Trump’s Russian Oil Money

Inside the Steele Dossier, a document with a big list of claims about Trump (including one that he had hookers piss on him in bed in Moscow), there was one interesting claim about one of Trump’s key advisers and Russian oil money.  It went like this:

Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company, offered former Trump ally Carter Page and his associates the brokerage of a 19% stake in the company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia.

The sale eventually went through (with or without Page, we don’t know).  And while Trump’s stooge Page could deny that he received the 19% stake in the oil company, we know that Russia sold stake in Rosneft, with 19.5% going to someone.  But we don’t know who supplied the financing for the deal or who the purchasers were, and those facts are untraceable.  So was Carter Page one of the ultimate money-makers from the deal?  Was Trump?  Was a different Trump stooge?  Who knows.

More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn’t possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it.

What we do know is that Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon, is now secretary of state.  Something Carter Page was very excited about.  Tillerson’s Exxon also had a huge deal with Rosneft, probably worth hundreds of billions of dollars, but paused due to all the sanctions the U.S. slapped on Russia.   How long will those sanctions last?  Will they be lifted so Tillerson and/or Page can directly benefit?

Meanwhile, the Russians are rounding up and/or killing people that were associated with the Steele dossier:

Oleg Erovinkin, a former general in the KGB and its successor the FSB, was found dead in the back of his car in Moscow on Boxing Day in mysterious circumstances.

Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier.

As for that 19.5% stake in Rosneft, it was sold in December to a trading company called Glencore Plc and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, and likely split 50/50 between both.  Strangely, Glencore only contributed 300 million euro for its portion, and a Cayman Island firm, with unknown owners, is the owner of an unknown percentage of Glencore’s stake.

It’s as if the Russians are doing business with people who really don’t want the world to know who they are.

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