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Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, has confirmed that it hired the consultancy of Tony Podesta, the elder brother of John Podesta who chaired Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, for lobbying its interests in the United States and proactively seeking the removal of various Obama-era sanctions, the press service of the Russian institution told TASS on Thursday.
Previously, The Daily Caller reported that Tony Podesta was proactively lobbying for cancellation of a range of anti-Russian sanctions against the banking sector. In particular, he represented interests of Sberbank and was paid $170,000 for his efforts over a six-month period last year to seek to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Some more details on the meeting: joining the Podesta lobbying campaign was David Adams, who describes himself on the Podesta Group website as a “trusted adviser” to Hillary Clinton, serving as her as assistant secretary of state for congressional affairs. Another Podesta lobbyist was Stephen Rademaker, a former Department of State official in the George W. Bush administration. The Podesta Group represented Sberbank and its subsidiaries, Troika Dialog Group in the Cayman Islands, SBGB Cyprus Ltd in Nicosia, Cyprus, and SB International in Luxembourg. Troika Dialog also was related to Klein, Ltd., a Cayman Island organization that once funneled tens of millions of dollars to environmental groups to oppose low-cost fracking in the U.S., which was hurting the Russian oil industry. Regular readers will recall that the Sberbank-Podesta relationship goes back many years. Sberbank was the lead financial institution in the Russian deal to purchase Uranium One, owned by one of Bill Clinton’s closest friends, Frank Giustra. Giustra and Bill Clinton lead the Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an integral part of the Clinton Foundation. Giustra has additionally donated $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.
originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: jellyrev
Even if Hillary's circle has ties to Russia like you say. Then doesn't that mean we need to take a serious f*cking look into what the hell kind of influence Russia is having???
I mean if you want to look at Hillary fine with me. But she isn't in the WH running stuff. Trump is so that should take priority here anyway.
Because it makes no sense at all that Hillary and Putin were working together because he hated her and with good reason too. But maybe he had double agents in her circle too for all I know. But that still comes secondary to the guy who won and his circle. We can investigate Hillary next. But first is first here. Because if they're in Hillary's circle like your theory goes then we need to take a pause and root out all that sh*t from everywhere before doing anything else.
Also if that is the case then I would think all the Pro-Trump, Anti-Hillary folk would stop saying Russia connection is a myth. But they aren't. They only say that when it comes to Trump. Which is major bias or propaganda IMO.