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Obama gave Putin criminal's name: 'Mubariz Mansimov' (Article One)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

A few days ago, Turkish media reported a loud arrest in Istanbul of the well-known billionaire of Azerbaijani origin, Mubariz Mansimov. Of course, Mansimov does not need a special introduction, for he gained great notoriety in Russia, Turkey and in his historical homeland - in Azerbaijan - and in many other countries. The business empire of the oligarch, whose fortune according to Forbes magazine for 2015 amounted to 1 billion 300 million dollars, extended from Turkey to the Persian Gulf, from Israel to Syria, from Azerbaijan to Philadelphia...

An impressive list of the countries, where the richest man's shipping business was concentrated, can accommodate dozens of countries. The issue is not about the arrest of an ordinary oligarch from the Bosphorus, but the seventh most important businessman on the list of billionaires in Turkey. Just a few years ago, Forbes determined Mansimov's place of honour in the list of thousands of influential billionaires of the world.

Mansimov left behind a large pulp fiction

Quite compelling reasons and a convincing evidence base were required for the arrest of an oligarch of this magnitude. 'I trust the legal and judicial system of Turkey. This is a serious country,' Mansimov was repeatedly saying on the eve of his arrest in his interviews, as well as on his personal pages very popular on the Web. Mansimov did not trust the judicial system of Russia, where his interests clashed with another prominent oligarch of Azerbaijani origin, Vagit Alekperov. And not only because the turkified soviet person, a graduate of the legendary Nakhchivansky Baku military school, and then Rostov University, was utterly losing the lawsuits to his spiritual father Vagit Alekperov. Mansimov also did not trust the judicial systems of Israel, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam and other international arbitration courts, otherwise he would have followed the eloquent experience of Khodorkovsky and the precedent of the Yukos company, which had defended its reputation and rights in the highest arbitration courts of the world.

Mansimov was not allowed to reach the world arbitration by the Achilles heel. The founder of the world renowned Palmali company only blackmailed and threatened his competitors with an international tribunal. No more than that. Mansimov's shipping business has remained under the waves of the global criminal system. And this vicious path led Mansimov to an even more dangerous path of political terror.

By and large, the combined criminal gang, which turned out to include an insatiable semi-criminal element, covered all segments of the Middle Eastern criminal mafia system: from transporting illegal oil to connecting with terrorist groups, from controlling drug trafficking to contract killings... During the last ten years of his illegal activities, Mansimov got in the field of view of the world's leading intelligence agencies, as well as influential Western political institutions, modelling the situation in the Persian Gulf region.

Episode One: Mansimov's fate was predetermined by Putin's talks with Obama

In 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama discussed in detail the problem of blocking the financing channels of the ISIL terrorist group, powerful at that time. Recall that from 2013 to 2018, this non-systemic Islamist quasi-state controlled most of the territories of Iraq and Syria, played a decisive role in Afghanistan, Egypt and Yemen, was permanently involved in internal processes in Nigeria and Somalia, Tunisia and the Philippines... World leaders in negotiations came to the main consensus: to block the channel for financing the main terrorist threat to the West and Russia. And according to information from competent sources of Novaya Gazeta, at a summit meeting Obama first asked the Russian president about Mubariz Mansimov.

Obama gives Putin the main criminal's name

American intelligence only went on the trail of one influential company -- Palmali Shipping & Agency JSC -- which was engaged in the supply of ISIL oil. Indeed, the main source of income for the 'Islamic state' was illegal oil exports. It was through the sale of oil that the financing of military operations in Iraq and Syria was carried out. ISIL produced about 40 thousand barrels of oil a day, and this brought fabulous profits to the terrorists of one and a half million dollars a day! The largest oil fields in the Deir ez-Zor region, as well as deposits in Mosul, were controlled by ISIL. In the same years, Palmali, owned by Mansimov, controlled up to 75% of oil transportation from the White to the Black Sea. And as is known, since 1998, Mansimov moved his headquarters to Istanbul, adopted Turkish citizenship and the new surname Gurbanoglu.

And so, on the eve of intense negotiations between Putin and Obama -- the meeting in New York lasted for an hour and a half -- Novaya Gazeta launched a sensational investigation into the export route for ISIL oil to the port of Ceyhan. Sources of Novaya Gazeta spoke about tankers chartered by Mubariz Mansimov's company.

Episode Two: Report by Jana Hybášková

About a year before Putin met with Obama, in September 2014, EU Ambassador to Iraq Jana Hybášková had made a sensational presentation at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. The European ambassador openly spoke about the trade in ISIL oil, indicating that some EU countries are buying oil from ISIL. Although on 29 July 2014, the UN Security Council issued a special statement on the inadmissibility of oil trade with the terrorist ISIL.

Jana Hybášková's report also included the name of the owner of the largest shipping company, Mubariz Gurbanoglu as the creator of the route for transporting Mosul oil and the organiser of deliveries to some Western countries.

A convoy of oil in Iraq embodied a convoy of death

Episode Three: Investigation of journalist Thierry Meyssan

On the eve of the meeting between Putin and Obama, at which the American leader first announced the name of the inspirer and organiser of the transportation routes for oil seized by the terrorists, the famous French newspaper Le Figaro published well-known French journalist Thierry Meyssan's journalistic investigation into the mechanisms of illegal transportation of oil by ISIL. The journalist's conclusion fully coincided with Novaya Gazeta's information and Jana Hybášková's report: the illegal oil produced by the 'Islamic state' terrorist organisation was transported to some Western countries and Israel by Palmali Shipping & Agency JSC, which was owned by the very same Mubariz Mansimov.

