194 thoughts on “Alisher Usmanov

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  • April Showers

    La <vita è bella, life is good!

    . This symbol is used to represent either you or something sucks. More likely than not, the player is too lazy to write sucks and just goes right to the “<" symbol. Most people catch on what it means.


  • Uzbek in the UK

    April Showers,

    Many so called Russian oligarchs are actually not of Russian ethnic origin and Usmanov is one of them. He is Russian by citizenship and as he is very rich and very powerful Russians prefer to call him Russian. Unlike millions of others who were born in Uzbekistan he does not suffer humiliations, beatings and life threat from racists in Russia.

  • Uzbek in the UK

    I wonder how most of the comments to this post (about Usmanov and his polished wiki page) are actually related to it?

    I think Mr Murray you can post just few random letters and people here will discuss what they want anyway.

  • Indigo


    “Washington gets explicit: its ‘war on terror’ is permanent”

    “if they can pay for it”

    Since WWII the only way the US has maintained and increased it’s GDP is by military spending.

    With a total refusal to consider any type of social spending (which would enlarge the state!) it’s only war that can make their world go round …

  • Dreoilin


    I know that argument. But Paul Craig Roberts is interesting

    Washington Signals Dollar Deep Concerns

    “Over the past month there has been a statistically improbable concurrence of events that can only be explained as a conspiracy to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve’s policy of Quantitative Easing (QE) …”


    “When the dollar goes, Washington’s power goes, which is why the bullion market is rigged. Protect the power. That is the agenda. Is it another Washington over-reach?”

  • KingofWelshNoir

    Ah Dreoilin, be careful! You are touching on ‘The thread that dare not speak its name’, and for which Craig fashioned a special dungeon. At the risk of being dungeoned, I would say that the anomalies of the cellphone calls were well documented and exposed in the Troofer community years ago, though ignored by the mainstream media. Not sure why the WSJ is bringing it up now. Interestingly, both Virgin and Emirates proudly announced new technology in 2012 that would finally allow passengers to make cell phone calls at 20,000 ft, even though everyone could apparently do it in 2001. I’m off to the dungeon.

  • Dreoilin


    Although I’ve warned others off the subject, I think this is the first time I’ve actually transgressed, myself.

    Just to mention, the WSJ has a big note at the bottom: “The Wall Street Journal news department was not involved in the creation of this content.” (God forbid that we should be aligned with those mad troofers)

    I’ll join you down there shortly.

  • Mark Golding - Children of Conflict

    Tormented shouts heard from the caverns of the dungeon:

    “September 11, 2001 seems destined to be the watershed event of our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes. The evidence of government complicity in the lead-up to the events, the failure to respond during the event, and the astounding lack of any meaningful investigation afterwards, as well as the ignoring of evidence turned up by others that renders the official explanation impossible, may signal the end of the American experiment.

    It has been used to justify all manner of measures to legalize repression at home and as a pretext for behaving as an aggressive empire abroad. Until we demand an independent, honest, and thorough investigation and accountability for those whose action and inaction led to those events and the cover-up, our republic and our Constitution remain in the gravest danger.”

    Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, US Marine Corps (ret.)

  • April Showers

    I agree there Mark. The planned evil of the war on terrrrr flowed from it.

  • Horseman Joe

    And please desist with your misplaced WWII fascist vocabulary … it’s an insult to the victims of that war.

    Don’t be a numpty. The Blackshirts began in 1919 and have no special particular association with WWII.

  • Horseman Joe

    by the way, happy Pentecost

    13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

    14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

    15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

    Well, I’m starting now.

  • Indigo


    At the risk of getting banned before I’ve hardly begun (takes a long time to start on this blog) … all I’ll say is, ‘Interesting’ … I now have the questions more or less answered that I had when I read the news earlier in the month.

    Reminds me of reports at the time of the invasion of Iraq regarding Saddam’s wish to change from petro-dollars to petro-euros …

  • Komodo

    Admit it, Craig. You saw your name in lights…

    The alleged here is not only unverified rumors, but also including Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, who said Usmanov is one of the most serious mafia territory of the former Soviet Union. Murray claims Usmanov to Putin on behalf of independent Russian media silence work sheets and labels by buying.
    (Google Translate – cut and pasted in and out)

    Rearrange the words a bit and you get the general drift.

    Sorry to disobey.
    There doesn’t seem to be a ‘notranslate’ clause in the page code, anyway. Incompetence rather than malice, maybe.

    (I know doesn’t work. Otherwise half the posts here would be in green, er, ink.)

