Showing posts with label Mafia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mafia. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Russian Oligarch linked to Politicians
'Ordered Murder of Banker’

Oleg Deripaska

Oligarch linked to politicians 'ordered murder of banker’
By Sam Marsden | Telegraph – 10 hours ago

A Russian oligarch linked to George Osborne and Lord Mandelson has been accused of ordering the murder of a banker, belonging to a mafia group and bribing a governor over a business deal, the High Court heard.

Oleg Deripaska at Davos
Oleg Deripaska, 44, a billionaire business associate of Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea FC, faced allegations that he was involved in serious crime as he built his fortune in Russia’s metals industry after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The claims were made at the start of a hearing in the High Court in London brought by Michael Cherney, who is demanding $1 billion (£650 million) from Mr Deripaska over the sale of a stake in Rusal, the world’s biggest aluminium producer.

Mr Deripaska alleged in court documents that Mr Cherney was a criminal who used threats to impose an extortion racket on him. Lawyers for Mr Cherney, a Ukrainian-born billionaire living in exile in Israel, denied the claims and referred to serious allegations made against the Russian oligarch. In written submissions to the court, it was said that Djalol Khaidarov, an Uzbek businessman, had told prosecutors in the US, Israel and Russia that Mr Deripaska was involved in bribing a governor in Siberia to secure the takeover of an aluminium plant.

The statement also alleges that he was a member of an organised crime group and ordered the murder of Vadim Yafyasov, a businessman, in 1995. The court documents also quoted Mr Khaidarov as telling Israeli police in 2001 that people such as Mr Deripaska employ former agents of Russia’s security service and “constantly receive information from the security authorities”.

Mark Howard QC, for Mr Cherney, said in the written submissions: “Much of the highly selective material relied upon by Mr Deripaska (whether admissible or inadmissible) implicates Mr Deripaska himself in serious criminality, at least as much as Mr Cherney.”

Mr Deripaska tried to place restrictions on the disclosure of evidence during the current hearings, it was claimed. Mr Howard said the Russian had accused Mr Cherney of running an “old-fashioned extortion racket”.

“Mr Deripaska is one of the richest and most influential men in Russia, with close ties to President Putin,” he said. “He has no difficulty finding witnesses who are prepared to assist him. Those who continue to have business interests in Russia have much to lose if they do not support Mr Deripaska if asked to do so.

“On the other hand, those who had prior business relationships with Mr Cherney are likely to find those relationships embarrassing and inconvenient now that Mr Cherney is no longer on good terms with Mr Deripaska and is persona non grata in Russia.”

Oleg Deripaska's Yacht
Mr Deripaska met Lord Mandelson, who was an EU trade commissioner, and Mr Osborne, then the shadow chancellor, when he was holidaying on his yacht off Corfu in 2008.

A spokesman for Mr Deripaska, who did not attend court yesterday, said the oligarch “vehemently denies” the allegations. “Mr Deripaska has stated that Mr Cherney is a criminal with whom he was forced to enter into a krysha relationship [protection] in post-Soviet Russia. He was never business partners with Mr Cherney and he rejects the entirety of the claim brought against him. He looks forward to demonstrating in court that Mr Cherney’s allegations are untrue.”

Mr Cherney, who will give evidence to the hearing via videolink because of an outstanding arrest warrant relating to a money-laundering investigation in Spain, denies any criminal involvement and claims that his relationship with Mr Deripaska was purely a business one.

Lawyers for the two billionaires will finish outlining their cases this week. The hearing will then be adjourned until September, when witnesses, due to include Mr Abramovich, will be called.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ancient Aliens

Mayan man in the mask, Spaceman or Scuba Diver?
Whether UFOs and ET are real or not, has never been an issue for me. My father saw them flying over Germany in World War II from his P-38 fighter plane. They called them foo-fighters. Much too fast to catch  with a P-38. As were the supersonic jets the Germans had long before Chuck Yeager ever flew one.

Dad was P-38 flight instructor in the first part of the war, and good instructors were too valuable to waste sending overseas as the US Army Air Corps trained thousands of pilots for WWII.  As near as I can tell from the time frame and locations of his service, he was probably one of the P-38 flight instructors of the Tuskegee Airmen in Georgia.  Dad said they did really well.  I haven't got all of dad's records yet from the military so I am not 100% sure of that, but its very likely as he was also in Foggia Italy the same time they were. Still trying to determine if his war records were lost in a fire. My father also flew fighter escort for President Roosevelt's plane trip to Yalta.  He drank vodka with our Russian and British allies there.  Mom has his flight log book where the days are simply marked "secret".

I heard so many adventures of those years in the North African campaign, the invasion of Sicily and Italy and his dive bombing runs over the Alps into Germany and how if he got shot down they told them to take a certain street car in Belgrade and the conductor would get him out via the Yugoslavian underground resistance. My Uncle was decorated for valor by General Mark Clark at Anzio.  I don't think Dad ever adjusted to boring civilian life. It never quite lived up to those years in the Air Force.