3/7/24

narrative options have expiration dates

The Magnitsky Act (subject of our last post) turned out to be very useful in seizing assets, just as intended by Team Death Cult. A great tool, Very Handy, depending on who wields it.

Let's peek at the OFAC list. Here's one example from 12/11/2023. Ajmal Rahmani, his father Mir Rahman Rahmani, and roughly four dozen related companies were added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. 

The same day, 12/11/23, Kabul Now reports a detailed story: US sanctions Afghan political family at the heart of decades of corruption.

We learn that OFAC sanctions former speaker of Afghan parliament and his son on charges of transnational corruption and embezzlement. (TCOs. Know thy enemy.) They are barred from making financial transactions, and their assets are subject to confiscation.

The Rahmani family was one of the largest contractors of the US Army and the former government of Afghanistan. During the two decades of international involvement in Afghanistan, the Rahmanis were awarded contracts to procure fuel for the Afghanistan Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF), the funding for which came directly from the US Government. The US Government says the Rahmanis engaged in tactics to rig the bidding process and inflate fuel prices. In 2014, the Rahmanis and other companies involved in fuel business colluded to drive up prices in the US-funded contracts for as much as $200 million.

  • Procuring fuel for the military? Yes. 
  • Colluding with others to drive up prices in US-funded contracts? Yes. 
  • Stealing our tax dollars? Yes. 

They also massively under-delivered on the over-priced fuel contracts, and imported staggering amounts of tax-free fuel by bribing customs officials and forging documents, and then sold it privately.

In addition to the Rahmanis and their holdings in Afghanistan, the OFAC sanctions cover dozens of foreign companies in Europe, the Middle East, and Austria, believed to be tied to the family. Among them are 23 German, eight Cypriot, six Emirati, two Austrian, one Dutch and one Bulgarian company.

Ajmal Rahmani, center, with US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass, right, 
and US Forces’ Commander in Afghanistan John Nicholson.

Well isn't he small and harmless-looking.... hands folded like a choir boy.
Hard to believe he's a massively corrupt criminal.

More from the Kabul Now story (links removed):

We were able to locate at least one legal entity in the United States that is linked to Ajmal Rahmani. The Afghanistan-US Democratic Peace and Prosperity Council [DPPC] is a U.S. non-profit registered in March 2020 in Delaware. According to its website [DEFUNCT WEBSITE is thedppc.com - Ed.], it is led by ‘reformers in Afghanistan’s Parliament-in-exile and Afghan-Americans who believe strongly in the benefits of an alliance between the people of Afghanistan and America.”

According to information released by the U.S. Department of Justice, the organization declared at the time of its incorporation that it was financed by Ajmal Rahmani and controlled by a man named Martin Rahmani who is listed as its Executive Director. Martin Amin Rahmani is an American citizen who is a partner at Victory Six Advisors, a consulting firm based in Washington D.C. The address listed for the council and Victory Six Advisors are the same, 800 Maine Ave, SW, Washington, DC.

In April 2021, the interesting Foreign Lobby Report published this update:

Afghanistan: Jake Perry + Partners distributed a white paper on behalf of the nonprofit Afghanistan-U.S. Democratic Peace and Prosperity Council (DPPC) regarding a notification from US Army Contracting Command for the purchase of bulk ground fuel for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. The report [white paper - ed.] raises allegations of illegal activities by the Afghan forces and recommends that the US turn to “legitimate and qualified” businesses in Afghanistan. The council is funded by an Afghan businessman, Mohammad Gul Raoufi. Jake Perry is a former top adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). His is one of four firms registered to lobby for the council.

The DPPC strongly recommends that the U.S. Army Contracting Command limits its engagement on the Bulk Ground Fuel contract to companies that are rigorously vetted, have a demonstrated ability to and history of consistently and reliably performing the scope of work and are committed to a contracting process free from corruption and illegality,” the white paper states. The council is headed by executive director Martin Rahmani in Washington. Three Afghan lawmakers sit on its advisory board: Mir Haider Afzaly, Naheed Farid and Haji Ajmal Rahmani.

