This thread looks at Dmitry Yevgenyevich Rybolovlev, a Russian billionaire and associate of Donald Trump. As of April 2019, Rybolovlev is ranked 224th on Forbes's list of billionaires with a net worth of $6.8 billion. #OpDeathEaters https://www.forbes.com/profile/dmihtry-rybolovlev/#7b209b603bec
Dmitri Rybolovlev made most of his fortune from the sale of two potash fertilizer companies for a combined US$8-billion in 2010 and 2011. He held both companies — OAO Uralkali and OAO Silvinit — through Cyprus-based Madura Holding Ltd. https://financialpost.com/personal-finance/taxes/billionaires-flee-tax-havens-as-transparency-becomes-the-new-norm
Rybolovlev owned the potash producer Uralkali, Russia's largest producer of potassium fertilizers. He sold part of his controlling stake in Uralkali in 2011, pocketing $6.5 billion overnight.
Rybolovlev went into business with his scientist father Evgeny Rybolovlev in 1990 after studying medicine at Russia's Perm Medical Institute. https://www.forbes.com/profile/dmitry-rybolovlev/#17d57fac3bec
“He started a business focused on offering medical treatments using magnetic fields” called Magnetics company. https://www.richestrussian.com/profiles/dmitry-rybolovlev/
In March 1992, Rybolovlev founded the Inkombrok investment brokerage company and the Kamennyy Belt check investment fund. That same year he became president of the financial house investment company. https://footyclub.ru/en/stil-i-uhod/rossiiskii-milliarder-dmitrii-rybolovlev-biografiya-iz/
In 1994 he was Acting Chairman of the Board of Bank “Credit FD”, and later was appointed Chairman. In 1994 he joined the board of directors of Russia's largest potash producer Uralkali and in 1996 he became the Chairman of the board there. http://viperson.ru/people/rybolovlev-dmitriy-evgenievich
Rybolovlev was accused of ordering the 1995 murder of Evgeny Panteleymonov, the general director of Netfchimik, which produced industrial alcohol. Rybolovlev was chairman of Netfchimik and owned 40 percent of the company. https://www.forbes.ru/forbes/issue/2008-05/11470-v-chem-sol
Panteleymonov had met with Rybolovlev and told him criminals within the company had to go. Rybolovlev offered him bodyguards for his protection which he refused. Panteleymonov was gunned down by a mob-linked businessman named Oleg Lomakin (aka Prokop). https://trump-russia.com/2017/05/01/before-he-bought-trumps-mansion-this-russian-billionaire-was-jailed-for-murder/
Lomakin was arrested for Panteleymonov’s shooting, and, “in exchange for leniency”, he accused Rybolovlev of ordering the murder. https://trump-russia.com/2017/05/01/before-he-bought-trumps-mansion-this-russian-billionaire-was-jailed-for-murder/
"No other evidence linked Rybolovlev to the shooting, and Prokop admitted that he had perjured himself. After nearly a year of incarceration, Rybolovlev was allowed to post bail of one billion rubles (about $200,000). In 1997, he was acquitted of murder charges. "
“Rybolovlev came under scrutiny in early 2017 after the 2005 tax returns of now-U.S. President Donald Trump revealed details of a real estate deal in Palm Beach, Florida.” https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-asks-for-explanation-after-billionaire-rybolovlev-detained-in-monaco-/29587064.html
Rybolovlev bought the Donald Trump Palm Beach mansion, Maison de L’Amitie for $95m in 2008 which was the centre of a divorce fight with wife Elena Rybolovlev. ] https://www.mining.com/two-billionaires-cashed-in-big-time-ahead-of-uralkali-bombshell-55537
"Trump earned a fee for hiding the real owner – a shadow owner possibly being funneled cash by Rybolovlev for other reasons beyond the value of the house. Rybolovlev might have paid himself for the house, thereby (laundering) $55m.." https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Did-Putin-buy-Donald-Trump-13463782.php
In 2008, Dmitry partied off Croatia on his yacht “My Anna,” named after his daughter, with “young girls whose passports said they were born in 1988 and 1989 but they looked much younger in photographs ... taken on this occasion,” according to court papers. https://nypost.com/2012/01/01/from-russia-with-major-daddy-issues/
Rybolovlev assured his ex-wife that "all the young women were virgins" and had been tested before boarding the yacht. #opDeathEaters
“You and I will never know what happened on that boat.”
Guests on My Anna included fellow oligarch Roman Abramovich.
According to the author of The Bouvier Affair, her biggest shock was learning about the underground world of “sex parties”.
