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Mikhail Kryzhanovsky. "Bill Clinton and a secret of a century".

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Mikhail Kryzhanovsky. "Bill Clinton and a secret of a century".
In 1993 Vice President Gore and Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin signed a 20-year $12 billion deal under which Russia would ship its weapons-grade uranium to the United States (the actual value of such an amount of weapons-grade uranium, Russian experts calculate, would have been $12 trillion. They call this supersecret agreement one of the “crimes of the century.” Questions abound in any multibillion bribe with a former Russian President and a former US President involved. Ronald Brown most probably knew too much and tried to press Bill Clinton. (Besides, Brown was already under investigation by a special investigator and was about to be indicted with 54 others — and he spoke publicly of his willingness to “make a deal” with the prosecutors. Once the background to the situation is known, it becomes apparent he was not talking about the IRS. In a moment we’ll also look at several Russians who tried to investigate this crime and died mysteriously in Russia.

(There’s a very interesting Chinese “trace” too and his name is Wang Jun, the son of the late PRC President Wang Zhen, was Chairman of the China International Trade and Investment Company, the most powerful and visible conglomerate in China and the President of Polytechnologies Corporation, an arms-trading company and the largest and most profitable of the corporate structures owned by Chinese army. Wang was publicly known in the United States for his role in the 1996 presidential campaign finance scandal and for Polytechnologies’ indictment stemming from its 1996 attempt to smuggle 2,000 Chinese AK-47 assault rifles into the United states. He attended the White House “coffee” with President Clinton in February 1996 and met with Commerce Secretary Ronald Brown the following day. He was also connected to $600,000 in illegal campaign contributions made by Charlie Trie to the US Democratic National Committee )

Bill Clinton in his over 1,000-page memoir My Life (2004) wrote nothing about this “deal of a century.” Look,

“In the afternoon [April, 3, 1993] we [Clinton and Russian President Yeltsin] agreed on a way to institutionalize cooperation, with a commission headed by Vice President Gore and Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin. The idea was developed by Strobe [Talbott] and Georgi Mamedov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, and it worked better than any of us could have imagined, thanks largely to the consistent and concentrated efforts made over the years by Al Gore and his Russian counterparts in working through a host of difficult, contentious problems” [p. 507].

(What did you make of that? Nothing?)

“On January 30 [1996], Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin of Russia came to the White House for his sixth meeting with Al Gore. After they finished their commission business, Chernomyrdin came to see me to brief me on events in Russia and Yeltsin’s prospects for reelection” [p. 697].

(Again — nothing).

What idea was “developed” by Talbot?
What extremely secret commission was “headed by Gore and Chernomyrdin”?
Why Mr. Clinton was so happy that “it worked better than any of us could have imagined”?
What “difficult and contentious problems” were Al Gore and others working through?
What “commission business” did Al Gore and his partner finish on January 30, 1996?

File 1. Why did this secret Commission appear right after Bill Clinton entered the Oval Office in 1993 and what was the “business” President Clinton still doesn’t want to talk about?

At their summit meeting in Vancouver, in April 1993, President Clinton and President Yeltsin created the U.S.–Russian Joint Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation. Since then it has become known as the Gore–Chernomyrdin Commission (GCC), after its co-chairmen US Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin. The Commission’s original mandate was to support cooperation between the United States and Russia in the areas of space, energy and high technology.

In fact it was a ruse to mask work on a non-proliferation agreement to convert highly enriched uranium (HEU) taken from dismantled Russian nuclear warheads into low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel to be sold to customers in the USA and worldwide through the USEC (United States Enrichment Company). USEC was created in 1993 as a government corporation with the mission to restructure the US government’s uranium enrichment operation and to prepare it for sale to the private sector. (On April 26, 1996 Bill Clinton signed into law the USEC Privatization Act.) The HEU Agreement required the United States to purchase through USEC 500 metric tons, $12 billion worth, of HEU. Yes, that’s the market price, but President Yeltsin sold nearly the whole stock of Russia’s military uranium for one thousandth of its actual cost in terms of petroleum equivalent — one ton of military grade uranium is equivalent to 100 million tons of oil — or several Persian Gulfs). President Clinton was very interested in a contract and personally asked President Yeltsin to keep to its terms.

