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From reading Establishment writers, such as New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman’s recent book (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, it’s clear that the conventional wisdom propounders among the US media believe implicitly but wholeheartedly in a conspiracy theory about a vast globe-spanning anti-Semitic Putin-Trump plot.

After all, haven’t you seen Fiddler on the Roof? The Czar is always out to get us poor Jews.

One problem with this popular conspiracy theory, though, is that both Trump and Putin, not to mention the third triumvir, Netanyahu, are quite close to many rich and powerful Jews. Thus, from the Jewish Telegraph Agency wire service:

Know your oligarch: A guide to the Jewish machers in the Russia probe

By Ron Kampeas May 22, 2018 5:40pm

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The special prosecutor’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election offers an unsettling journey for anyone steeped in Russian Jewry, and the transition from the repression of the former Soviet Union to the relative freedoms of the Russian Federation.

Of 10 billionaires with Kremlin ties who funneled political contributions to Donald Trump and a number of top Republican leaders, at least five are Jewish. (The Dallas Morning News has a handy set of interactive charts.)

There’s Len Blavatnik, the dual British-American citizen who dumped huge amounts of cash on Republican candidates in the last election cycle, much of it funneled through his myriad investment firms. (The same Len Blavatnik funds scholarships for IDF veterans and who is friends with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.) …

But first: What was going on in the Soviet Union as it headed towards collapse in the late 1980s that led to the proliferation of Jewish names among its powerful business leaders?

“Not all oligarchs are Jewish, of course, not the majority, but there is a significant number,” said Mark Levin, the CEO of the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, who joined its predecessor, the National Council on Soviet Jewry, in 1980 as a staffer. “They were in the right place at the right time.”

As Yale law professor Amy Chua pointed out in 2003, the various important Jewish angles to the world-historical events going on in Russia in the 1990s are remarkably little known in the U.S. Fortunately, the JTA goes on to provide some helpful analytical background:

Here are some of the factors that put them in the “right place at the right time.”

You can go home again

Many Soviet Jews left the country because bigotry and punitive Soviet policies kept them, among other indignities, from getting jobs in their preferred professions. But with the collapse of the USSR, and with opportunities opening up at home, a number of these younger emigrants drew on the entrepreneurial strain, training and connections they found in their new countries, be it the United States, Britain and Israel.

In the late 1980s, when they heard that the policy of glasnost was loosening up markets, a number of them traveled back to their homeland seeking opportunity, armed with savvy and with moneyed connections in their new countries. They were in place after 1991 when Russia and its former republics rapidly privatized everything from mines to media. …

Networks

The Jews who stayed behind kept in touch with friends and family who were succeeding overseas and were able to tap them for investment opportunities.

“Jews in the ex-USSR had a ready-made network of trusted contacts in the U.S. and Israel who they could go into business with,” said Oliver Bullough, a British author and journalist whose expertise is Russian history and politics. “It was harder for Russians who had no contacts abroad to achieve this. This also, in my opinion, explains why ex-KGB people did well since they had a network of former spies in other countries.”

Glasnost opened doors

Glasnost, or openness, instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, included opening up plum government jobs to minorities that had previously been marginalized. That accelerated Jewish entry into higher ranks of the bureaucracy just when it was opportune to be in a position to know what sector was about to be privatized, and which government-owned business was about to be broken up.

It helped that unlike communist regimes in eastern Europe, Levin said, in Russia and the former Soviet republics, the elites remained in place — only the ideology of communism was jettisoned.

“Russia and most successor states of the Soviet Union went through a much different transformation than the former communist Europe nations,” he said. “Most of the governing elite didn’t change.”

Moreover, the very professions to which Jews were restricted under the old Soviet system were the ones that proved useful in the new economy. Jews, Levin said, were likelier to be entrepreneurs.

“There were Jews who were helping to make the transition from a command economy to a market economy,” he said.

