every word.

Steve Bannon Says He Doesn't Deny Anything That Michael Wolff Wrote About Trump In "Fire And Fury"
Bannon made the comments to a right-wing French media outlet.
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Hey good job. It's a lot to read but interesting just the same.
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Back in July, we found out:

Russians hacked US nuclear power plant systems

That was that Russians had gotten inside the business systems of the nuke plants, and were trying to expand that to get into the command and control systems.

But now, Russians can actually CONTROL US nuclear plants (can turn them off or disrupt them)
Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

Some of the plants attacked do not even know that the Russians got in and can totally control the plants' systems.

Here is the official report (very scary)
Alert (TA18-074A)
Russian Government Cyber Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

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Hey good job. It's a lot to read but interesting just the same.

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Russia is more aggressively hacking our infrastructure systems and waging "hybrid warfare" and "active measures" including cyber and social media methods,
while claiming new nuclear missile capabilities, and more brashly using nerve agents in public places (as well as Syria).

Meanwhile, Trump has only just begun to implement a few of the sanctions that he was obligated by Congress six months ago to do.
Until now he has been completely unwilling to even mention Russia or Putin in any possible negative way.

As to why Trump has not criticized Russia, we now know about his financial obligations to Russian oligarchs and his long term longing to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, etc... as partial reasons.

Trump Trying To ‘Fulfill Fantasy’ Of Teaming Up With Russia
In 1987 Trump came up with a plan to partner with the Soviet Union on nuclear weapons.

Trump had a plan to partner with Russia to cut back nukes in the rest of the world in 1987. Might he try it now?

and a very in depth article,

Trump’s Nuclear Experience
In 1987, he set out to solve the world’s biggest problem.

Sarah Kendzior, the author of the first article, has written a follow up piece
Trump and Putin: The worst case scenario

In 1987, Trump made his goal of Russian collaboration on nuclear power explicit: The Soviet Union and the US should partner to form a nuclear superpower with the intention of intimidating other countries into dropping their own nuclear plans.

“Most of those [pre-nuclear] countries are in one form or another dominated by the US and the Soviet Union,” Trump told journalist Roy Rosenbaum. “Between those two nations you have the power to dominate any of those countries. So we should use our power of economic retaliation and they use their powers of retaliation, and between the two of us we will prevent the problem from happening.

A very dubious plan especially given recent events.

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Active measures is a Soviet term for political warfare by Russian security services to influence the course of world events. Active measures range from media manipulations to violence. They include disinformation, propaganda, counterfeiting official documents, assassinations. Active measures include the establishment and support of international front organizations and foreign political parties.

Retired KGB Maj. Gen. Oleg Kalugin described active measures as "the heart and soul of Soviet intelligence": "Not intelligence collection, but subversion: active measures to weaken the West, to drive wedges in the Western community alliances of all sorts, particularly NATO, to sow discord among allies, to weaken the United States in the eyes of the people of Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and thus to prepare ground in case the war really occurs." Active measures was a system of special courses taught in the Andropov Institute of the KGB situated at SVR headquarters in Yasenevo, near Moscow.


Russia actively deploys “information influence operations that seek to muddy the political waters” using state-sponsored media, Twitter bots and social media trolls, and high-paid D.C. lobbyists

Operations like “troll farms” where hundreds of workers create and operate fake accounts designed to overwhelm social media networks with false information and seed doubt in democratic leaders and institutions by exploiting open communication.

Putin’s government makes use of hackers and malware. Russian organized crime now is also organized online, and criminals often collaborate with intelligence officials to mine data and steal information.

Russian hackers can access critical infrastructure like power and nuclear plants.

Putin manipulates the flow of Russia’s oil and natural gas reserves, as well as its nuclear power expertise, when it suits his political needs.

Putin controls the oligarchs who hold his money for him. Large national banks, utilities, and corporations are under state control or run by Putin loyalists.

Money can buy foreign pro-Kremlin disinformation, politicians, movements, press, investigators, and spies.

The Putin regime has a well-documented history of silencing dissent though human rights abuses, violence, and murder.
More than eight high-profile Russians have died since the November 8, 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Compromising material of a financial, sexual, or health-related nature that can coerce covert cooperation—or silence critics.

More than two decades after the presumptive end of the Cold War, Russian spies continue to seek to operate in our midst under cover of secrecy.

