Nice yachts...

The Man

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Posted up on Russian internet lately

Somewhere off Sardinia, reportedly.

The white yacht belongs to Alisher Usmanov, Russian oligarch worth around $12 billion


The blue yacht belongs to Andrey Skoch

Duma member (United Russia, obviously); "businessman", also a billionaire worth an estimated $4.6 billion as of this year.

Skoch since the 90s has been tied to the Solntsevskaya Bratva, one of the most powerful Slavic mafia factions in Russia, they have no less than 5,000 "soldiers" on the streets in Moscow area


Below, a much younger Skoch at right in bottom row


Guy in the middle is Sergey Mikhailov, aka "Mikhas", the leader of the Solntsevo group. He remains a very, very powerful figure in the criminal world to this day. And very, very wealthy too, enough that he can pay hot and famous women, like actress Katya Arkharova, to pursue relations with them

:D

Oh, and he also has an official Presidential Watch awarded by Putin

for "outstanding philanthropic work", no joke lmao

It has long been reported that Skoch is basically the treasurer of the Solntsevo mob, and much of his fortune is actually THEIR dirty money, from the drugs, guns, prostitution, underground casinos, etc, which he keeps, manages, invests, and launders for them.

In turn, he enjoys a nice life.

His wife Elena always walks around covered in expensive furs and diamonds


There's the yacht too, and they have a jet. Skoch also has like ten kids from several wives, all well provided for. And then, there are all his more or less legit businesses, mainly in metallurgy, I believe, in most of which he has partnered with Usmanov for many years now. The management of all those companies never have to worry about "raids" and "nightmaring", and other intimidation and extortion tactics used by organized crime and crooked officials over there to make businesses pay "protection" tax. Everyone knows that Skoch is behind these firms. And Solntsevo is behind Skoch. And nobody is gonna fuck with Solntsevo...

Must be nice, for them...

Overall though, look at those yachts... While they want to keep people working longer to save money on pensions! And most pensioners already living off like $200 a month...

Putin's "Superpower", right there...
 

The Man

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This is what makes it believable.

Sean Illing
I’m curious about how you collected all of this evidence. Did you go to Russia? Did you interview most — or any — of the people directly involved in these transactions? Did you compile this information yourself or rely on other sources?

Craig Unger
It’s stunning what you can find out through public sources. I did not go to Russia. I had a source who tipped me off to the name Semion Mogilevich, one of the highest-ranking bosses in the Russian mob, whom I had never heard of before, and that led me to a database online that revealed ownership of homes in the state of New York — purchases and sales.


And so I went to Trump properties, and every time I found a Russian name, I would research it, and it was stunning. I’d often take their name, put in Mogilevich in Google, and it was like hitting the jackpot on a slot machine, time after time after time.

There were countless people who were indicted for money laundering, or they were gunned down on Sixth Avenue, and there was just a huge percentage who seemed to have criminal histories, and that sort of got me started. I also had a wonderful research assistant who speaks Russian and she grew up in Brooklyn, and she was a terrific asset and helped break the language barrier for me.
And this is really sad.

Sean Illing
Maybe the most troubling part of all this is that the Russians simply exploited our own corrupt system. They studied America’s pay-for-play culture, found its weak spots, and very carefully manipulated it. As long as our system remains unchanged, we should expect this kind of exploitation.

Craig Unger
Absolutely. There’s an old saying that sometimes the worst part of the scandal is what’s legal, and the Russians, to their credit, studied our system and campaign finance laws and they exploited it masterfully. They’ve used pharmaceutical companies and energy companies and financial institutions to pour money into our politics, and we really have no idea the extent of their influence.

One thing Vladimir Putin got right was his insistence that American democracy is also corrupt, and I think he’s showing us exactly how corrupt it is. Trump is just the most glaring example, but surely there are others, most of which we know nothing about.
 
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