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Sun Nov 5, 2017, 03:45 PM

Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaires Twitter and Facebook Investments

Leaked files show that a state-controlled bank in Moscow helped to fuel Yuri Milner’s ascent in Silicon Valley, where the Russia investigation has put tech companies under scrutiny.

In fall 2010, the Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner took the stage for a Q. and A. at a technology conference in San Francisco. Mr. Milner, whose holdings have included major stakes in Facebook and Twitter, is known for expounding on everything from the future of social media to the frontiers of space travel. But when someone asked a question that had swirled around his Silicon Valley ascent — who were his investors? — he did not answer, turning repeatedly to the moderator with a look of incomprehension.

Now, leaked documents examined by The New York Times offer a partial answer: Behind Mr. Milner’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were hundreds of millions of dollars from the Kremlin.

Obscured by a maze of offshore shell companies, the Twitter investment was backed by VTB, a Russian state-controlled bank often used for politically strategic deals.

And a big investor in Mr. Milner’s Facebook deal received financing from Gazprom Investholding, another government-controlled financial institution, according to the documents. They include a cache of records from the Bermuda law firm Appleby that were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and reviewed by The Times in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/world/yuri-milner-facebook-twitter-russia.html?_r=0

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Reply Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaires Twitter and Facebook Investments (Original post)
HAB911 Nov 2017 OP
Clarity2 Nov 2017 #1
HAB911 Nov 2017 #3
Clarity2 Nov 2017 #6
Clarity2 Nov 2017 #2
HAB911 Nov 2017 #4
lindysalsagal Nov 2017 #5
L. Coyote Nov 2017 #7
Scurrilous Nov 2017 #8
RandomAccess Nov 2017 #9

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:01 PM

1. Is this related

to the russian investor money back facebook & twitter took years ago? I can't remember the year, nothing except this news comes up in google. I think it was a half billion to facebook and can't remember the amt to twitter.

Suspiciously I tweeted about it many times on twitter, and very few results come up in twitter search about twitter/Russia investment money. It's like they're suppressing it in search results.

I just went into advanced twitter search using my own ID, and I can't even find my own tweets on the subject.

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Response to Clarity2 (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:07 PM

3. It feels like the dam is about to break on all things Russia related

hard to keep up with it all

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:38 PM

6. Yes

my brain hurts. I'm at my limit of tmi and can't retain any more info/facts in my head. lol

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:05 PM

2. I found an article

It was DST Global: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/media-and-marketing/russian-invests-400m-in-twitter-1.588384

And it was twitter that got almost half billion.

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Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:09 PM

4. "Coincidental" connections between Zuckerberg, Thiel, Trump, Russia and Goldman Sachs. [Thread]

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Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:21 PM

5. IMHO, maybe we shouldn't allow foreign $$ in our social media: Since it serves as news for millions.

I know we all love free-unregulated internets, but, rico laws were put in place so those with bad intentions cannot masqerade as small-business while actually owning the airwaves and other industries.

Internet freedom is an illusion when foreign governments are running them for their own purposes.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Sun Nov 5, 2017, 04:46 PM

7. Globalization of the money mafia.

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Sun Nov 5, 2017, 05:12 PM

8. K&R

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Sun Nov 5, 2017, 07:25 PM

9. Looks like we need some extreme vetting on Russians

 

wanting to come here.

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