This is another interesting tale that involves Donald Trump, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Prince Andrew and money laundering...Firestarter wrote: ↑Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:18 pmMichael Cohen was involved in at least 3 attempts to build Trump properties in the former Soviet Union.
Cohen was the main force behind the failed attempt to construct a Trump tower in Batumi, Georgia, through his “dear friend” Giorgi Rtskhiladze, the head of the Silk Road Transatlantic Alliance.
Cohen, among others, met Yerkin Tatishev, a board member of Silk Road Group suspected of illegally funnelling money to another company he owned, and Georgia’s president, Mikhail Saakashvili.
The Silk Road Group got most of its funds from the Kazakh government-owned BTA Bank, whose assets were directed by Timur Kulibayev, the son-in-law of Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev: https://themoscowproject.org/explainers ... xtualized/
When Georgia wasn’t doing too well economically, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev came to the rescue. In 2005, Georgia’s president Mikhail Saakashvili and Nazarbayev announced that BTA Bank was providing 300 hundred million dollars in loans to develop Georgia.
In a strange twist, all the loans went to subsidiaries of the Silk Road Group. BTA’s deputy chairman, Yerkin Tatishev, selected one of his employees at the Kusto Group, Talgat Turumbayev, to represent both BTA and him on the boards of 2 of those subsidiaries. Some legal experts conclude that if Tatishev was financially involved in businesses funded by the BTA Bank loans, then he and the Silk Road Group have committed bank fraud (self-dealing).
Not surprisingly one of Silk Road’s subsidiaries receiving loans, Batumi Riviera Holding, B.V., was registered in the Netherlands.
In 2009, when Nazarbayev was planning to take control of BTA Bank, its chairman, Mukhtar Ablyazov, fled to London (where else?). Ablyazov took billions of dollars in bank funds out of BTA, by giving dozens of offshore companies under his control loans from B.T.A., which weren’t paid back.
Starting in 2009, Mukhtar Ablyazov was sued in the UK by the Kazakh government to reclaim ten billion dollars that he had siphoned out of the country. The UK courts ordered him to repay more than four billion dollars to BTA (so that he could keep almost six billion dollars). According to Judge Nigel John Martin Teare, Ablyazov had committed “fraud on an epic scale”.
In 2010, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen began negotiating with the Silk Road Group about a Trump Tower in Batumi, Georgia.
When Donald came to Georgia for a speech, he pointed to Tatishev and Ramishvili and said: “We have two great partners. And they’re going to do a fantastic job”: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017 ... corruption
(http://web.archive.org/web/202009040509 ... corruption)
Timur Kulibayev, the son-in-law of Nursultan Nazarbayev, had an affair with Kazakh socialite Goga Ashkenazi (that produced a bastard child). Goga had previously been married to heir to the L’Ermitage hotel group Stefan Ashkenazy.
Goga Ashkenazi introduced Timur Kulibayev to her good friend, Prince Andrew (who was rumoured to be another one of her bed partners).
See Goga with Prince Andrew in 2010.
The divorced Andrew had been trying in vain for years to sell Sunninghill Park for which he asked £12 million.
So Timur Kulibayev bought the property for £15 million. Prince Andrew as a personal favour introduced Kulibayev to his mother, Queen Elizabeth
Other friends of Goga Ashkenazi include former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev and Saif Gaddafi, the son of the late Libya’s dictator: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -Goga.html
Goga Ashkenazi was educated in England (where else?) at the Royal-Maxwell linked Stowe school, before she went on to study at the University of Oxford.
She was also friends with none other than Nat Rothschild and Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill (probably at Oxford).
After Oxford, Goga worked as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley in London and the Dutch ABN AMRO (once again!) in Hong Kong: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goga_Ashkenazi