On October 19, the Financial Times reported that Harvey Weinstein is working with

3e11b4bdc381e3f5da4d17544d073147-lauren-celebritiesbillionaire Len Blavatnik [Sir Leonard “Len” Blavatnik is a Soviet-born British-American ] and investor Ron Burkle on a purchase plan. The company’s remaining assets are now in perilous condition. TWC’s financial situation, and particularly its debt load, are more dire than was previously known.

Harvey Weinstein resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, the board announced on October 17. Toyota Motor Corp’s Lexus unit, a sponsor of reality TV show “Project Runway,” said it is evaluating its partnership with TWC.

 

 

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Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital,, “We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward.”   The head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, has resigned from the streaming company he started following claims he had dismissed the allegations that Harvey Weinstein had raped the actor Rose McGowan.

 

 

 

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DEADLINE: …There is a feeling around town right now that Harvey feels he was rolled under the bus by his brother in those press reports, and he’s eager to return the favor. Is that what we’re talking about here?

GLASSER: I can’t say specifically…
The scenario sounds almost like a brother trying to burn his brother’s baseball card collection and realizing he might have burned down the whole house. The feeling is a feud between the brothers was exacerbated by the passing of their mother [November 16 2016], and this is going to be a scorched earth feud that continues. Maybe your experience today is shrapnel from that?

GLASSER: Look, I can’t say exactly what happened or didn’t.

Glasser was never charged with a crime. Glasser investor Roy Ageloff, pleaded guilty to securities fraud and was sentenced to eight years in prison. His partner, Robert Catoggio, it was charged, funneled millions of dollars in proceeds to a captain in the Genovese crime family.

Goldman Sachs took a 5 percent stake in TWC during the private-equity placement that got the brothers going again after they left Disney, which in 1993 bought their original studio, Miramax.

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Anne Heche stars in The Brave

The Brave is a NBC drama show that aired its first episode on September 25, 2017. It stars Anne Heche,

October 16

“The Brave” (1.0/4 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall from 10:01-11 p.m. ET):

· Is currently running within 0.1 of last week’s rating in 18-49 (1.0 vs. 1.1) and is up in total viewers (5.160 million vs. 5.139 million), pending updates.

October 9 The Brave lost -0.1%:     5,138,000

September 30, 2017

NBC’s new drama The Brave was solid, with lifts over +40%
The Brave (NBC, 1.3, adjusted down a tenth, 6 million)
The Brave 1.3 1.9 +0.6 +46% 6.0 8.5 +2.6 +43%

[July 22 Anne Heche and Wesley Snipes in Armed Response ]

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Anne Heche in Armed Response August 4, 2017(limited, On Demand)

 

[February 7 Anne Heche as cannibal’s mom ]

Divorce settlement amended.

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Anne Heche is currently working on two films, My Friend Dahmer and Armed Response

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Mother Dahmer

Anne Heche is the mother of cannibalistic murderer Jeffrey Dahmer in “My Friend Dahmer,” an adaptation of John Backderf’s award-winning graphic novel setup at Ibid Filmworks.
The story follows Dahmer through his senior year of high school and takes him right up to two weeks after high school graduation. While the real-life Jeffrey Dahmer went on to rape, murder and eat pieces from 17 male victims, you won’t see Lynch filleting human body parts anytime soon. The story ends on the eve of Dahmer’s first kill.

[November 7 2016 “elevated genre film” with Snipes and Anne Heche “Armed Response” ]

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Armed Response, fka Temple, Simmons and and Wesley Snipes’ Maandi Media DMM production company  are producing with Michael Luisi through Simmons’ Erebus Pictures, a specialty horror label he formed last year with WWE Studios to produce “elevated genre films,” while Snipes and Anne Heche are among the film’s stars, . Other cast members include Dave Annable (“Brothers and Sisters”) and WWE wrestling star Seth Rollins. John Stockwell (“Middle of Nowhere,” “Blue Crush”) is directing. Based on a script by Matt Savelloni, the film reportedly tells the story of a team of trained operatives who experience strange phenomena after becoming trapped in an isolated military compound when its artificial intelligence shuts down.   “Maandi strives to create elevated multi-media content that appeals to all demographics worldwide — from childhood fan to feature film collaborators.”

[September 23 Anne Heche at TIFF: ‘remarkable’ Catfight ]

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This odd, nasty yet rather funny little film tears apart ideas of sisterhood and female friendship and replaces them with burning hate and gratuitous violence. The knock-down-drag-out pounding that Sandra Oh and Anne Heche exchange not once but three times in Catfight,   The choreography of the outrageously extended fight scenes by stunt coordinator Balint Pinczehelyi is remarkable, with each successive appearance of exhaustion and surrender giving way to another flailing bout of punches and kicks, accompanied by amped-up visceral sound effects. Venue: Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentations)
Production companies: MPI Media Group

To put it bluntly, TIFF has become a dumping ground, serving up hundreds of new movies with hardly any discernible sense of curation. Aristic director Cameron Bailey seems to accept virtually any film with a couple starry names in the cast — provided that they agree to walk the red carpet, of course.

[May 16 2015 USA Network Dig: following soft ratings, decides to dump ]

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Anne Heche stars in One Shot (2015) – Release Info 2015-06-01


Now, as its lead female star, Anne Heche sizes up “Dig” in retrospect a massive production focusing on tales of murder, conspiracy and intrigue in the fields of archeology, politics and religion.
The Jason Isaacs-fronted conspiracy drama was initially envisaged an event series that could return with a different mystery each season, ratings permitting.

However, following soft ratings, the network has decided not to pursue a second season, with Dig now existing as a limited ten-part event series (AKA miniseries).

[May 13 Anne Heche: more secrets, conspiracies and beliefs for ‘Dig’]
Air date Episode 18-49 demo % demo change Viewers (mil) % mil change

Thurs 3/5/2015 01-01 0.56 1.834

Thurs 3/12/2015 01-02 0.42 -25.00% 1.446 -21.16%

Thurs 3/19/2015 01-03 0.40 -4.76% 1.428 -1.24%

Thurs 3/26/2015 01-04 0.38 -5.00% 1.337 -6.37%

Thurs 4/2/2015 01-05 0.21 -44.74% 0.925 -30.82%

Thurs 4/9/2015 01-06 0.26 23.81% 0.948 2.49%

Thurs 4/16/2015 01-07 0.28 7.69% 1.075 13.40%

Thurs 4/23/2015 01-08 0.21 -25.00% 0.937 -12.84%

Thurs 4/30/2015 01-09 0.19 -9.52% 1.085 15.80%

Thurs 5/7/2015 01-10 0.28 47.37% 1.051 -3.13%

-100.00% -100.00%

Season averages 0.32 rating among adults 18-49 1.21 million total viewers

USA Network has’Dig’ up for renewal – or not.

[March 10 religious conspiracy thriller gets sustaining ratings]

Split, Croatia not Jerusalem

Split, Croatia not Jerusalem

Dig is in the realm of the Da Vinci Code, an incredible thriller set in an incredible location. It digs up the secrets, conspiracies and beliefs in a certain part of the world.

Dig is in the realm of the Da Vinci Code, an incredible thriller set in an incredible location. It digs up the secrets, conspiracies and beliefs in a certain part of the world.

The combined runs across all three plays on USA on Thursday March 5:combined L3 audience of 5.8 MM total viewers.In total, a combined audience of almost 9MM tuned in for the premiere of Dig across USA and its sister networks, including Bravo, E!, Esquire and Oxygen from March 5- March 8.
[March 8] DIG, USA’s religious conspiracy thriller — drew a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 on March 5, with 1.83 million total viewers, was pretty close to the 0.55 rating and 1.75 million viewers USA drew on February 26 in the same time slot with an old Law & Order: SVU.

[September 17 2014
USA Network has made it official, picking up four additional episodes of DIG to bring the upcoming action thriller event series to a total of 10. The network also set a March 5 premiere date for the murder-mystery drama set against the backdrop of modern Jerusalem. FBI agent Peter Connelly under the guidance of his new boss, and occasional lover, Lynn Monahan (Anne Heche).

[September 17 Dig premiere March 5]
USA Network has pushed back the planned fall launch of its six-episode event series “Dig” to 2015 because of the conflict in the Middle East. USA is likely to pick up more episodes beyond the original order of six.