Author Michael Wolff, profiling tech entrepreneur Yuri Milner in 20111, wrote, “The Jews in Soviet Russia, often kept from taking official career paths, came to thrive in the gray and black markets. Hence, they were among the only capitalists in Russia when capitalism emerged.” …

 
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  1. iffen says:

    From reading Establishment writers, such as New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman’s recent book (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump,

    Seriously Steve, what do Jews in America have to worry about?

    No one, and by that I mean no one, really understands what happened in the 1930′s in Germany.

    Who can say with confidence that it would not happen again?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
  2. a giant conspiracy theory about a vast globe-spanning anti-Semitic Putin-Trump conspiracy.

    A conspiracy theory…about a conspiracy? Hmmm!

  3. IHTG says:

    Michael Cohen the prole-Jew married an attractive Jewish lady from Ukraine, Laura Shusterman. For a guy like him, finding an American-born Jewish woman with a matching personality would have been tough, but his type is still common in the Old Country.

    • Replies: @International Jew
  4. Anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Networks

    The Jews who stayed behind kept in touch with friends and family who were succeeding overseas and were able to tap them for investment opportunities.

    “Jews in the ex-USSR had a ready-made network of trusted contacts in the U.S. and Israel who they could go into business with,” said Oliver Bullough, a British author and journalist whose expertise is Russian history and politics. “It was harder for Russians who had no contacts abroad to achieve this. This also, in my opinion, explains why ex-KGB people did well since they had a network of former spies in other countries.”

    I thought Jews were wealthy because of their high IQs and meritocracy. This author is comparing them to a ruthless spy agency.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
    , @Karl
    , @Anon
  5. Hence, they were among the only capitalists in Russia when capitalism emerged.” …

    How did that work out for the privatization of state assets?…….

  6. “After all, haven’t you seen Fiddler on the Roof? The Czar is always out to get us poor Jews.”

    Having interviewed some Jewish families who came here during the 1980s, this was the prevailing mindset. But in my experience, most Soviet-era Jews with good educations had good jobs back in the CCCP. Engineers, academics, mathematicians, etc. There were things like the passport indicating “Jewish” as the nationality/ethnic group, but at the same time, old Russian Christian churches, were essentially stripped of their legitimacy by being demolished, shut down, having their locations desecrated, etc.

    I did see a famous Russian Church’s bell restored around 2005. Even as an agnostic, I enjoyed that.

    • Replies: @ATBOTL
  7. scrivener3 says: • Website

    All these reasons sound good to explain extraordinary success in home (Russian) grown business. Knowledge of starting, running and growing a business, foreign contacts for trade, etc.

    In Russia all industry and natural resources were owned by the government and privatized. The distribution was a political and legalistic process. Probably what lead to the most success was inside contacts with the elite (who never changed) and an ability to master and navigate the rules (like a smart lawyer can have Amazon paying no taxes and getting a refund after studying the tax code for a few hundred hours). I doubt running a black market gas station got you many points in getting ownership of Lukoil.

    I would just ask the source of the oligarchs wealth in each case: if it were control of natural resources or purchase of pre-existing industry or franchise, then it was pull; if it were creating something out of nothing, than it was knowledge and effort.

    • Replies: @a reader
  8. Speaking of rabid anti-Semitism, does the Jewish Telegraph Agency use that nasty old Morse Code?

    • Replies: @istevefan
    , @Hibernian
  9. TheBoom says:
    @Anonymous

    You aren’t supposed to notice that goy

  10. @IHTG

    Good for him! But what about his personality do you believe would have been hard to match in an American girl??

  11. TheBoom says:

    “After all, haven’t you seen Fiddler on the Roof? The Czar is always out to get us poor Jews”

    This is why having a tiny tribe (that sees the traditional population as a threat) controlling most of your media and entertainment industry, as well as much of social media, and providing much of the political underwriting is an insane situation for a country. It is suicidal for a non member of the tribe to reflect to closely on the tribe’s delusions on a mainstream stage. That is why chosen opposition like Peterson is so quick to not notice things like this.

