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The Michael Cohen Truth Fund, set up by legendary liar Lanny Davis, has now topped $170K and is 33% of the way to achieving it’s $500K goal!
Even so, we need not worry if Cohen can’t pay his legal bills because Davis has another client who pays him between $60-80K per month. His name is Dmytro Firtash, and he is a Ukrainian oligarch currently living in exile in Vienna, Austria. A Putin ally, Firtash has made billions of dollars from his “sweetheart deals with major Russian state-owned energy companies.”
Jordan Schachtel of the Conservative Review sheds some light on this man.
Firtash faces enormous legal issues in courtrooms across the world and his deeply corrupt business practices have put him on the radar of U.S. authorities, who are currently demanding his extradition to Chicago to face bribery charges.
Firtash is accused of attempting to bribe Indian authorities with an $18.5 million dollar advance to secure the sale of minerals to the U.S.-based defense contracting giant Boeing.
Additionally, several human rights groups and anti-corruption groups have urged U.S. authorities to place Firtash on the Global Magnitsky List, which would impose heavy sanctions on Firtash and alienate him from global markets.
He played an integral role in securing victory in the 2010 Ukrainian presidential election for Russian puppet Viktor Yanukovych. Following a popular uprising in 2014, Yanukovych fled the country and now lives in exile in Russia.
He is also deeply tied in with elements of organized crime in Eastern Europe. According to Foreign Policy, Firtash is a longtime business partner of Semion Mogilevich, who has been described by the FBI as the most dangerous mobster in the world.
Here are two excerpts from a Reuters report on Firtash:
Bankers close to Putin granted Firtash credit lines of up to $11 billion. That credit helped Firtash, who backed pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych’s successful 2010 bid to become Ukraine’s president, to buy a dominant position in the country’s chemical and fertiliser industry and expand his influence.
With the help of Firtash, Yanukovych won power and went on to rule Ukraine for four years. The relationship had great geopolitical value for Putin: Yanukovych ended up steering the nation of more than 44 million away from the West’s orbit and towards Moscow’s until he was overthrown in February.
Clearly, Davis’s most profitable client is an unsavory character. And Schachtel says that Davis has represented Firtash since at least 2014. He also found a report in a Ukrainian news outlet that said, two weeks before the 2016 US Presidential election, Firtash wired $80,000 to Davis. It’s unclear whether or not this was merely his regular monthly “salary” from Firtash or whether it was an irregular or additional payment.
Just what has Lanny Davis been doing for Firtash that would command $720,000 to $1 million per year for the past four years?
He has represented Firtash in his negotiations with authorities on extradition to the United States. Although I have no idea what the going rate for that type of service would be, Firtash’s close ties to Putin and to mobster Semion Mogilevich, as well as the large payment made to Davis shortly before the US election that Russia is known to have meddled in, it’s certainly worthy of further investigation.
Davis has proven, by his devotion to Bill and Hillary Clinton, that he is willing to defend the corrupt. He generally lacks principles and is known as a spinmeister. I don’t see how he could persuade anyone of anything. To me, the minute he opens his mouth and starts speaking, the alarm bells start to ring. But, apparently, he’s had a long and profitable career, so my perception of him differs from others’.
The bottom line is that the only political operators with questionable Russian connections seem to be the Democrats. And now we can add Lanny Davis to that list.