[September 8 USA Network Series Turns Split Into Jerusalem\
That was strange sight. You are walking through Split, enjoying peaceful atmosphere, maybe thinking where to go for a lunch. Suddenly, you find yourself in a Ban Mladen Street, surrounded by signs written in Hebrew, Israeli flags hung on buildings, and restaurant you always knew as Konoba Hvaranin offers a range of Middle East specialties. Finally – to make it even more bizarre – a bunch of Palestinian protesters is stopped by strong police forces. Parallel universe? No, just filming of another big TV production in Split.

[August 20 USA’s ‘Dig’ Moves Filming to Croatia  Sept. 1

Pay the rent

The cast and crew had been lensing on location in Israel since early summer. After fighting broke out between Israel and Gaza in July, however, NBC execs made the difficult decision to pull out their teams, relocating them instead to Albuquerque while scouting for a location whose exteriors could pass as Jerusalem on screen.

They will arrive in the Balkans on Sept. 1 for 13 days of shooting. Interior shots will continue to be filmed in Albuquerque. Croatia was selected.

[July 19 Anne Heche: after the MacGuffin – Cannon Fodder: Israeli zombie movie set in Lebanon]

Heche plays the head of the FBI office in Jerusalem

Anne Heche plays the head of the FBI office in Jerusalem

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Anne Heche in 1997’s “Volcano.”

Heche will play the head of the FBI office in Jerusalem in USA Network’s six-episode thriller “Dig,” Heche is coming off a brief run in the NBC comedy “Save Me” and is doing an arc on NBC’s Michael J. Fox Show. “Dig” will be filmed entirely in Jerusalem. The story line follows an FBI agent’s search for a religious artifact linked to a potentially world-changing conspiracy hundreds of years in the making while investigating the murder of a female archaeologist. Any resemblance to a Dan Brown story or an Indiana Jones adventure is of course purely coincidental. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Alphas,” “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy. Owner(s) NBCUniversal (Comcast Corporation)

The MacGuffin technique is common in films, especially thrillers. Usually the MacGuffin is the central focus of the film in the first act, and thereafter declines in importance. Hitchcock defined a MacGuffin as the object around which the plot revolves, but as to what that object specifically is, he declared, “the audience don’t care”.

The main characters, Commander Doran and his Special Ops Team, are walking-talking stereotypes and the fact they speak Hebrew doesn’t change a thing about this. Writer/director Eitan Gafny doesn’t bother to create a brooding, unsettling atmosphere and seemingly doesn’t want us to have sympathy for any of the characters (including the totally innocent Lebanese population). Painful to watch as a genuine horror fan, the extreme gore and excessive bloodshed is all computer-generated garbage that didn’t require any cinematic craftsmanship.

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Harvey Weinstein took a private jet from Van Nuys Airport bound for Arizona. He’s set to land in the city of Wickenburg near the highly respected Meadows rehab center.

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Winona Ryder at Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills 01/08/2017 with Stranger Things cast

I have chosen to leave my husband.
Harvey Weinstein’s Wife Georgina Chapman Is Leaving Him: ‘My Heart Breaks for All the Women Who Have Suffered’

 

“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days” the board informed “Weinstein that his employment is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in an email Sunday, October 8.

Harvey Weinstein won’t physically be a part of the awards race, not in 2017 and probably never again. But his fingerprints will be all over it. The push for “Wind River” will continue without Weinstein. And if the campaign seems more muted, the reason may less be Weinstein’s absence than the cash-flow problems that in recent years have made it impossible for TWC to carry out the kind of scorched-earth campaigns for which he was once known.

[October 6]

The Weinstein Company said it has retained an outside legal firm to conduct an independent investigation into the NYT allegations. TWC has retained John Kiernan of the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton “to undertake a thorough and independent investigation.” Kiernan will be assisted by his partners Matthew Fishbein, a former chief assistant U.S. attorney, and Helen Cantwell, a former federal prosecutor who also has worked for the New York County District Attorney’s sex crimes unit.
Weinstein and his brother Bob own 42% of the company,[or Harvey Weinstein owns 23% of TWC with Bob Weinstein owning the same and the board holding the remainder].; other investors include Goldman Sachs, French TV company TF1, and ad firm WPP Group. The Weinstein Company Inc. operates as a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC. 345 Hudson Street. 13th Floor. New York, NY 10014.

Harvey Weinstein is facing calls to be stripped of his CBE over revelations he has sexually harassed female employees and movie stars for decades. Weinstein, 65, was named an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, by the Queen for his contribution to the British film industry in 2004. THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (UK) LIMITED,  71 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 4BE.   “The reported alleged behavior completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values”.   France has started the process of stripping Harvey Weinstein of his Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian distinction, after allegations of sexual harassment against the film producer, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said on Saturday, October 14.

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-apology/542193/

The Weinstein Company had a “code of silence,” and that contracts included a “non-disparagement” clause that applied to the company itself and its leader. Additionally, “most of the women accepting payouts agreed to confidentiality clauses prohibiting them from speaking about the deals or the events that led to them.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/10/ashley-judd-rose-mcgowan-harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment

 

Harvey Weinstein Won’t Be Charged In Alleged Groping Incident – Update

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‘It won’t happen again.’

BURBANK, Calif., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — ARCHSTONE PICTURES – Principal/Partner Michael Slifkin announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Ambra Battilana during the final days of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to co-produce a film based on the events pertaining to her experiences with Silvio Berlusconi the former prime minister of Italy.

The untitled feature film, a political drama, highlights the demise of one of the most powerful, wealthy and influential leaders in Italian History. The film will chronicle Berlusconi from the height of his power and political reach as the Billionaire Italian Prime Minister and owner of world renowned football club, A.C. Milan, to his dramatic and public fall from grace for corruption and sexual misconduct.

Production is scheduled for early 2017 with worldwide distribution to be handled exclusively by Archstone Distribution.

Archstone Pictures’ Michael Slifkin and Scott Martin will be producing the film along with Executive Producers Scott Weissman and Ambra Battilana.

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Ambra Battilana Who Once Accused Harvey Weinstein of Groping Her in Bikini at a Beach in Miami 10/09/2017

 

 

 

harvey-weinstein-georgina-chapmanThe movie mogul, 65, and the fashion designer, 41, are together at a hotel in Los Angeles.

Of his wife, Marchesa fashion designer Georgina Chapman, Weinstein added, “She stands 100 percent behind me.”

 

 

 

 

[November 19 2010]Aspiring actress Lucia Stoller (now Lucia Evans), Italian actress Asia Argento

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

“Blue Valentine,” a dark romantic look at two young lovers in a crumbling marriage, was given an NC-17 rating because of a scene involving oral sex. “It’s just a credit to the persuasiveness of Derek Cianfrance’s directing skills. There’s no oral sex. Michelle Williams isn’t even naked. It looks like she is, but it’s just the angle of the shots.”
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July 2, 1986 (age 31)

Lindsay Lohan extends remarks: “I encourage all women who believe Harvey harmed them to report their experiences to the relevant authorities.”

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[July 7 2013 Lindsay Lohan: Born: July 2, 1986 (age 28), New York City, NY ]

Born: July 2, 1986 (age 28), New York City, NY

[June 8 2013]

LiLo, producer and financier Randall Emmet

LiLo, producer and financier Randall Emmet

LiLo clubbing at Sundance

LiLo clubbing at Sundance

The 27-year-old announced that she will produce and star in a film called “Inconceivable,” set to start shooting in March.
She was joined by producer and financier Randall Emmett, who called Lohan “one of the greatest young actresses of her generation.”
Lohan said she is grateful to be at Sundance and back in the movie business.
“I’ve never had the honor of coming here before … to bring something to the table, which is starting fresh for me,” said Lohan, smiling broadly.

Reporters were told that if they asked personal questions, they would be escorted out.
Emmett said Lohan found the script and insisted they make it together.

[June 8 2013]

“I think there are celebrities who create a brand and create a business and a whole job, a whole life, out of other people’s interest in their lives,” she told a press conference in Cannes.” Emma Watson at Cannes 2013
Lindsay Lohan: “She is upset that her parents are turning this into a circus and making money from TV appearances while she is in rehab.
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Same borrowed dress cut mini later

Same borrowed dress cut mini later

[March 23]
Lindsay Lohan will not face charges for allegedly punching a psychic in a New York nightclub.

The troubled actress, 26, who was recently sentenced to 90 days in rehab, will not be prosecuted after a security camera outside the club captured Tiffany Mitchell falling and sustaining the same injuries she said were caused by Lindsay
[March 1]
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — Lindsay Lohan’s attorney returns to court March 2 for a hearing in the actress’s latest criminal case, as discussions continue about a possible plea deal before trial.