    A media that is aligned with the welfare of the American people would be laughing about Jews’ believing that a Czar is out to get them while Jews are flourishing.

    • Agree: AndrewR
  12. Whiskey says: • Website

    Occanns Butterknife Jews got assets by vast networks of Jews globally helping out Schlomo from Kiev.

    Occams Razor, they were convenient fronts for Commie officials looking for those weak without military or police muscle.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  13. scrivener3 says: • Website

    I have a close Jewish friend and we are trying to sell an idea we developed together. I have to say I am quite envious as it seems any Jewish person, no matter how successful, will give him (and I tag along) at least a meeting.

    We met venture capitalists in trendy Manhattan hotels (I particularly liked the hotel that had a pool on the roof and a bar right indoors of the pool so girls in swimsuits were walking through the bar to get to the elevator to their room). Booze and nearly naked young women is pretty OK by me.

    No one liked our idea but he got an amazing response of talk to me, lets meet.

    Even people I knew in my life who met with some success are impossible to meet with.

    Maybe they have a better model. How much does it cost you to offer a fellow person a hearing?

    • Replies: @Anonym
    , @TheBoom
  14. Millennia pass, empires come and go, and yet the pattern remains the same.

  15. Anonym says:
    @scrivener3

    If the IQ advantage is 10 points, then there is more chance that some random MOT has an idea worth investing in, than a random goy. In the goyische world, you’ve got to get a reputation first, and to develop the reputation you’ve got to get some experience, so you have to pull yourself up by your bootstraps somehow.

    I think with businesspeople in general, they start out money limited and then if successful, rapidly become time limited. So I am a bit surprised that Jews of any wealth level will just let down the drawbridge for any old MOT who knocks on their door. Most aren’t going to be Bernie Madoff.

  16. Karl says:
    @Anonymous

    5 Anonymous[400] > high IQs and meritocracy. This author is comparing them to a ruthless spy agency

    our guys don’t bet on horses like HRC winning the Triple Crown

  17. TheBoom says:
    @scrivener3

    I have seen the same thing in meetings with Venture Capitalists by bringing a graduate of an ivy league school along who played no important role in the company. Someone who didn’t have time for the meeting magically had time and the attendees were far more interested in taking with her than the other two of us who merely graduated from top public universities.

    • Replies: @Ivy
    , @Dave Pinsen
    , @Karl
  18. utu says:

    The Russian conspiracy:

    Trump<—Netanyahu—>Putin

    Kushners…, Chabad,…

    They know all the crooks in Israel. (Trump about Kushners)

    U.S. SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER SENT AGENTS TO ISRAEL IN TRUMP PROBE

    https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/US-Special-Counsel-Robert-Mueller-sent-agents-to-Israel-in-Trump-probe-557903

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  19. Ivy says:
    @TheBoom

    Sometimes a name guy is used to break the ice in meetings, or maybe as some type of Wow factor to gain an edge. If that gets your group the meeting, helps get past the gatekeepers, and you close the deal, the favor, small appearance fee, shares or whatever is a price of admission and worth it. If not, just another cost of doing business.

  20. istevefan says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    First, was this an anti-semitic piece, or an anti-Irish Catholic one?

    Second, I like the use of the term “native American” in reference to the founding stock and not to the indigenous tribes. I have begun to use that definition recently and am glad to see people understood this back in the day.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
  21. @Whiskey

    Either way, Whiskey, that’s not the way it was sold in America.

  22. a reader says:
    @scrivener3

    I doubt running a black market gas station got you many points in getting ownership of Lukoil.

    And yet …

    He first worked as a street-trader, and then as a mechanic at a local factory, where he sold retreaded car tyres as a sideline.

    This guy.