Recap: Several years before landing on the Treasury's SDN list for massive corruption, the Rahmani-controlled DPPC gets a uniparty lobbyist group (source: Open Secrets) to disseminate a white paper for them bemoaning the terrible corruption plaguing bulk fuel contracts in Afghanistan (PROBLEM). The paper recommend sticking with "rigorously vetted" companies (SOLUTION).

TO BE CLEAR, the white paper goes into some detail about the difficulty and challenges of performing in Afghanistan. These contracts pose a practically irresistible challenge: so much fuel... extreme logistical difficulties...   little oversight... all backed by US taxpayers. In fact, the chaotic environment provides so many excuses for failure that corrupt people are drawn to it like moths to a flame.

One can extrapolate which rigorously vetted companies, exactly, the DPPC might recommend. Except they don't suggest any, because they only want to provide good lives for the People of Afghanistan. 

DPPC EXISTS TO PROMOTE: ...policies and initiatives that better the lives of the Afghan people and hold the Afghan government accountable to provide basic services, protect human rights, adhere to democratic principles, and put an end to corruption. Our interest in the Bulk Ground Fuel contract is to promote anti-corruption efforts and peace in Afghanistan by ensuring that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) maintains its operational capabilities and readiness through an adequate supply of fuel. Having a strong, capable and ready ANDSF means a sustainable peace in the country and prosperity for the people of Afghanistan who have suffered without for so long.

A NEVER-ENDING ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FUEL PAID FOR BY US TAXPAYERS MEANS PEACE AND PROSPERITY FOR THE LONG-SUFFERING PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN, or so the theory goes.

Isn't that nice? It's so nice. A staggering amount of fuel has already been supplied. Inexplicably, still no peace and prosperity. It's just a never-ending gravy train for some, and never-ending misery for others.


source: nexusnewsfeed.com

source: tolonews.com

Indoor pool in palace of former Afghan VP
https://www.businessinsider.com/more-than-150-taliban-fighters-live-mansion-of-afghan-politician-2021-9


Also see: linkages back to their comrades in Washington.

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Along the way with these stories percolating on the back burners, some global villager might have got a garlicky whiff and asked xymself or xyrself, "Uhh, who is Ajmal Rahmani anyway? Is he the lucky guy whose family grew very wealthy during the decades of War in Afghanistan?"

The Death Cult presciently anticipated these questions. And the answer is NO. Wrong guy. Ajmal is not lucky. 

This is just one of dozens of this same story about poor Ajmal and his family, with this specific touching photo. 

Ajmal the Refugee

The story circulated widely in EARLY 2022, almost two years before Ajmal appeared on the SDN list. It's almost like they knew he would eventually come into the spotlight in a bad way (due to the massive history of decades-long corruption), so they knit together this flimsy media blanket and threw it out there.


After leaving Afghanistan a year ago, Ajmal Rahmani believed he had found a haven of peace in Ukraine. This week, he and his family had to flee again -- this time to Poland to the sounds of Russian bombs. "I run from one war, come to another country and another war starts. Very bad luck," Rahmani told AFP shortly after crossing into Poland.

So this would be three years ago (2021) that he fled to Ukraine, then fled again to Poland, to the sound of Russian bombs of course. The family had to walk the last 19 miles, if you can believe that.  

Rahmani, who is in his 40s, said he worked for NATO in Afghanistan for 18 years at Kabul airport.

He refuels planes for a living... what's the big deal?

Before that "I had a good life in Afghanistan, I had a private house, I had a private car, I had a good salary," said Rahmani. "I sold my car, my house, my everything. I lost everything," he said. But he added: "nothing is better than my love, than my family life".

Rahmani said he struggled to get a visa to leave Afghanistan and decided to go to Ukraine because it was the only country that would take him in. They set up home in Odessa -- a Black Sea port city. Four days ago, when Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, they had to leave everything again and travelled the 1,110 kilometres to the border.
He decided to leave the country four months before the US withdrawal because he received threats and was so scared he kept his children out of school.

