aside Alfa Bank Is A Moscow Financial Institution That Keeps Popping Up In Trump-Russia Saga

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ALEX Van Der Zwaan

Remember that attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan who had worked with Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign manager and who has recently been indicted by the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, the lead in the Trump-Russia probe. Well it turns out that this young man was also married to the daughter of  Russian oligarch German Khan who is a director and co-owner of Alfa Bank and one of three key leaders of its parent company, the sprawling conglomerate Alfa Group. This bank is prominently covered in the Christopher Steele dossier.

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I can’t help but wonder if the indictment of Mr. Van Der Zwann has more to do about what he knows about Alfa Bank instead of him being another witness against Paul Manafort and Mr. Manafort’s dealings with the pro-Russia faction in Ukraine. (See:The Connections Between Deutsche Bank, Russia And Our President /3/18/17) .

As per a 3/10/17 Business Insider report,  “The FBI is examining why a computer server for a Russian bank led by oligarchs with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin had a disproportionate interest in reaching a server used by the Trump Organization (Cendyn located in Trump Towers) during the US presidential campaign.”

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Here is the rest of the story…

On February 201, 2018, Ben Schreckinger of GQ penned the following report, “How Mueller’s Latest Indictment Relates to the Steele Dossier”(A Moscow bank keeps popping up in the Trump-Russia affair.)

“On Tuesday (2/20/18), Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller made another surprise indictment, this time of a London-based lawyer for allegedly lying to the FBI.”

“Like two of Mueller’s previous targets, Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, the lawyer—a man named Alex Van Der Zwaan—had done work for Ukraine’s previous, pro-Russia government, which was overthrown in a popular uprising in 2014.”

GATES/ MANAFORT/ PUTIN/ TRUMP

“And according to the indictment, the false statements in question were about communications he had in 2016 with Rick Gates and an unnamed “Person A” related to that work.”

“So on its surface, Tuesday’s indictment relates solely to a single branch of Mueller’s investigation: Paul Manafort’s dealings with the pro-Russia faction in Ukraine.”

“But search beyond the scant details offered in the two-page indictment and there’s an intriguing link to a whole other branch of Trump-Russia inquiry: the Alfa Bank mystery.”

“As it so happens, Van Der Zwaan, the lawyer indicted Tuesday, is the son-in-law of Russian oligarch German Khan. Khan is a director and co-owner of Alfa Bank and one of three key leaders of its parent company, the sprawling conglomerate Alfa Group.”

“Those of you following along at home will remember Russia’s Alfa Bank popped up prominently in the Steele Dossier—and figured in news reports that the FBI was investigating unexplained connections between the Trump Organization and computer servers owned by the bank.”

“The exact nature of the relationship—if there is one—between Alfa Bank and Trump World, has been unclear. But with Van Der Zwaan, who pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Mueller may have quietly given us a new connection worth noting.”

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