The 26-year-old isn’t required to attend the hearing.

The hearing is intended to take care of any issues before a March 18 trial on misdemeanor charges that Lohan lied to police about a June car crash and was driving recklessly.

Attorney Mark Heller also plans to meet with prosecutors Friday to try to negotiate a plea deal. He wants to delay the case so Lohan can pursue psychotherapy and perform community service.

Lohan was on probation at the time of the accident and she faces jail time if a judge determines she violated her sentence in a 2011 theft case.
[February 21]
Lohan is in serious financial straights after the IRS seized her bank accounts in December. With few if any acting jobs lined up, she is getting by on red carpet appearance fees for parties and products, which can pay in the six figures. She is back living in North Merrick.

[May 6 2010]

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The U.S. announced Thursday October 12 the arrival of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in a Polish NATO outpost located about 100 miles from Russia’s militarized enclave of Kaliningrad.

[March 21 Moldova: Russian money laundering on vast scale

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Vladimir  Plahotniuc, right

 

 

A money laundering investigation led by police in Moldova and Latvia has been running for three years. Registered firms played a prominent role in the money laundering network – and the UK’s high street banks processed $740m from the operation without turning back any of the payments
The banking records were obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Novaya Gazeta from sources who wish to remain anonymous. OCCRP shared the data with the Guardian and media partners in 32 countries.

The documents include details of around 70,000 banking transactions, including 1,920 that took place in the UK and 373 in the U.S.
NCA had been in touch with the authorities in Moldova since 2014 about the Global Laundromat, which he described as “big and pretty unusual”.
Twenty million transactions go through the City and in trades through the money markets each day. A vast amount of business, and only a small amount will be money laundering.

“It’s the size of the challenge which is the problem. It’s beyond a human scale. The sophisticated money launderer will know the tolerances that will trigger alerts. There are pretty smart guys out there. This needs more sophisticated solutions than throwing people at it. It’s not just about the size of the staff.

[December 12 2016 Vladimir Plahotniuc, the country’s main nominally pro-European oligarch]

The election of the pro-Russian socialist Igor Dodon as Moldova’s new president obscures the fact that Vladimir Plahotniuc, the country’s main nominally pro-European oligarch won most from the outcome.Throughout the whole of last year and the first half of 2016, the small, poor republic was shaken by anti-government protests in which tens of thousands of angered citizens took to the streets. The catalyst for the protests was that $1 billion had been syphoned out of three Moldovan banks, seemingly with the connivance of high-level officials.

An apparent paradox of the protests was that people flew European Union flags while demanding the resignation of a pro-European government. But a broad coalition of forces supported the protests, including both the pro-Russian Dodon and the pro-European Sandu.

Throughout its post-independence history, Moldova has fractured on East-West lines, so this union of different forces was unprecedented. Opposition politicians of different allegiances put away their party flags and selected white chrysanthemums as the neutral symbol of the protests.

They were united by an anti-corruption agenda and by a common enemy—the oligarch, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Democratic party Vladimir Plahotniuc. Despite not holding the highest office, Plahotniuc was well known to control the government, the parliament, and the largest media conglomerate in the country.

Moldova’s Constitutional Court had frequently made rulings in Plahotniuc’s favor, and on March 4 this court put an end to the short-lived protest movement. One Friday evening, it decided to repeal the amendment to the Moldovan constitution, enacted in 2000, under which the head of state, the president, has limited powers and is elected by parliament. As the current president, Nicolae Timofti, was set to leave office in March, the court effectively fired the starting gun for the next presidential election.

 

 

[June 20 interoperability of Moldovan forces proceeds ]

Moldovan forces receive American training

According to LTC Tudor Martea, Commander of Special Forces Battalion “Fulger”, the exercises included 4 modules of training: advanced firing techniques, close quarters combat, artillery fire call, and a field training exercise.

U.S.role

Several media outlets surround the Minister of Defense of Moldova, Aratal Salaru, to ask him some questions regarding America’s presence in Moldoava during a static display in Chisinau, Moldova, May 5, 2016.

LTC Martea mentioned that within the exercise, over 80 service members were trained by their American colleagues to carry out different missions. Also, they carried out shooting drills with heavy and light infantry weapons of National and US Armies.
June 7, 2016 WARSAW, Poland — Poland has kicked off its joint multinational exercise with heavy US Army participation in order to test readiness and interoperability using 31,000 soldiers from 24 countries, 100 aircraft, 12 vessels and 3,000 vehicles.

[October 8 2015 nuclear smuggling

Oleg Balan, Moldovan Minister of Interior

Oleg Balan, Moldovan Minister of Interior

The United States and Moldova have been working together for years to counter nuclear smuggling, said Eric Lund, spokesman for the Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

• In July 2010, police seized 1.8 kilograms of Uranium 238, known as yellowcake, in a garage in Moldova’s capital, Chisinau. The uranium was worth €9 million ($10.1 million at today’s rates), but the suspects had tried to sell the uranium for €5 million ($5.6 million). Seven people were arrested, including two officers of the former Soviet army.

At the time, Moldova said it wasn’t sure where the uranium came from.

• In 2011, seven people were caught trying to sell 1 kilogram of Uranium 235 that had come from Moldova’s separatist Transnistria region. The suspects had sold a sample to undercover investigators. One of the suspects escaped, though others were arrested. A year later, an appellate court in Chisinau freed three and sentenced the rest to three to five years in jail.

When uranium is mined, it is 99.3% Uranium 238 and 0.7% Uranium 235, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says.

Nuclear reactors must have a higher concentration of Uranium 235 than naturally exists in the mined material, so the U 235 isotope is enriched to about 5%, the commission says.

• In February 2015, authorities arrested two Moldovans in the capital on suspicion of trying to sell a half kilogram of radioactive Caesium 135. The arrest came after the suspects sold a sample of 83 grams for €100,000 ($112,440).

Moldovan authorities cooperated with the FBI in all three investigations, Balan said.

[August 10 Moldova: bank failures prompt IMF visit]

An IMF mission was now expected to visit from September 21 to look at prospects for a new support program after bamk failures.
Fraudsters in Moldova in November 2014 pulled off a $1 billion bank theft, led in turn to the bankruptcy of the country’s three major banks, a currency crisis, and a sharp economic slump. The mechanisms used for shifting the funds from BEM and Banca de Sociala – in particular the tell-tale use of Scottish shell companies established at the same addresses – repeat the mechanisms used in previous corporate raids and major money-laundering schemes in Moldova. This suggests that at least the engineers of the scheme were high-placed Moldovan insiders. But why would high-placed insiders implement such a scheme for the benefit of an outsider such as 28-year-old businessman Ilan Shor ? Or is Shor rather a proxy or fall guy for them?
The Scottish shell companies involved, Manitoba Management Limited, was registered at the 41 Duke Street address; another two companies, Dixon Corporation and Ayden Management Limited, were registered at 69 Brunswick Street and 71 Brunswick Street, respectively. Fortuna Limited and Novland Limited, were registered at the 18/2 Royston Mains Street address.

[May 21 Moldova at Riga EU meeting tempted by Russia]

While the European market is much bigger and richer than Russia’s, Mr. Putin imposed tight trade restrictions in 2013 on Moldova in retaliation for its flirtation with the West. For now, exports to Europe have not yet risen enough to make up for what was lost in Russia

Apr 21, 2015 “Wind Spring 15” – NATO military exercise in Romania, near the Moldovan and Ukrainian border
“Wind Spring 15” – Over 2.000 military and 500 army vehicles, of which 400 tanks and armored vehicles, involved in a NATO military exercise in Romania, at the Smardan firining range in Galati county, near the Moldovan and Ukrainian border.

[March 21 Russia warns against U.S. military maneuver, convoy of 120 U.S. Army Strykers departs Estonia]

Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment provide security in Stryker armored vehicles) in Hohenfels, Germany,

Comanche Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment provide security in Stryker armored vehicles in Hohenfels, Germany,

A “Dragoon Ride” will take 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, troops from training locations in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland and convoy them through Latvia and the Czech Republic to Vilseck.The US Army squadron wrapping several months of training with allies in Poland will take its Strykers through the Baltics March 21 through April 1, stopping in a new community each night. The vehicles are part of an armored brigade’s worth of equipment the Army plans to station in Europe. The U.S. military maneuver, set to begin March 21, will involve a convoy of 120 U.S. Army Strykers. Over ten days, the eight-wheel-drive combat vehicles will stop in a different border area community each night to showcase the ability of U.S. forces to transport troops quickly, and to assure Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland of NATO’s commitment.