You see? He's just a poor guy who had a nice job at NATO, and a house and a car; and he lost it all because of threats. (We might have some half-truths in here, friends.)


Not Ajmal and his children.
Pictured: The harrowing plight of children maimed in Afghanistan by the thousands of land mines scattered across the country after decades of war, Daily Mail 8/21/2015

(The same decades that the Rahmani family was making a killing.)

MEANWHILE, Ajmal Rahmani has lived mostly in Germany since leaving Afghanistan AFTER the Taliban's return in 2021. From the Kabul Now story:

The family came to public light in 2018 after both the father and son ran in parliamentary elections. Many observers noted at the time the influx of businessmen turned politicians in the electoral race, which brought about a parliament driven by personal interest and corruption. The election was considered one of the most fraudulent contests in the country’s short history of fragile flirtation with democratic ideas. The Rahmanis not only made it to the house, but the father soon became the speaker in a process that was believed to be corrupt. OFAC now confirms those suspicions, reporting that Rahmani paid millions of dollars to other parliament members to secure their vote in the house. According to OFAC, Ajmal Rahmani, the son, paid at least $1.6 million to members of the election commission to win a seat in the elections.

According to our information, Mr. Rahmani, the father, resides in Turkey, where he has major business holdings. Social media pictures also show him at COP28, the annual UN conference on climate change that is ongoing in Dubai, the UAE. His son, Ajmal Rahmani, has lived mostly in Germany since leaving Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return to power in the summer of 2021. 


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Multiple narratives are available to everyone, because the rules required consent. People can think outside the matrix, but it costs YOUR TIME and YOUR EFFORT; and it's generally very depressing. If you're always Very Busy Being Wonderful, you'll never think your way out.

Global Villager Games: Which Ajmal did Xe pick?
source: imdb.com

1) Ajmal the Family-Loving Refugee in Ukraine Poland, 
2) Haji Ajmal the Democracy-Loving Entrepreneur in Germany, 
or 3) Armoured Ajmal - Comrade of Afghan Warlords, Living in Germany, Assets Siezed by US Treasury


Corrupt, powerful people never stop prevaricating in coordination with their media tools. FACTS DO NOT MATTER --- ONLY THE NARRATIVE MATTERS. Social Engineers create pleasing Narrative Options so gullible people don't have to face the truth right now, since they are Very Busy Being Wonderful. Sooner or later, however, the lies expire.

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"Ajmal the Refugee" Narrative? Use Before 12/11/2023. Current Status: EXPIRED.

In December 2023,  Ajmal Rahmani and Mir Rahman Rahmani appear on the SDN list with their forty-something companies around the world -- assets seized.

Two weeks after they end up on the SDN list, their "project in Germany" is halted.

According to German media, the municipality of Ehningen in southwest Germany has halted the development of a project owned by the Rahmani family.

As per the German media report by Taz, The Ocean Group, intended to build a residential complex in partnership with its German partners in the village of “Quantum” in Ehningen.

The Ocean Group is owned by Ajmal Rahmani, the son of Mir Rahman Rahmani. Mir Rahman Rahmani was the Speaker before August 2021 in the Afghan House of Representatives, and his son, Ajmal Rahmani, was a member.

Trouble in Ehningen... (translated, image accompanies article)

"Quantum Gardens: In 2021, the Ocean Group acquired the approximately 9 hectare former IBM company premises in Ehningen"

US sanctions against Rahmani empire: Because of corruption allegations against the investor, the future is now unclear, not only of the quantum laboratory in Ehningen, whose sponsors include IBM and the Fraunhofer Institute. Even if the Rahmanis deny the allegations: IBM is not allowed to rent the quantum laboratory from them - or has to face sanctions itself.

Ajmal Rahmani, warlord's son and former Afghan member of parliament, bought the entire site of the previous German headquarters from IBM in 2021 through his Ocean Group in order to develop the Quantum Gardens urban district here - a residential and technology campus on which this was also the case last April opened quantum laboratory Q.AX – short for Quantum AI & Experience Center. IBM had already installed the first quantum computer in Europe in Ehningen in 2021 in order to advance research into quantum computers in Germany together with the Fraunhofer Society.

