“One of the most underreported stories: How Russian money powered Trump’s financial comeback, helped him win the White House.
Felix Sater started funneling Russian money to Trump in 2000-when US banks stopped loaning to Trump.
Bayrock, headed by Russian mobster Sater and former Soviet official, Arif pumped hundreds of millions into Trump.“-@Khannoiseur
Associated Press Donald Trump tapped a man to be a senior business adviser to his real-estate empire even after the man’s past involvement in a major mafia-linked stock fraud scheme had become publicly known, according to Associated Press interviews and a review of court records.
We are all tired of learning Russian names on Rachel Maddow, but for Trump SoHo, there are three we need to know, that might be huge to understanding the rise of Trump, the Putin Puppet. They are Felix Sater, Tevfik Arif and Tamir Sapir
From “Washington Monthly”
“Mr. Sater, a Russian immigrant, had recently joined Bayrock at the behest of its founder, Tevfik Arif, a former Soviet-era commerce official originally from Kazakhstan. Bayrock, which was developing commercial properties in Brooklyn, proposed that Mr. Trump license his name to hotel projects in Florida, Arizona and New York, including Trump SoHo.
Sater was hired by Tevfik Arif who is originally from the former Soviet Socialist Republic of Kazakhstan. During the Soviet Era, he worked for seventeen years in Moscow for the Ministry of Commerce and Trade. He quit that job in 1991 as the USSR was dissolving and caught quite a break. Somehow he was able to parlay his experience (which focused mainly on hotel management) at the Commerce and Trade Ministry into ownership of the Speciality Chemicals Trading Company, “an export-import business trading in rare metals, chrome, and raw materials.” Shortly thereafter, once Kazakhstan gained it’s independence from Russia, he took over ACCP, a chromium plant in Aktobe.
From there, he took his riches and built a hotel in Antalya, Turkey which was completed in 1999. This was obviously more in line with his career experience than handling rare metals. Then, in 2001, he came to America and created the Bayrock Group, a real-estate development company based in Brooklyn.
It was then that he hired Felix Sater and made him a part-owner and partner, and these two then got involved with Donald Trump. Continue reading “Trump’s Russia Ties”