Such an exercise, Russia’s foreign ministry said March 20, undermines the Russia-NATO Founding Act. “According to our estimates, in case of the deployment of U.S. armour on the permanent basis on NATO’s eastern flank in the mentioned amounts there will emerge solid reasons for calling in question the alliance’s compliance with these liabilities.”

March 6 Riga summit, on 21-22 May 2015: “deliverables”]

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is the EU initiative covering relations with Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is the wish of the hosts that all countries be represented at the level of heads of state and government, this was a decision to be taken by consensus among the 28 member countries. The previous such summit, held in Vilnius in November 2013. Member states had no consensus on offering membership perspective to the Union to any of the countries covered. Some EU countries wanted “deliverables” a jargon term for the possibility of granting a visa-free regime to Ukraine and Georgia. In EU jargon, this is called “visa liberalisation”, while “visa facilitation” is offered to countries less advanced in the process of lifting the visa barrier with the EU.

[February 25 2015 U.S. Army Second Cavalry Regiment in military parade to mark Estonia’s Independence Day.]

The soldiers from the U.S. Army’s Second Cavalry Regiment were taking part in a military parade to mark Estonia’s Indepen- dence Day.

[February 24 Moldova:pro-Western businessman the country’s next Prime Minister.]

Moldovan lawmakers voted February 20 to appoint pro-Western businessman  Chiril Gaburici as the country’s next Prime Minister.

Moldovan lawmakers voted February 20 to appoint pro-Western businessman Chiril Gaburici as the country’s next Prime Minister.

[February 17 Moldova: a slumping domestic economy]
The leu has lost 25 percent against the dollar since the start of 2015, pressured by a rapidly slowing domestic economy, a currency crisis in Russia and conflict in Ukraine. Former Soviet countries are feeling the pain as Russia, for many the main trading partner, suffers from Western sanctions over Ukraine and a weak oil market, which sent the rouble down about 40 percent against the dollar last year. Moldova’s economy, which grew 9.2 percent in 2013, is expected to have contracted by up to 2 percent last year. “The national exchange rate mirrors the economic situation, which was hit by three shocks,”citing a Russian embargo on Moldovan wine and certain food products, a decline in exports, and a fall in remittances from migrant workers, 400,000 of whom work in Russia.

[January 27 Moldova: Two pro-European parties plus Communists may form government]
Two pro-European parties have agreed to form a minority government in Moldova but will need support from the Communist Party to pass legislation. They have 42 seats in the 101-seat legislation. The Communists, with 20 seats, say they will support the government depending on who is proposed as prime minister.

[January 1 Putin Christmas wish, U.S. Marines in Balti]

U.S. Marines train with Moldovan Force

U.S. Marines train with Moldovan Force

December 31 2014: In a New Year’s address Russian President Vladimir Putin wished Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti a Merry Christmas and “expressed hope” that the two countries would work together “in order to strengthen regional stability and security.” Some experts fear that the eastern pro-Russian Moldovan territory of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, will be the next area in Eastern Europe to take up a violent separatist campaign with the help of Russia.

January 1, 2015: U.S., Marines headed into the small, former Soviet republic to talk anti-armor best practices with local troops. A mix of about 15 assaultmen and anti-tank missilemen with the Romania-based Black Sea Rotational Force arrived in Balti, Moldova for the weeklong joint training exercise.
The detachment of Marines led a mix of conscripts and career soldiers with varying specialties — most were artillerymen — in discussions about doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures. The event, which included a live-fire exercise, saw the troops use the FGM-148 Javelin, AT4 Anti-Tank Weapon and shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapons, as well as Moldova’s rocket propelled grenade system and 70mm recoilless rifle.
First Lt. Ben Skarzynski, executive officer for the rotational force’s weapons company who oversaw the exercise, would only go so far as to describe it as giving the Moldovans the “capability to provide for themselves.”

;December 20 Putin forgets Moldova]

Russia is estimated to have approximately 1,500 soldiers in Transnistria who are there to guard old Soviet weapon stockpiles. Russia also claims to enforce peacekeeping purposes following the 1992 conflict between the region and Moldova.

Russia is estimated to have approximately 1,500 soldiers in Transnistria who are there to guard old Soviet weapon stockpiles. Russia also claims to enforce peacekeeping purposes following the 1992 conflict between the region and Moldova.

“We have basically only two bases abroad, and those are in terroristically dangerous directions: in Kyrgyzstan after militants from Afghanistan entered that country, at the request of the Kyrgyz authorities, and in Tajikistan — also on the border with Afghanistan.”
in Transnistria, Russia keeps about 1,500 troops in the Moldovan breakaway republic, based in the de facto capitol Tiraspol as well as in the Bender Fortress. On August 4, Moscow accused Moldova and Ukraine of trying to block Russia’s access to its troops in Transdniester.

Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and it relies heavily on remittances from the several hundred thousand Moldovan citizens working in Russia. Most Moldovans convert the rubles they earn into dollars or euros before
[December 17 MEPS compensate Moldova’s producers for their Russian losses]

Moldova will be able to export up to 40,000 tonnes of fresh apples, 10,000 tonnes of fresh table grapes and 10,000 tonnes of fresh plums to the EU duty free, thanks to a proposal backed by MEPs on Wednesday. This should compensate Moldova’s producers for their losses due to Russia’s politically-motivated ban on imports of Moldovan produce.

Moldova will be able to import duty-free

40,000 tons of fresh apples (= 0.4% of EU output)

10,000 tons fresh table grapes (= 0.6% of EU output)

10, 000 tonnes fresh plums (= 0.7% of EU output)

Most of these imports are likely to go to Romania.

MEPs approved the concession by 551 votes to 67, with 23 abstentions.

[December 2 pro-EU parties had around 44% while the opposition had around 40% in parliamentary elections]

Wedged between Ukraine and EU member Romania, Moldova has a breakaway region, Transnistria, which appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for recognition in April. The government joined Ukraine and Georgia in signing association agreements with the EU in June.

Wedged between Ukraine and EU member Romania, Moldova has a breakaway region, Transnistria, which appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for recognition in April. The government joined Ukraine and Georgia in signing association agreements with the EU in June.

The United States congratulates the people of Moldova on the November 30 parliamentary elections, another milestone in their nation’s democratic development. The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) found that the technical conduct of the elections yesterday was in line with international standards and norms. We share ODIHR’s concern with the decision of Moldova’s Central Election Commission to remove one party from the ballot only a few days before the elections.

[earlier]With nearly 80% of votes counted, the three pro-EU parties had around 44% while the opposition had around 40%.

The subsequent inevitable tough bargaining will be watched closely by Russia.

[November 30 Moldova’s central election committee declares elections valid]
With about 30% of the vote counted, the pro-Russian Socialist Party was in the lead with about 23%, election officials said. The main opposition party – the Communist Party – was running a close second with 20%.

The Liberal Democrats, who want Moldova to achieve EU candidate status by 2017 and full membership by 2020. They were polling about 18%.

Its coalition partner, the Democratic Party, was polling about 16%.

The most strongly pro-EU and pro-Nato party, the Liberals, was on about 7%.

Tough post-election bargaining is predicted.

About 2.7 million people are eligible to cast their ballots, electing a single-chamber 101-seat parliament by a system of proportional representation. The turnout was just under 56%.

[Earlier]Moldovans are voting in parliamentary elections November 30. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation not to attempt to destabilize Moldova, on March 23.
On March 23, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s top military commander warned that Russia had a “very sizable” force on Ukraine’s eastern border that could easily pass through Ukraine to seize Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria.
The Russian annexation of Crimea is threatening to reignite a conflict in an often forgotten corner of Europe: the self-styled breakaway republic of Transnistria.
Transnistria, a thin strip of land sandwiched between Ukraine and the former Soviet republic of Moldova, has close ties with Moscow. Last week lawmakers in the region formally asked the Duma, Russia’s parliament, if it could
Ms. Merkel nonetheless reiterated Germany’s position that it won’t recognize the annexation of Crimea, Mr. Seibert said.
Moldova’s central election committee declared the elections valid with turnout at 39.2 percent of voters as of 3:30 p.m. local time, Interfax reported, citing the body’s chairman, Yury Chokan.