Following US sanctions imposed on December 11th over corruption allegations against Rahmani and his father, local newspapers reported that the municipality of Ehningen had put the ongoing development plan process on hold. In addition, neither the US company nor the German research institute is allowed to do business with the Rahmanis or their companies; otherwise they must also expect sanctions. The Q.AX may have to move out of the buildings that IBM has rented from the Ocean Group.

Since the bankruptcy of the Düsseldorf property developer Development Partner in August, construction work on the future IBM headquarters in Ehningen, which was actually supposed to be completed in 2021, has been stagnating. Initial discussions about a possible takeover of this developer by an investor have begun, it was said after the opening of insolvency proceedings at the beginning of November.


Also see (translated): Corruption allegations against investor: Future of the quantum laboratory in Ehningen unclear

Bribery, competition fraud and tax evasion: These are the allegations made by the American government against the Afghan investor Ajmal Rahmani. This could have serious consequences for the quantum laboratory in Ehningen.

Haji Ajmal the Democracy-Loving Entrepreneur -- 
able to buy IBM's entire German headquarters site in 2021 to develop an AI lab and "Urban Campus"

The future was actually supposed to begin in Ehningen (Böblingen district): with a research focus on quantum computing and Europe's only commercial quantum computer, the quantum laboratory Q.AX was opened in the spring. Former Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) advocated that the American IT company IBM bring the megacomputer to Ehningen. This is where the German research and development site of the US giant is located. But now that corruption allegations have been made against the investor in the project, a lot is at stake at the Ehningen location.
Military and Politics: Rahmani Empire in Afghanistan
The Q.AX research laboratory was made possible primarily by Ajmal Rahmani, an investor from Afghanistan. He bought the entire former IBM site in order to develop the Quantum Gardens urban district, where the Q.AX is also located.

The journalist Emran Feroz knows the story of the Rahmanis. According to Feroz, people usually associate the Rahmani family with father Mir Rahmani and his son Ajmal Rahmani. "Mir Rahmani was one of the most important contractors for the US military in Afghanistan, which means that he worked very closely with the US troops there, especially in logistical and military terms, and as a result became a multimillionaire very early on," explains Afghanistan expert.
With all this money that has been collected over the years, the Rahmanis were able to buy their way into politics. Until recently, Mir Rahmani was President of the Afghan Parliament.
The trigger for the tumult in the Afghan parliament in 2018 is said to have been the Rahmanis' purchased mandates. In 2020 they made international headlines thanks to the data leak known as the Cyprus Papers: They revealed that the Rahmanis had bought European passports. Afterwards they did their business in Ehningen, for example.
US government raises allegations of corruption
The money to buy the IBM site in Ehningen presumably comes from corrupt dealings in Afghanistan. The Rahmanis are said to have sold fuel to the American military at inflated prices. In some cases, deliveries failed to materialize. Bribery, eliminating competitors, tax evasion - the American government is now accusing them of all of this. It has imposed sanctions on the Rahmani empire.

Ajmal Rahmani wants to take action against this, explains his spokesman Klaus Fockenberg: "Mr. Rahmani categorically rejects these baseless and misrepresented allegations. That is why a team of lawyers has now been immediately commissioned to refute these allegations in both Germany and the USA - and Mr. Rahmani is very confident about that."

Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) bought "golden passports" from Cyprus at a cost of $2.5M each. (For fun reading and graphics, see this interactive page about the Cyprus Papers.) About 2500 people did this from 2017-2019, and a few of course blazed the trail earlier. For example, Ajmal's father, Mir Rahman Rahmani, had his wife and three daughters' golden passports approved on 1/12/2017, and his own approved on 7/3/2017. 

So we can't say for sure, but if his family's applications were approved in January 2017, Mir Rahman Rahmani probably started looking into this in late 2016.



What was happening in late 2016.....

concession speech

....that would prompt him to get some Get Out of Jail Free Passports?



Not Suspicious At All.




