U.S. Politicians Are Clearly Pro-Putin, Financier Says

Zinger Key Points
  • Putin's "influence" over the last 22 years "has not stopped,” Browder said.
  • There are "premier league" and lower-level western politicians working to ensure Russia's interests are being served.
U.S. Politicians Are Clearly Pro-Putin, Financier Says

Political activist and financier Bill Browder is putting U.S. representatives and world leaders on notice for either supporting Russia, or openly accepting donations from the Vladimir Putin regime.

There is “no question” that western politicians still accept money from Russia, even after its invasion of Ukraine, he said.

Browder cited Republican Congress members Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and Madison Cawthorn, as well as Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for being pro-Putin.

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What Happened? In a recent conversation with independent Russian TV station “Rain,” Browder alleged that Orban and Berlusconi are cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The influence operations that the Putin regime over the last 22 years has not stopped,” he said. “There are [westerrn politicians] who still are trying to undermine any tough action — for example, you have Viktor Orban, who is clearly on [Kremlin] payroll.”

On Sept. 26, during a parliamentary meeting in Budapest, Orban lambasted the European Union (EU) for its sanctions against Russia, claiming they had the unintended consequence of raising energy prices.

Often at odds with the EU over a number of his policies that were seen as anti-democratic in Brussels, Orban advocated a ceasefire to put an end to the conflict and said that the sanctions against Russia were hurting Europe's economy.

“You have Berlusconi — I don’t know if he’s taking bribes, or he’s just an old foolish man who's supporting Putin,” Browder continued.

Berlusconi, who led four different administrations as prime minister (each one marred by scandalous extramarital affairs, bad judgment and poor decision-making) backed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, claiming Putin was forced into the fight.

Berlusconi reportedly said Russian troops were meant to replace the Ukrainian government with "decent people" and then leave.

“You have Gerhard Schröder, who is doing the same thing,” Browder said.

German lobbyist and former politician Gerhard Fritz Kurt "Gerd" Schröder presided as chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005.

Putin called Schröder 17 days after he stepped down as Germany's chancellor.

Putin was pressuring Schröder to accept a position as chair of Nord Stream's shareholder committee, the organization under Russian control responsible for constructing the first undersea gas pipeline to link Germany and Russia.

He is still the Chairman of Nord Stream AG's Shareholders' Committee.

Schröder resigned from the Rosneft board in May and declined a position on the supervisory board of Gazprom, a major player in the gas industry.

However, he has maintained close ties with the Kremlin.

“Those are the premier league western enablers,” Browder said, “but you have [politicians] at sort of the next levels down who are either quietly working on projects for the Kremlin, or waiting for their moment — I’m 100% sure this operation continues.”

“There’s even people in the U.S Congress,” he explained, “if you look at the people who voted against Finland and Sweden joining NATO — you have Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and Madison Cawthorn — these are all hardcore, far-right, pro-Trump, pro-MAGA, pro-Putin members of Congress.”

He even went on to talk about U.S media pundits who are Russian sympathizers.

“You have Tucker Carlson who’s openly supporting Russia against Ukraine," Browder said of the Fox Corp. FOXA prime timer.

See Also: Congress Members Buying Energy, Defense Stocks Ahead Of Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine

Why It Matters: The U.S. State Department warned U.S. embassies that Russia had secretly transferred more than $300 million to foreign political parties and candidates since 2014 in an effort to sway elections in more than two dozen countries.

More than 100 nations were informed of the U.S.'s findings, and authorities sent more in-depth material to those they believe the Kremlin targeted, including Albania, Bosnia, Madagascar and Montenegro.

And in the U.S., Putin authorized "influence operations aimed at denigrating President Biden's candidacy and the Democratic Party, supporting Trump, undermining public confidence in the electoral process and exacerbating socio-political divisions in the U.S," U.S. intelligence concluded.

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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