Episode Four: Sanctions of the Government of Iraq against Mansimov

In the same 2015, special services and law enforcement agencies of Iraq began an investigation into the activities of Mansimov's company in this country. The excavations of experts reveal another crime of the criminal oligarch in Iraq. It turns out that in addition to transporting ISIL oil, Mansimov was directly involved in the transportation of Kurdish smuggled oil to Europe. According to the Iraqi Constitution, Kurdistan receives only 17 per cent of the profits from the sale of Iraqi oil. Moreover, any transportation of oil from Iraqi territory, including from the autonomy of Iraqi Kurdistan, can be carried out only with the permission of official Baghdad. However, having entered into separate negotiations with the administration of Iraqi Kurdistan, Mansimov, without coordination with the federal government, was directly involved in the illicit trade in smuggled products. Official Baghdad imposed personal sanctions against Mansimov and prohibited tankers of the same notorious company Palmali Shipping & Agency JSC from entering Iraqi ports and participating in oil transportation...

Thus, at the level of the world's leading intelligence agencies, world-renowned media and influential diplomats, Mubariz Mansimov personally and his company Palmali Shipping & Agency JSC were caught in illegal smuggling of oil, connections with the main terrorist organisation in the world and the separatist movement in Iraq. The main thing in the supply of contraband oil was that Mansimov exported ISIL oil to Europe, which caused the first suspicions of the special services.

Mansimov got Kurdish oil too

Episode Five: Break with Vagit Alekperov, Mansimov is drowned in Russia

For many decades, Mansimov has presented the owner of the Russian LUKOIL, Vagit Alekperov as his mentor and best friend. But literally in 2016, the Azerbaijani-Turkish oligarch had problems with Vagit Alekperov himself. Having lost an important energy tool in the strategic region of the Persian Gulf, Mansimov found himself in a pre-bankrupt state. And Vagit Alekperov himself declared this to the whole world: 'Today, you know, Palmali is in a pre-bankrupt state. I think this is just to get attention. We have a document signed by Palmali, where they signed in 2015 that there are no complaints against us.'

During this period, Mansimov is engaged in the transportation of Kazakh, Azerbaijani, Russian and Turkmen hydrocarbons. However, suddenly Vagit Alekperov interrupts cooperation with the head of the largest shipping company in the region, declaring Mansimov himself bankrupt.

Alekperov told the bitter truth about Mansimov

What did Mansimov do with respect to his benefactor, to whom he owed essentially everything in life? The bankrupt oligarch began a propaganda campaign against the head of LUKOIL. Apparently, the extremely cautious, prudent and rational Vagit Alekperov, shocked by Mansimov's open connections with terrorist organisations and his direct involvement in the transportation of smuggled oil, as the world press had convincingly written, did not want to connect the reputation of his company with the tarnished reputation of the head of the organised crime group.

However, Mansimov rushed into battle with LUKOIL. With clenched fists! A few months later, in September 2017, Mubariz Mansimov announces that he had filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of Great Britain for $2 billion against Litasco, a subsidiary trading company of LUKOIL.

Episode Six: Criminal proceedings in Russia

A few months later, in January 2016, the Southern Investigation Directorate for Transport of the Investigative Committee of Russia, based on the materials of the Federal Tax Service (FTS) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, opened a criminal case against the director of Palmali LLC Alexey Mikhelev. Mansimov's representative in Russia was suspected of committing a crime under subsection 'b' part 2 of Article 199 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (tax evasion by an organisation on an especially large scale). Mansimovss company in Russia was evading the payment of taxes worth more than 1.2 billion roubles.

And now about the details of another crime of Mubariz Mansimov, this time in Russia. At the end of 2013, Palmali Gemi Hizmetlerive Agentelik Anonim Sirketi (registered in Istanbul), which owned Palmali LLC, decided to sell the Russian company. Palmali Holding Co. Ltd, a Malta-based company, acted as a buyer. The ultimate owner of both companies was Mubariz Mansimov.

According to the report of the reputable audit firm Deloitte Malta, the company was subsequently sold for $230 million, as indicated in the corresponding agreement signed on 27 December 2013.

Under this agreement, Palmali Gemi Hizmetlerive Agentelik Anonim Sirketi received in 2013 from Palmali Holding Co. Ltd an advance payment of $140 million, and in 2014 a second payment of $90 million followed. However, Palmali Holding Co. Ltd took complete control over Palmali LLC only on 1 January 2014.

The most interesting thing was that the contract of sale registered in Russia of a 100% stake in the authorised capital of Palmali LLC between Palmali Gemi Hizmetlerive Agentelik Anonim Sirketi and Palmali Holding Co. Ltd was concluded only on 5 November 2015, and on 13 November of the same year, the new founder of Palmali LLC, Palmali Holding Co. Ltd was added to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities. But the contract of sale no longer listed the sum of $230 million, but only $6,112,377, i.e. almost 38 times less.

Episode Seven: Alliance with thief-in-law Rovshan Lenkoransky. Control over heroin route

TO BE CONTINUED...

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