3/1/24

matrix without end

Others have no doubt linked Alexiei Navalny, Bill Browder, and the Magnitsky Act. Nevertheless, there are a few nodes in this long, drawn-out death-cult unravelling saga that I must document; and Browder is one of them. 

Bill Browder came on the radar here fourteen years ago.

He was obviously deeply entrenched and able to direct powerful political resources.

Recap: At that time we learned that Browder teamed up with various people in congress to punish Putin's Russia because Bill's good friend and colleague who no one ever heard of before, Sergei Magnitsky (an accountant, NOT a lawyer as almost always reported), died in prison under suspicious circumstances. [We looked into Magnitsky's death in detail here.  Also see: dead friends of Bill, where we noted that Edmund Safra, Edourd Stern, and Sergei Magnitsky -- all close associates of Bill Browder -- died under suspicious circumstances.]

Mysteriously, after the previously unknown man's death in prison, Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, and Tim Geithner, Treasury Secretary, launched into action and prepared a list of Russians to punish. (Analogous: Hillary interceding for unknown woman, Laura Silsby, when she got pinched trying to traffic children out of Haiti.) Via the Magnitsky Act, the US would revoke visas, freeze assets, and investigate the targets for money laundering.

Precedent-setting legislation.

To be even more dramatic, the list named senior officials of Russia's Interior Ministry (equivalent to the FBI) and the Russian Tax Service, plus some judges and other people. 

It was quite specific and perfectly insane legislation over this one random guy, Serge, whose death went viral before that was even a thing. So naturally it became law.

The Magnitsky Act took off around the world because powerful people could use it to target and punish their enemies by seizing assets and revoking visas. What A Tool! All thanks to Bill, the ringleader.


image source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/5941732/Hermitage-points-to-RenCap-in-fraud-case.html

Thank You, Bill. By 2016, a Global Magnitsky Act was passed. 

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Browder considers Vladimir Putin his arch nemesis. He constantly regurgitates claims to his global media pals about Putin imperiling the world. You can easily confirm this yourself. He's been at it for years.

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On 7/16/18, Trump and Putin held a meeting in Helsinki, Finland followed by a joint press conference. Read the transcript. A reporter asked about Russian interference in the 2016 election, and whether Putin would consider extraditing the 12 Russian officials that were indicted by a US Grand Jury subsequent to the Mueller "investigation." In his reply, Putin mentioned Bill Browder.



For instance, we can bring up Mr. [Bill] Browder. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 million in Russia. They have paid no taxes — neither in Russia or the United States. And yet the money escaped the country.

They were transferred to the United States. They sent a huge amount of money — $400 million — as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

While that's their personal choice — it might have been legal, the contribution itself — but the way the money was earned was illegal. So we have some reason to believe that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions, and we have an interest in questioning them.

That could be a first step and we can also extend it. Options abound, and they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework.

 

Again, it's complicated. I don't claim to understand it all, but you can look into what happened. It seemed to be a financial false flag, and due to THE RULE OF LAW, the Russian government's case ended when Serge unfortunately died in prison under suspicious circumstances. Benefitting Bill, who then went on to accuse Putin for the next fourteen years. 

RULE-OF-LAW TYRANNY REX KNOWS WHEN TO USE THE ARMS
AND WHEN TO USE THE HEAD

In 2022 Biden permanently reauthorized the Global Magnitsky Act. Kind of a strange thing to do for a massively corrupt ringleader himself, but what do we know. 

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THEN (meaning now), Alexiei Navalny has also reportedly died in prison under suspicious circumstances. Guess who he was a close associate of? Bill Browder. 

What are the odds?

In this interview from last week, 2/20/24, Browder talks all about his good friend Alexiei Navalny. If you don't want to listen (about 13 minutes), I understand so I took the time to recap his remarks:

We learn that Bill was surprised at Navalny's death. It hit him like a "punch in the gut... it was intellectually not surprising but emotionally it was very surprising," and Bill is still trying to process a world in which Navalny is dead, which is hard for him to even imagine.

