House of Trump, House of Putin

CRAIG UNGER


How Vladimir Putin and the Russian Mafia Helped Put Donald Trump in the White House


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House of Trump, House of Putin

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It’s wonderful that the Iron Curtain is gone, but it was a shield for the
West. Now we’ve opened the gates, and this is very dangerous for the
world. America is getting Russian criminals. Nobody will have the
resources to stop them. You people in the West don’t know our Mafiya
yet. You will, you will!
—Boris Urov, former chief investigator of major crimes for the Russian attorney general, circa 19931

Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO
DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!
—Donald Trump, January 11, 2017, via Twitter

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Craig Unger is the author of the New York Times bestselling House
of Bush, House of Saud. He appears frequently as an analyst on CNN,
the ABC Radio Network, and other broadcast outlets. The former
deputy editor of The New York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston
Magazine, he has written about this subject for Vanity Fair and The
New Yorker. He lives in New York City.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This book would not have been possible without the help of many
people. At Dutton, I was fortunate to have wonderful editing by editor
in chief John Parsley, who oversaw the book, and Brent Howard. I am
also grateful to Dutton publisher Christine Ball and president Ivan
Held, who assembled a terrific team that treated the book with the
highest level of professionalism. They include Maria Whelan, Amanda
Walker, Carrie Swetonic, Kayleigh George, Cassidy Sachs, Linda
Rosenberg, Susan Schwartz, Andrea St. Aubin, Aja Pollock, Nancy
Resnick, Dora Mak, Sabila Khan, Leigh Butler, and Chris Lin. I’d also
like to thank Penguin Publishing Group president Allison Dobson. My
thanks as well to Anke Steinecke for her comprehensive legal review.
My literary agent, David Kuhn, did a superb job of taking this
project from its inception to finding a great home for it at Dutton. He
and Lauren Sharp at Aevitas have been enormously supportive and
were always there with valuable advice throughout the entire process.
Parts of this book grew out of articles that appeared initially in The
New Republic and Vanity Fair. At The New Republic, I’m indebted to
former publisher Hamilton Fish and editors Eric Bates and Bob Moser
for editing my piece “Trump’s Russian Laundromat.” At Vanity Fair
online, I’d like to thank John Homans for editing “Why Robert
Mueller Has Trump SoHo in His Sights.”

I’m deeply indebted to my research assistant, Olga Lautman, a
wonderfully talented and resourceful investigator who opened the
doors to Russian-language websites and other sources, and who often
worked late into the night doing so much in so many ways to make this
book better. Similarly, I’d like to thank other members of my team,
including fact checker Ben Kalin, photo editor Cynthia Carris Alonso,
and my friend, photographer James Hamilton, for the author photo.

I want to thank fellow investigative reporters Richard Behar and
Anastasia Kirilenko for generously sharing related materials and their
views on the subject. Among the many people who were either
interview subjects or gave me assistance, I’d like to thank Anders
Åslund, Mark Galeotti, Alex Goldfarb, Ryan Goodman, Ze’ev Gordon,
Steve Halliwell, Julie Holstein, Scott Horton, Oleg Kalugin, Richard
Lerner, Bernard Lown, Ken Ann Marlowe, Kenneth McCallion, James
Moody, Frederick Oberlander, Nikos Passas, Tomasz Piatek, Nick
Pileggi, Howard Rosenberg, Sandra Rubin, Felix Sater, Anya Schiffrin,
Giannina Segnini, John Sipher, Jonathan Winer, Robert S. Wolf,
Sherman Teichman, and Beverly Zabriskie.

And I would also like to thank the many sources who helped me on
a background or not-for-attribution basis. Helpful as such sources
have been, this book also relies extensively on declassified government
documents, congressional investigations, and news accounts from
thousands of newspapers and journals from all over the world. I
should add that the endnotes provide a far more complete list of
people and sources that have contributed to this book.

It would have been impossible to research this book without the
Internet, and I am especially grateful to the people and institutions
who built the Internet research tools that enabled me to search
through such vast amounts of material from all over the world so
quickly. Wherever possible, I have cited relevant websites in the
endnotes. The reader should be advised, however, that Internet links
are not eternal and some web addresses may be out of date or dead.
Because I made a practice of citing original sources whenever possible,
a number of extraordinarily useful resources do not appear in my
endnotes nearly as often as they should. Among them, I’m particularly
grateful to the Kleptocracy Initiative Archive Project and the
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Many friends and colleagues helped either by contributing in one
way or another to the book itself or through much-needed moral
support. They include John Anderson, Sidney Blumenthal, Patricia
Bosworth and Doug Schwalbe, Edmundo Desnoes and Felicia
Rosshandler, David Duffy and Marcelline Thomson, Michael

Klebnikov and Alexandra Ourusoff, Clara Mulberry, and Cody Shearer.
I’m especially grateful to Susan Letteer, whose friendship, insight, and
support were so valuable.

Finally, my gratitude goes to my family—Chris, Shanti, Thomas,
Marley, and Miles; and Jimmy, Marie-Claude, Adam, Mel, and Otis;
Matthew and Jacelyn; Harlow and Richard Unger; and Romy-Michelle.


Contents
CHAPTER ONE
(VIRTUAL) WORLD WAR III

CHAPTER TWO
TRUMP’S BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE

CHAPTER THREE
MARRIED TO THE MOB

CHAPTER FOUR
BRIGHTON BEACH

CHAPTER FIVE
HONEY TRAP

CHAPTER SIX
GANGSTER’S PARADISE

CHAPTER SEVEN
THE BILLIONAIRE BOYS’ CLUB

CHAPTER EIGHT
MOGILEVICH’S BIG MOVE

CHAPTER NINE
TURN OF THE SCREW

CHAPTER TEN
THE MONEY PIPELINES

CHAPTER ELEVEN
EASY PREY

CHAPTER TWELVE
INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
BAYROCK

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
MOTH, FLAME

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
PUTIN’S REVENGE

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
BLOOD MONEY

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
WAR BY OTHER MEANS

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
THE BATTLE IS JOINED

CHAPTER NINETEEN
BACK CHANNELS

CHAPTER TWENTY
ENDGAME

TRUMP’S FIFTY-NINE RUSSIA CONNECTIONS
PHOTOGRAPHS

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