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Benevolent Misanthrope: GTBW.
TheOther: Benevolent Misanthrope: GTBW.??
OscarTamerz: Armand Hammer was a big bootlegger and associate of Murder Incorporated and Meyer Lansky. He was an MD who graduated from Columbia and under prohibition regulations as a doctor he was able to buy tincture of ginger which was 95% alcohol with ginger flavoring. He got rid of the ginger with carbon filtration and resold it as vodka, gin etc through Lansky's bootlegging operations. Meyer Lansky was so well connected that when he was in prison at the beginning of WWII the US Navy high command sprung him on the pretext he would be useful in protecting the harbors from saboteurs. Hammer took the money he made from bootlegging and went to the USSR and bought up most of the Romanov's Faberge egg collection and thus bankrolled the commies. In gratitude they gave him marketing rights to the USSR's oil production and export licenses for the Faberge Eggs. The corporation was Occidental Petroleum and he became fantastically rich and was also the paymaster for the KGB bankrolling the KGB ops in the US and the rest of the western hemisphere from the profits off the oil sales until the end of his life in 1990. He also ran Gore Sr. who worked for Occidental before his election to the Senate and was instrumental in Gore Jr. getting into the senate and also contributed to Nixon's campaign. Any missing pieces would most likely be in the hands of the Hammer family passed down off the books so as not to incur any estate taxes.
puffy999: Putin would just shove them up his ass while molesting a little boy, anyway, so maybe it's good that some are gone.
pit and pendulum: Ninotchka took 'em.
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