Jan 162018
 

Was There Clinton/Russian Collusion in Garland County?

by Clay Herrmann

Hillary Clinton is accused of direct involvement in suspected corruption involving a 2010 uranium deal with Russia. (Associated Press/File)

One of the principal suppliers in America of the strategically important element vanadium and vanadium compounds is now owned by a Russian company with very close associations to the Kremlin.

Two important and as of yet unanswered “pay to play” themed questions about the Russian vanadium acquisition in Garland County, Arkansas are:
 
1) Was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton involved in procuring U.S. Government final approval for sale of Stratcor and U.S. Vanadium holdings in Garland County, Arkansas to the Russians?
 
2) Did the Clinton Foundation receive a generous “charitable donation” directly or indirectly from Evraz, coincidental in timing to government approval of the transaction?
 
EVRAZ STRATCOR, INC. filed in Arkansas as a foreign (Delaware) corporation on 3/27/1986, but deeds transferring the real estate assets of U.S. Vanadium Corporation (book 3360 pages 909-918) and Stratcor, Inc. (book 3360 page 919-923) to Evraz Stratcor, Inc. were not executed until June 13, 2012 and recorded five days later on June 18, 2012. On their company website, Evraz states that their ownership share of EVRAZ STRATCOR is 100%. Hillary Clinton’s term as United States Secretary of State was from 2009-2013.
 

Perhaps the Uranium One deal is not the only Russian acquisition of strategic mineral resources in America that deserves close examination. The information necessary to answer the previous two questions (whether “yes” or “no”) includes Clinton Foundation donation records, and records detailing  the Participation of U.S. officials in approving sales of U.S. strategic mineral resources to foreign interests, which is not currently readily available to the public. The elected Arkansas official most likely to have access to definitive answers is probably Senator Tom Cotton, because of his close association and involvement with the U.S. Intelligence Community and their resources. Garland County Info would welcome Senator Cotton’s input on this topic, as well as input from any other officials who may be able to provide enlightenment.

The metal Vanadium was unknown to mankind for most of human history. Not discovered until the early 1800’s, it’s elemental symbol is the letter “V” with an atomic weight of 23 sitting between Titanium and Chromium on the Periodic Table of the Elements. The first large-scale use of vanadium did not occur until the early 1900’s as a steel alloying additive used in Ford Model T automobile chassis production, increasing tensile strength and allowing for overall weight reduction.

The following statement comes from the Evraz company website: “EVRAZ Stratcor’s unique facilities at its Hot Springs, Arkansas plant produce up to 12 million pounds per year of the highest-purity vanadium oxide in the world. Some of this oxide is then converted into vanadium-aluminum that meets the critical-quality requirements of titanium alloys used in jet aircraft and other aerospace applications. Hot Springs also converts this vanadium oxide into many specialty products that play a vital role in the production of chemicals, petrochemicals, gases, and storage batteries. Hot Springs oxide is also the vanadium source for ferrovanadium that strengthens steel.”

 
Fifteen officers of the Evraz management team and eight members of the Board of Directors are profiled on the company’s official website. This includes Russian billionaire Evraz CEO Aleksandr Vladimirovich Frolov, and Russian billionaire Evraz Chairman Alexander Grigoryevich Abramov.
 
Roman Abramovich on the right and his private jet a runway on the left

Of particular significance, Evraz’s largest single stock holder is the prominent Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. In a June 2006 business story, The Guardian reported that Abramovich had purchased 41.3% of Evraz. Some details from wikipedia about the man who owns the biggest slice of the Evraz pie include the following:
 
Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich (Russian: Рома́н Арка́дьевич Абрамо́вич, pronounced [rɐˈman ɐrˈkadʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ɐbrɐˈmovʲɪtɕ]; born 24 October 1966) is a Russian billionaire businessman, investor, and politician. Abramovich is the primary owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC, and is best known outside Russia as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, a Premier League football club. According to Forbes 2016 billionaire list, Abramovich’s net worth was US$7.6 billion, making him the 13th-richest person in Russia, and the 151st-richest person in the world.The same year, The Sunday Times estimated his net worth at ₤6.40 billion.
 