[February 28 MAKO Group’s Oleksandr Yanukovych and deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych have Swiss assets seized, also Austria and Liechtenstein]

In early 2014 Oleksandr Yanukovych personal assets were claimed to be over $500 million

In early 2014 Oleksandr Yanukovych personal assets were claimed to be over $500 million

Geneva’s chief prosecutor’s office searched the premises of a company owned by Oleksander Yanukovych. The Swiss authorities have frozen all assets of Ukraine’s deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych, and launched a money laundering investigation into him and his son.
The foreign ministry said all assets and bank accounts held by Yanukovych and 19 other people of his entourage in Switzerland were blocked

Austria and the principality of Liechtenstein announced a similar asset freeze.

Yanukovych’s MAKO Group of companies (majority shareholder is Oleksandr Yanukovych) was assessed by (auditor) PricewaterhouseCoopers as having $212 million in assets in 2011, grossing $663,000 from sales.[10] (In March 2012 Yanukovych’s net worth was estimated to be at least $130 million by Kyiv Post.[2]) In 2011 time MAKO consisted of 16 enterprises located in Ukraine, Switzerland and the Netherlands and it employed some 700 people in 2011.MAKO Group is primarily involved in property development and construction, banking, and the export of high-grade coal. MAKO started to grow heavily since 2010. Before 2013 the company had denied it has bid for government public procurement contracts, taking part in government privatizations of state assets, or being involved in the extraction of natural resources. In November 2012 Forbes Ukraine reported that companies linked to (Oleksandr) Yanukovych in 2012 at no cost had taken over majority stakes worth an estimated $10 million in five coal enrichment plants from the state.[ This had been denied by Yanukovych; he claimed it was Black PR aimed against his father. As of February 2013 Forbes Ukraine claims (Oleksandr) Yanukovych earned most in Ukrainian Public Procurement contracts then any other businessmen since the beginning of 2012.[12] Forbes.ua reported in February 2014 that in January 2014, for example, his businesses won 50% of all state tenders.
In early 2014 his personal assesses were claimed to be over $500 million

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn has married Myriam L’Aouffir

 

Dominique Strauss Kahn married Myriam L’Aouffir in Marrakech this weekend. In 2013, Myriam L’Aouffir, was responsible for social networks and communication in France 2. She then briefly took charge of external relations at the Moroccan Embassy. At 49, this dynamic woman is today at the head of the agency Daenery’s,com, specializing in digital marketing, headquartered in Casablanca, Morocco. Moroccan nationality, Mariem Laouffir, who had her name changed and added an apostrophe, owns a magnificent property in Casablanca, where DSK also owns a place.
Considered a “woman of networks”, she is notably close to the filmmaker Elie Chouraqui.

[June 12 2015 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “What a waste.” ]

 “aggravated pimping” charges

“aggravated pimping” charges

Vanessa

Myriam

Myriam

“All that for this?” Strauss-Kahn said as he rose to leave the courtroom with his girlfriend and adult daughter. “What a waste.”
Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been cleared by a French court of “aggravated pimping” charges.The judges said there was no proof he knew that some of the women he had sex with at orgies were prostitutes. The judge Bernard Lemaire read out in Lille’s courthouse on Friday (12 June).he 147 pages-long judgment, the soirées organised in Washington were outside French jurisdiction.

[February 21 Carlton – A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12]


A verdict by the Lille court will be read on June 12. The withdrawal from the case of four prostitutes and an association appeared to show the case against Mr Strauss-Kahn weakening.

[February 17 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: The Next French presidential election in April and May 2017.]

Chief judge Bernard Lemaire

Chief judge Bernard Lemaire

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre

Lille prosecutor Frederic Fevre called for the acquittal of the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on charges of pimping. He said neither the investigation nor the evidence heard in court had established that he was guilty. Lawyers for an association that had filed suit announced February 17 that it was abandoning its pursuit of Strauss-Kahn. Only one association, a group pushing to abolish prostitution called Nid or “nest,” maintained its accusations against Strauss-Kahn and his 13 co-defendants. Chief judge Bernard Lemaire opened the trial by stressing the court would not judge sexual activities among consenting adults. “The court,” he said, “is not the guardian of moral order, but of the law.”

[February 16 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”]

Invasion of privacy? 2012/09/24 Condoleezza Rice and Dominique-Strauss-Kahn in Ukraine

Invasion of privacy? 2012/09/24 Condoleezza Rice and Dominique-Strauss-Kahn in Ukraine

Strauss-Kahn, “didn’t give up” during questioning by judges, repeatedly denying knowledge that the women were prostitutes. Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said on February 16 they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head.
Terms of the confidential settlement of New York chambermaid Nafissatou Diallo’s civil suit against Strauss-Kahn have never been disclosed. The chambermaid and her daughter are doing well she runs Chez Amina, serving up African, American and Spanish food. New York Prosecutors dismissed all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stating that the Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault had told so many lies that her story could no longer be considered reliable. The New York prosecutor said “We did not have that quantum of confidence.”

[February 12 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate”]

 Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK) Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his partner Thierry Leyne recently visited Nicosia.

Leyne Strauss-Kahn & Partners (LSK)[insolvent] Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his late partner Thierry Leyne recently visited Nicosia.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn testified February 12 that using the word ‘equipment’ to refer to women was “inappropriate” but the use of the phrase doesn’t mean he saw them as sex workers.

[February 10 Dominique Strauss-Kahn: “If I had known that I would not have gone along,”]

DSK on first day. He did not attend later and witnesses may not testify as to accused not present, but descriptions are allowed

Strauss-Kahn took the stand to answer questions from the lead judge. Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that despite the idea given in court papers of “frenetic activity”, the group-sex sessions were organised four times a year, in a period when he was very busy “saving the world from catastrophe” at the time of the sub-prime crisis. At the same time, he said, he had a “complicated relationship” with his wife, Anne Sinclair, a French journalist. Asked whether he never suspected that any of the seven women who came to the “swingers’ parties – often alone- were prostitutes, Mr Strauss-Kahn said “never”.“If I had known that I would not have gone along,” he said, adding: “I thought they were coming for the excitement and the adventure. I never thought they were coming just for me.”

[February 6 ]
Testifying on February 5, Dominique Alderweireld, better known as “Dodo le Saumure” (which roughly translates as Dodo the Pimp), whose businesses are based in Belgium, accused of bussing prostitutes over the border to work in Lille’s Carlton Hotel, denied shipping prostitutes to France for profit, including the orgies in which DSK was reported to have participated. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due to give evidence next February 10.

[February 3 Jade describes sex work with DSK in Lille, Belgium, and Washington, D.C.]
An ex-prostitute nicknamed “Jade” explained how Rene Kojfer, 74, former public relations manager for the Carlton and her employer Dominique Alderweireld, a notorious brothel owner in Belgium just across the border who is known as “Dodo the Pimp” would organize for her and other women to attend lunchtime sex parties at a private Lille apartment. The judge asked her directly what she was paid for: “Well, I wasn’t there doing the cleaning”, she retorted. Jade, who has two children, bespectacled and with a brunette bob, dressed in neutral colors with a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck. [3 novembre 2011 police trial of divisional commissioner Jean-Christophe Lagarde , head of the North departmental safety.] Jade’s first offer was to go to Paris to participate in a sexual afternoon in a hotel In 2009,l. There she met Dominique Strauss-Kahn. “We were 10 to 15 people. There was a buzz. Everyone kept saying “it will happen, ‘” she described. A few months later, when she stopped working for Dodo brine, David Pug offered again. This time it’s a trip to a swingers club in Belgium, again with the former director of the IMF. “I think he liked me,” she says, adding that “it has always been courteous and delicate.” Each time, she says Avoie paid by cash, Fabrice Paszkowski.
Jade tells a third and final meeting with Dominique Strauss-Kahn in early 2010, in Washington. She says she left with Fabrice Paszkowski and Jean-Christophe Lagarde, a divisional commissioner indicted in an alleged case of pandering. The young woman said to have had sex one night in a hotel. She tells of visiting IMF headquarters with DSK, who was then still CEO.
David Pug offered her another trip to Washington, which she can not participate, then stops the contact. Today, she says that the parties were “nice” but that “prostitution, it marks you for life.” “I can never forget,” she says.

[February 2

As his trial began, Strauss-Kahn arrived quietly through a side entry, avoiding the crowds of journalists, and his lawyers declined to comment as they entered.

As his trial began, Strauss-Kahn arrived quietly through a side entry, avoiding the crowds of journalists, and his lawyers declined to comment as they entered.

