This is an excerpt from my unpublished (and not finished!) Part 4 of the Giustra/Uranium/Ruslan Tsarni series.
Ruslan Tsarni’s background prior to his witness statement in support of Mukhtar Ablyazov, the man who sold Frank Giustra his uranium, is just as intriguing as the latter. Not only was Tsarni (and most likely his family) well connected with powerful, Kazakhstan businessmen he also had a close association to the U.S. intelligence community.
1993: ENERGY ALLIENCE LLP
Ruslan Tsarni first showed up on the Kazakhstan radar in 1993 after registering a company called Energy Allience LLP. Website www.34551.com shows that the company is involved with upstream and downstream business in the oil and gas industry in both Kazakhstan and Russia with annual sales up to $10 million dollars. It also notes that Energy Allience’s partners have included Vitol, Glencore, and Euroasian and, as you might recall, Marc Rich was behind Glencore. There’s not much more to find on this company.
1994-1996: PRICE WATERHOUSE, GRAHAM FULLER, CONGRESS OF CHECHEN
A year after registering Energy Allience LLP, Tsarni, according to corporate filings online, worked as a consultant for both Financial Markets International LLC and Arthur Andersen (remember Enron?) between 1994-1996. His work included contracts with USAID for “projects aimed to develop securities markets in Central Asia, where he trained corporate governance and corporate finance principals to both state and private companies.” And no, I’m not getting into the whole USAID/CIA thing. We are all aware of the rumors. What is interesting is what Graham Fuller, Former Deputy Director of the National Intelligence Council as well as Ruslan Tsarni’s ex father-in-law, wrote in his 2012 book, Three Truths and a Lie.” In chapter fifteen, Fuller reminisced about his daughter’s life in 1994,
“Samantha is now working for Price Waterhouse in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, part of a huge new US-sponsored privatization program…We spend a week with Samantha in Kyrgyzstan in her Soviet-style housing…[she] is engaged to a young Chechen
CIA asset, Ruslan, with a BA in Law who also works as a local employee for Price Waterhouse. Ruslan is handsome, dashing, charming, polite, all the legendary social and hospitality skills of people of the Caucasus.”
Fuller goes on to say later in the chapter,
“Samantha meanwhile has gotten married in Kyrgyzstan. She has had a Muslim niqah, a strictly legal ceremony in front of family and the imam, followed by a small celebration with a few friends. A more serious celebration will be held off till later when she and Ruslan come back to the US. Samantha’s job in Bishkek is coming to an end in December and she will return to live with us in Maryland while she looks for the next job.”
“And a few days before Christmas, Samantha arrives back in DC from Kyrgyzstan, her contract in Bishkek over. Ruslan will join her in a month or two.”
It seems that by the end of 1994, according to Fuller, not only was his daughter Samantha married to Ruslan Tsarni but Tsarni was also working for PriceWaterhouse in Bishkek, Kyrgystan—or perhaps he was only working for PriceWaterhouse. And if you asked me what I thought he was doing over in Kyrgyzstan in the early to mid-1990s (besides working as an operative), I would say that it was probably something exactly along these lines, “Kyrgyzstan and Kazkhstan Commerical Law Development,” right around the same time George Soros established The Soros Foundation—Kyrgyzstan in 1993. And with that I’m going to add a side note here so bear with me.
After I realized that Soros was using Kyrgyzstan as his playground as early as 1993 and the fact that PriceWaterhouse was over there too I decided to search “Open Society” + “Price Waterhouse.” Now, I’m not one to blog about #Pizzagate although I stand firmly behind everyone who is working to get that information out there so arrests can be made. But in this instance I’m just going to throw this out there because the first thing that came to mind during my search was #Pizzagate. Here’s what happened:
The second search result from Soros + PriceWaterhouse was a PDF file entitled, “Gender and Sexuality — Open Society Foundations.” The entire publication is actually called “ScholarForum: The Journal of the Open Society Institute’s Network Scholarship Programs” and this particular edition was published back in 2001. Fun, right? Yeah, here we go. On page three there’s an article, “Gender and Sexuality,” with a picture of a grown woman with what looks like penises as breast laying next to a young girl both of whom are not only wrapped in plastic but are laying it. Anyone getting the Podesta feels yet and not in a good way? The article appears to be about two things: abortion and artist Alicja Zebrowska’s work, “Original Sin.” According to the article, Zebrowska’s work “gets to the core of the anti-abortion policy by unmasking its anti-sexual rationale and by celebrating criminalized corporeality.” And exactly how does this artist accomplish this? Apparently by showing the birth of both a barbie doll and a button and, yes, it’s that graphic. The video was inspired by her “first erotic experience she had while playing with a sister.” For those of you not already scratching your head go find her website (or just trust me here) that has artwork such as a woman defecating, a naked little girl, a little boy with a large piece of meat hanging out of his mouth, other disturbing photos of boys, and, of course, the barbie doll…
Am I the only one who is now noticing that this stuff is everywhere? I mean, I’m not a prude with the buttoned up shirt but can we keep kids out of this kind of stuff? No, I’m serious. It’s not funny.
Alright, I’ve completely derailed from the Tsarni story.