  • Indigo

    @Horseman Joe

    Yeah … I know …

    It happens occasionally when I get exasperated … as I was with repeated over-the-top references to fascism when discussing a rowdy-ish group of left wing students.

  • Dreoilin


    Saddam did change to petro-euros.

    And Iran is attempting to do the same

    (And Gaddafi had hoped to introduce a new Pan-African currency, apparently. I don’t think he got much encouragement from the African Union though.)

    I don’t pretend to know all about currency issues, but if the dollar loses reserve currency status, the USA is sunk.

    “The No. 1 security issue we have as a nation is the preservation of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency,” said Michael Pento, president of Pento Portfolio Strategies. “It’s a thousand times more important than a nuclear bomb being tested by North Korea. It’s a thousand times more important that we keep the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, and yet we are doing everything to abuse that status.”



    “Rearrange the words a bit and you get the general drift.”

    I tried, Komodo. I really did. And I appreciate that you were trying to get back on topic. But my rearranging didn’t work very well.

  • April Showers

    BREAKING NEWS:Police have searched the Westminster offices of an MP whilst investigating a ‘serious arrestable offence’, Commons Speaker says.

    Who?? Why is Bercow announcing it?

    PS Had you heard that MPs want £10k pa more salary. Bercow has already had his uplift.

    COMMONS Speaker John Bercow has taken a pay rise — while the Cabinet are on a five-year freeze.

    The hike means he will soon be paid more than the Prime Minister.

    And it comes despite David Cameron and ministers waiving a rise to save taxpayers £3million.

    Mr Bercow, 50, also the MP for Buckingham, has frozen the office-holder part of his salary until the 2015 election.

    But he HAS accepted the one per cent hike awarded to MPs.

    That takes his overall deal to £142,162 — and when next year’s £664 rise kicks in he will top the PM’s £142,500 salary.

    He now earns £8,000 more than a minister.

    Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “John Bercow is acting as if he is above the example other politicians are setting.

    “With families struggling as their pay is frozen his choice sends out a powerful message. He should rethink.”

    Mr Bercow has also been blasted for not giving up his Speaker’s pension and blocking details of a tax bill on his grace-and-favour flat.

    A Commons spokesman said: “The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority sets MPs salaries. The Speaker doesn’t think it right to second guess its decision.”

    Judgement is awaited on the Sally Bercow/Lord McAlpine libel case.

  • fedup

    China, Russia to dump US dollar for bilateral trade

    Although in an attempt to soften the blow, the article injects a bit of optimism:

    However, the move is not aimed at challenging the dollar but to protect their economies, as the countries started exploring other options in the wake of the global financial crisis.

    However in the interest of staying relevant the site carries this article too (note the dates):

    China-Russia currency agreement further threatens U.S. dollar

    Which concludes:

    This latest move — a continuation in a series of efforts by both countries to move away from U.S. dollar usage in international trade — further threatens the dollar’s reserve currency status.

    The old shite spewed about the attacks on countries that are no longer prepared to be playing musical chairs; in the recycling of the petro-dollars, is yet another attempt of the warmongers to sell yet another war, and justify even more mega deaths rained on innocent people. This is done through trying to hit the individual “voter” (serf/moron/useful idiot) in the pocket and garner support for the war of the greedy bastards bent on sequestrating the planet by force.

    However, there is a more pressing matter at hand. The identity of the high powered leaker (Sir John Stevens), whom has been protected by the efforts of Metropolitan Police to gag the Leveson Inquiry over claims that one of Blair’s top officers sold secrets to the News of the World

  • April Showers

    Security News & Updates

    The latest news, updates and headlines from the Protector HQ.
    Posted on February 14th, 2013

    Protector Group set for expansion after Lord Stevens buys more shares

    Security company Protector Group is on the verge of a major expansion after former Metropolitan and Northumbria Police chief Lord Stevens took a controlling interest in the firm.

    The former top policeman is aiming to turn the Gateshead group into a major international brand after upping his stake by buying shares from company founder John Harvey.

    It means Newcastle-based Mercer Street Marketing and Consulting, set up by Lord Stevens and the late Freddie Fletcher, the former chief executive of Newcastle United, now has a 57.5% share in the company.

    Lord Stevens is already chairman of the group and will take a more hands-on approach together with managing director Derrick Halliwell.

    Halliwell said: “They’ve pretty much swapped over so Lord Stevens can be the biggest shareholder. He’s not a person for failure. He’s put his line in the sand.”


  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    Komodo @ 4:25

    Does he have a history? I am very suspicious of sexual allegations.

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