Bill doesn't know what happened, and we will probably never know EXACTLY, but he does know that Putin has a very, very long list of dead enemies (he names Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya, and Alexander Litvinenko as examples); and he (Putin) goes around the world killing anybody he doesn't like. He tried to kill Alexiei once before with (nerve agent) Novichok in 2020. It didn't work, but for whatever reason now was the time to kill Alexiei. It's all Putin, you understand. There's no question in anybody's mind, really. He executed a high level political assassination of a prisoner in his custody. 

Bill hasn't had contact with Alexiei since he was put in jail, but before that they were regular allies on a bunch of issues surrounding Putin and Russian government corruption. "Good friends, good allies." Alexiei was a very robust, large fit man who doesn't drop dead at age 47 unless the Russian authorities have something to do with it.

And it's so close to the Russian elections, which we can't even call elections because, you know, "there are no elections in Russia." Everybody in opposition is either dead, or in jail, or exiled. Alexiei was the most popular politician in Russia, and Putin is not a politician he's a dictator. He uses state power to force people into submission. 

In contrast, Alexiei won the "hearts and minds" of many people in Russia, especially young people. He would have gotten, like, 90% of the vote. Why would anyone vote for an old, kleptocratic dictator who only knows how to punish people, when they could have a "young, optimistic man who believes in freedom, democracy, and wants to stamp out corruption." 

He was SO ATTRACTIVE. Young people paid attention to his three line tweets. This was "deeply scary to Putin." If Putin ever lost legitimacy he'd lose everything, go to jail and probably die. Putin is just so scared. He Gets More Scared Every Single Day. !

We can only speculate why Putin waited this long to kill Alexiei, but it's obvious to Bill that Putin killed him. This could definitely backfire on Putin, so he's going to do everything he can to "suppress, attack and terrorize" the people in Russia so that it doesn't. Who knows how it will play out. The "fact that Putin killed Navalny, and his charismatic, attractive wife steps in to take over... that was probably unexpected from Putin's side..." It's impossible to say what will happen next, but Bill is certain that Navalny will plague Putin in one way or another for a long time to come.

There's one thing left that will "level the playing field" and "create some pain for Putin." When the (Ukraine) war started, "we (Western governments) froze roughly $300 billion dollars of Russian central bank reserves that were held in the West." That happened a week after the war started. Bill and many others think that money should be confiscated and used for the defense and reconstruction of Ukraine. That should happen now, and that should be called the Navalny Act. "That would give Putin two fingers in the eye." Yeah, that would show him.


When Bill was tirelessly campaigning for the Magnitsky Act, he thought people would grow tired of him, and he would slip into irrelevance. But every time people would get tired of Bill's story, Putin would do something so outrageous that everyone would want to hear Bill's story again! And again and again! "And that's exactly what happened here." People were tired of the Ukraine war, Putin, Russia bad blah blah blah, and "all of a sudden, Putin kills Alexiei Navalny, and everybody is paying attention now.... And a lot of things which might not have happened before will probably happen now." 

Such As: Congress will probably release the $63 billion for Ukraine, and the Western governments will confiscate the Russian money and give it to Ukraine! And he imagines Putin will do "more really, nasty things" that will keep people energized and willing to help Ukraine. Putin inspires anti-Putin people around the world. He's always doing something to make people want to contain him!

The interviewer laments so many dead friends of Putin, and asks Bill about journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza. Bill appreciates this. Kara-Murzs is another close friend of Bill's, who traveled the world with Bill to advocate for the Magnitsky Act. "The Russians hate his guts because of the Magnitsky Act." They tried to poison him in 2015 with some horrible nerve agent that left him in a coma, with organ failure, and he nearly died. (!) They tried again in 2017, and again he nearly died (!!), and he's been suffering with the after-effects ever since. And at the beginning of the war in 2022, he returned to Russia to protest the war and lead the people against Putin. But he only lasted one day! After going on CNN to call Putin a murderer and war criminal, he was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in jail (for treason, Bill forgot to mention). And he is now in solitary confinement in a Siberian prison, suffering from the after-effects of this horrible nerve agent, slowly dying. Very Slowly. And it's one of Bill's biggest priorities to free Vladimir Kara-Murza from prison (just like Serge except he didn't really do anything helpful that time). And he was just at the Munich Security Conference meeting with assorted world leaders trying to drum up a prisoners swap. Find some Russian spies in Western prisons and trade them for Kara-Murza and a few other vulnerable heroes. Because Vlad won't survive even two years in a Siberian Gulag.