When Ruslan Tsarni arrived in the United States in 1995, apparently after his stint with PriceWaterhouse, public records show he resided at Graham Fuller’s home in Rockville, Maryland, I’m assuming, with his wife Samantha. That same year he established an organization, “Congress of Chechen International Organization,” which was also registered to Graham Fuller’s Maryland home. In August, 1996, Tsarni’s organization sent out this letter to Benevolence International:
Shoes? From the terrorist organization Benevolence International (BIF) that was run by Enaam Arnaout and shut down by the United States in 2001? Hmm. Let’s see, by 1996, al Qaeda was alive and well, Graham Fuller had eluded to their continued support from the US government, the first Chechen-Russian war broke out two years prior, and Chechnya had become a breeding ground for Islamic terrorism because jihadists like Sheik Fathi and Saudi Umar Ibn al-Khattab became heavily involved in the Chechen rebels’ struggle for independence. And Tsarni was really just asking for shoes?
Let’s look at the documents from BIF Chief Executive Officer Enaam Arnaout’s 2002 trial in the Northern District Court of Illinois. This document states,
“[Arnaout] served as director of communications in the “al Masad” mujahidden camp…under the direction of Usama Bin Laden…[he] distributed weapons…worked with others, including members of al Qaeda, to purchase rockets and assorted rifles in larges quantities…”
As for Benevolence International Foundation (BIF), it goes on to say,
“The objectives of the BIF Enterprise were to support the activities of mujahideen in various areas of the world by raising funds and providing support to mujahideen and others engaged in violence and armed confrontation, including al Qaeda and Hezb e islami.”
Annnnd if we scroll down to page 26 of this court document it reads like it is straight out of the letter written by Ruslan Tsarni’s organization which, again, if you missed it the first time, was registered to the home of a man who spent twenty years as a CIA operative before becoming deputy director of the National Intelligence Council:
Isn’t it interesting that Ruslan Tsarni was clearly working with a terrorist group (which was most likely supported by the CIA previously) through his organization, an organization he himself started but an organization that was also registered to a CIA company man, and it never raised any red flags? Where was the MSM on this? This isn’t hard information to find. Astounding. But, the obvious reason that no one wants to talk about this is because the CIA was covertly supporting the Chechen rebels and al Qaeda in their fight against Russia. Articles written both before and after the Boston bombings have addressed this relationship between the U.S. and Chechnya including the BBC (the article discusses how Putin himself accused the U.S. of directly supporting the rebels), Michael Powelson’s 2003 article, “U.S. Support for Anti-Soviet and Anti-Russian Guerrilla Movements and the Undermining of Democracy,” The Guardian, and activistpost.com (after which you may want to plunge right into the Tsarnaevs’ early ties by reading my blog post series here followed up by this one).
If you really want to read a great article about U.S. involvement in Chechnya during the 1990s-early 2000s I suggest you read an article entitled, “Did CIA Back Russia’s Chechen Insurgency” posted online at Russia Insider. Yeah, yeah, I know, you think this is a Russian mouthpiece but 1. That doesn’t mean the article isn’t true and 2. Read here for the background on this news site which 3. may still mean it’s a mouthpiece but whatever. I’ve come across few articles that cover the U.S. scramble for oil in Central Asia after the collapse of the U.S.S.R. as well and as simply put as F. William Engdahl’s. He covers the Afghan Mujahideen, Saudi Arabia, Halliburton, pipelines, Chechnya, Russia, and, of course, Graham Fuller.
But back to Ruslan Tsarni.
In November, three months after the Congress of Chechen International Organizations’s sent the letter out asking for shoes from BIF, Graham Fuller wrote in his book that the family came together to officially celebrate Ruslan and Samantha’s marriage since “none of us could make it to the steppes of Central Asia for the legal Islamic ceremony.”
1998-1999: SALANS HERTZFELD, DIVORCE
After graduating from Duke University School of Law in 1998, Ruslan Tsarni, at some point, moved to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He also began working as a senior associate at Salans Hertzfeld & Helibronn Ltd., LLP where he remained until May, 1999. In case you don’t know what Salans Hertzfeld was doing during that time period here you go: In September, 1998, they were busy merging with New York law firm Christy & Viener (former US attorney Arthur Christy). Then they were busy defending Russian bank, Inkombank, against charges that Inkombank’s management along with Arthur Christy himself, the bank’s former lawyer, defrauded investors and then laundered the money through off-shore accounts. The now defunct bank was notoriously linked to Russian organized crime and drug trafficking throughout Georgia, Russia, and Europe.
One month before leaving Salans Hertzfeld, Tsarni and Samantha Fuller divorced and after the Boston marathon bombings, according to Al-MonitorAl-Monitor, Graham Fuller had this to say about him,
“Like all Chechens, Ruslan was very concerned about his native land, but I saw no particular involvement in politics, [although] he did try to contact other Chechens around,” Fuller continued. “He also felt homesick and eventually went back to Central Asia after the divorce. His English was shaky. (We always spoke Russian together).”
A story on the Internet implying “possible connections between Ruslan and the Agency through me are absurd,” Fuller said.
“I doubt he [Ruslan] even had much to say of intelligence value other than talking about his own family’s sad tale of deportation from Chechnya by Stalin to Central Asia,” Fuller said. “Every Chechen family has such stories.”
No political involvement…obviously he is lying, but why? If he didn’t know Tsarni was requesting “shoes” from terrorist organizations registered to his own home then even my 95-year-old senile neighbor is qualified to work at the CIA. And “I doubt he even had much to say of intelligence value…” seems to me a far cry from how Fuller characterized Tsarni in his book that was published literally only seven months prior to Fuller making these statements.