File 2. What documents we are talking about?

Gore–Chernomyrdin September 1–2, 1993 Russian-American Agreement on HEU deal. (The full document is not available).
Gore–Chernomyrdin January 6, 1996. The Russian Ministry of Atomic Energy and the US Department of Energy agreed to create a Russian-American Consortium on fuel elements to develop environmentally safe and marketable fuel cell power sources.
Gore–Chernomyrdin February 8, 1997. Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Research on Fundamental Properties of Matter. In a prelude to the U.S.–Russian summit in Helsinki, Gore and Chernomyrdin met in Washington to sign a joint statement on nuclear materials security and continued to make progress on other arms control related matters, such as implementation of the 1993 HEU Agreement.

File 3. Dead Russians.

Three Russian statesmen tried to investigate the Gore–Chernomyrdin deal — Ruvim Nureyev, Lev Rokhlin, Yuri Shchekotchikhin. All of them are dead now.

1. Ruvim Nureyev. The Russia Chief Inspector for Nuclear and Radiation Safety, who strongly opposed the deal, was found dead on the railroad tracks in June 1996. The incident was described as a suicide.
2. Lev Rokhlin. The Russian State Duma Deputy Lieutenant General Lev Rokhlin was a politician of rare honesty and brevity, who refused to accept the Hero of Russia Gold Star from Pavel Grachev, then Minister of Defense, because he believed Grachev was corrupt. Being elected to the Duma he fought government corruption and advocated the resignation of Russian President Yeltsin, who fought back and managed to remove Rokhlin from the Defense Committee chairmanship. In 1998 Rokhlin started his own official Gore–Chernomyrdin deal investigation, requested all confidential government agreements and a list of high-ranked officials involved (including Chernomyrdin and Adamov — see file #4 for this one). Lev Maximov, the Nuclear Technologies Institute Director, who helped Rokhlin to obtain the documents, received death threats.
On July 3, 1998 Rokhlin was shot three times and killed in his house while he was sleeping. His wife, Tamara Rokhlina, was arrested and testified that she killed him “for reasons of personal enmity.” She later recanted her testimony, saying she incriminated herself under threat. Rokhlin’s bodyguard, who was there that night, testified that he heard no gunshots (the killers used a silencer). Within days three more dead bodies were found in the vicinity of the Rokhlin household and were cremated before they could be identified. In November 2000, Rokhlina was convicted of murder and sentenced to 8 years in prison, but the Supreme Court overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial.

On October 2, 1998 the US Congress, taking into account that Lev Rokhlin was a former Russian State Duma Defense Committee Chairman, asked President Clinton to “urge the Russia Government to promptly and thoroughly investigate” the case. Of course, Bill Clinton was smart enough not to dig his own grave, and just ignored this resolution:

2nd Session
In the House of Representativese
October 2, 1998

Mr. WELDON of Pennsulvania (for himself, Mr. DICKETT, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mr. WATTS of Oklahoma, Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. GRANGER, Mr. PAPAS, and MR. CUNNINGHAM) submitted the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on International Relations:


Expressing sympathy to the family and collegues of Lev Yakovlevich Rokhlin, and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that President of the United States should urge the Russia Government to promptly and thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Lev Yakovlevich Rokhlin and to provide a full accounting of the circumstances as soon as practible, but no later than November 1999.
Whereas Lev Rokhlin assumed the chairmanship of the Defense Committee of the Duma and was the highest-ranking elected official in the Duma working on Defense issues…
Whereas Lev Rokhlin became involved in investigation of illegal arms from Russia to Armenia and other nations.
Wheras in October 1997, Lev Rokhlin advocated the resignation of President Yeltsyn.
Whereas attempts were made for 6 months to remove Lev Rokhlin from his Committee chairmanship.
Whereas on July 3,1998, Lev Rokhlin was stripped of the chairmanship of the Defense Committee, but maintained his position as a member of Duma.
Whereas on July 3,1998, Lev Rokhlin was shot in the head three times and killed.
Whereas members of Lev Rokhlin’s family have stated that Rokhlin’s wife, Tamara Pavlovna Rokhlina, was physically abused and was threatened with death unless she accepted responsibility for Lev Rokhlin’s murder.
Whereas Lev Rokhlin’s bodyguard, who was in the home the night of the murder, claimed that he heard no gunshots.
Whereas three bodies were cremated by the Moscow government authorities before they could be identified.
Whereas any inability of Russia to provide a full accounting of the circumstances surrounding the death of Lev Rokhlin would raise serious questions about the existence of a stable democratic system in Russia:

