The Hidden History of Trump’s First Trip to Moscow (good read)

In 1987, a young real estate developer traveled to the Soviet Union. The KGB almost certainly made the trip happen.

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VT: In 1990, the CIA began an operation against the Soviet Union’s banking system.  It had taken years to corrupt key KGB members through their participation in a cigarette smuggling ring run by Solidarity in Gdansk, Poland.  Marlboro cigarettes, containers of them, laundered through a Detroit (mob?) based vending company entered Russia to be sold at kiosks run by disabled veterans of the war in Afghanistan.

Two Democratic US Senators, working with Greek Cypriot mobsters in New York met at the Pierre Hotel to set up the banking ties that would bail out Donald Trump and eventually create a Trump presidency.  With them were family members of a CIA Director and one VT editor.

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Trump’s 1987 trip to Moscow was the impetus for setting up what became the American arm of the Kosher Nostra, the organized crime juggernaut encompassing Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania/Kosovo.

Politico: Luke Harding is a foreign correspondent at the Guardian. Excerpted from the book Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win published by Vintage Books, an imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright 2017 by Luke Harding.

The ‘Pissgate’ Room:

From the UK Daily Mail:

“However, ‘neither executive who allegedly had the conversation recalled it, nor did they recall seeing the recording. The Committee was not able to resolve these discrepancies,’ the committee’s report says. 

The committee justified its look at Trump’s personal conduct in Moscow by mentioning Russia’s longstanding practice of seeking to obtain compromising information to ‘influence or coerce’ people. It cited allegations from the 2016 campaign that Russia had compromising information on Trump – who campaigned calling for warmer relations with Russia and sometimes praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘The Committee sought, in a limited way, to understand the Russian government’s alleged collection of such information, not only because of the threat of a potential foreign influence operation, but also to explore the possibility of a misinformation operation targeting the integrity of the U.S. political process,’ it wrote.

One heading in the report states the ‘counterintelligence threat of the Ritz-Carlton Moscow,’ where Trump stayed during the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant trip. The report does not verify the dossier’s claims, although it does provide general information about the hotel, following interviews with former employees. It states there was at least one ‘redacted’ officer stationed at the hotel. The non-uniformed officer had access to ‘hundreds’ of cameras and access to the registry.

The former employees reported a ‘significant presence of paid sex workers at the hotel,’ with one putting the number at ‘more than 50.'”

‘There is almost nothing that you cannot do there,’ according to one former employee.  

It was 1984 and General Vladimir Alexandrovich Kryuchkov had a problem. The general occupied one of the KGB’s most exalted posts. He was head of the First Chief Directorate, the prestigious KGB arm responsible for gathering foreign intelligence.

Kryuchkov had begun his career with five years at the Soviet mission in Budapest under Ambassador Yuri Andropov. In 1967 Andropov became KGB chairman. Kryuchkov went to Moscow, took up a number of sensitive posts, and established a reputation as a devoted and hardworking officer. By 1984, Kryuchkov’s directorate in Moscow was bigger than ever before—12,000 officers, up from about 3,000 in the 1960s. His headquarters at Yasenevo, on the wooded southern outskirts of the city, was expanding: Workmen were busy constructing a 22-story annex and a new 11-story building.

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