The Russian (Jewish ) mafia is closely associated
with Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hasidic Jewish movement. Although the Chabad Lubavitcher movement is often listed as a part of Orthodox Judaism, it has often been condemned as heretical by traditional Jews. Rabbi Eliezer Schach, 103; Leader of Orthodox in Israel.
Natan Sharansky, the Chairman of the Jewish Agency said that Chabad Lubavitch was an essential connector to Soviet Jewry during the Cold War. Shimon Peres has stated
that it’s to Schneerson’s credit that “Judaism in the Soviet Union has been preserved.” Joseph Telushkin. Rebbe (Harper Collins, 2014), p. 566.
These Russian Chabad-Lubavitcher Jews composed a substantial portion of the country’s notorious “oligarchs.”
Close to 25% of the 200 richest people in Russia are Jewish, according to a report by Russian banking website lanta.ru. The report found that of the country’s 200 billionaires, 48 are Jews and own a combined net worth of $132.9 billion. Among the 48 Jews who made the list, 42 are Ashkenazi and together have a net worth of $122.3 billion, even though they comprise only 0.11% of the population .
The wealthiest Ashkenazi is Mikhail Fridman, who has a net worth is $17.6 billion and is Russa’s second richest man. The Ashkenazi billionaires include Viktor Vekselberg (net worth of $17.2 billion), Leonid Michelson (net worth of $15.6 billion), German Khan (net worth of $11.3 billion), Mikhail Prokhorov (net worth of $10.9 billion), and Roman Abramovich, left, (net worth of $9.1 billion). Source
As James Henry stated in The American Interest, “Since the 1990s, [Russia has emerged] as a world-class kleptocracy, second only to China as a source of illicit capital and criminal loot, with more than $1.3 trillion of net offshore ‘flight wealth’ as of 2016.”
For ordinary Russians, as noted, this was disastrous. But for many banks, private bankers, hedge funds, law firms, and accounting firms, for leading oil companies like ExxonMobil and BP, as well as for needy borrowers like the Trump Organization, the opportunity to feed on post-Soviet spoils was a godsend. This was vulture capitalism at its worst. [The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections.]
A 2012 article in the Jerusalem Post
titled “At Putin’s side, an army of Jewish billionaires”
mentioned three Russian-Jewish billionaire oligarchs in particular who are close to Putin: Mikhail Fridman, Moshe Kantor and Lev Leviev. Under Putin, the Hasidic Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) became increasingly influential within the Jewish community of Russia, partly due to the influence and support of businessmen close to Putin, notably Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich. See “No love lost.”
and Cracked De Beers.
Leviev is an Uzbeki-born Israeli citizen and devout Chabad Lubavitcher. Known as the “King of Diamonds,” Leviev has come under scrutiny by the US government and international media for both his partnership with a Chinese business group believed to have funded North Korea and his possible role in developing West Bank settlements. “Trump and His Advisors Are Connected to a Self-Professed Friend of Putin”
Chris Hutchins, a biographer of Putin, describes the relationship between Putin and Abramovich as like that between a father and a favorite son. (Chabad Lubavitcher) Abramovich was the first person to originally recommend to Yeltsin that Putin be his successor. Richard Sakwa. The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession. (Cambridge University Press, 2011). p. 135. Abramovich is a chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (which is allied with Putin’s administration), and donates money to the Chabad movement. M. Goldman. The Piratization of Russia: Russian Reform Goes Awry. (Routledge, 2003). p. 132.
Like the Oligarchs in Russia, Organized Crime is heavily Jewish…Chabad Jewish
(Putin with Berel Lazar, Chief Rabbi of Russia)
Trump’s biggest Chabad links are via his infamous son in law Jared Kushner
In 2015, Trump’s son-in-law and chief adviser Jared Kushner, who has strong ties with the Lubavitchers, purchased the former New York Times Building
in Manhattan from Leviev. Kushner, who married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka after she converted to Judaism, had become what the Times described as Trump’s “de facto campaign manager.” Quiet Fixer in Donald Trump’s Campaign: His Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner.
He was principal owner in his family’s real estate company Kushner Companies, and of Observer Media, publisher of the weekly, on-line New York Observer. The Kushner’s were friends with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who stayed at their home in New Jersey, sleeping in Jared’s bedroom.
On January 27, 2017, the Kushners invited Cohn, Department of the Treasury appointee Steve Mnuchin and several members of the President’s cabinet for a Shabbat meal, along with Rabbi Levi Shemtov, from the local Chabad-Lubavitch house, which is only a few blocks away from their home.
(Shemtov, left. Nothing changes.)
Shemtov heads the Central Committee of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbis. Shemtov serves the daily governmental and diplomatic needs of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement, flying to Buenos Aires, Moscow and other capitals.
Shemtov is often at the White House, Pentagon, United States Department of State and other venues in official Washington, and maintains close relationships with numerous members of the US Congress, senior Administration officials and leaders in the international community, including a number of heads of state and government. Fishcoff Sue. The Rebbe’s Army. (New York: Knopf Doubleday, 2003), p. 185.