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FTR #573 Alfa Males—One Helluva Conspiracy Theory, Part II

Recorded October 15, 2006

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Introduction: Continuing analysis of what British Prime Minister Tony Blair described as a “global network” behind the 9/11 attacks, this program details evidentiary tributaries between the powerful, well-connected and criminal Alfa consortium and people and institutions connected to the events of 9/11. A Russian company with what Mr. Emory describes as “more connections than a switchboard,” Alfa has links to Viktor Kozeny, the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft and to powerful people and institutions connected to the Bush administration. Kozeny is alleged to have participated in an Alfa scheme to defraud numerous U.S. investors and companies and is also the man who employed Wolfgang Bohringer, one of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta’s German associates in Florida. The Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft sponsored Mohamed Atta’s entrance into Germany and, perhaps, Florida. That same Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft also maintains a fellowship on behalf of Alfa Group. Alfa’s activities in the United States are aided and abetted by the powerful lobbying firm of Barbour, Griffith and Rogers, intimately connected to the administration of George W. Bush. Hans Bodmer and Pyotr Aven (two of Kozeny’s associates in a scheme to gain control of the state oil company of Azerbaijan) are also alleged to have worked with Kozeny and Alfa in the defrauding of IPOC. The global network to which Blair referred and that supported the 9/11 hijackers embodies a fusion of the underworld and the overworld. Engaged in drug trafficking on several continents, this network also operates in conjunction with powerful corporate entities in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the United States. FTR#’s 433 [4], 530 [5], 536 [6], 570 [7] supplement the information presented here and should be examined in order to gain a firmer understanding of this complex network. As Mr. Emory noted in the broadcast, “If this seems confusing, it is meant to be!”

Program Highlights Include: Links between the Alfa group and the royal family of Liechtenstein; links between the royal family of Liechtenstein and the milieu of 9/11; Haley Barbour (of Barbour, Griffith and Rogers) and his business connections with companies belonging to the business empire of former Nazi spy and apparent Al Qaeda financier Youssef Nada; the apparently illegal operations performed by GOP bigwig Ed Rogers’ Diligence Inc. security firm on behalf of Alfa; the wall of secrecy surrounding the identity of the Germans sponsors of Atta’s activities under the auspices of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft.

1. Beginning with background information essential for understanding the present discussion of Alfa Group, the program recapitulates critical information from FTR#530 [5]. Beginning with review of the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft’s sponsorship of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta, the program reviews the relationship between the CDS and the Alfa Fellowship, an area of overlap between the milieux of Alfa and 9/11. In addition, the program notes that a key Alfa lawyer (Norbert Seeger) also fronts for the royal family of Liechtenstein, themselves linked to the milieu of 9/11 through the bank Al Taqwa [8]. After reviewing the CDS/Alfa/9/11 link, the program presents information about a lawsuit brought against Alfa in the United States. In the expose of this area of Alfa’s operations, we will see yet another area of overlap between the milieu of Alfa and that of 9/11. One of the players in the Alfa gambit discussed in this program is Viktor Kozeny. Mohamed Atta’s German “brother” Wolfgang Bohringer was a pilot for Kozeny. (For more about the Kozeny/Bohringer relationship, see FTR#570 [7]. Note that paragraph 5 of that discussion, highlights links between Kozeny, Hans Bodmer and Pyotr Aven. Both Bodmer and Aven are defendants, along with Kozeny, in the suit against Alfa.) “Russian corporation Alfa Group Consortium and its U.S. entity, Alfa Capital Markets, Inc., are a criminal enterprise that has used U.S. banks and stock exchanges as an integral part of their theft schemes, costing American taxpayers and stockholders hundreds of millions of dollars, IPOC International Growth Fund, Ltd., alleges in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed late Thursday. The suit alleges that Alfa, one of the largest business conglomerates in the Russian Federation — along with Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman and U.S. citizen Leonid Rozhetskin — engaged in a vast international money laundering and fraud scheme in an attempt to take control of the Russian cellular industry. ‘By doing so, defendants’ conduct has had a substantial effect on the United States and its citizens, and much of the criminal conduct occurred in the United States,’ the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said.”
(“ ‘Defendants’ Tentacles Reach Into and Injure Numerous Americans’” [PRNewswire]; Forbes; 6/9/2006.) [9]

