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Bush Family & Financier Berezovsky (fled Russian CRIMINAL) dumb down kids after CIA coups

After the CIA topples local governments on the periphery of Russia, Bush family cleans up as they move in to change educational systems into "edu-tainment" to dumb them down like the USA:

"Neil Bush, brother of the U.S. president, is a business partner with the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an Israeli citizen wanted in Russia on charges of fraud....September 22 visit to Latvia, Neil Bush, the brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, appeared with his business partner, the fugitive Russian oligarch and Israeli citizen, Boris Berezovsky. Berezovsky's appearance in Riga with the brother of the George W. Bush caused significant consternation for Latvia due to Russian demands for his extradition on charges of fraud....Moscow Times reported recently that Berezovsky's investment in Bush's Austin, Texas-based "edu-tainment" company, Ignite, Inc., links him with a well-connected group of former and current shareholders such as ex-President George H.W. Bush and major Asian and Middle East financiers....Berezovsky has helped Bush promote his company in countries of the former Soviet Union that are no longer within Moscow's sphere of influence, including [the CIA overthrown attempt in] Ukraine, [the CIA couped Georgia, and most recently, Latvia.
Bush Family Business Financed By Israeli Oligarch's Ill-Gotten Gains
By Christopher Bollyn
American Free Press

Neil Bush, brother of the U.S. president, is a business partner with the exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an Israeli citizen wanted in Russia on charges of fraud.

During a September 22 visit to Latvia, Neil Bush, the brother of U.S. President George W. Bush, appeared with his business partner, the fugitive Russian oligarch and Israeli citizen, Boris Berezovsky. Berezovsky's appearance in Riga with the brother of the U.S. president caused significant consternation for the Latvian government due to Russian demands for his extradition on charges of fraud.

Neil Bush first came to national attention when he was disgraced during the Silverado Savings and Loan scandal, which occurred during his father's presidency. Federal regulators discovered "multiple conflicts of interest" in Bush's dealings as a board member of Silverado, which failed in 1988, costing U.S. taxpayers $1.3 billion.

Russia requested Berezovsky's extradition when he arrived in Riga. Latvia's general prosecutor, however, refused to extradite Berezovksy claiming that since he has asylum status in Britain, a member state of the European Union, he could not be handed over to Russia.

After the Bush-Berezovsky visit, Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis said that Berezovsky should be barred from entering Latvia because he posed a "threat" to security. President Vaira Vike-Freiberga reportedly supports banning the billionaire exile from future visits to Latvia.

The Moscow Times reported recently that Berezovsky's investment in Bush's Austin, Texas-based company, Ignite, Inc., links him with a well-connected group of former and current shareholders such as former President George H.W. Bush and major Asian and Middle East financiers. Filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicate that Bush's company raised $7.1 million from 53 investors in 2001.

Ignite's main product is an classroom projector device of dubious educational value called "The COW" (Curriculum On Wheels), which contains software which replaces traditional textbooks by projecting cartoon images designed "to deliver lessons in the same way professional presenters do."

In the past few months, Berezovsky has helped Bush promote his company in countries of the former Soviet Union that are no longer within Moscow's sphere of influence, including Ukraine, Georgia, and most recently, Latvia.

Berezovsky said his investment in Bush's firm was just business and an investment in an area he had always been interested in. Declining to disclose the size of his investment, Berezovsky said: "I invested in the company because I think that it is doing the right thing. I had no other aims for making this investment. If the company had not been owned by Bush, I would have invested in another that was doing the same thing."

A comment from Berezovsky suggests he was asked to invest in the Bush family firm. "When I received the offer to invest, I sent specialists to look at what the company was doing and they approved," Berezovsky said.

Berezovsky said he has been unable to obtain a visa to travel to the United States to discuss his business ventures with Neil Bush.

"He [Bush] asked me to think about possible projects in the regions that I know about," The Moscow Times reported Berezovsky saying about Bush's plans for the company he founded in 1999. "I've known this region for a long time. The CIS is my area of expertise."

Berezovsky, described as "a former Kremlin king-maker," served as executive secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States under former President Boris Yeltsin. Berezovsky's fortunes changed after Vladimir Putin was elected in 2000 and he became an enemy of the Kremlin.

"For Putin, it must be a very sore point that the brother of his friend has some kind of business with Berezovsky," said Vladimir Pribylovsky, the head of Panorama, a Russian political think tank.

Berezovsky was one of the chief oligarchs in Russia who acquired massive wealth by taking control of the Soviet Union's state assets after the fall of communism. Berezovsky owned several banks and TV stations in Russia when he was accused of defrauding a regional government of $13 million. In 2000, he fled the country and moved to London, where he now lives under the name Platon Elenin.