Relationship with Kremlin:
By 1996, at the age of 30, Abramovich had become close to President Boris Yeltsin, and had moved into an apartment inside the Kremlin at the invitation of the Yeltsin family.
 
In 1999, the 33-year-old Abramovich was elected governor of the Russian province of Chukotka. He ran for a second term as governor in 2005. The Kremlin press service reported that Abramovich’s name had been sent for approval as governor for another term to Chukotka’s local parliament, which confirmed his appointment on 21 October 2005.
 
Abramovich was the first person to originally recommend to Yeltsin that Vladimir Putin be his successor as the Russian president. When Putin formed his first cabinet as Prime Minister in 1999, Abramovich interviewed each of the candidates for cabinet positions before they were approved. Subsequently, Abramovich would remain one of Putin’s closest confidants. In 2007 Putin consulted in meetings with Abramovich on the question of who should be his successor as president; Medvedev was personally recommended by Abramovich.
 
Within the Kremlin, Abramovich is referred to as “Mr A”.
 
Yachts:
Abramovich has become the world’s greatest spender on luxury yachts, and always maintains a fleet of yachts which the media have called “Abramovich’s Navy”:
 
Current boats: Eclipse 162.5 metres (533 ft) – Built in Germany by Blohm + Voss, she was launched in September 2009. Abramovich was due to take delivery of the yacht in December 2009, but was delayed for almost a year after extensive sea trials. The yacht’s interior and exterior were designed by Terence Disdale. Eclipse is believed to have cost Abramovich around US $400 million, and was, when delivered, the world’s largest privately owned yacht, having been eclipsed in 2013 by the 180 metres (590 ft) Azzam. The specification includes at least two swimming pools, a cinema, two helicopter landing-pads, several on-board tenders and a submarine. She has been reported to have an “anti-paparazzi” photo-shield system installed.
 
Aircraft:
He owns a private Boeing 767-33A/ER, registered in Aruba as P4-MES. It is known as The Bandit due to its livery. Originally the aircraft was ordered by Hawaiian Airlines but the order was cancelled and Abramovich bought it from Boeing and refitted it to his own requirements by Andrew Winch, who designed the interior and exterior. The aircraft was estimated in 2016 to cost US$74 million and its interior is reported to include a 30-seat dining room, a boardroom, master bedrooms, luxury bathrooms with showers, and a spacious living room. The aircraft has the same air missile avoidance system as the Air Force One. Abramovich also owns a Dassault Falcon 7X with registration LX-MES. It’s called the Mini Bandit due to having a similar livery to The Bandit.
 
New Year’s Eve celebrations:
In 2009, Abramovich had Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani and Prince sing at his New Year’s Eve event at his estate on the Caribbean island of St Bart’s. In 2011, Abramovich hired the Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform for a reported £5m. The performance by Red Hot Chili Peppers included a special appearance from Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. Abramovich reportedly spent £5 million on a total of 300 guests, including George Lucas, Martha Stewart, Marc Jacobs and Jimmy Buffett. In 2014, Abramovich hired British singer Robbie Williams to headline a New Year’s dinner for President Putin’s “inner circle”. The party took place in Moscow and appears to have been the inspiration for Williams’ song “Party Like a Russian“.
 

CIA A-12 Oxcart and USAF SR-71 – Can you tell which is which?

Does it matter that foreign companies own strategic mineral resources such as Uranium One and Evraz Stratcor? There are national security implications. As an example, consider that during the Cold War America needed enormous quantities of titanium that it didn’t have for super-secret development of successors to the U-2 spy plane, the CIA A-12 Oxcart and USAF SR-71 Blackbird. The CIA set up shell companies in numerous foreign countries through which they successfully purchased large quantities of titanium from the primary target of their Cold War surveillance, by surreptitiously placing many relatively small orders from countries that Russia was willing to sell the strategic mineral to.

Directly purchasing Russian mines and processing plants on Russian soil, as Russians have recently done in America, was evidently not a feasible option for America during The Cold War with the Soviet Union.

 

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