Trump's Case Officer - Dmitry Rybolovlev
MeemaSue reported on 05 January 2017 on Daily Kos that "On Thursday November 3, 2016 Donald Trump held a rally in Concord NC. On the same day Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev made a brief stop in Concord NC as well. He arrived in Concord around 9:20 AM and departed to Charlotte at 12:10 PM. "
But Trump held a rally at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center at 12:00 Noon that day, and held a rally at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord NC at 4:00 PM. There was no overlap with Trump himself, but the whereabouts of Trump associates are not accounted for.
Rybolovlev is a Russian billionaire. He controlled Uralkali, one of the world's largest producers of potash fertilizers. In 2010 Rybolovlev sold his shares in Uralkali for USD 6.5 billion to Suleiman Kerimov. In December 2011, Rybolovlev acquired two thirds of the French-side football club AS Monaco. Dmitry Evgenevich Rybolovlev is also the owner of a large yacht named Anna, after his daughter.
On 23 February 2017, Katya Kazakina and Hugo Miller reported for Bloomberg that " ... the Russian fertilizer magnate is unloading works he acquired at often record prices. He has already sold three for a loss totaling an estimated $100 million, and is offering five more at Christie’s auctions in London starting next week, some for a fraction of their purchase prices.... Rybolovlev—whose fortune totals about $9.8 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index—invested about $2 billion in 38 works, from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. They were procured privately by Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier, better known for creating a network of tax-free art storage warehouses in Singapore and Luxembourg."
Rachel Maddow noted on February 28, 2017: “At the time this magical deal emerged out of nowhere that put tens of millions of dollars in Donald Trump’s pocket, at that time Donald Trump was financially having a very difficult time. It is a matter of public record that he was fighting very hard among other things to avoid paying off a very big loan that he had with Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank needs the money that means Trump needs the money, that means Trump needs to get the money, so… This mysterious infusion of cash from the Russian guy came at just the right time for now President Trump.”
Added Maddow: “Every investigative reporter in the country right now is trying to figure out whether there is some reason our president appears to feel so beholden to Russia, and to Vladimir Putin. Well this part here, this is not like a loose thread, this is like a rope ladder hanging down from the ceiling begging people to crawl up this and look around.”
On 07 March 2017, Katya Kazakina and Hugo Miller reported for Bloomberg that "Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev sold a painting by Mark Rothko for 10.7 million pounds ($13.1 million) on Tuesday, the final artwork in a batch of five he consigned to Christie’s that lost about $150 million. Rothko’s “No. 1,” painted in 1949, sold at auction in London within the estimated range of $10 million to $15 million, and below the 24 million euros ($36 million) that Rybolovlev paid for it in 2008. Last week, Rybolovlev sold three paintings at Christie’s, each at a loss. A sculpture by Auguste Rodin failed to sell.... Rybolovlev’s decision to offload so many artworks by top 20th-century artists has left many experts puzzled. "
On The Rachel Maddow Show, March 14, 2017 Maddow said for example "... a home that Donald Trump purchased for just over $40 million in 2004. Less than four years later, a Russian oligarch [Dmitry Rybolovlev] paid him almost $100 million for that same house.... why somebody would suddenly want to pay Donald Trump more than double what he paid for that property after only a few years, at a time when housing prices were dropping and not rising?... really does look like a bizarre dump of tens of millions of dollars of Russian money into Donald Trump`s coffers? Right at a time when Donald Trump owed tens of millions of dollars to Deutsche Bank and Deutsche Bank was breathing down his neck to get it?
"That Russian oligarch who spent that money on that property and never moved into it and ultimately tore it down, he`s also a large shareholder in a bank called the Bank of Cyprus, which has been implicated in Russian money laundering. The chairman of the Bank of Cyprus is the former CEO of Deutsche Bank, to which Donald Trump owed all that money at the time he conveniently got this very large influx of cash from a Russian guy. The vice chairman of that bank until recently was our new secretary of commerce, long time Trump friend, Wilbur Ross.
At least once, his [Rybolovlev's] private plane was spotted on the tarmac right alongside Donald Trump`s private plane while Donald Trump was doing a campaign even. Rybolovlev insists to us that that is a coincidence. But tonight, the “Palm Beach Post” reports that this weekend, Rybolovlev`s yacht was parked alongside the yacht that`s owned by Robert Mercer, who is the single largest financial backer of the Trump for president effort, the single largest financial backer of Breitbart and the person who basically installed both Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon at the top of the Trump campaign after Paul Manafort was fired for his ties to Russia and Ukraine. "
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