The “commodification of women’s bodies on such a large scale was very eye-opening.” https://www.barnebys.com/blog/you-started-writingthe-bouvier-affair-a-true-storyas #opDeathEaters
The Rybolovlev divorce was finalized in 2014, with a record $4.8 billion awarded to Elena. That amount subsequently was slashed to $604 million by a judge in 2015, then later settled privately. http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/palm-beach-mansion-for-grabs-after-record-divorce-award/xVBdfOfVi9kaJhFP8EEqeM/
Elena Rybolovlev accused Rybolovlev of using a “multitude of third- parties” to create a network of offshore holding companies and trusts to place assets — about US$500-million in art, US$36-million in jewelry and an US$80-million yacht — beyond her reach. https://financialpost.com/personal-finance/taxes/billionaires-flee-tax-havens-as-transparency-becomes-the-new-norm
In her divorce filing, Elena Rybolovlev outlined some of holdings, including an artwork and furniture collection valued between $480 million and $800 million; offshore holdings in Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands, Panama and the Jersey Islands. https://nypost.com/2012/01/01/from-russia-with-major-daddy-issues/
Cyprus was the center of Rybolovlev’s business activities. One of his closest partners in Cyprus was the former Cypriot lawmaker Andreas Neocleous, whose law firm specialized in the establishment of offshore companies. #OpDeathEaters https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/as-monaco-dmitry-rybolovlev-and-his-influence-in-monaco-a-1238822.html
Rybolovlev acquired Cypriot citizenship in 2012, “natural [for him] to get citizenship upon becoming an investor in Bank of Cyprus” Prior to 2013, Cypriot citizenship was granted on a discretionary basis by ministers. #OpDeathEaters https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/17/cyprus-selling-eu-citizenship-to-super-rich-of-russia-and-ukraine
Dmitry Rybolev’s ex-wife Elena Rybolovlev was detained for 24 hours by Cypriot police after she flew into Cyprus from Switzerland, detained under a lawsuit filed by Domus Trust lawyers in connection with “the theft of the trust’s property.” https://tass.com/russia/720778
In 2011 Rybolovlev paid more than $300 million for the La Belle Epoque penthouse in Monaco, where he lives. In that same year, the billionaire picked up a seven-acre Hawaiian villa in Kauai from movie star Will Smith for $20 million. #OpDeathEaters https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/arts/design/dmitry-rybolovlev-monaco-investiga
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith made a $6.5 million profit selling their property on Secret Beach in the Hanalei district, Hawaii off-market to a trust connected to Dmitry Rybolovlev's daughter Ekaterina. #OpDeathEaters https://www.businessinsider.com/will-smiths-former-hawaiian-estate-just-hit-the-market-for-295-million-2015-7
Aristotle Onassis’s legendary island of Skorpios, sold for a reported $100 million by the late Greek tycoon’s daughter Athina Roussel to Dmitry Rybolovlev who also bought the small island of Tsokari from her. #OpDeathEaters https://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/04/12/rybolovlevs-backstage-deal-gets-him-skorpios/
Dmitri Rybolovlev spent $88m for a Manhattan apartment for his daughter Ekaterina bought from former Citi chairman Sandy Weill. The penthouse is located at 15 Central Park West. The money from the sale was “donated to charity”. #OpDeathEaters https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2076017/Ekaterina-Rybolovleva-22-buys-88m-New-York-apartment.html
According to a suit filed during divorce proceedings it is alleged Rybolovlev’s daughter's $88 million penthouse purchase was done with “the specific intent of hiding and diverting his personal interest in the property." #OpDeathEaters http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2012/03/15/russian-billionaires-88m-plot-to-hide-his-money-says-wife/
In 2016, the KPMG audit company ranked the richest football clubs in the world, which included three football clubs owned by Russian businessmen. Among them - FC Monaco Dmitry Rybolovlev (26th place; $ 206 million). https://footyclub.ru/en/stil-i-uhod/rossiiskii-milliarder-dmitrii-rybolovlev-biografiya-iz/
In 2011 Rybolovlev became president and majority shareholder (66%) of Monaco's football club AS Monaco. (Prince Albert II of Monaco owns the rest.) https://www.france24.com/en/20111223-football-soccer-as-monaco-france-russian-tycoon-Rybolovlev
Rybolovlev used AS Monaco, to “build up a tight network with close contacts to ministers, MPs and police officials who helped him with his business interests, provided him with confidential information and formulated draft laws reflecting his needs.” https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/as-monaco-dmitry-rybolovlev-and-his-influence-in-monaco-a-1238822.html
Rybolovlev instructed Vadim Vasilyev, deputy at AS Monaco to create a list of important people the club should send a “gift basket” to during the holiday season. Vasilyev, ... created a list of 52 names that were divided into the "categories A, B and C."