  23. Dave Pinsen says: • Website
    @TheBoom

    It’s not an Ivy League school, but when it comes to VC meetings, a Stanford degree is probably even more prestigious. If Elizabeth Holmes got affirmative action in getting accepted to Stanford, all the money that went up in smoke in Theranos probably counts as another cost of affirmative action.

  24. @iffen

    Yes. At a certain point, it’s the same thing with antisemitism and those paraellels meeting near the ifinite. – And those parallels, finally crossing even, are scientiffically approved, mind you!

  25. Anonymous[196] • Disclaimer says:

    Gorbachev was an absolute fucking disaster.

    Why else do you think that ‘the gods’ marked out that man with hideous red patches all over his head?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  26. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was for a time the most successful oligarch, was prominent in the Komsomol, which was the Communist youth organisation. He made a lot of contacts within that organisation. So it is not true to say Jews were entirely excluded from the Communist power structure

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Seamus Padraig
  27. “There’s Len Blavatnik, the dual British-American citizen who dumped huge amounts of cash on Republican candidates”

    And funder of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford, current employer of Lawrence Freedman, who wrote Blair’s 1999 Chicago speech outlining Invade The World aka “Blair doctrine’ then was appointed to the commission investigating the Iraq war, a consequence of his doctrine.

    http://www.iraqinquiry.org.uk/media/42664/freedman-powell-letter.pdf

  28. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Or some kind of international mafia.

  29. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jon Halpenny

    Jews WERE the communist power structure from 1917 on.

  30. Tyrion 2 says:

    Trump and Putin, not to mention the third triumvir, Netanyahu

    That’s some gold standard noticing.

    Add in Macron and MBS as junior partners, purely by dint of their youth, and you have a pretty good picture of what is going on.

    Indeed, have the latter two as freshmen inductees to the frat house run by the triumvir with Xi and Modi as fun foreign exchange students and you have the makings of a great comedy.

    The narrative threads could include:

    University Chancellor Merkel trying to impose politically correct norms and our heroes chafing under her nonsense – e.g Merkel could be trying to get the frat to let anyone in and “build bridges not walls”.

    Bizarre portly loser Kim Jong Un acting up and attacking the triumvir but secretly wanting to join the frat. Perhaps they eventually let him in and he gets a better haircut/stops being so weird.

    And how dowdy-but-nice sorority girl Theresa May feels left out so they learn to be more sensitive and set her up. Hey, Macron has a type!

    No need to tell anyone the inspiration and, of course, make all actors look young and the part. But it’d be pretty great.

  31. @Jon Halpenny

    No they weren’t completely excluded; that’s a lot of baloney spread by Jews to make themselves look like the ‘victims’ in Soviet history. What really happened was that, after the Jews inflicted much misery and hardship on the common people in the 1920s and 30s, Stalin purged them from their positions of power in the USSR. Ever after, their numbers in certain key ministries (such as defense, foreign affairs and, of course, the KGB) were unofficially capped to reflect their numbers in the general population. However, they still had plenty of prestigious jobs in the arts, sciences, academia and party administration; they were just no longer in a position to get anyone killed.

  32. Karl says:
    @TheBoom

    17 The Boom > Someone who didn’t have time for the meeting magically had time and the attendees were far more interested in taking with her than the other two of us who

    …didn’t own a vagina

    I personally know one actual VC in Silicon Valley. Very, very wealthy

    Has NOT been willing/able/motivated to get a hot female companion. Has an older, shlumpy female companion

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  33. TheBoom says:
    @Karl

    It is common to run across VCs and other wealthy men in the SF Bay Area with less attractive wives sometimes significantly less attractive. Seeing men with less attractive women is surprising to women I knew who immigrated from non white countries where they were used to the woman being better looking. In live in Asian and the only men I see with a less attractive woman are white men with white women. Among whites it is far less common to see a more attractive woman. The young man is often slender and seems in shape and the woman is overweight.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  34. Anonymous[127] • Disclaimer says:
    @utu

