Almost all western media operates like a Fake News machine these days. Take this ABC News story about the relationship between Donald Trump’s former associate Paul Manafort and Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska. The story reads like the typical Russophobia yarn, cementing terms like “Putin's whipping boy” or “Russian mafia” into the psyche of readerships, hammering all Russian businesspeople as crooked apostles of Putin. But underneath the typical diatribe the reality of Russia’s and America’s roles in the world, they shine like aluminum ingots from one of Deripaska’s smelting operations. By mixing fact and fiction, the ABC News story and others build a separate reality for us. Patrick Reevell reports:
ABC News: “When the Kremlin wanted Olympic facilities for the 2014 games in Sochi, Deripaska built them at what he said was almost a loss. And when international media mocked Russia over the huge number of stray dogs in the town, he opened a shelter for them.”
Liberal media now uses Sochi, a monumental achievement of Putin and all of Russia, to create yet another dark blot on Russia and Trump. This time billionaire Oleg Deripaska is the focus, the target the globalists are sure will kill off any American support for Donald Trump, and prevent and the possibility of peace between our nations. Acts of a magnitude American’s would call patriotism, are twisted into Hollywood mafioso plots by ABC. Deripaska is put in the same category as that outed Yukos oil oligarch, the power-hungry Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who’s more mafia than a Sicilian mafia don. The only difference between the Yeltsin era businessmen being, Khodorkovsky has now achieved a kind of sainthood for hating Putin so virulently.
ABC News: “Deripaska appeared to emerge unscathed, coming to monopolize the bulk of Russia's aluminum production — a feat few believe could have been achieved without becoming entangled in some of the darker practices of the time. He still owns the vast aluminum company Rusal.”
To quote ABC: “Deripaska doesn’t deny he has, at times, had to collaborate with suspected mafia figures.” The same man ABC and others demonize for alleged skullduggery went on record years ago with transparent view inside the struggling Russia before Putin took the reins. But the ABC revelations get better, if you read closely.
ABC News: “In 2006, the U.S. State Department denied Deripaska a visa; though it declined to say why, U.S. officials at the time told Reuters he was denied entry to the U.S. amid concerns about his links to organized crime.”
“Our officials have many times offered the US Congress and Senate to visit Moscow or [for the Russian delegation] to travel to Washington to meet and clarify all the issues of bilateral relations.”
This was met with more radio silence, which leads me to the question, “What kind of primeval detente is my country practicing these days?” But let me move on to the crux of the matter.
ABC News: “Deripaska, though, has benefited from the relationship as well. In 2008, his company Rusal received a $4.5 billion bailout loan from the government to save it from defaulting on its loans to a group of Western banks.”
The foreign lenders $17 billion in Rusal at the time of restructuring and Putin’s bailout included: the Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank, the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Barclays, Paribas, Commerzbank and Natixis. Names among the key investors include familiar ones like Nathaniel Rothschild, who kept company with Deripaska, British MPs, Canadian gold magnates more than once (The Telegraph). Clearly Deripaska’s business has brought him in contact with more “mafias” than one over the course – but this is true of any billionaire. A recent Mother Jones report puts the Russian aluminum tycoon with former Senator Bob Dole, and in meetings with military industrialist Senator John McCain as well. Like I said, “globalist suicide seems imminent”. It’s rumored McCain celebrated his 70th birthday on board of Deripaska's yacht Queen K.
Oleg Deripaska is not some choir boy who has nothing to confess, but when compared to his contemporaries in business and politics the man is uncharacteristically candid. Even Paul Manafort has been open about the business dealings between them, which is more than anyone can say for Euromaidan coup cheerleader John McCain. I think that when all is said and done, the neo-liberal beast lurking at the bottom of Donald Trump’s “swamp” will be sorry they every brought up the name Oleg Deripaska.
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