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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:20 PM

Newly emerged photo shows Ben Carson with key employee of sanctioned Russian oligarch

A photo emerges showing the HUD secretary with Alexey Komov, the main link between U.S. Christian fundamentalists and sanctioned Russians.

CASEY MICHEL
JAN 31, 2019, 8:29 AM

In the latest example of Russian officials rubbing elbows with members of the American right, a newly emerged photo shows Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson standing alongside a key employee of sanctioned Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev.

The photo dates to June 2014, and appears to be from Carson’s appearance as a keynote speaker at the 2014 gala for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the most notorious anti-LGBTQ organizations extant.

Alexey Komov — shown in the photo to the right of Carson — has worked for years to ingratiate himself with the American far right, from partnering with American homeschool organizations to working with Christian fundamentalist groups to even liaising closely with Christian movie reviewers.

Carson, who ran in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, was working in the private sector at the time, and there’s no indication he broke any laws. Neither Carson’s office nor Komov responded to ThinkProgress’ requests for comment.

https://thinkprogress.org/why-was-ben-carson-hanging-out-with-the-employee-of-this-sanctioned-russian-oligarch-konstantin-malofeev-alexey-komov-bdb4cd383eaa/


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It’s unclear if Carson includes meetings with sanctioned Russians and their employees in his vision of a “New World Order.'”

Other Russians have cozied up to Republicans at the same time the Kremlin was meddling in America’s political processes. Russian foreign agent Maria Butina managed to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA) and meet with numerous members of 2016 GOP presidential candidates like former governors Scott Walker (R-WI) and Bobby Jindal (R-LA), as well as directly question President Donald Trump during his campaign.

“There’s nothing surprising about seeing a picture of [Carson and Komov] together,” said scholar Chris Stroop, an expert on links between between Russia and the American religious right who received a doctorate from Stanford in Russian history. “Carson is precisely the type of radical right-wing Christian with which Komov is frequently able to cultivate comfortable relationships.”


FUCK YOU Ben Carson and everyone of your self righteous "christian values", including Jindal, Walker................we now have a fucking russian enabling HUD administrator...............traitor...................nothing more nothing less.
His right wing ass needs to be brought before a committee.................and ask about this cultivation bull shit

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turbinetree Jan 31 OP
underpants Jan 31 #1
2naSalit Jan 31 #2
aggiesal Jan 31 #12
underpants Jan 31 #17
Cha Jan 31 #18
kskiska Jan 31 #20
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 31 #3
northoftheborder Jan 31 #4
hedda_foil Jan 31 #5
erronis Jan 31 #7
FiveGoodMen Jan 31 #10
PunkinPi Jan 31 #6
TwistOneUp Jan 31 #8
SunSeeker Jan 31 #9
OnDoutside Jan 31 #11
dewsgirl Jan 31 #13
jmowreader Jan 31 #14
not fooled Jan 31 #15
Scurrilous Jan 31 #16
Doremus Jan 31 #19
Amaryllis Jan 31 #21
Blue Owl Feb 1 #22

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:32 PM

1. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out this trend

Just saying for a friend

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:42 PM

2. Even that

asswipe, Moore in Alabama, speaks russian. We should do a little test. Announce some vital warning in russian only in the Senate and House and see who heads to the tunnel first.

But I digress. This Sleepy dolt just may not be as sleepy as one might think. I think it's an act. He's in it up to his eyeballs.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 03:18 PM

12. Wanted to get the picture near the top of this discussion

A 2014 photo shows HUD Secretary Ben Carson (center) at a gala with Alexey Komov (right), the point-man for Russian efforts to cultivate ties with American fundamentalist Christians. CREDIT: TWITTER

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 03:43 PM

17. The fact that they went right to homeschoolers cracks me up

This may explain some Facebook posts I see.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 04:51 PM

18. No wonder Fuckhead Puppet chose Fuckhead

Carson for something.

Damn we have to get rid of these Literal Traitors.

Thanks for the pic, aggiessal

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 05:18 PM

20. Oh well, he must have just been consulting

on a case involving separating Siamese twins. Yeah, that's the ticket!

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:43 PM

3. Which of the Trumpers *wasn't* connected to dodgy Russians?

It does surprise me a bit that Carson stayed awake long enough to connect with them.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:51 PM

4. This is stomach churning info

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:51 PM

5. The Russian outreach to top xtian right leaders is horrifically brilliant.

The creeps at the top sold out to far right reptilian $$$ starting in the 70s with Jerry Falwell and company. Their only religion is money and Putin and his pals have rubles to burn. The rubes who fill the pews, watch on the tube and home-school their young will follow their "pastors" anywhere. They're perfect target for a politically re-christianized Russia to pluck.

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 01:59 PM

7. And to think that a lot of the evangelicals were sects/cults that fled Russia and Eastern Europe

to have some type of religious freedom in the US.

Now they want to ally themselves with the KGB agent who is trying to re-establish the USSR.

Weird what people will do with their heads up their colons.

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Response to erronis (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 02:23 PM

10. Well, the Puritans came to these shores seeking religious freedom...

...that they are still beating us over the head with to this day.

People seeking THEIR religious freedom rarely want the same for anyone else.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 01:58 PM

6. photo from link...


A 2014 photo shows HUD Secretary Ben Carson (center) at a gala with Alexey Komov (right), the point-man for Russian efforts to cultivate ties with American fundamentalist Christians. CREDIT: TWITTER

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 02:02 PM

8. He still hasn't explained...

His and his wife's rather expensive "taste" in decorating. He's another rethug who thinks he's "entitled" to the most expensive stuff because he's a christian.

Fuck him and the limo driver that drove him to DC.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 02:03 PM

9. K & R for exposure.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 02:36 PM

11. I wonder where Komov is now ?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 03:20 PM

13. Seriously who is not linked to Russians, amongst

these corrupt @ssholes. It's like a prerequisite.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 03:22 PM

14. This comes as no surprise

GOP now means “Gorky Oblast Party.” Right now you’d be hard pressed to find a R who wasn’t compromised.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 03:38 PM

15. No wonder the Russians thought they could roll this country

meeting with crackpot extremists whose brains are filled with RW nonsense, living in lala land.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 03:40 PM

16. K&R

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 04:54 PM

19. JHC Every single last one of them is compromised. Insignificant dolts included. nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 09:53 PM

21. ARen't Russia connections a requirement for cabinet pick? Who's surprised?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2019, 02:03 AM

22. Ben we know where you been

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