Why does MAGA Mike Johnson oppose aid to Ukraine? Follow the money. Rubles that is.
“A group of Russian nationals donated to newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson’s campaign in 2018… One of the men behind the company, Nikolaev, an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was also found to have financially backed Maria Butina, a Russian citizen. Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2019 after admitting to acting as an unregistered foreign agent to infiltrate conservative political groups and influence foreign policy to Russia’s benefit before and after the 2016 election.” – Newsweek
Follow the money, and Russian influence operations into the Trump campaign and the GOP with this relationship map.
American Ethane – majority owned by Russians
Three Russian nationals owned 88% of American Ethane: Konstantin Nikolaev, Mikhail Yuriev and Andrey Kunatbaev. “Worth slightly more than $1 billion, Mr. Nikolaev, together with two partners, owns about a third of Globaltrans, one of Russia’s largest rail car operators, and the trio recently sold a major stake in a port business. He also sits on the board of American Ethane.” – NY Times
Nikolaev, an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was also found to have financially backed Maria Butina, a Russian citizen. Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2019 after admitting to acting as an unregistered foreign agent to infiltrate conservative political groups and influence foreign policy to Russia’s benefit before and after the 2016 election.
“Putin pal Konstantin Nikolaev, who handled Russian spy Maria Butina, was also the principal stockholder in American Ethane Co. when they donated over $37,000 to Mike Johnson’s election campaign. Does anyone else think that might be a problem?” – @Davegreenidge57 on X/Twitter
It is against federal law for a campaign to knowingly accept donations from a foreign-owned corporation, a foreign national, or any company owned or controlled by foreign nationals. – MSN
Russians love Mike Johnson
“Russian TV Fawns over New House Speaker Mike Johnson: ‘This Suits Us’. In a clip from Russian TV channel RTR Planeta, translated by Russian Media Monitor, Olga Skabeeva said Johnson would “suit” Russia because of his stance on Ukraine.
“Zelensky is in mourning today. Mike Johnson was elected House speaker. All 220 Republican Congressmen voted for him. Johnson is not only the ultra-right Trump supporter who always voted against aid to Ukraine and made corresponding statements that were considered to be anti-Ukrainian. Where Ukraine is concerned, it’s sufficient to look at Johnson’s ratings with his respect to his support of Ukraine. His rating is very poor. This means that all of this suits us well.” – Newsweek
Follow the Russian infiltration of the GOP
Mitch McConnell (‘Moscow Mitch’)
Mitch McConnell helps Russia, and Kentucky gets investment. “In January, McConnell barely was able to stop a Democratic effort to reimpose the sanctions on Deripaska that Trump had rolled back. Mitch McConnell kept the sanctions from being reimposed and now he is getting his payoff. This is one of the easier forms of Russia/Republican corruption that one will ever see. McConnell enabled the Russian attack on US democracy in 2016 by refusing to stand with Obama in denouncing Russian efforts to manipulate the presidential election. It isn’t just Donald Trump. The Russians have bought themselves a political party, and the Senate Majority Leader is getting rewarded for his loyalty to mother Russia.” – Politicususa
“In 2017, the Trump Inaugural Committee decided to take $1 million from Shustorovich, according to a Federal Election Commission filing …he had good relations with Russian president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitri Medvedev.” – Quartz
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Putin’s Republican cheerleaders
TakeAway: Elected officials take an Oath of Office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic“. Hold MAGA Mike and other MAGA Republicans accountable to that oath, regardless of any Russian funded political donations.
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