Two investors in Donald Trump real estate properties, Soviet Jewish emigre and Brooklyn conman David Bogatin and Kazakhstan Trio member Alexander Mashkevich, a Kazakh-Israeli national and notorious oligarch, figure in two suspicious deaths.
Bogatin, a naturalized U.S. citizen who founded the corruption-ridden First Commercial Bank in Lublin, Poland in 1990, invested around $5 million in five condominiums in the Trump Tower in Manhattan. Lech Kaczynski, who was the chief of Poland’s Supreme Audit Office, Najwyższa Izba Kontroli, or NIK, investigated all of Bogatin finances and interviewed him personally before Bogatin was extradited to the United States and convicted of fraud and tax evasion. Kaczynski, who, as Poland’s chief auditor, knew where Russian oligarchs had cached their ill-gotten gains, was later elected Poland’s fourth president. In April 2010, Kaczynski, his wife, and 95 of Poland’s top government and military officials died when their delegation’s plane crashed while approaching Smolensk airbase in Russia. They were flying to Russia to commemorate the Katyn massacre of Polish military officers during World War II. Had Kaczynski lived, he would have had intimate knowledge of the investments that Bogatin and other members of the largely Jewish “Eurasian mafia,” as it is known by the FBI, made in Trump’s worldwide properties.
Mashkevich, along with his billionaire business partners Patokh Chodiev and Alijan Ibragimov, were the subjects of a British police investigation of the bizarre death of British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) agent Gareth Williams. The decaying body of Willliams was found stuffed into a gym bag in his apartment in Central London in August 2010, three months after the crash of Kaczynski’s aircraft. Williams, an encryption expert, was known to have a relationship with Furkat Ibragimov, the 25-year old son of Alijan Ibragimov. British police investigated Williams’s links with Furkat. There is speculation that the Kazakhstan Trio’s businesses and investments were the subject of MI6/GCHQ surveillance. Trio member Mashkevich was a significant investor in the Trump Soho complex in Manhattan, a development that also involved Jared Kushner.
Update 1x. In April 2015, just two months before Trump announced his presidential run, two executives of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), the mining giant owned by the Kazakhstan Trio, were found dead in their respective rooms at a hotel in Springfield, Missouri. The dead men were South African national Gerrit Strydom, 45, the former head of ENRC’s Congo Cobalt Corporation subsidiary, and fellow South African James Bethel, 44, the head of ENRC’s copper cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo until September 30, 2014. ENRC went private in 2013 after the Kazakhstan Trio’s business ties forced the London Stock Exchange to begin an inquiry into the firm’s practices. The Greene County coroner determined after an autopsy that both South African men died from “natural causes” and that there was no foul play.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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