2017: Monaco-gate - Philippe Narmino, the minister of justice for Monaco, resigned after texts revealed he worked on behalf of Rybolovlev to influence a billion-dollar art fraud case. “a vast influence-peddling scandal at the heart of Monaco institutions” https://news.artnet.com/art-world/monaco-justice-minister-resigns-1084301
2018: Rybolovlev was charged and released. "He was neither released on bail nor any travel restriction order has been issued in his respect ...: he is not restricted from leaving Monaco and not limited is his movements." https://news.artnet.com/art-world/russian-billionaire-dmitry-rybolovlev-officially-charged-monaco-corruption-probe-1394737
Russia’s embassy in France took a special interest in Dmitry Rybolovlev’s detention in Monaco and asked for a clarification. Russia's Ambassador to France Aleksandr Orlov also serves as envoy to Monaco. #opdeatheaters https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-asks-for-explanation-after-billionaire-rybolovlev-detained-in-monaco-/29587064.html
Rybolovlev sued Sotheby’s, claiming Bouvier and Sotheby’s Vice Chairman, Samuel Valette induced him “to pay inflated, fraudulent prices” and used Sotheby’s as a “veneer of legitimacy and expertise” by providing “inflated appraisals on demand.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2019/08/08/billionaire-dmitry-rybolovlevs-lawsuit-with-art-dealer-yves-bouvier-puts-sothebys-in-crosshairs/
2020: A Monaco court dismissed the criminal case against Yves Bouvier but Rybolovlev is still being investigated over corruption charges filed by Bouvier Monaco, Switzerland and France. http://dlvr.it/Rc7Wz0 #Art
One of the paintings Rybolovlev bought through Bouvier for $127.5 million, Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi became the most expensive in the world after it was sold to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for $450.3 million for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/arts/design/leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundi-christies-auction.html
There has been speculation that the origin of Rybolovlev's attack against Bouvier, is an ambition to create free ports like those owned by Bouvier in Geneva, Singapore and Luxemburg https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/111015/un-intrigant-projet-de-port-franc-vladivostok
Bouvier has confirmed that his free port projects have been negatively impacted by the conflict with Rybolovlev. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-07/geneva-free-ports-king-mulls-art-fight-s-nearly-1-billion-toll
“Rybolovlev boasted of fully controlling the system in Cyprus... He had secret meetings with the President of the Republic, in a clinic in Germany or on his yacht.” https://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/monaco-rybolovlev-loligarque-russe-qui-a-sauve-trump-de-la-faillite-3577355
Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of State for Commerce since 2017, became an 18% shareholder and VP of the Bank of Cyprus in November 2014. In 2010, Rybolovlev had bought 9.7% of the bank's capital. He also hid his paintings in Cyprus when he divorced in 2015. https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/110317/sur-la-piste-des-camarades-oligarques-russes-de-trump
In 2014 Wilbur Ross supported the appointment of a leading banker with close ties to Russia to head the Bank of Cyprus, Josef Ackermann, former managing director of Deutsche Bank (one of the largest creditors of the Trump Organization). https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/110317/sur-la-piste-des-camarades-oligarques-russes-de-trump
“Dmitri Rybolovlev remains close to the Kremlin, as evidenced by his friendship with Yuri Troutnev, one of the right arms of Vladimir Putin.” https://www.lejdd.fr/Societe/monaco-rybolovlev-loligarque-russe-qui-a-sauve-trump-de-la-faillite-3577355
“US proceedings raise the possibility of further confidential interviews between Rybolovlev and Trump or his relatives... their respective planes were neighboring for several hours ... in Charlotte.... brief stops in Las Vegas, Burbank and Miami.” https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/151118/rybolovlev-l-homme-qui-voulait-s-offrir-un-pays?page_article=3
Rybolovlev bought Trump's " house of friendship" in Palm Beach in 2008, at double the previous price.
Donald Jr in 2008 said that "the Russians" now constituted "a rather disproportionate part" of the assets of the family empire. https://www.challenges.fr/luxe/les-folles-depenses-du-milliardaire-dmitri-rybolovlev_154835 https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/180218/comment-trump-ete-sauve-de-la-faillite-par-loligarque-russe-rybolovlev
In 2017, Dmitri Rybolovlev’s private Jet M-KATE and Yacht "Anna" were spotted in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the same time as Ivanka and Jared Kushner vacationed there, raising questions whether they secretly met for an off the record meeting. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/17/1644558/-Confirmed-Rybolovlev-s-Jet-Yacht-were-in-Dubrovnik-the-same-time-as-Ivanka-and-Jarred-Kushner
According to FBI, Bannon knew Kushner was on vacation “with Wendy Deng Murdoch, a Russian billionaire, and the Russian's girlfriend [Daria Strokous?]”. Steve Bannon “said his friends in the intelligence community said the girlfriend was "questionable." https://www.wonkette.com/the-mueller-memos-it-was-ivanka-in-croatia-with-the-russia-oligarch-the-whole-time
Previously Wendy Deng Murdoch was also flagged by US intelligence as a potential Chinese spy. British intelligence officials reportedly discussed with the FBI whether Ms Murdoch’s friendship with Tony Blair, the former PM, was a cause of concern. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/16/fbi-warned-jared-kushner-wendi-deng-could-use-friendship-push/
US intelligence warned Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump, that his close friend Wendi Deng Murdoch could be a Chinese spy, The Wall Street Journal reported . https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-warned-jared-kushner-about-wendi-deng-murdoch-1516052072
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