"Berezovsky is one of seven 'oligarchs,' as they are known both inside and outside Russia: massively rich, powerful manipulators who through violence, theft and corruption acquired a mammoth percentage (reports range from 70 to 85 percent) of Russia's resources, from its oil to the auto industry to mass media outlets," Alison Weir, executive director of If Americans Knew, a website focusing on U.S. involvement with Israel and Palestine, wrote in her article, "Russia, Israel and Media Omissions."

Using their ill-gotten and extraordinary financial resources and insider dealing, the oligarchs gained control over much of Russia's political apparatus.

"The oligarchs handpicked prime ministers and governmental leaders and barely even bothered to do this behind the scenes," Weir wrote.

Almost all of the Russian oligarchs have significant ties to Israel. In fact, Berezovsky has Israeli citizenship, a fact that caused a scandal of Watergate proportions in Russia in 1996 when it was exposed by a Russian newspaper.

Berezovsky's Israeli citizenship and the oligarchs' connections to Israel are widely known in Russia and Israel. In Israel there is even a popular Israeli TV series called "The Oligarchs."

"Some of its episodes," Israeli writer Uri Avnery wrote in an article by the same name, "are simply unbelievable or would have been, if they had not come straight from the horses' mouths: the heroes of the story, who gleefully boast about their despicable exploits. The series was produced by Israeli immigrants from Russia."

"This is a TV series about Russia," Avnery wrote. "But it could have been about Israel - or about the United States.

"The 'oligarchs' are a tiny group of entrepreneurs who exploited the disintegration of the Soviet system to loot the treasures of the state and to amass plunder amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. In order to safeguard the perpetuation of their business, they took control of the state. Six out of the seven are Jews," Avnery wrote in his August 2004 article.

"In popular parlance they are called 'oligarchs' - from the Greek word meaning 'rule of the few.'

"In the first years of post-Soviet Russian capitalism they were the bold and nimble ones who knew how to exploit the economic anarchy in order to acquire enormous possessions for a hundredth or a thousandth of their value: oil, natural gas, nickel and other minerals. They used every possible trick, including cheating, bribery and murder. Every one of them had a small private army. In the course of the series they are proud to tell in great detail how they did it," Avnery wrote.

"But the most intriguing part of the series recounts the way they took control of the political apparatus. After a period of fighting each other, they decided that it would be more profitable for them to cooperate in order to take over the state."


"Berezovsky boasts that he caused the war in Chechnya, in which tens of thousands have been killed and a whole country devastated. He was interested in the mineral resources and a prospective pipeline there. In order to achieve this he put an end to the peace agreement that gave the country some kind of independence. The oligarchs dismissed and destroyed Alexander Lebed, the popular general who engineered the agreement, and the war has been going on since then."


ZIOCON/GOP = another name for MAFIA MONEY; Abramoff scandal ties to 9-11 Atta drugrunning! [and more Bush family: Jeb Bush, with walk in role by still unpunished vote frauder Congresswoman Katherine Harris]
23:35 Oct-11 (5 comments)

Abramoff, born in mob capital, Atlantic City, NJ... His father, close to Reagan. --- investigated by three grand juries: Washington, D.C., in Abramoff-Reed Indian Gambling Scandal; by grand jury in Guam over (probabaly not so) separate matter; & indicted on August 11, 2005, by third grand jury in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for bank fraud likely arising out of the overall Abramoff operation if you read this. Abramoff appears to be a likely COMPTROLLER for multiple mafia money launderings (Israeli, Colombian, Siclian, more?) into the neocon/Zionist/GOP election cycle. --- Indictments of Abramoff have significant importance because of connections with leading ziocons/neocons including Bush, DeLay, & others. --- DeLay, ex-Majority Leader of U.S. House (indicted for similar money launding operation, in Texas election fraud) calls Abramoff one of his "closest and dearest friends." Eventually, where did DeLay's money come from, perchance? Abramoff? --- Another level is that Abramoff is Sr.Dir. of Gov't Affairs for GREENBERG TRAURIG law & lobbying firm, so close to corrupt money trail, 9-11 hushmoney, Israel, Brown Brothers Harriman, & strategically placed as both Dem & Repub party financial positions; Greenberg Traurig members are personal lawyers and legal front men for the whole Bush family operations & much more --- WHAT ABRAMOFF SCANDAL IS ABOUT CAN BE SIMPLY STATED AS: Vegas without rules. What politicians are arguing over is the biggest unregulated slush fund in the history of the world. Democrats, run equally by Abramoff/Greenberg Traurig connections, don't want to eliminate it. They just want in on it. AND HEROIN is coaxed to flow straight from Bush regime's heroin nacroregime in Afghanistan INTO THESE ABRAMOFF-ATTA-WALLY HILLIARD-JEB BUSH NETWORKS, SEE BELOW.