In Munich, regarding Navalny, "the shock and outrage was visceral." You could just look in people's eyes and see how outraged they were." Words were not even necessary. "And this will have a very dramatic and important political consequence for Putin as everybody processes this shocking, outrageous story and tries to do something with it."

INDEED.

It's not so clear that Navalny would be bragging about his friendship and working relationship with Bill, but he's not here now to protest. However, some years back Navalny sued a Russian state-owned media company for linking him to Browder in a film. The Moscow court dismissed the suit.

 July 12, 2016: Moscow court dismisses Navalny's claim against Browder film

A Moscow court has rejected Russian oppositioner Alexei Navalny's lawsuit against state-owned media company VGTRK over a film linking him to British-American investor William Browder, the RBC news website reported Tuesday.

The Browder Effect” film premiered on the Rossiya 1 television channel on April 13. It claims that Navalny and Browder were part of a joint British-American intelligence operation in Russia from 2007.

According to the film, the CIA gave Navalny the codename “freedom,” and he received money as a paid agent of Browder, the head of the Moscow-based Hermitage Capital investment advisory firm.

The film shows Browder telling Navalny via Skype to undermine Russian constitutional order, and shows what it claims to be CIA reports of their conversations. Navalny claims to never have used the Skype name shown, and implied the falsification of the CIA reports by the filmmakers.

Navalny and Browder have only ever exchanged a few emails, in which they discussed Browder's experience in court against Russian gas giant Gazprom, according to Navalny's press secretary Kira Yarmish.

The film also implicates Navalny in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in prison and says the politician received $300,000 to support the ensuing Magnitsky list, which restricted travel of Russians involved in the case to the United States.

Well all that protesting accomplished nothing, except getting it on the record; and that is convenient for us eight years later. 

Now what's kind of funny about the Global Magnitsky Act, is that President Trump on 12/20/2017 used it in Executive Order 13818.

From the Congressional Research Service:

E.O. 13818, which the Treasury Department describes as building upon and implementing the Global Magnitsky Act, includes differences in language that expand the scope beyond that stated in the law. The E.O. broadens the standard of behavior for potentially sanctionable targets from those responsible for statutorily defined “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights” against certain individuals (as described above), to those determined “to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.” The E.O. does not define “serious human rights abuse.” Similarly, the E.O. refers to “corruption,” rather than the law’s “acts of significant corruption.” The E.O. specifies additional categories of persons as potential sanction targets, including, for example, any person determined “to be or have been a leader or official of” an entity “that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in” serious human rights abuse or corruption. The E.O. delegates sanctions determinations to the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General. As is the case with sanctions regimes generally, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers the economic sanctions, while the State Department implements visa sanctions. The Global Magnitsky Act sunsets on December 23, 2022. Because the President invoked national emergency authorities to target human rights abusers, sanctions could continue beyond the expiration of the Global Magnitsky Act. The President has annually renewed the national emergency under E.O. 13818, most recently in December 2019.

As noted up top, in 2022 Biden signed into law its permanent reauthorization. This really allows the Treasury to cast a nice, wide net.

Now, if we go over to the Office of Foreign Assets Control website, and search recent actions for Magnitsky, there are 77 results which are basically lists of people and companies which are identified for economic sanctions. Long lists. Lots of people and companies -- their assets trapped under the (greatly expanded) OFAC net.

Do we know what this all means? Nope. Just pointing it out for our records here. Just making some linkages back to circa fourteen years ago. Perhaps, when Bill advocated so assiduously for the Magnitsky Act, he didn't anticipate whose ASSETS might get caught up in that wide net fourteen years later, because all his pals were still in power and presumably, they would be In Power Forever And Ever? Matrix Without End??

Oops.

Kind regards, dear readers. God Bless.

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