aside One Man Who Needs To Be Questioned About President’s Russian Ties
There is one gentleman who appears to be on the periphery of our republican President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia but who deserves greater scrutiny. It is Felix Sater, formerly a part of Bayrock Corporation involved in marketing Trump properties in 2007.
Felix Sater (Satter or Sutter)
Felix Sater, a Russian Immigrant was an officer of Bayrock Corporation which was involved in the selling of Trump Soho condominiums starting around 2007, along with Bayrock’s founder, Tevfik Arif, a former Soviet-era commerce official, originally from Kazakhstan.
On 4/5/16, Mike McIntire of the NY Times penned the following article, “Donald Trump Settled a Real Estate Lawsuit, and a Criminal Case Was Closed.”
“After an initial flurry of activity, the pace of sales (for Trump SOHO condos/ hotel) slowed considerably. In addition to the economic decline, Trump SoHo was jolted by bad publicity when The NY Times published an article in December 2007 revealing Mr. Sater’s criminal past.”
“As for Trump SoHo, the condo-hotel concept did not pan out. Only about a third of the units were ultimately sold, and one of the project’s lenders foreclosed on the rest, although the property remained open and became a popular luxury hotel, managed by Mr. Trump’s company.”
“Mr. Sater left Bayrock after the news of his criminal background was reported.
“By the time Mr. Trump sat for a deposition in a lawsuit in November 2013, it was clear he no longer saw the benefit of knowing the Bayrock executives. He said he barely knew Mr. Arif: “I mean, I’ve seen him a couple of times; I have met him.”
“As for Mr. Sater, “if he were in the room right now,” Mr. Trump said, “I really wouldn’t know what he looked like.”
But according to the 8/26/16 Politico post by Ben Schreckinger, “A Russian-born, mafia-linked businessman whose ties to both Donald Trump and loyalists of Russian President Vladimir Putin have sparked scrutiny, visited Trump Tower last month for undisclosed business, (Felix Sater) told POLITICO.”
Remember that mid February 2017 story about a Ukraine “peace proposal” hand-delivered to the White House by Mr. Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. Mr. Cohen had dropped the proposal off in a sealed envelope at the office of then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The blueprint presented a way for President Trump to consider lifting sanctions against Russia in exchange for a withdrawal of pro-Russian forces from eastern Ukraine along with a long-term lease of Crimea to Moscow. Of course, the Ukrainian officials were not at all pleased with this. Guess who was the middleman for this Ukrainian deal? The answer is Felix Sater.
I translated a 7/11/16 Forbes article where the text was in Russian by Ilya Shumanov, Lily Dobrovol’skaya and Julia Pavlovskaya.
Here are excerpts:
“Felix Sutter (same as Felix Sater), known as son of Michael Sutter (Sater or Satter), aka Michael Sheferovsky. Sheferovsky was in 1980-1990, a prominent figure in the Russian-speaking organized crime in New York and, according to media reports, with famous ties to the Italian mafia.”
As reported by the New York newspaper the Times of The , Sutter (Sater) started his career as a stockbroker, but in 1993 went to jail for a fight in a bar. Perhaps it was then, in conclusion, he established links with the mafia and the CIA. On another occasion, Sutter (Sater) was seen when trying to buy Russian anti-aircraft missiles in one of the countries of Central Asia, and in 1998 was arrested for collusion with the Italian mafia to commit exchange frauds and money laundering. The Development Sutter (Sater) was in the early 2000s, first as a part of the company’s management Bayrock Group, and from 2008 through acquaintance with Sergey Polonsky and Maxim Temnikov – as part of Mirax Group management.”
In the early 2000s Bayrock development company, which is controlled with Sutter business partner Tofig Arifov, organized a joint business with Donald Trump. Bayrock Group agreed with Trump that will build the building bearing his name all over America as well as in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Bayrock Group received from Trump permission to build Trump Tower in Moscow, but the deal fell through.”
Of the more well-known clients Keyfitsa can be called the most Maxim Temnikov. The company Fisher MB LLC was established Keyfitsem in 2007. According to the state Department of Florida corporations, it is owned by Maxim Temnikov and his wife Elena Temnikova. Through this company Temnikova and Felix Sutter (Sater) owned joint property at 7436 Fisher Island Dr, Unit 7436 worth $ 4.800 000. According to the owners of the county real estate registry Miami Dade, the partners jointly acquired property in 2007. In October of 2015 apartments were sold for $ 5.05 million.” (Fisher Island Real Estate)
“Private Island Fisher Island is considered one of the most exclusive destinations in South Florida, which have their own residences and villas are the richest and most famous personalities, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Julia Roberts and others. Local real estate agency call the island “paradise on earth”.
“By decision of the Tver Court of Moscow is now Maxim Temnikov declared internationally wanted on criminal charges of embezzlement (more than 2.6 billion rubles) holders of residential complexes “Kutuzov mile” and “Rublevskaya Riviera”. He was charged under article “Fraud in a large scale, committed by a group of persons” (Art. 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code).”
On the Silicon Investor blog, I found a post dated 5/29/11 authored by Mark Mitchell which I cannot confirm.
“Sources familiar with Project Klebnikov say that Gary Weiss campaigned to divert attention away from the possible role of Berezovsky and the Russian Mafia in Klebnikov’s murder. Instead, he angled to have the murder pinned on a Chechen separatist.”
“In 2007, Weiss wrote an article for Forbes magazine, calling Klebnikov (whom he was anonymously trashing on the internet) a “brilliant investigative journalist” and blaming his murder on Chechens. He did not even mention widespread suspicions that Berezovsky or his Russian Mafia associates might have been responsible.”
“This was almost certainly because Gary Weiss and Berezovsky were old friends. At a minimum, Gary’s other close friends, such as Russian Mafia boss Felix Sater, are on extremely close terms with Berezovsky. At one point in the 1990s, Felix brokered a deal for Berezovsky to buy Salomon Brothers, then one of the biggest investment banks in America. In the end, though, the deal didn’t happen.”
“Aside from his relationship with Felix Sater, Weiss deals often with a lawyer named Edwin Mishkin. ”
“Mishkin, recall, was the receiver in the bankruptcy of Adler Coleman, the Mafia brokerage controlled by Ali Nazerali’s BCCI partner Irving Kott, with funding from Berezovsky. In his stories for BusinessWeek, Weiss wrote that Adler Coleman was a victim of Italian mobsters, rather than a criminal Mafia brokerage with ties not only to Berezovsky but also the Russian Mafia and the Genovese organized crime family.”
Source for the below details is from the 2/19/17 NY Times report, “A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates” by Megan Twohey and Scott Shane.
Donald Trump’s Connections in Ukraine
Andrii V. ArtemenkoUkrainian politician with a peace plan for Ukraine and a file alleging that its president is corrupt.
Felix H. SaterRussian-American businessman with longstanding ties to the Trump Organization.
Michael D. CohenMr. Trump’s personal attorney, under scrutiny from F.B.I. over links with Russia.
Paul ManafortFormer Trump campaign chairman with pro-Russian political ties in Ukraine, now under investigation by the F.B.I.
(“This is about the Ukraine/ Russia peace proposal” hand-delivered to the White House by Mr. Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen who had dropped the proposal off in a sealed envelope at the office of then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn). “The two others involved in the effort have somewhat questionable pasts: Mr. Sater, 50, a Russian-American, pleaded guilty to a role in a stock manipulation scheme decades ago that involved the Mafia. Mr. Artemenko spent two and a half years in jail in Kiev in the early 2000s on embezzlement charges, later dropped, which he said had been politically motivated.”