Title: Ukraine: US Orwellian "well planned drama" of IMF/CIA/NED coup as "grassroots democracy"
Author: comparativist
Date: 2004.12.02 01:30
Description: Ukraine, perfection of Orwellian "well planned drama" media perception around IMF/CIA/NED coup as a "grass roots democratic reform"; how it's done --- "Among the numerous Western foundations, the [Orwellian named] National Endowment for Democracy (NED), although not officially part of the CIA, performs an important intelligence function in shaping party politics in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and around the World. [NED additionally involved in funding of Venezuelan coup against Chavez.] NED was created in 1983, when the CIA was being accused of covertly bribing politicians and setting up phony civil society front organizations. According to Allen Weinstein, who was responsible for establishing the NED during the Reagan Administration: "A lot of what we [NED] do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA." (Washington Post, Sept. 21, 1991). --- "Pora's posters plastered all over Ukraine DEPICT A JACKBOOT crushing a beetle, an allegory of what Pora wants to do to its opponents. It was like this during Nazi-occupied Ukraine,...Nobody in the West has said anything against these posters. Pora continues to be presented [by CNN] as an innocent band of students having fun. But it is an organization created and financed by Washington, as were sister organizations in Serbia and Georgia, Otpor and Kmara." --- "It is claimed that officially the US government spent US$41 million to fund the year-long operation to get rid of Milosevich from October 1999. In Ukraine, the figure is said to be about $14 million so far."

3 articles on "Ukranianization": external covert coup pressure, framed
however in media as a grass roots internal democratic concern.
Actually since Serbia, all have been the same US pattern of destabalization and 'de-democratization' by any other name. Same strategy in Aserbaijan, Georgia, and Yugoslavia in the past several years by the way. Exactly the same pattern. Exactly the same IMF involvement. Gaining territory for the global de-democratization of the corporate state.


Title: Back in the USSR: CIA "helpful" in Florida,Ukraine elections
Author: Daniel Hopsicker
Date: 2004.12.14 03:19
Description: Daniel Hopsicker presents us with a little look deeper into Ukraine and Florida, this article loosely follows with what Ron Paul said in his address to the int. relations. com., posted here on portland.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/12/305960.shtml

A retired CIA agent, whose illegal and unfettered access to election rolls in Martin County Florida was a major source of legal contention after the 2000 Election, traveled to the Ukraine four years earlier to teach "grass-roots politics" to people there, The MadCowMorningNews has learned.

The news came even as citizens in the Ukraine celebrate their new-found freedom (sic), while in the U.S. suspicion continued to fester that vote fraud may have cost Americans their own right to free and honest elections.

In a bitterly ironic twist, Charles Kane, former Director of Security at the Central Intelligence Agency, and member of the Florida Republican Executive Committee, spent four days in Kiev, the capital of the former Soviet republic, hosting training sessions for Ukrainian political parties in 1996.

Institute officials chose Kane to go to the Ukraine, according to the February 20, 1996, Stuart/Port St. Lucie News, apparently straight-faced, "because of his experience in grass-roots campaigns."

Four years later, Kane's credentials as a proponent of democracy were receiving much closer scrutiny...

"Kane's efforts were part of a sinister underground conspiracy to help Bush," Edward Stafman, attorney for the Martin County challengers told the Associated Press on December 7, 2000.

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Like the virtually-unpublicized fact that 9.11 ringleader Mohamed Atta's sojourn in Hamburg was paid for by U.S. taxpayers (through the joint US-German Congress-Bundestag Program), Charles Kane's Ukrainian trip was sponsored by the U.S. Government, this time through the International Republican Institute, which reports have accused of being responsible during the current election for "many millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars funneled" in support of the U.S.'s preferred candidate.

The career of the much-traveled Kane, it must be stated, resembles nothing so much as a conspiracy theorist's wet dream... He was also involved, years earlier, in the investigation into the JFK assassination, dispatching a memo to the FBI regarding the whereabouts on the day of the assassination of notorious pipe-smoking Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt.

also 18.Oct.2005 14:37


loosely based on his life:(see bonus interviews with director for inside political commentary)

Oligarkh / Tycoon: A new Russian

A stylish, slick crime drama based on the life of notorious billionaire Boris Berezovsky, TYCOON follows the life of Plato Makovski ,a renegade Russian entrepreneur whose seductive and brutal climb to the top in the post-Soviet era flourishes as the line between business, crime and politics breaks down. Opening with Platošs assassination by car bomb, An investigation Judge of his life through flashbacks involving a vivid array of gangsters, mistresses, childhood friends, idealistic intellectuals, and trigger-happy veterans, offers an inside view of a country in which gangsters and greedy politicians conspire to rub out their enemies. (2002)


History of post-Soviet Russia: The "loans for shares" scheme and the rise of the "oligarchs"