2. Note that Alfa’s activities in the U.S. received assistance from American governmental institutions. “The criminal enterprise affected Americans, U.S.-based investors and U.S. interests in numerous ways, the complaint alleges, involving the evasion of U.S. taxes, insider trading of shares on U.S. stock markets, and wiring payments through New York banks. The Alfa Group Consortium received support from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government development agency, to provide a significant portion of funding for one of Alfa’s related businesses.’ The complaint alleges that the racketeering and other wrongs cited in this case hurt U.S. investors, U.S. taxpayers and U.S. financial markets,’ said W. Gordon Dobie, an attorney with Winston & Strawn LLP, which filed the case for IPOC International Growth Fund, Ltd. ‘It’s my opinion that the defendants should be called to account in court for their conduct.’” (Idem.)

3. Note that two of the defendants in the Alfa suit are Hans Bodmer and Pyotr Aven, two of Viktor Kozeny’s co-conspirators in a scheme to gain control of the Azeri state oil company. Again, for more about this connection, see FTR#570 [7]. “The complaint also alleges that Rozhetskin and Fridman were assisted by Hans Bodmer, who served as escrow agent and sent instructions to IPOC to wire money through banks in New York for the benefit of the defendants. Bodmer recently plead guilty to criminal conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to violate the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with an unrelated scheme to bribe foreign leaders. …Notes to Editors: IPOC International Growth Fund, Ltd. is an open-ended mutual fund company based in Bermuda. The suit, based on claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, charges that Fridman conspired with Rozhetskin to steal IPOC’s interest through money laundering, bribery, wire fraud and other criminal wrongdoings. Other defendants are Alfa Capital Markets, Inc., a U.S. corporation; Alfa Telecom (n/k/a) Altimo; and Hans Bodmer. Alfa Group Consortium is an association of various companies controlled by Fridman. It controls major international corporations traded in the United States, including VimpelCom (NYSE) Russia’s second largest mobile telecoms company, Golden Telecom (NASDAQ) and Turkcell (NYSE). For more information about IPOC, go to ipocfund.com [10]. A copy of the lawsuit is being posted on this Web site June 9. ‘The Many Ties to the United States.’ As the lawsuit states, ‘… defendants’ tentacles reach into and injure numerous Americans….’ The investors, taxpayers and financial markets of the United States have been harmed.” (Idem.)

4. Note the presence in this alleged scheme of Viktor Kozeny (as well as Kozeny’s co-conspirators in the Azeri oil conspiracy Hans Bodmer and Pyotr Aven), for whom Atta associate Wolfgang Bohringer worked. Again, check out FTR#570 [7]. Note also that the Russian edition of Forbes was investigating Leonard Rozhetskin, one of the defendants in the suit and a major “Alfa Male.” The recently murdered [11], allegedly by Russian organized crime elements. Was that murder part of the conspiratorial process set forth here? “The below sets out the individuals and firms referred to in the lawsuit, and provides some further information: The Defendants: Leonard Rozhetskin: ‘Defendant Leonard Rozhetskin is a former director and principal shareholder of LV Finance Group Limited (‘LVFG’). He is a United States taxpayer and citizen, owns property in the District, and lived in the District for more than a decade … featured on the cover of the Russian edition of Forbes with the title: ‘The Most Dangerous Shark in Our Waters.’… Rozhetskin resides in the United States….’[pg.6]’ Hans Bodmer: ‘Defendant Hans Bodmer … assisted Rozhetskin and Fridman with the Sonic Duo/MegaFon theft scheme … worked with his co-conspirators to send instructions to IPOC to wire money through banks in New York for the benefit of the Defendants. Bodmer is no stranger to criminal prosecution in the United States, having recently pled guilty to the criminal conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to violate the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with the scheme to bribe foreign leaders (along with Victor Kozeny, who is currently being extradited to New York from the Bahamas) [Italics are Mr. Emory’s]. Case No: 01: 05-CR-00518-RCC-ALL (S.D.N.Y.).’ [pg. 9]” (Idem.)

