One of the biggest casualties of this current Russiagate narrative is the near-total erasure of how the CIA and Russian mafia have been solid business partners since at least the collapse of the Soviet Union. A lot of credit has to be given to Daniel Hopsicker, who was pursuing these aspects over a decade before Russiagate was a story at all.
Take, for instance, the Gulfstream II that crashed in Mexico in 2006 with 3.6 tons of cocaine onboard:
The intrigue surrounding the corporate craft, a Gulfstream II, deepened last Monday, when the plane crashed in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula carrying 3.6 tons of cocaine.
The Gulfstream had been owned by Hotel Gansevoort proprietor William Achenbaum from 2001 until Aug. 30 of this year – more than three weeks before the plane crashed.
The plane was reportedly sold to Florida aircraft broker Donna Blue Aircraft, which then promptly peddled it to another man, Clyde O’Connor, for $2 million.
When Achenbaum owned the plane, it was managed by a Long Beach, Calif., company, Air Rutter International, which offered it for charter.
Air Rutter is owned by Arik Kislin of Long Island, who according to the Hotel Gansevoort’s liquor license is also a principal in the hotel.
Earlier this year, The Post reported that a Manhattan company Kislin ran in the 1990s had sponsored a U.S. visa sought by an alleged Russian mob hit man.
During the time that Kislin’s associate, Achenbaum, owned the plane, it made trips in 2003, 2004 and 2005 to the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the McClatchy Newspapers group reported.
Arik Kislin is the nephew and business partner of Russian mobster Semyon Kislin aka Sam Kislin, who donated extensively to both Democratic (Chuck Schumer, the Clinton-Gore campaign, etc.) and Republican (Rudy Giuliani, Alfonse D'Amato, etc.) politicians. So we have a plane owned by a well-connected Russian mob operative that is doing CIA rendition flights and smuggling cocaine on the side.
Sam Kislin was business partners with another reported Russian mobster Tamir Sapir, whose organization partnered with the Bayrock Group that developed many of the Trump brand properties. And a little-noted fact in his biography is that, after he and Sam emigrated from the USSR and started their electronics store business in NYC, he was invited to join the Council for American-Soviet Trade headed by none other than "then-Vice President [and longtime spook] George H.W. Bush".
Per the previously-linked Public Integrity article, Sam Kislin's firm was also being used for money laundering by Mikhail Chernoy, a Russian aluminum oligarch and reported mobster. Chernoy just happens to be one of the chief financiers of the Intelligence Summit, a group for military and intelligence operatives around the world to come together to discuss new tactics in the "war on terror".
Chernoy's rival in the aluminum business, Oleg Deripaska, indeed has similar connections too. The head of Guyana's state privatization efforts, Michael Brassington Sr., opted to sell Guyana's state-owned bauxite mining company to Deripaska's RusAl corporation back in the 90s. His son Michael Brassington was a drug smuggler who flew numerous heroin flights on planes owned by Wally Hilliard of Venice FL, a former Wisconsin health insurance executive whose company was bought out by the company of Myron Du Bain, a politically-connected businessman who once served in the OSS (the CIA's predecessor). Brassington even had a letter from Customs telling them to ignore his prior July 2000 drug bust, the kind of protection that CIA drug pilots often enjoy. Note that the intended final stop on that July 2000 flight was a contact in Brighton Beach NY, a known Russian mob enclave. So once again, we have the outlines of a CIA drug running operation in partnership with Russian organized crime.
And Hilliard, meanwhile, is most prominent for owning the Huffman Aviation flight school in Venice FL where 9/11 hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwah al-Shehhi trained. Atta's closest friend during that time was reportedly Wolfgang Bohringer, a German pilot who boasted of knowing Atta and stated, upon his 2006 arrest on international terrorism charges, that "You can’t arrest me, I’m working for the CIA". Bohringer also happened to boast that he was a smuggler for Russian mobster Viktor Kozeny. Kozeny pulled off multiple privatization scams in the former Soviet Union, first with a voucher scheme in the Czech Republic and then a fraudulent oil venture in Azerbaijan.
His partners in the Czech scam included George Bush Sr.'s chief of staff John Sununu. His partners in the Azerbaijan scam included former US Army Counter Intelligence officer, Senate majority leader, and Jeffrey Epstein pedophile pal George Mitchell, fashion company owner and Jeffrey Epstein black-book associate Frederic Bourke, and the CIA-linked financial firm American International Group (AIG). Back during the time of the Czech scam, rumors were going around that Kozeny laundered money for Colombian drug cartels or even "was a tool of the CIA". Imagine that.