05 September 2006

Why is President Bush's brother hanging out with an alleged Russian mobster?

If you look at this innocuous little tidbit from the Guardian UK, you'll see that Neil Bush, brother of President George W. Bush, is palling around in public with exiled Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky at a sporting event in England.  Nothing of note is mentioned in the item, just some scuttlebutt about UK soccer transactions.

You all remember Neil Bush, right?  Billy Carter pales in comparison to this guy.  Neil Bush made his bones with the spectacular $1 billion failure of Silverado Savings & Loan and has been involved in several sordid adventures since.  But he’s been out of the public eye for a long time, surely to keep from embarrassing his brother.

And who is Boris Berezovsky, you ask?  Well, take a look at his Wikipedia entry.  You’ll see that Berezovsky, or Platon Elenin as he prefers to be called, has ties to Chechen terrorists and was the subject of a book that claimed he was “a mafia boss who had his rivals murdered.”  So what the heck is he doing hobnobbing with the brother of the president of the United States?

Maybe Helen Thomas can ask Tony Snow about it, next time she’s allowed back into the Washington press corps.

UPDATE 14 SEP 2006: A reader pointed out a murder in Russia today that could be tied to Berezovsky or his rivals.


Anonymous said...

An editor for Forbes - Moscow, Paul Klebnikov, was gunned down in summer of 2004, possibly for a series he did on wealthy, corrupt Russians, like Berezovsky.

Found an article by a group called the Committee to Protect Journalists, at http://www.cpj.org/news/2004/Russia19aug04na.html .

"Klebnikov had investigated other powerful people as well. In 1996 he profiled Boris Berezovsky, the media and oil tycoon who had close ties to the Kremlin during President Boris Yeltsin's tenure. The Forbes profile suggested Berezovsky might have been involved in the 1995 murder of television journalist Vladislav Listyev, an allegation that prompted Berezovsky to sue Klebnikov and Forbes in the United Kingdom for libel. The suit was withdrawn after Forbes said it had no proof of Berezovsky's involvement.

Klebnikov expanded his profile of Berezovsky into a book titled "Godfather of the Kremlin: The Decline of Russia in the Age of Gangster Capitalism," which he published in 2001.

Klebnikov's second book was published in Russian. "Conversation with a Barbarian: Interviews with a Chechen Field Commander on Banditry and Islam" was based on interviews with Chechen separatist leader Khozh Akhmed Nukhayev and focused on organized crime in Chechnya. And Klebnikov had begun gathering material for a new book about the Listyev slaying, his publisher, Valery Streletsky, told the U.S.-based Baltimore Sun."

Wonder what Neil Bush might know about that?! They're all fucked in the head.


Anonymous said...

Hey dude..that is nuthin' man!


Anonymous said...

Neil's only interested in sex with child hookers.

Anonymous said...

That's not the first time. The BBC did a doc on this Russian oligarch (without mentioning a word about his shady associations, or the Forbes thing).

It was about russian "democracy " advocates incuring the wrath of Putin.

Neil Bush was filmed with Berezovsky in the Baltics, Lithuania I think, acting very nervous about it and ending the shot as fast as he could.

Gangsters, drugs, arms, shady shady shady spookworld.

Anonymous said...

[sarcasm]An associate of the Bush family?
Having people killed?
Who would have thought?[/sarcasm]

chuck said...

Speaking of Neil and things that are shady, I always did find it one hell of a coincidence that John Hinkley's brother, Scott, had plans to eat dinner at Neil's (Denver) house the same day that Reagon got shot.

Beast of Bourbon said...

Wikipedia even says that the Bushes and Hinkleys are related. Small, crazy, cruel world, hm?

Anonymous said...

UPDATE: Mob hit...


MOSCOW (Reuters) - A top Russian central banker who led an aggressive drive to clean up Russia's murky banking system died early on Thursday after being ambushed by gunmen in what law enforcement officials said was a contract 'hit'.


Anonymous said...

My ex boyfriend is a witness to Neil's Asian sex tourism. Neil likes 5-year-olds! John Hankey has a Google film on Bush 41 killing JFK. Bush 43 killed JFK Jr. Marvin Bush killed his babysitter because she witnessed his ties to 9/11

Critical_Thinker said...

All of you should have known by now that US neo-cons have been doing business with the Russian-Israeli Mafia for years.

Research the subject if you are interested.

Anonymous said...

Is it really a mystery why an American gangster is hanging out with a Russian gangster?

Business as usual.

Guzmán said...

>[sarcasm]An associate of the Bush family?
Having people killed?
Who would have thought?[/sarcasm]<

>All of you should have known by now that US neo-cons have been doing business with the Russian-Israeli Mafia for years.<

>Is it really a mystery why an American gangster is hanging out with a Russian gangster?<

I guess to all you numerous jaded souls that have witnessed it all and kept it to yourselves (aside from the odd comment at an obscure blog or two), the answer is no.