World news – Veselnitskaya’s Trump Tower cover-up in connection with the Russian secret chemical weapons program

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Documents received from The Daily Beast link the $ 230 million fraud discussed at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russia’s black market program for weapons of mass destruction.

LONDON – A company that was founded by the US for the The re-sanctioned poisoning attack by Alexei Navalny is linked to the money laundering network Natalia Veselnitskaya tried to cover up at the infamous Trump Tower meeting in 2016. This comes from financial reports received by The Daily Beast.

Now we know why Vladimir Putin was so desperate to downplay the international corruption investigations that began when Sergei Magnitsky uncovered a $ 230 million fraud against the Russian people. For the first time, this dark money network can be linked to the murderous chemical weapons program run by the notorious Russian secret services.

After exposing the massive theft of state funds, Magnitsky died dead in a Russian prison cell. Legislation on his behalf has been made by governments around the world who want to fight corruption, including the United States’ Magnitsky Act. Despite the interventions of Veselnitskaya – a Russian attorney sent to the US to persuade the Trump campaign to repeal the law – investigations suggest that stolen money continues to expose an international network of bank accounts linked to suspected Misconduct related.

This month, the von Biden government announced that it was sanctioning a German chemical company called Riol-Chemie for its « activities in support of Russian weapons of mass destruction programs.

It was part of the Government response to attempted murder of Putin’s nemesis Navalny. The anti-corruption fighter barely survived a chemical weapon attack after a plane carrying him on a long flight home to Moscow was diverted and he was able to receive emergency medical care – first in a Siberian hospital and then in Germany, where he was flown further treatment.

After Navalny woke up from a week-long coma, he outsmarted a member of the assassination team by posing as a high-ranking FSB official and getting his alleged killer to explain over the phone how the killing group told the nerve agent from Novichok rubbed the seams of Navalny’s underpants.

President Trump shrugged, but the Biden team announced sanctions on March 2 against seven high-ranking Russian officials and 14 other chemical and biological weapons manufacturing entities.

One of the units used by the US government as a cog in Russian mass destruction Weapons program selected was Riol-Chemie. Investigation files compiled by the Lithuanian authorities and verified by The Daily Beast show that Riol-Chemie received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a British Virgin Islands registered company accused of laundering some of the stolen money discovered by Magnitsky.

According to sources close to a separate investigation by the French authorities, financial reports show that two New Zealand registered companies that also received funds from the $ 230 million fraud reported over $ 1 million Riol-Chemie.

The formal designation of Riol-Chemie as a sanctioned company in the United States does not contain detailed information about its role in the Russian weapons program. However, orders and invoices from The Daily Beast indicate that the company received components from a now defunct American manufacturer called Aeroflex. Records show that Aeroflex, then based in New York, took orders for radiation-cured semiconductors and controllers in 2007. These components are often used to build rockets and satellites.

Orders were supposed to be sent to Riol-Chemie in Northern Germany, but records show that the strictly controlled radiation chips were paid for by another entity that is accused of stealing the one having laundered Russian money. According to the records, the invoice went to Tolbrist Alliance Inc, a Shell company registered in the Offshore Leaks Database by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as registered in a PO box in the British Virgin Islands.

According to bank records maintained by The Daily Beast were examined, the Lithuanian authorities found that Tolbrist Alliance Inc had received approximately $ 50 million from companies related to the fraud uncovered by Magnitsky.

Aeroflex, which is no longer trading, became Blasted by the State Department for hundreds of violations of the International Arms Traffic Regulations (ITAR), « largely consisting of unauthorized exports ». There is no evidence that the company broke the law by supplying the Rad chips to Riol-Chemie. The transactions came years before the US government announced that the German company was a secret part of Putin’s illegal arms smuggling.

The repeated links between companies alleged to have laundered $ 230 million and Riol-Chemie could indicate a more comprehensive, calculated system with far-reaching political implications. Money stolen from the Russian people – while the authorities turned a blind eye – was apparently channeled into a black market arms program. Whoever directed the distribution of the stolen funds also played a top-secret role in Russia’s national security.

« This clearly shows why Putin got out of hand because of the Magnitsky investigation, » said Bill Browder, who led the anti-corruption campaign on behalf of his former lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. « Every layer of that peeled onion, which is getting dirtier and more dangerous, is showing up. »

Previous reports have also claimed that some of the stolen funds have ended up in the hands of people involved in Syria’s chemical weapons program The man charged with ending the Magnitsky-inspired investigation that flourished around the world was Yury Chaika, one of Putin’s top fixers and, until last year, Russia’s attorney general. President Obama signed the Magnitsky Anti-Corruption Act in 2012, and Chaika’s protégé Veselnitskaya was sent to crack down on the law at the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort in 2016. Putin spoke it started with Trump himself at the Helsinki Summit in 2016. The former president listened and nodded during a joint press conference with a litany of bias about electoral influence, Crimea and Browder.

Veselnitskaya was also part of the legal team defending Prevezon, another company accused of laundering the stolen money that was investigated by the South District of New York. The case was eventually settled out of court, and Prevezon paid $ 6 million. Velselnitskaya has been charged with obstruction of justice for working with Chaika’s Moscow office to bring evidence to the court for doctors.

While speculation between Trump and Russia was at its peak, Veselnitskaya always insisted that she should wasn’t in Trump Tower trying to influence the elections. She was there to take the case against the Magnitsky investigation.

« In summary, these have not been the happiest days of my life, » Velselnitskaya told NBC amid the backlash surrounding the Trump Tower meeting.

Despite the personal cost, Putin and his friends appear to have done nothing to obstruct the fraud investigation they are facing. But the US government’s sanctioning of Riol-Chemie could offer the Kremlin an important lesson: Even dark money can be prosecuted.

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