Strauss-Kahn was charged with “aggravated pimping” in the Lille case in 2012, as investigators said he played an organizing role in the ring. While prostitution and paying for sex aren’t illegal in France, procuring prostitutes for others is.
The accusations “contradict all good legal sense,” his defense team said in a December 2012 statement. Strauss-Kahn was “serene” about the trial and was confident the court will clear him.
The trial will run through Feb. 20, and may be extended by a week, though the judges’ verdict will come later, . If convicted, he could face 10 years in jail and a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine.

[January 28 DSK trial opens February 2, 2015 on charge of procuring prostitutes]

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on January 23 to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group.   A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be tried on aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped. No trial date was set.

Judges investigating the case in the northern city of Lille decided on January 23 to go ahead with charges of aggravated pimping in a group. A total of 14 people, including Strauss-Kahn, are to be tried on aggravated pimping in a group. A more serious charge of organized pimping was dropped.
It opens before the correctional tribunal February 2, 2015.

[March 27 2012 DSK will appeal charge of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”]


Counsel for Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced plans to appeal the decision of indictment, stating that the latter state to be guilty of any of the facts alleged against him.

“It goes without saying that we will seek the annulment of that decision” of indictment, said lawyer Henri Leclerc, one of three lawyers Dominique Strauss-Kahn, after hearing of his client.

”proxénétisme aggravé en bande organisée”
Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was released on bail of 100,000 euros (£84,000; $135,000) after questioning in the northern city of Lille.
[March 26]

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged alleging with involvement in a French prostitution ring.
Investigating judges questioned Strauss-Kahn for several hours March 26. Strauss-Kahn was accused of procuring prostitutes and involvement in an “organized gang.”
The preliminary charges in Lille—procurement as part of a group of acquaintances based in Lille–meant the magistrates there concluded Strauss-Kahn’s conduct, along with the others, should be investigated further with an eye to putting him on trial. They did not mean he was accused of employing or profiting from the work of prostitutes.

Under French law, prostitution is tolerated but procurement is a crime punishable by up to 20 years of imprisonment, meaning Strauss-Kahn in theory risks going to jail. The magistrates did not pursue the other allegations under investigation, which alleged Strauss-Kahn participated in corruption because his partners in the sex parties put prostitutes’ bills and other charges on their company expense accounts. His lawyer Malka says Strauss-Kahn denies wrongdoing. The lawyer also says it is wrong to prosecute Strauss-Kahn for “simple libertine activity.”
Under French law, preliminary charges mean authorities have reason to believe a crime was committed but allow more time for investigation.
Strauss-Kahn quit the International Monetary Fund after a New York hotel maid said he sexually assaulted her in May. The charges were later dropped. Using prostitutes is not illegal in France. But potential charges hang on whether investigating magistrates are convinced Mr Strauss-Kahn was aware the women he had sex with in restaurants, hotels and swingers’ clubs in Paris and several European capitals were prostitutes paid for using company funds.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn March 2012

Dominique Strauss-Kahn March 2012

kingfisher

Vijay Mallya fled to Britain in March 2016 after being pursued for recovery of Rs 9,091 crore [1388757210.45 usd] owed to a consortium of 17 Indian banks by his now defunct Kingfisher Airlines. Former liquor baron is accused of transferring a huge chunk of Rs 6,027-crore [920695160.86 usd] loan he took for his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines to shell companies in seven countries the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US, France, Singapore, Ireland and Mauritius and South Africa.

Mallya left India in 2016, saying he was moving to England to be closer to his children. He has since refused to return to India and said he fears an unfair trial amid the “media frenzy and hysteria” over unpaid dues. Mallya has also said government agencies are pursuing a “heavily biased investigation” and holding him guilty without trial.Officials, have found 30 antique objects, including idols dating to the 10th century and paintings. Of these, a majority were from south India and had been sold by Kapoor’s gallery ‘Art of the Past’ between 2007 and 2012 to Singapore.

June 16 2015 Subhash Kapoor,smuggled objects found in Singapore ]
“When we examined the two antiquities, it was confirmed that it was goddess Uma Maheshwari idol from south India and a Christian Altar belonging to a church in Goa. While the age of the idol is between 9th and 10th century, the Altar dates back to 18th century,” the antiquity wing of the ASI team that travelled to Singapore between May 12 and 15 following a communication from the Asian Civilisation Museum

[April 16 Subhash Kapoor, a dealer in the largest antiquities smuggling operation on American soil]
Authorities in New York have sought custody of the largest seizure of antiquities in American history — 2,622 artifacts worth $108 million looted from India and other places in south Asia – smuggled into US by Madison Avenue art dealer Subhash Kapoor. The seized items included bronze and stone statues of Hindu deities, many of them ancient masterworks worth several million dollars each. Kapoor is currently awaiting trial in India on charges of plundering archaeological sites and conspiring with black market traders to send illicit artifacts overseas. The cache includes several major Cambodian artifacts, including a $1.2-million Naga statue found in Mr. Kapoor’s Art of the Past gallery .There is also a group of Cambodian stone figures worth $700,000; two objects identified as “Khmer statues” worth $250,000 and $175,000; a Cambodian “standing figure on pedestal” also worth $175,000; an “elephant w/hat statue” worth $14

 

5,000; a “Khmer Vishnu sandstone wall fragment” worth $65,000; and a crowned Buddha worth $45,000; as well as many other Cambodian statues worth tens of thousands of dollars.

[A

pril 8]

is awaiting trial in India

is awaiting trial in India

“He certainly conned a lot of people,” Mr. Kennedy said of Subhash Kapoor, a dealer identified by authorities as having once run the largest antiquities smuggling operation on American soil., who is awaiting trial in India on charges of trafficking in $100 million worth of stolen artifacts. Mr. Kapoor, 65, has pleaded not guilty. Brenton M. Easter, the special agent in charge of Operation Hidden Idol for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said museums should understand that the investigation was continuing. “Just because they haven’t been contacted yet doesn’t mean they should not anticipate being contacted down the road,” he said.
The federal investigation, Operation Hidden Idol, began in 2012 with raids on Mr. Kapoor’s gallery and on several warehouses and other locations where he stored Indian antiquities. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations, which are jointly directing the investigation, said they had seized tens of millions of dollars worth of objects that they believed were looted from ancient temples in India.
In addition, the Manhattan district attorney’s office, working with the investigators, has prosecuted Mr. Kapoor’s sister; a woman identified as his girlfriend; and the longtime manager of his gallery on charges related to the artifacts. The manager, Aaron Freedman, pleaded guilty in December 2013 to six criminal charges and is said to be cooperating with the authorities.

On October 7, 2013, the Manhattan District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against Kapoor’s sister, 60-year-old Sushma Sareen, alleging that, while her brother was in jail, she and Kapoor’s daughter, Mamta Sager, in connivance with former Art of the Past employee, Aaron M Freedman, played a cat-and-mouse game with authorities, moving a set of stolen idols from a safe house in Manhattan to Sareen’s house in a nearby Long Island suburb. Sareen, who has retained rapper 50 Cent’s lawyer, Scott Leemon, declined to comment. She is expected to go before a Grand Jury in early January, who will decide whether or not to file formal charges.

Salina Mohamed

Salina Mohamed

Three of the objects cited the previous owner as Salina Mohamed, Kapoor’s longtime girlfriend. In December, Mohamed was charged with four counts of criminal possession of stolen property and one count of conspiracy. Prosecutors say she was involved in the fabrication of fake ownership histories for Kapoor’s stolen objects.

Paramaspry Punusamy

Paramaspry Punusamy

One object reportedly came from another of Kapoor’s ex-girlfriends, Paramaspry Punusamy, the owner of Dalhousie Enterprises and Jazmin Asian Arts in Singapore. Punsamy is reported to have triggered the Kapoor investigation after falling out with him over a lawsuit in 2009.

[April 2 $500K sales part of much larger art crime investigation]

 Homsi, who lives in Greenpoint, has an Upper East Side gallery that was featured in the New York Times last month in a roundup of Asia Week exhibits.

Homsi, who lives in Greenpoint, has an Upper East Side gallery that was featured in the New York Times last month in a roundup of Asia Week exhibits.

Nayef Homsi is suspected of selling three sculptures of Hindu and Buddhist deities — despite knowing the artifacts were stolen. Nayef Homsi is said to be a “minor player” in a much larger investigation.
New York County District Attorney’s office intends to arrest Homsi. The DA’s office, which partnered with the Department of Homeland Security on the investigation, filed the papers in Manhattan Civil Supreme Court on March 25, asking a judge to freeze a bank account held in the name of Homsi’s company, Maitreya, where the proceeds of the illegal sales had been deposited.

