Monday, May 22, 2017

Russians, Trump, and Sunny Isles ... by gimleteye

The following from a web/blog called Ania. Russian real estate investors have turned Sunny Isles into Little Moscow. Their connections to Trump are long-standing and deep.

The story and photos appear to be real. Re Sunny Isles, according to the website Condo Vultures, "Developers have announced - and continue to proceed with plans for - more than 2,665 new condo units in the Sunny Isles Beach market as of May 19, 2017."

Lots of Russians sending capital to Miami-Dade real estate, as Trump knows.

RUSSIA EXCLUSIVE: Female Ex-Russian Spy Was Appointed to Trump Organization to Launder Money
By Pesach Posted on May 19, 2017

Ivanka Trump flanked by Baranoff, in long mink coat, and Miami developer Michael Dezer. Photo from

Elena A. Baronoff was listed as the VP of Customer Relations at Trump Grande, and was considered the “International Ambassador for Sunny Isles Beach,” an exclusive strip of land that was reserved for the richest of the rich. Everyone knew her in the enclave, and a profile of her even called her the “face of Sunny Isles Beach and the real estate industry.” She was close to millionaires, billionaires, designers and moguls — and even was quite wealthy herself.

The problem is that, despite being a well-known socialite, she was also a former Spy. She had originally come to America as a “Cultural Attaché in Public Diplomacy for the Russian Government,” a title almost exclusively used by spies of the Russian government trying to infiltrate business circles in the 1980’s. She was one of perhaps hundreds of women that Russia used over 40 years including the famous and beautiful Anna Chapman to influence business on behalf of Russia and it’s business interests.

Elena wasn’t just the VP of Customer Relations for Trump Grand, she was one of the biggest sellers of real-estate for Trump in the area, and the exclusive realtor for the Trump Grand, focusing on selling his properties specifically to Russians – specifically Mobsters and politically connected individuals.

According a story written about the sales, in the Nation Magazine, Ken Silverstien wrote:

“She took me to see a unit on the thirty-eighth floor of Trump Palace, which looked out on the turquoise waters of the Atlantic and was on the market for $2.3 million. ‘Living in a Trump property is like living in a hotel,’ she told me, as we stood on a balcony. The unit was attractively priced, she said cheerfully, and all the more so as the owner, a Russian looking to buy a bigger condo elsewhere in the area, had spent at least $350,000 on improvements.

Elena and Ivanka in 2014

Later that day, I obtained the property records for the condo. The legal owner is a company registered in Belize, an offshore haven where, according to a government website, there ‘is no requirement to file annual returns or public disclosure of directors, shareholders, charges, loans or agreements.'”

Reuters Reported that many people involved in Putin’s government, bought real estate in Sunny Isles, but didn’t report them on disclosure formsrequired by the Russian government itself to prevent money laundering.

Three owners of were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia. One of them was arrested for even running a gambling and money laundering ring in the Trump tower in Manhattan.

According to my source who worked with her, basically her entire job was to introduce Russians from all over the world to the Trump organization — allegedly to launder their money by buying real estate. She would travel with the Trump organization to “sister cities” using her “sunny isles ambassadorship” in new potential cities that Trump wanted to develop, often bringing rich Russian men with her that would express interest in buying into those new developments.

Remember Donald Trump Jr. bragged that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia?” We found these photos of Ivanka, Jr and Eric, with Elena A. Baronoff in Russia — meeting with Russian money “investors” of their condos. If you notice the huge body guards behind them in the first photo, you know these guys are more than just normal “businessmen.”

These four previously unpublished photos show the Trump family in Russia (all three of them) with Russian partners. These photos have never been published in the media before, and shows that not only were they there, but they were there with the person responsible for selling properties to meet with potential buyers/investors IN Russia.

We haven’t had time to identify all the people in the photos yet, but it would be interesting to know. You can see real estate developer Michael Dezer who worked on Trump projects in some of the photos.

We couldn’t reach her because she died in 2015 of Leukemia, after it suddenly was found spread all over her body. She had described being in immense pain suddenly while traveling, and was surprised to learn she had cancer and died within a year.

Her real estate business is still run by her son George, who changed his last name to Baronov. In an interview, he pointed out how important Russians are to Trump.

What does this mean? Not only has Trump tried to hide his obvious connections to Russia, but that it was so important that his main sales person of his Condo’s in Florida was intimately connected TO Russia. Her background working for the embassy as a “Cultural Attaché” meant she had connections that allowed Trump to access the highest levels of Russian society — and was important enough for his entire family to visit Russia with her to meet potential Russian buyers.


Anonymous said...

If you are from New York you know the warranty of habitability. Do a search in Russian search engines for ISO Impact Noise. The condo docs of these condominiums protect the developers. Florida building codes don't cover certain items, the Russians are going to find this out within minutes of occupying their units. What happens when all these Russians find out their condominiums are junk?

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that the trail of the Trump/Russia investigation will lead to Florida and, Sunny Isles Beach.

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Anonymous said...

Some peeps got wayyyyy to much time to waste - if those Ruskies all think their condos are junk I will gladly take them off their hands - Trump is a bs talking big mouth - focus on that but posting crap like this makes you look like a moonbat grasping for straws - can you imagine the tax dollars being wasted to investigate Trumps ties to Russia? what an effing waste of all our money

Anonymous said...

It is no secret about the builders, individual owners, licensing agreements or the construction problems in Florida condominiums. Legally Florida has very little protection for condominium owners. Even the DBPR has made it harder to use their searchable database. We should be glad the Russians are buying South Florida condominiums because the resale market is getting smaller.

Anonymous said...

Here are the former Soviet government KGB trained rats and their offspring enjoying the American life they so claim to dislike and meanwhile reporting back to mother Russia and destroying our democracy. How do they get in here in the first place? Instead of building a southern wall maybe Trump should cut off the flights coming in from Moscow. The Russians are surely harming us more than the Mexicans.

Anonymous said...

I am researching a story on an investment re: Trump in Moscow. I am trying to identify the DATES of these pictures you have. Can't seem to identify what year in these photos and month? Can anyone help? Thank you.