In 2010, the FBI arrested 10 Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) operatives who had been living seemingly normal lives in the United States for more than a decade. Dubbed Operation Ghost Stories

April 5, 2017 – U.S. officials deported convicted Russian spy Evgeny Buryakov, who had been working as a self-described Deputy Representative at Vnesheconombank (VEB) in New York City before his arrest in January 2015.

Putin has managed to cultivate support from both far-right British politician Nigel Farage and far-left U.S. Green Party candidate Jill Stein by appealing to a shared anti-globalization foreign policy stance. He has forged a relationship with actor Steven Seagal over a shared love of martial arts, granted Russian citizenship to French actor Gerard Depardieu so he could evade taxes in 2013, curried such favor with U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) that Rohrabacher’s earned the nickname “Putin’s favorite congressman,” and handed former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder lucrative positions with Gazprom, an energy arm of the Russian state, and Rosneft, the Kremlin-owned oil company.

Active Measures

How Russia Operates

and more in-detph

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Now that Trump is firing General McMaster, head of the NSC (when Trump finds a replacement for him),

McMaster is freed up to say what he really thinks about Russia

McMaster Slams Moscow

“Russia is also complicit in Assad’s atrocities,” he declared. “The Russian government has bombed civilian areas and provided political cover for Assad’s crimes.”

“If Iran and Russia do not stop enabling the regime’s atrocities and adhere to U.N. Security Council resolutions, all nations must respond more forcibly than simply issuing strong statements,” McMaster said. “It is time to impose serious political and economic consequences on Moscow and Tehran. Assad should not have impunity for his crimes, and neither should his sponsors.”

unequivocally blamed the Kremlin for “the abhorrent nerve agent attack” on a former double agent, Sergei Skripal, and proposed “serious political and economic consequences” for Russian aggression.

Those remarks suggested that Trump got suckered during his 2017 rounds of personal diplomacy with Vladimir Putin.
In November, Trump and Putin issued a joint statement firmly pledging support for what is known as the 2254 Process—though critics considered it a cover for Moscow to continue ensuring support for its client, Assad
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Maybe if the Russians kill Twitter, Trump will give a shit about cyber security?

Who cares about the Russians hacking multiple organizations in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation, construction, and critical manufacturing sectors?
Or that Putin has his fingers on the light switch, and nothing is stopping him from turning them off?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders guffawed at the notion the US was doing anything to deter cyberattacks.
“[Russia’s] going to have to decide whether or not they want to be a good actor or a bad actor. I think you can see from the actions that we’ve taken up until this point, we’re going to be tough on Russia until they decide to change their behavior.”

The few sanctions the Trump administration just announced are the ONLY action it has taken to combat Russian aggression, and
it amounts to some harsh language and a sad emoji.
Congress ordered Trump to implement much greater sanctions, 6 months ago, and he illegally has ignored it even though he signed it at the time.
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Retired four-star Army general: Trump ‘serious threat to US national security’

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey tweeted Friday that he reached the conclusion about Trump because the president “is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks.”

“It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr. Putin,” he added.
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Finally this self proclaimed propaganda warfare machine of the Mercer billions,
which uses Russian intel techniques, has been exposed,
and that Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are using with Trump.

Facebook bans Trump campaign’s data analytics firm for illegally taking user data

Facebook said it was suspending the accounts of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), the parent company of Cambridge Analytica

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

A shadowy global operation involving big data and billionaire friends of Trump influenced the result of the EU referendum.

"we became this dark, dystopian data company that gave the world Trump,” a former Cambridge Analytica employee tells me. “It was back when we were still just a psychological warfare firm.”

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging a propaganda war on mainstream media

With links to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage, the rightwing US computer scientist is at the heart of a multimillion-dollar propaganda network

In the course of the US election, Cambridge Analytica amassed a database, as it claims on its website, of almost the entire US voting population – 220 million people – and SCL is increasing staffing at its Washington office and competing for lucrative new contracts with Trump’s administration.
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Now the crimes in the above post are being investigated legally, so more of the truth will come out.

Massachusetts launches probe into Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data

Facebook stated that passing information on to a third party, including SCL/Cambridge Analytica violated its policies.

