Trump and The Russian Mob

Emin Agalarov, Donald Trump, Aras Agalarov (Miss Universe- Moscow 2013)

There has been much speculation on the connections between Trump and the Russian mob. Trump’s connections with the Russian mob have been developed over the past three decades and seem to be even more so relevant today with the involvement of Russia and the US election. It seems every business that Trump has been involved in directly and indirectly involves the Russian mob.

The most prevalent branch in Russia, since the late 1980’s, is the SoIntsevskaya Bratva controlled by Semion Mogilevich. Mogilevech, who goes under many aliases, is considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the world. His business operations span across several continents and involve everything from money laundering, sex trafficking, arm dealings, drug trafficking and he was wanted by every Intel agency for supplying Al Qaeda with nuclear materials. He operates in over 27 countries and has over 100 known front companies in order to keep the cash flowing. Mogilevich walks around Russia as a free man and has majority stake in the gas companies, real estate, and the state owned banks. A few years ago Litvinenko, a former officer of the FSB secret service, defected from Russia and was going to expose Vladimir Putin’s dealings and the working relationship he has with Mogilevich. After meeting with an Italian Intel officer in Britain he succumbed to an untimely death by being poisoned by Polonium 210. From his death bed Litvinenko stated that Putin was the one behind his assassination. Mogilevich under Putin’s request put a hit on Litvinenko and interestingly enough had the radiation expert, who determined the polonium poisoning, murdered as well!

Semion Mogilevich

So back to Trump! Trump made his first official trip to the Soviet Union in 1987 and managed to meet with high level government officials to discuss business opportunities in Russia. At that time it was impossible to meet with government officials and for such a meeting to take place Trump must have had a working relationship already in place. Mogilevich was a rising mobster in Russia who established his base in the United States in Brooklyn, NY known as “Little Odessa.” Vsacheslav Ivankov was a high level member of the Bratva and was sent to the United States in 1992 to stabilize the business operations in Brooklyn due to fighting within the organization. Ivankov aka “Yaponchik” was responsible for managing his gang of approximately 100 members and coordinating operations with the 5 Italian crime families in NY as well as forging ties with the Colombian drug cartels. Eventually Ivankov fell onto the radar of the FBI and they started building their case. After much surveillance they noted the very frequent trips to Trump’s Taj Majal as well as the amount of money put into gambling. The FBI for a while lost his trail and eventually found him hiding out in an apartment in Trump Towers NY, same place where Trump resides. The FBI also found Ivankov’s personal phone book that had the private telephone and fax numbers for the Trump Organization inside that building. Again it is very important to note that Ivankov directly reported to Mogilevich and resided in Brooklyn during his years in the US until his capture in 1995. So how did he end up hiding out in Trump Towers? It is also very important to understand that every single Russian connection around Trump from the late 80’s to the members in his election campaign all work for either Putin or Mogilevich..

The Dangers of the Lavrov-Trump White House Meeting

Sergey Lavrov, Donald Trump, Sergey Kislyak

On May 9th, 2017 the world learned the shocking news that FBI Director James Comey had been fired. James Comey was investigating the Russian interference into the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. The recommendations to fire Comey came from Attorney General Sessions (who previously had recused himself from all investigations into Russia and the White House) and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. The termination of Comey came on the heels of probably one of the most shocking events that would occur. The following day on May 10th the world yet again was shocked when the Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov showed up for a meeting at the White House. In attendance at this surprise meeting was Sergey Kislyak (the Russian Ambassador to the United States) and Henry Kissinger.

Henry Kissinger, Donald Trump White House May 10, 2017

This meeting which sent a chilling message to the world was apparently granted at the request of Putin on the morning of the meeting. All 17 US Intel agencies have come to the agreement that Russia did indeed interfere in the 2016 US elections and are currently investigating and analyzing all methods that were used in this attack. Under normal circumstances the US President would be concerned about an attack on America and use all resources available to investigate Russia’s interference and formulate the appropriate punishment. Instead Trump invited the Russians to the White House.

Donald Trump, Sergey Kislyak

The optics of this meeting sent a strong message to our Allies and Putin’s enemies, of the power and influence Putin currently holds over the United States. The fact that Trump invited government officials from a country that attacked us and is currently supporting a murderous regime in Syria is very disturbing. What’s more disturbing was the insulting move to our free press to only allow Russian media into the meeting. Also, Tass Russian Media which covered the meeting, is known to be a cover for Russian spies.

In just one meeting Trump managed to cause a bigger rift with our Allies, diminish the world view of the United States, and instill panic into smaller countries that are in direct fear of Russia’s takeover. If the United States can so easily lose to Russia then what chances do the countries in the Baltics and Ukraine have of survival. Putin knew exactly what he was doing when he arranged the Trump- Lavrov meeting with the backdrop of the White House and Trump was more than willing to help send Russia’s message to the world.