[March 14 $20 million mark-up yields art fraud arrests; ” big dealers and collectors involved”]

Yves Bouvier, the Swiss businessman and art dealer who operates giant storage centers in Switzerland, Luxembourg and Singapore that hold billions of dollars of art for the global rich. Bouvier was arrested in Monaco in February as part of an investigation into fraud. The case focuses on several works purchased by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who claims Bouvier inflated or misrepresented prices by millions of dollars. one of the pieces was an Amadeo Modigliani sold by hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen. Rybolovlev bought the piece from Bouvier acting as the dealer for $118 million. Rybolovlev later talked to Cohen’s art adviser, Sandy Heller, and found Cohen sold the Modigliani to Bouvier for $93.5 million—giving Bouvier a more than $20 million mark-up, including fees

Bouvier is accused of fraud and complicity with money laundering along with an accomplice, Tania Rappo, and a third person who hasn’t been immediately identified according to Monaco General Prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno. On March 12, a Singapore court ordered a freeze on Bouvier’s assets, forbidding him from removing any assets or disposing of any assets outside of Singapore, according to local media reports. “This is just the beginning,” said one prominent art lawyer in New York who asked not to be named. “There will be a lot of big dealers and collectors involved.”
[January 30 Hillel “Helly” Nahmad and Modigliani’s 1918 portrait]

INDEX NO. 650646/2014
NYSCEF DOC. NO. 237 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 01/21/2015
Philippe Maestracci v. Helly Nahmad Gallery
JUSTICE: Eileen Bransten
INDEX NO: 650646_2014
DEFENDANT’S LAW FIRM: Aaron Richard Golub
CAUSE OF ACTION: Declaration of Title – plaintiff is rightful owner of painting, Conversion, Replevin
LATEST EVENT: In action for recovery by former owner of Modigliani painting, defendant moves for sanctions and to strike “scandalous and prejudicial” ad hominem attacks on defendants and counsel

[November 9 2014
An Amedeo Modigliani seized by the Nazis, worth as much as $25 million is being held in a warehouse in Switzerland by a corporation controlled, allegedly, by the Nahmad family. Helly Nahmad, who is serving a year in prison, was sentenced in April after pleading guilty to operating a sports-gambling business that booked millions of dollars in bets. The International Art Center is registered in Panama and has an office in Switzerland, where it holds artworks at the Geneva Freeport. The painting in question, Modigliani’s 1918 portrait, “Seated Man With a Cane,” is in that warehouse. A man named Van der Klip, bought the Modigliani in a forced sale in 1947. The painting had then been resold twice in quick succession, ending up in the possession of a U.S. officer, whose name and address were unknown. That painting , in a 1996 Christie’s auction in London, was purchased for $3.2 million by the International Art Center.
Mr. Maestracci, the sole heir to the painting, and his attorneys have described the International Art Center as a shell company used by the Nahmad family to hold a multi-billion-dollar art collection, is asking for depositions. The Helly Nahmad Gallery, in a court filing, said it “lacks any interest whatsoever in this controversy and lacks any authority or capacity to remedy any injury allegedly suffered” by Mr. Maestracci.

[May 1 Helly gets FCI Otisville – It’s a walled Shangri-la.]

FCI Otisville NY

FCI Otisville NY

Hillel “Helly” Nahmad, who had apartments at Manhattan’s Trump Tower, a model for a girlfriend and an art gallery that featured modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for his role in a high-stakes gambling ring. The gallery will remain open while his client serves his term. As part of his plea, he agreed to forfeit $6.4 million and all rights to the Dufy painting titled “Carnaval a Nice, 1937.” The judge yesterday ordered him to also pay a $30,000 fine and said he had to surrender to U.S. prison officials on or by June 16. Furman granted Brafman’s request that he would recommend Nahmad serve his time at the Federal Correctional Institution at Otisville, New York.

White-collar criminals and crooked pols are banging down the door to get into Otisville federal prison. The reason? It’s a walled Shangri-la.
“You could do about anything you wanted there,” said former inmate John Altman. “It’s not just good. It’s sweet. That’s why you request to go there.”
The prison’s store doubles as a delicatessen, serving up such favorites as rib steak, gefilte fish, kugel, salmon, chorizo and smoked oysters.
It’s only a 90-minute drive for visitors from the city, and it has boccie courts, horseshoe pits and enough room to play soccer. Convicts could stay up until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights watching HBO, Showtime and Cinemax.
The low-security camp that’s connected with Otisville’s 1,200-inmate medium-security complex is exclusive too, housing only about 125 felons, two to a cell.
Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are celebrated with cookouts serving hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and potato salad.
“The food is right. The commissary is right. The officers don’t bother you. There are a lot of courses you can take. You had weights inside and outside, free weights and machines,” Altman said.
“Food, activities, TV and movies, and visitations are the four things you judge a facility by,” he said. “Things were good.”

Vadim Trincher was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison by Furman. The other ring was run by Trincher’s son, Illya Trincher of Beverly Hills, California, and was a high-stakes gambling operation for millionaires and billionaires, according to the government. He pleaded guilty to gambling charges in November and is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

[January 22]

Playing poker isn't a crime, but it's illegal to profit by promoting it.

Playing poker isn’t a crime, but it’s illegal to profit by promoting it.

Edwin Ting was sentenced January 21 in Manhattan federal court to five months in prison and ordered to forfeit $2 million.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that from 2010 through 2013, Ting ran poker games with pots that reached hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Authorities say players in the underground network included professional athletes, Hollywood luminaries and business executives.

Playing poker isn’t a crime, but it’s illegal to profit by promoting it.

[January 21]

prominent online poker pro Justin Smith

prominent online poker pro Justin Smith

Another case under the ‘U.S. v. Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov’ can be shelved.

The prosecution of prominent online poker pro Justin Smith for his minor role in a large New York City-based sportsbetting and gambling ring with ties to alleged Russian mobsters has concluded with Smith receiving extended probation, including home monitoring and community service.

In the sentencing hearing on January 20 for Smith, well known as “BoostedJ” in the poker community, presiding judge Jesse M. Furman sentenced Smith to two years probation, but with the special condition of an initial three-month period of home confinement, typically but not necessarily monitored by electronic ankle bracelet. Smith was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service following the completion of his home confinement term. Smith had previously agreed to pay a fine of $500,000 as part of his sentencing. It is believed Smith will serve his home confinement in his LA-area residence.

Smith’s sentence also includes a couple of very typical added conditions, such as a prohibition on firearms and submission for DNA testing, and represents a slight down tick from what had been requested by the office of lead SDNY Preet Bharara, which had sought a sentence of six to 12 months. Smith may have posted a cryptic Twitter comment referring to the probation he received when he wrote, on Wednesday, “Was granted the birthday wish I was hoping for.”

According to the case’s sentencing memorandum, Smith assisted with the online sportsbetting operation by creating numerous online accounts for the ring’s leaders, including Illya Trincher and Hillel “Helly” Nehmad, including several at the now-defunct HMS Sports, along with one or more at PinnacleSports. Smith moved six-figure sums for both sportsbetting and poker through several of these accounts. The memorandum, which includes redacted but length conversations obtained by wiretap, includes mention of an account owned by fellow defendant and poker pro Abe Mosseri that was also used by Smith, plus a so-called “Mexican account” that was operated jointly by Smith and Illya Trincher.

The judgment is one of the first in the extended case of U.S. v Tokhtakhounov et al, in which 34 defendants were charged with various roles in the operation of a prominent sportsbetting and gambling ring. Prominent members included at-large, indicted Russian arms dealer Alimzhan “Taiwanchik” Tokhtakhounov, former WPT event winner Vadim Trincher and prominent New York art dealer Nehmad. All told, the ring is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars in gambling proceeds through its live and online operations.

Smith was charged with three relatively small offenses as one of the case’s 34 defendants, originally facing charges of participating in an illegal sports gambling business, the transmission of sports wagering information (a Wire Act violation), and the acceptance of a financial instrument for unlawful internet gambling. Smith, who allegedly acepted and placed bets on behalf of his friends and himself through online sites maintained by the gambling ring’s bosses, eventually pled guilty to a single count, the illegal sports gambling business charge, with the other two counts being dismissed.