Cambridge Analytica has come under scrutiny for its involvement in the 2016 presidential election. President Trump’s former strategist and chief campaign executive Steve Bannon was a former vice president of the firm.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly requested all the emails between the firm and the Trump campaign and the firm’s CEO has been reportedly interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee.
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See the above two posts for the breaking story about the crimes committed by Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica has ties to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former White House adviser Steve Bannon, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and mega GOP/Trump donor Robert Mercer. Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks, previously tweeted that he was contacted by the company about Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Cambridge Analytica: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Investigations into Russian involvement with Cambridge Analytica (CA)
in the 2016 US Presidential election

On May 18, 2017, Time reported that the US Congress was investigating CA in connection with Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The report alleges that CA may have coordinated the spread of Russian propaganda using its microtargetting capabilities. According to the Trump campaign's digital operations chief, CA worked "side-by-side" with representatives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc. and Twitter on Trump's digital campaign activities.

On August 4, 2017, Michael Flynn, who is under investigation by US counterintelligence for his contacts with Russian officials, amended a public financial filing to reflect that he had served in an advisory role in an agreement with CA during the 2016 Trump campaign.

On October 25th, 2017, Julian Assange confirmed on Twitter that he had been approached by Cambridge Analytica, but said he had rejected its proposal. Assange's tweet followed a story in The Daily Beast alleging that Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix had proposed a collaboration with Wikileaks to find the 33,000 emails that had been deleted from Clinton's private server. CNN said it had been told by several unnamed sources that Nix intended to turn the Clinton email archive released to the public by the State Department into a searchable database for the campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee.

On December 14th, 2017, it was revealed that Robert Mueller had requested during the fall of 2017 that Cambridge Analytica turn over the emails of any of its employees who worked on the Trump campaign, as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
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More and more keeps coming out new on this, the subject of the last three posts...
Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL

Data Firm Tied to Trump Campaign Talked Election Targeting Business With Russians

The firms’ employees, who often overlap, had contact in 2014 and 2015 with executives from Lukoil, the Russian oil giant.

On two promotional documents obtained by The New York Times, SCL said it did business in Russia. In both documents, the country is highlighted on world maps that specify the location of SCL clients, with one of the maps noting that the clients were for the firm’s elections division.

Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey.

The contacts took place as Cambridge Analytica was building a roster of Republican political clients in the United States — and (illegally) harvesting the Facebook profiles of over 50 million users to develop tools it said could analyze voters’ behavior.

Cambridge Analytica also included extensive questions about Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, in surveys it was carrying out in American focus groups in 2014. Views on topics ranging from Mr. Putin’s popularity to Russian expansionism.

The Russian oil giant, which depends on Kremlin support, showed interest in how the company used data to tailor messaging to American voters.

“I kept asking Alexander (Cambridge Analytic's CEO), ‘Can you explain to me what they want?’ I don’t understand why Lukoil wants to know about political targeting in America.” “We’re sending them stuff about political targeting — they then come and ask more about political targeting.”

Lukoil depends on Kremlin support. Reuters reported last year that Lukoil received instructions from the state energy ministry on providing news stories favorable to Russian leadership.
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The FBI is already investigating Laundering of Russian money through the NRA to Trump Campaign through the NRA involving Alexander Torshin and his aide Maria Butina. The Russians actively infiltrated the NRA, as reported in...

(see the four previous posts in this thread):

Now the Federal Election Committee is also investigating.

FEC Investigating Whether Russia Used NRA to Funnel Money to Trump


FEC probes whether NRA got illegal Russian donations
Russian contributions intended to help the 2016 Trump campaign

A spokesman for the NRA and its lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action, which together contributed $30 million to Trump’s presidential campaign, declined to comment on the FEC’s probe.
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How many threads does this NIK have on here..
Give up on the Bundys did you man?
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Meanwhile, the Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee sprung a surprise report and a surprise closing of their investigation, not even telling the Democrats in the Committee, including not even the ranking member.
This despite significant evidence of collusion, for which the
Democrats on the Committee have just released a Status Report:
Status of the Russia Investigation

So, why has the GOP of the House Committee (the Nunes contingent) been covering up for Russia's involvement and goals instead of investigating them?
There is evidence that the RNC and some GOP (especially fundraisers) are affected by financial leverage and money-laundering and foreign payments involving Russia (see earlier in this thread).
Some key players may be themselves even involved in collusion.
From the Democratic status report:

Financial leverage. Donald Trump’s finances historically have been opaque, but there have long been credible allegations as to the use of Trump properties to launder money by Russian oligarchs, criminals, and regime cronies. There also remain critical unanswered questions about the source of President Trump’s personal and corporate financing. For example, Deutsche Bank, which was fined $630 million in 2017 over its involvement in a $10 billion Russian money-laundering scheme, consistently has been the source of financing for President Trump, his businesses, and his family. We have only begun to explore the relationship between President Trump and Deutsche Bank, and between the bank and Russia. Moreover, as the Committee has learned, candidate Trump’s private business was actively negotiating a business deal in Moscow with a sanctioned Russian bank during the election period. We must also seek to determine: Did the Russian government, through business figures close to the Kremlin, seek to court Donald Trump and launder funds through the Trump Organization; and did candidate Trump’s financial exposure via Deutsche Bank or other private loans constitute a point of leverage that Russia may have exploited and may still be using?

