TAJ MAHAL STARS

A screen shot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.”

What can Taj Majal, one hundred pregnant Russian women, FBI 10 most wanted fugitives, Italian mob, aging pop-stars and your life have in common? From Central Asia to Miami, through thirty years of kitch — gold trophies, bejeweled camels and glitter — buckle up! Read on! And then decide — is that what you really want?

Left: Pop-art. “Wiat, what?” Right: A Russian agit-propaganda poster, 1930s. “DON’T CHAT! Be alert, during such times even walls have ears. From chatter and gossip it is a short way to treason.”

BABIES IN MIAMI

According to NBC News, Trump-branded buildings in the Sunny Isles Beach area north of Miami are particularly popular with the Russian birth tourists and even have a nickname “Little Russia.”
KGB+CIA=LOVE. A screen shot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.”

RUSSIANS — WHAT RUSSIANS?

Left: Donald Trump receives a gift of exclusive cufflinks with a gyroscopic device (sic) from a Russian jewelry company, Florida, 2016. What is gyroscopic device? I have no idea. Right: “Come, comrade, join our collective farm!” Poster, Agit-prop, 1920s.
Left: Pavel Uglanov, a Trump property owner, with Alexander Zaldostanov, leader of the “Night Wolves” nationalist biker gang. The Wolves, and Zaldostanov personally, were made subject to U.S. financial and travel restrictions. From FB photos. Right: Putin with Zaldostanov. WSJ.
Right: Uglanov, with the Russian Ambassador in the US Kislyak. From FB photos. Right: Trump and Kislyak. From Russian Embassy Twitter photos.
Left: Ivanka Trump with Elena Baranoff, Miami developer Michael Dezer and Erik and Don Jr. Trump in Moscow in front of the SpetsAvtoTsentr, a service center belonging to the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs on Russia (see below.) Photo from Ania.com
From GlavUpDk website.
Left: Elena Urova with Donald Trump. Photo from Elena Urova’s personal archives. Ms. Urova told Forum Daily: “Sunny Isles have changed dramatically, and to the best. In the past, there were many small motels located around her house, frequented by the underprivileged demographic groups, and that caused lots of inconveniences. ‘Loud Afro-Americans and young people in groups up to ten people per room occupied the motels and they made so much noise that often I had to call police. Now the population in Sunny is completely different — well-to-do, intelligentsia.’” Elena’s circle is mostly Russian stars residing in Miami. Right: “We are peaceful people, but our armored train is on the back tracks.”
Left: The Trumps with Bayrock/Sapir associates. Among them USA Today lists just some: a member of the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia; an investor in the SoHo project accused in a $55 million money-laundering scheme; three owners of Trump condos accused of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia, and more. Right: “Be careful with the fork!” Safety poster. 1920s.

GANGSTERS — WHAT GANGSTERS?

Left and right: Trump with the reputed mob figure, Robert LiButti, in the front row of a 1988 “WrestleMania” match in Atlantic City, N.J. LiButti wasn’t there by accident, according to his daughter, Edith Creamer, who also attended the event. “We were his guests,” she told Yahoo News in a text message.
Left: FBI arrests Ivankov in 1995. RIght: Ivankov. Photos from open sources, Internet archives.

In 1995, the FBI found Vyacheslav Ivankov (nicknamed “Little Japanese,”) labeled by the FBI and Interpol at the time of his arrest as the most powerful man in the Russian mob in the US, in Trump Tower, and later the Taj Mahal, Trump’s casino.

Left and right: Kubrik’s film visuals of Anthony Burgess’ Clockwork Orange. Center: Ivankov with Sergey Mikhailov (“Mikhas”).

KGB — WHAT KGB?

Left: The Russian President Putin, who started his career as a KGB agent, working for the Soviet Union’s state security apparatus from 1975 until 1991. Right: a newspaper article clip “A KGB COLONEL ROBBED ST.PETERSBURG,” reporting Putin’s theft of $122 million. The investigation died off.

They believe that the KGB recruited Ivankov during his prison term.

ROLLS ROYCE IN MOSCOW

Left: Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov (see below) and Felx Komarov. Right: Komarov and Ivankov.

“IS IT YOUR CASINO?” —“IT WAS YOUR CASINO. NOW IT’S OURS.”

Left: “The crew thanks Mr. Donald Trump, employees of casino Taj Majal and the state of New Jersey for the assistance with the production.“ ”A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.” Right: My Cup Runneth Over. Marjorie Strider,
Left: Black Swan. From Internet archives. Right: A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.”
Left: A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.” Right: Poster, “Orchestra Rehearsal” by Fellini. The film is a metaphor of politics and an observation on the role of a leader and mob mentality.
Left: A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.” Right: Joker.

TRUMP TAJ MAJAL

A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.”

“The Trump Organization admitted that it failed to implement and maintain an effective (anti-money laundering) program; failed to report suspicious transactions; failed to properly file required currency transaction reports; and failed to keep appropriate records as required by (the Bank Secrecy Act),” FinCen said in a statement.

POP-STARS

Alla Pugachova. Russian pop-star.
Youtube public video.
Left, center: Trump and Kirkorov at Taj Mahal in 1994. From CBS News.
Pugacheva in Trump Taj Majal.
Left: Article in eg-ru, 2002. Right: Pugachova and Luzkov. Internet arcives.
Left: Club “Dolls.” Moscow, 1994. From Internet archives. Right: Trump’s Rep with Russian Gambling Bosses. Daily Beast.

“LITTLE TAIWANESE”

Left: The Forbes List of the world’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives. Right: With Ivankov and a boxer Povetkin.
Tokhtakhounov on FBI and Interpol databases. Internet archives. Open sources.
Left: Tokhtakhounov and Pugacheva. Source: Interview with Tokhtakhounov. Right: Tokhtakhounov and Kirkorov. Screenshot from Russian source available on Internet.
Left: Kirkorov and Pugacheva (front) with Tokhtakhounov (in the back) in Paris, late 1990s. Source: Tokhtakhounov’s interview at Gordon.
Trump and Kirkorov (in the background) at Miss Universe in Moscow, 2013. Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Zuma, from Mother Jones
Left: Putin grants Kirkorov the honorary title “People’s Artist of Russia”. Right: Putin awards Kirkorov an Order of Honour . Mikhail Metzel/TASS
Left: A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.” Right: Kirkorov.

On Deribassovskaya street, the weather’s perfect —

On Brighton Beach, it’s raining, once again. Comedy.

Left: Kubrik’s Clockwork Orange. Right: A screenshot from 1992 film “Good Weather on Deribassovskaya; it rains again on Brighton Beach.”

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Zarina Zabrisky is the author of IRON and CUTE TOMBSTONE, EXPLOSION, a poetry book GREEN LIONS, and a novel WE, MONSTERS. More at www.zarinazabrisky.com.

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Zarina Zabrisky is the author of IRON and CUTE TOMBSTONE, EXPLOSION, a poetry book GREEN LIONS, and a novel WE, MONSTERS. More at www.zarinazabrisky.com.

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