Smith was believed to have cooperated with authorities following his April 2013 arrest and reached an agreement with prosecutors in August, entering a formal guilty plea soon after. BoostedJ becomes the first of the case’s ten or so defendants with prominent poker connections to be formally sentenced, and his term may be an indicator of what likely awaits co-defendants such as fellow poker pros Bill Edler and Peter “Nordberg” Feldman, who were charged with the same three sportsbetting counts. Neither Edler nor Feldman has yet to agree to a plea deal with DOJ Southern District of New York prosecutors.

Smith, a prominent cash-game pro who has also notched over $2.1 million in career tournament earnings, is one of 24 defendants in the case who have reached deals to date. Another of the early-pleading defendants, Edwin Ting, was also scheduled for a sentencing hearing this week. Ting’s hearing, however, was pushed back to January 21st due to a scheduling conflict with the SDNY prosecutor dealing specifically with Ting’s case and charges.

[August 13, 2013]
William Barbalat, 42, admitted to hosting illegal underground poker games in his apartment, as well as helping facilitate wire transfers to players in different states. Barbalat is one of nearly three dozen individuals charged in the matter.

The move will spare Barbalat from a potential sentence of 10 years in prison. His deal reportedly will likely result in him spending six months to a year behind bars.

He will be sentenced in December.

[August 13]

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov

The indictment defines two related gambling rings.

The “Taiwanchik-Trincher” organization, led primarily by Trincher, Anatoly “Tony” Golubchik and Alimzhan “Taiwanchik” Tokhtakhounov, allegedly held underground poker games for professional players, celebrities and Wall Street financiers, shaking down those reluctant to pay their losses and laundering the rake through shell companies in the US and Cyprus. Through gambling websites operating illegally in the United States, the ring also ran a high-stakes sports betting business that catered to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. A thief in law (Russian: вор в законе vor v zakonye; Ukrainian: злодій у законі zlodiy u zakoni; Belarusian: злодзей у законе zlodzey u zakone; Georgian: კანონიერი ქურდი kanonieri kurdi; Armenian: օրենքով գող orenk’ov goğ; Azerbaijani: Qanuni oğru) is a career criminal who is respected, has informal authority and an elite status within the organized crime environment in the Soviet Union, and currently in the post-Soviet states and respective diasporas abroad. Estimates concerning the number of “Vory” throughout the world range from several hundred to over 10,000. Thieves in law are drawn from many nationalities from a number of post-Soviet states

Meanwhile, the related “Nahmad-Trincher” organization, directed primarily by Hillel “Helly” Nahmad, Noah “The Oracle” Siegel and Illya Trincher, reportedly ran a similar high-stakes gambling operation in New York and Los Angeles. The operation took in tens of millions in bets on illegal websites, then laundered profits through a multitude of US bank accounts, a plumbing company in the Bronx, a real estate company and car repair shop in New York City, and a firm that sells used cars over the Internet.

At least 30 of the 34 people named in the indictment were in custody as of April, and the trial is planned to start in June, 2014. The key missing figure who has remained out of reach is the Russian thief-in-law Tokhtakhounov, an ethnic Uigur known as “Taiwanchik” for his Asian features. ALIMZHAN TOKHTAKHOUNOV, a/k/a “Taiwanchik,” a/k/a “Alik,” VADIM TRINCHER, a/k/a “Dima,” ANATOLY GOLUBCHIK, a/k/a “Tony,” MICHAEL SALL, STAN GREENBERG, a/k/a “Slava,” ILLYA TRINCHER, HILLEL NAHMAD, a/k/a “Helly,” JOHN HANSON, NOAH SIEGEL, a/k/a “The Oracle,” JONATHAN HIRSCH, ARTHUR AZEN, DONALD MCCALMONT, DMITRY DRUZHINSKY, a/k/a “Dima,” a/k/a “Blondie,” ALEXANDER ZAVERUKHA, a/k/a “Sasha,” ALEXANDER KATCHALOFF, a/k/a “Murushka,” ANATOLY SHTEYNGROB, a/k/a “Tony,” ILYA ROZENFELD, PETER SKYLLAS, RONALD UY, NICHOLAS HIRSCH, BRYAN ZURIFF, MOSHE ORATZ, KIRILL RAPOPORT, DAVID AARON, a/k/a “D.A.,” JUSTIN SMITH, ABRAHAM MOSSERI, WILLIAM EDLER, PETER FELDMAN, EUGENE TRINCHER, EDWIN TING, a/k/a “Eddie,” MOLLY BLOOM, WILLIAM BARBALAT, YUGESHWAR RAJKUMAR, a/k/a “Mateo Hermatte,” and JOSEPH MANCUSO, a/k/a “Joe the Hammer,” here

Interpol has a red notice out on Tokhtakhounov, who was previously indicted for bribing ice skating judges at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Tokhtakhounov lives in Russia and has been on the Forbes list of the world’s 10 Most Wanted fugitives since it was first compiled in 2008.

In a televised interview with the channel Mir 24 after the April indictment, Tokhtakhounov said the case against him was “made up,” calling it “yet another fairy tale from the Americans.”
The main players include a notorious Russian thief-in-law (the equivalent of an Italian mafia don), a billionaire art mogul, a J.P. Morgan banker, a Hollywood poker hostess and the Russian-born ringleader — poker pro Vadim Trincher, who lived in Trump Tower in a $5 million apartment directly beneath that of “The Donald” himself.
“From his apartment he oversaw what must have been the world’s largest sports book,” Assistant US Attorney Harris Fischman said during a hearing at which a judge ordered Trincher, facing nearly a century behind bars if convicted, held for trial without bail.
The whopping 84-page federal indictment spells out how the conspirators all fit into two related rings that operated since at least 2006 out of Kyiv, Los Angeles, Moscow and New York.

here’s a look at the 34 individuals indicted:

Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov Vadim Trincher
Anatoly Golubchik Michael Sall
Stan Greenberg Illya Trincher
Hillell Nahmad John Hanson
Noah Siegel Jonathan Hirsch
Arthur Azen Donald McCalmont
Dmitry Druzhinsky Alexander Zaverukha
Alexander Katchaloff Anatoly Shteyngrob
Ilya Rozenfeld Peter Skyllas
Ronald Uy Nicholas Hirsh
Bryan Zuriff Moshe Oratz
Kirill Rapoport David Aaron
Justin Smith Abraham Mosseri
William Edler Peter Feldman
Eugene Trincher Edwin Ting
Molly Bloom William Barbalat
Yugeswar Rajkumar Joseph Mancuso

 

Feds bust high-stakes poker and sportsbooking ring

 

[April 27]

Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner

Marc Lasry and Sonia Gardner

Marc Lasry,employed the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, between 2006 and 2009, Three years after getting her M.A., she joined Avenue, which was started in 1995 by Lasry [JD New York Lw School] and his sister, Ms.Sonia Gardner [JD from Cardozo, Yeshiva U.], Previous Name: Sonia Esther Lasry, and has about $12.5 billion in assets and specializes in distressed debt. Chelsea Clinton says she left her career on Wall Street three years ago to find more purpose.

“Intellectually, I loved my job, but I didn’t get any meaning from it,” says Clinton, 33, who worked from 2006 to 2009 as an associate at Avenue Capital Group LLC, a New York- based hedge fund firm. “I didn’t fundamentally become re- motivated every day in the way that I do now.” Lasry has five children, one of whom now works in the White House. He lives at 4 East 74th Street.

New York’s chief federal prosecutor charged 34 people in an alleged $100 million Russian-run poker money laundering operation.
Among those charged were Illya Trincher, the son of a professional poker player, who is accused of running the ring for multi-millionaire gamblers with Helly Nahmad, an elite Manhattan art dealer based in the Carlyle hotel.
Others arrested included Molly Bloom, the so-called “poker princess” who has organised games for celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire.
Mr Lasry has played poker with some of the accused, including Mr Trincher, but it was a “complete surprise to him that they are accused of violating the law”, said a source close to the financier.
He said: “I am very grateful to have been considered, but I would like to put the speculation to rest and let you know that I will be remaining at Avenue.” The source familiar with his decision said that he was remaining at Avenue as it had become clear that he would divest his financial holdings in Avenue and its funds. “It has nothing to do with this poker investigation,” he said.
The Moroccan-born financier, 53, is known in Wall Street circles as a “master of the universe” type – the phrase coined by novelist Tom Wolfe to describe powerful New York finance industry high-flyers.
Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are in contract for a four-bedroom condominium near Manhattan’s Madison Square Park that was listed at $10.5 million, a person with knowledge of the building said.
The couple agreed to purchase a 5,000-square-foot (465- square-meter) apartment on the fourth floor of the Whitman on East 26th Street.