Money-laundering and foreign payments. The Special Counsel’s Office has secured indictments against or guilty pleas from Paul Manafort, candidate Trump’s campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, candidate Trump’s deputy campaign chairman. Numerous criminal offenses have been charged by the grand jury, including money-laundering. As the indictments and guilty pleas allege, Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates funneled “millions of dollars in payments into foreign nominee companies and bank accounts, opened by them and their accomplices in nominee names and in various foreign countries, including Cyprus, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and the Seychelles. Manafort and Gates hid the existence of the foreign companies and bank accounts, falsely and repeatedly reporting to their tax preparers and to the United States that they had no foreign bank accounts.”

Mr. Manafort also continued to communicate during his tenure on President Trump’s campaign with a former Russian associate, who the Special Counsel described in court as “a long-time Russian colleague…who is currently based in Russia and assessed to have ties to a Russian intelligence service.” The Committee’s investigation must seek to determine whether Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates’s money-laundering activities, tied to pro-Russian interests, constituted a point of leverage that Russia sought to benefit from or exploit to gain access to the Trump campaign, particularly given that Mr. Manafort reportedly offered private briefings about the Trump campaign to these contacts.

Key Lines of Inquiry (continuing to be investigated by Democratic members of the Committee, from the status report)

  • Hacking and dissemination of campaign emails

  • Campaign knowledge of email hack.

  • Russia’s intermediaries

  • Elections security

  • Social media campaign

  • Financial leverage

  • Money-laundering and foreign payments

  • Post-election effects and Obstruction of Justice

Some follow-up on this reported yesterday:

Mueller Wants Trump’s Business Records. What’s the Russia Connection?

  • There Was a Moscow Hotel Deal in the Works During the Campaign
    In email exchanges with Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater, a Russian émigré who had previously helped develop Trump SoHo in New York, talked about securing financing for the Moscow project from VTB, a major state-owned Russian bank under American sanctions. He also mused about how the deal, if supported by Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, would “fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce & business are much better and more practical than politics.”

    “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” Mr. Sater wrote in one of the emails.
    Mr. Trump signed the letter of intent with Andrey Rozov, a developer of retail and residential projects in the Moscow region.

  • Mr. Trump Took Miss Universe to Moscow and ‘Met the Top People’
    Trump said. “I was with the top-level people, both oligarchs and generals, and top-of-the-government people. I can’t go further than that, but I will tell you that I met the top people, and the relationship was extraordinary.” A father-son pair of real estate developers, Aras and Emin Agalarov, paid nearly $20 million to license the Miss Universe name.

  • The Trumps’ German Bank Paid Fines in a Russian Money-Laundering Case
    Two decades ago, Mr. Trump was a persona non grata on Wall Street. His casino and hotel businesses had suffered some bankruptcies, and his lenders were grumbling that he had stiffed them.
    But one giant German bank stepped up as a willing partner. Over the years, that institution,
    Deutsche Bank offered Mr. Trump more than $4 billion in loan commitments and potential bond offerings, a majority of which were completed, The Times reported last year.

  • A Russian Oligarch Bought a Trump Mansion at a High Price
    Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire oligarch, paid $95 million for Mr. Trump’s oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla.,
    The Palm Beach deal was unusual for several reasons.
    Mr. Trump sold the house less than four years after buying it for about $41 million. Mr. Rybolovlev paid the markup despite buying the property in 2008, at the height of the housing crisis. And Mr. Trump had made few improvements to the mansion, which reportedly had a mold problem.
    Mr. Rybolovlev, moreover, never lived in the property.
    At the time of the sale, Mr. Trump was facing financial pressure. He potentially owed Deutsche Bank $40 million after not paying off a loan for his Chicago hotel and tower.