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved,, That –

(1)The House of representatives expresses sympathy to the family and collegues of Lev Rokhlin and :
(2)it is the senmse of the House of Representatives that the President of the United States should urge the Russian Government –
(A)to promptly and thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Lev Rokhlin;
(B) to provide a full accounting of circumstances as soon as practible, but not later than November,1999

3. Yuri Shchekotchikhin, a famous Russian reporter and corruption fighter, was elected to the Russian State Duma where he served as National Security Committee Deputy. After Rokhlin was murdered in 1998, Shchekotchikhin continued his Gore–Chernomyrdin investigation and concentrated his efforts in two directions: first, he tried to obtain the #1 Gore–Chernomyrdin Agreement (September 2, 1993), but President Yeltsin and, since 2000, President Putin denied the requests; second, he started a full-scale investigation into the Atomic Ministry corruption and — against Atomic Minister Adamov in person (again, see file 4). On June 16, 2003, he lost consciousness and was taken to the Central (Kremlin) Hospital. He was pronounced dead after lying still unconscious for 12 days. (The official diagnosis — a flu). All medical records are still classified, but experts insist he was poisoned by thallium or cadmium.

File 4. Who is Eugene Adamov?

Eugene Adamov

Professor Eugene Adamov was in 1986-1998 a Director of the NIKIET (a secret Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering), one of the Russia’s largest centers for nuclear reactors engineering for civil and military purposes. At the same time he was secretly involved in the Gore–Chernomyrdin deal as chief expert on the Russian side (even Russian Defense Minister Igor Rodionov knew nothing about it). On August 24, 1994 he opened the consulting and management company “Omeka, Ltd.” registered in Pennsylvania (by the end of 1999 the company had assets valued of $5,080,000) by his wife. In 1996 he signed a forged contract between NIKIET and “Omeka,” and opened other companies and banking accounts in Monaco, Switzerland and France to start money laundering the stolen funds the US Department of Energy provided Russia to improve safety at Russian nuclear facilities.

In 1998-2001 he was a Minister of Russia for Atomic Energy, then, in 2002-2004, adviser to the Chairman of Russian government, and finally, was back to NIKIET. On May 2, 2005 Adamov was arrested in Bern, Switzerland, and was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and to transfer stolen money and securities ($9 million), money laundering and tax evasion. US prosecutors demanded his extradition to the United States, but all of a sudden Russia did the same, asking to send Adamov back home where he would be faced a trial. Swiss authorities asked Adamov if he was willing to accept simplified extradition to the United States. He rejected that and Washington had to file a formal extradition request. The battle of titans began.

A regular crime with not too much money involved blew up into an international scandal. The American government’s insistence looked strange until Bill Clinton appeared on the stage on October 5, 2005 to save Adamov from 60 years in jail. (Of course, he didn’t show up himself. Adamov hired a lawyer — Lenny Breuer, a nice young fellow from the Washington, DC based “Covington & Burling.” Breuer had worked as a special Counsel to President Clinton in 1997-1999 and represented him in the presidential impeachment hearings and trial.

Now, it became clear — this was not a battle between Russia and USA, it was not a problem of international diplomacy or American justice — it was a battle between the Republicans and Democrats for the Oval Office in 2008. Bill Clinton had to win this struggle no matter what — if Adamov was extradited to America, he would “sing” everything on that lovely Gore-Chernomyrdin business and share his federal cell with the most best-looking American President of the 20th century. Meanwhile President Bush, a Republican, needed victory to remove the Clintons from the political arena forever. Clinton won. On December 18, 2005 the Swiss Supreme Court overturned a previous ruling by the Justice Ministry, which had said that Adamov must first face the US courts. On December 30, 2005 Adamov was extradited from Switzerland to Russia, thus opening the door to the Big Presidential Game 2008 for Hillary Clinton.