    U.S. SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER SENT AGENTS TO ISRAEL IN TRUMP PROBE

    https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/US-Special-Counsel-Robert-Mueller-sent-agents-to-Israel-in-Trump-probe-557903

    Well, I guess if you’re gonna root out the Jewish menace it’s smart to have a guy like Mueller, who has the same surname and Bavarian roots as the head of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.

    https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/heinrich-mueller

    • Replies: @utu
  35. Dr. X says:
    @istevefan

    Keeping the foreign rabble out is (was…?) as American as apple pie:

    “Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”

    George Washington, 1796

    • Replies: @Hibernian
  36. The WASP / JEW ruling class concept must be informationally diffused by any means necessary.

  37. Anon[121] • Disclaimer says:

    Were Russian Jews after fall of USSR really that talented OR were they favored by Jewish globalists in US and UK for special favors?

    Soros and Saban are also globalist billionaires who pour money into politics all over the world.

    Naming the Tribe is something even NYT can’t overlook sometimes.

  38. “They were in the right place at the right time.”

    Doesn’t that always seem to be the case? I’ve heard of the ‘luck of the Irish’ but this is ridiculous!

  39. Anonymous[151] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Paranoid Christians in the 1980s used to see “666″ in that blemish.

  40. peterike says:

    The now defunct blog 28 Sherman had a lot of great content on the history of the Russia oligarchs. The blog seems gone and I’m not going to mess with the Internet Time Machine on my phone, but curious readers may want to look it up.

  41. @TheBoom

    Sometimes, the less attractive wife has “skills”.

  42. ATBOTL says:
    @Kibernetika

    I’m from NYC. I met tons of Jews from the USSR and many had upper class jobs like newspaper editors and directors of state owned businesses. Almost all of them were at least upper middle class. The claims that Jews were being discriminated against in the USSR are lies. Jews consider it an outrage that a single gentile has a job that a Jew wants. They see things purely in terms of more wealth and power for Jews and less for gentiles as being good. If a single coin is in a goy’s pocket, it’s an injustice to them.

    • Replies: @Kibernetika
  43. Hibernian says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Because the only reason for wanting the franchise is to install a dictatorship of your co-religionists.

  44. Hibernian says:
    @Dr. X

    This may reference foreign diplomatic and military influence for the most part. His Farewell Address did.

  45. bjondo says:

    Any mention of Anatoly Chubais helping (greatly) his tribe members?

    What careers denied Jew? Couldn’t find any.

    Seems to be more BS about repression against Jew. BS.

    Always articles mention of 9-10 oligarchs, 8-9 are Jew.

  46. Another explanation was offered in the 1990s for the predominance of Jews among the oligarchs. There was discrimination against Soviet Jews in the professional classes, and so some of them became black market traders. When the USSR collapsed, they were among the few who had both experience of the free market, and money in the bank to buy ex-Soviet enterprises at firesale prices. Whether this story is true, I couldn’t possibly know.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  47. utu says:
    @Anonymous

    Do not bring up Nazis. Whatever is going on is really an internal Jewish affair. Two factions are fighting about priorities and strategy.

  48. Anonymous[283] • Disclaimer says:
    @James N. Kennett

    Jews just like accumulating money. It’s a strong cultural trait that turns up even in communist societies. I remember reading a book about the Soviet underworld in the 1960s and 70s. Apparently black marketeers, many of whom were Jews, hoarded fortunes they could never spend (as that would attract the attention of the police). So they just sat (sometimes literally) on ever-increasing piles of cash.

    When communism collapsed they suddenly had a use for their wealth.

  49. @ATBOTL

    Well, let’s be honest. Jews WERE indeed being discriminated against in the CCCP during certain times. Remember Stalin’s last years, the so-called Doctors’ Plot, for example. We know this.

    Later, things improved (i.e., Jewish physicians weren’t being arrested at 3AM), but we shouldn’t forget this stuff. It really did happen.

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