  • There Were Boasts That Russian Money Helped Pay for Golf Courses and Other Projects
    In the past decade, the Trump Organization has bought and refurbished several golf courses around the world, but the financing behind those deals remains something of a mystery. Golf journalist James Dodson recounted a conversation he had had with
    Eric Trump in 2013 on a newly opened Trump golf course in Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Dodson said he had asked Mr. Trump about the company’s sources of funds, and Mr. Trump told him, “We have pretty much all the money we need from investors in Russia.”

    In 2008, at a real estate conference in New York, Donald Trump Jr. said: “In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets, say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
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Breaking news on the RUSSIAN CONNECTIONS to Trump Organization-connected Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL, the
subject of the four posts starting with...

Now even more evidence the company itself has Russian connections if not origins.

Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University researcher who harvested Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica "had previously unreported ties to a Russian university, including a teaching position and grants for research into the social media network."

[W]hile he was helping turn Facebook profiles into a political tool he was also an associate professor at St Petersburg State University, taking Russian government grants to fund other research into social media.

Cambridge Analytica's client Lukoil "is now on the US sanctions list" and "has been used as a vehicle of government influence."

The chief executive of Lukoil, Vagit Alekperov, is a former Soviet oil minister who has said the strategic aims of Lukoil are closely aligned with those of Russia.
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It’s Time to Attack Putin’s Soft Underbelly

Freezing the assets of Putin’s oligarchs would send a message that the West is finally serious about confronting Russia’s misbehavior.

The assets his cronies have piled up in the West demand more scrutiny.

a collection of 30 anti-Putin experts in New York last Friday. Called PutinCon, the event featured everyone from former intelligence officials to a former Red Army veteran to former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara to Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption crusader who was blocked from the presidential ballot in Sunday’s presidential election in Russia.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent of Putin’s who is exiled and now lives in Switzerland, says a group of up to 100 people in Putin’s orbit have “learned to manipulate” Putin “quite effectively.” He said the only way to hurt Putin and his gang is to “undermine his reputation” in the eyes of the Russian public and to
focus efforts on attacking the overseas wealth of Putin cronies. In 2015, French economist Thomas Piketty and a group of his colleagues estimated total Russian wealth overseas at $800 billion.

irony of Putin cronies trashing Western values yet trusting the rule of law in their own country so little that they send billions of dollars abroad. “They stash their cash in our banks, buy our properties, fight legal battles in our courts and send their children to be educated in our schools.”

There are clear paths available to the West to attack Putin’s cronies. They note that most Western nations don’t permit anonymous investments that allow assets to be concealed. The two big exceptions are Britain and the United States.

anonymous offshore ownership, including some 36,000 properties in London with a value of $156 billion. The rest of Britain has some 70,000 anonymously owned properties. “This is why you have all those properties in Belgravia standing empty,” Aslund told the PutinCon audience. He estimates that Putin’s inner circle exports some $40 billion to $50 billion in assets overseas every year.

should ban anonymous shell corporations from buying up property

The United States could also do a lot more. In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal revealed that, under “attorney-client privilege,” “tens of billions of dollars every year move through opaque law-firm bank accounts that create a gap in U.S. money-laundering defenses.”

investigations into “senior foreign political figures and oligarchs in the Russian Federation” — including “spouses, children, parents, and siblings” — and their assets in such popular real-estate markets as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, New York, and Los Angeles. Stepping up those probes and actually freezing the assets of Putin’s oligarchs would send a message that the West is finally serious about confronting Russia’s misbehavior.

The incredible flow of assets out of Russia into Western safe havens is a clear vulnerability in Putin’s authoritarian system. At a minimum, the West should prohibit law firms from acting as banks and also prohibit real-estate entities from effectively acting as banks for the oligarchs. Anonymous purchasers should no longer be able to hide their activities. It is only through moves like this that the West will get the attention of Putin and his cronies. The only thing a dictator such as Putin respects is strength, and it’s time those who oppose his loathsome values acted as if they understood that.
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Trey Gowdy to Trump attorney: 'If you have an innocent client ... act like it'

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday criticized President Trump’s attorney for calling for an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

“I think the president’s attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way,” Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“If you look at the jurisdiction for Robert Mueller, first and foremost what did Russia do to this country in 2016. That is supremely important and it has nothing to do with collusion,” Gowdy said. “So to suggest that Mueller should shut down and that all he’s looking at is collusion, if you have an innocent client Mr. Dowd, act like it.”
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