5. More about the defendants, including Kozeny associate Pyotr Aven: “Mikhail Fridman: ‘Defendant Mikhail Fridman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of co-conspirator Alfa Bank and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Defendant Consortium Alfa Group. Fridman further served on the Board of VimpelCom, a NYSE company, and has control over Golden Telecom, a NASDAQ company … purchased the United States trading firm owned by American, Mark Rich, the one time commodities baron pardoned by President Clinton with much controversy. Fridman purports to have become a philanthropist in the United States’ and is a member of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations based in New York. [pgs. 6-7] Pyotr Aven: ‘Defendant Pyotr Aven also has been a major participant in the scheme and worked directly with Rozhetskin and Fridman in the misappropriation and theft of IPOC monies. Aven is a director of Golden Telecom, a NASDAQ company, which regularly files with the United States Securities Exchange Commission. He is a controversial figure: As observed by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, a Russian ‘corruption task force informed [the government] that Aven was engaged in various misdeeds, including drug trafficking. See OAO Alfa Bank v. Center for Public Integrity, Civ. Action No. 00-2208 (JDB), Mem. Op., Sept. 22, 2005 at 11 n.26.’ [pg. 8]” (Idem.)

6. Next, the discussion turns to Barbour, Griffith Rogers, the PR firm headed by Haley Barbour, the G.O.P. Governor of Mississippi. In addition to Barbour (linked to the milieu of 9/11 in other ways, set forth below), Lanny Griffith and Ed Rogers (also major Republican power brokers) head the lobbying firm. More about the background of Lanny Griffith and Ed Rogers: “After managing the first President Bush’s 1988 campaign in the Southern states, Bush appointed him [Lanny Griffith] as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs. Griffith then served as Bush’s assistant secretary of education from 1991 to 1993, when he joined Barbour’s lobby shop. Onetime deputy assistant to President George H.W. Bush. He [Ed Rogers] is married to Edwina Rogers, former associate director of the White House’s National Economic Council. [1]” (Idem.)

7. Note that Barbour Griffith and Rogers lobbied on behalf of the Alfa Group in the United States! As if that wasn’t unappetizing enough, we should not fail to take stock of the fact that Rogers’ security outfit Diligence, Inc. allegedly illegally appropriated information from the IPOC. “Barbour Griffith and Rogers: ‘The Alfa Group conducts such significant and varied business in the United States that it has actually found it to be in its interest to spend millions of dollars courting the American political elite through Washington D.C. based lobbying firm of Barbour Griffith and Rogers, LLC which lobbies Congress and others in Washington on its behalf.’ [pgs. 7-8] ‘In addition to using his lobbying firm, Alfa Group has retained Edward Rogers’ Washington D.C. based ‘investigative’ firm, Diligence, Inc. — which has criminally misappropriated IPOC information as described further below….[pg. 8] Diligence, Inc.: ‘Defendants have also paid U.S.-based Diligence, Inc. to steal IPOC property in Bermuda. Indeed, at the Fridman M.C. Enterprise’s direction Diligence bribed officials of an accounting firm and/or otherwise misappropriated IPOC property. More specifically, Diligence, Inc. describes itself on its web site and in its press releases as a company comprised of former Central Intelligence Agency (‘CIA’) and British MI5 operatives that ‘specialize in obtaining non-public or hard-to-get information on corporations.’ See http://www.diligencecorp.com. Diligence, Inc. is owned in part by Edward Rogers who has also been paid millions by defendants to lobby Congress and consult for Alfa.’ [pg. 24]” (Idem.)

8. Former operatives for the CIA and MI5 (British domestic intelligence), the Diligence employees allegedly used their former (“former”?) espionage connections and credentials to misappropriate key documents from the IPOC. “ ‘In violation of 18 U.S.C. section 912 and at Defendant Alfa’s instructions, Diligence, Inc. posed as United States Agents acting under the authority of the United States to misappropriate IPOC information from an accounting firm. Defendants further violated 18 U.S.C. section 913 by searching IPOC property while falsely representing, through Diligence, Inc., to be agents of the United States. By doing so, Defendants have had an effect on the United States.’ [pg. 24]” (Idem.)

9. The broadcast concludes with review of information presented in paragraphs 15-17 of FTR#433 [4]. Recapping the links between Haley Barbour’s New Bridge Strategies (a major contractor in Iraq) and subsidiary companies of the Nasreddin/Nada financial and business empire, the program sets forth another evidentiary tributary between the milieu of the 9/11 attacks and the highest echelons of the GOP. (Nada and Nasreddin are the principles in the Al Taqwa network. For more about Al Taqwa, the GOP leadership and 9/11 see—among other programs—FTR#’s 454 [12], 455 [13], 456 [14].)