The Link Between Council on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey Epstein, and Russian Money

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Investigative Agency Uncovers Mysterious Link Between Council on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey Epstein, and Russian Money

The Council on Foreign Relations describes itself as a nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of U.S. foreign policy and its impact on international affairs. Its membership list reads like a roll call of the top One Percenters. 

High-profile politicos, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney, and numerous Congressional leaders are on that list, as well as media pundits, judges, economists, Wall Street moguls, and a smattering of movie stars. These rich and powerful players attend functions regularly at the Council’s elegant Gilded Age mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where they clink champagne glasses, share gossip and exchange business cards.

But what else do they do?

The meetings of the Council on Foreign Relations are always held in secret. In fact, secrecy permeates the entire organization, and the only way that a person can become a member of the Council is by invitation. 

Of course, the Council also has members who, for one reason or another, prefer to keep a lower social profile. One such member was the late Jeffrey Epstein who donated more than $350,000 to the Council on Foreign Relations between 1995 and 2009. 

Another such member is a lawyer named James Edmund Lieber, the former General Counsel for the French multinational luxury goods conglomerate Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE, better known as LVMH.

And that’s where things get interesting. Timmer LP, a private intelligence and investigative agency, has uncovered some mysterious links between the Council on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey Epstein and dirty Russian money. 

Jeffrey Epstein, James Lieber and Vadim Belyaev

James Lieber became one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most trusted fixers. And it was through Lieber that Epstein first became acquainted with the mysterious Russian money launderer, Vadim Belyaev.

“On the surface, James Lieber looks like a high profile lawyer who represents and knows many important people and who cares a lot about his own reputation. And that is what the optics are. What’s not so obvious is that Mr. Lieber’s client, friend and maybe a romantic partner happens to be one of the most notorious money launderers in Russia - Vadim Belyaev,” explains a source at Timmer LP. 

The little that’s known about Vadim Belyaev paints a portrait of a person who approaches laws and social mores as a hacker might approach computer code: In Belyaev’s mind, such things only existed so that they could be broken.

In 1995, Belyaev helped found an investment firm, which was the forerunner of the notorious Otkritie Holding Company, a major stakeholder in Otkritie FC Bank. 

In 2017, Russia's central bank was forced to bail out Otkritie FC to the tune of $27 billion after Otkritie FC bought $10 billion in bonds from a state oil company called Rosneft. It’s worth noting that the central bank’s head, Elvira Nabiullina, is an old friend of Belyaev’s and that Nabiullina, in turn, is a close friend of Vladimir Putin’s.

Two billion of those dollars subsequently disappeared in illegal international money transfers initiated by Belyaev, who is now desperately angling for citizenship in the U.S., Israel or any other country that won’t extradite him back to Russia where, most likely, he would face criminal charges.

Jeffrey Epstein’s fixer, James Lieber, also acted as Vadim Belyaev ‘s eminence grise, advising Belyaev on dealings in a number of countries. It is well within the realm of possibility that not all those dealings were legal. 

Might Belyaev have introduced the two men? Stranger alliances have been forged at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Invisible Government

What does Belyaev ‘s money laundering have to do with the Council on Foreign Relations? Maybe nothing; maybe everything.

Investigators who have been studying the Council for many years note that it seems to have two tiers of membership. The outer core of membership consists of prestigious names that will be familiar to anyone who follows current events. 

The inner core, though, is where the Council’s true power lies. Members of the inner core preside over meetings where markets are acquired, economic power is consolidated and the agenda of the super-wealthy is propelled forward. 

While the Council has been described as an innocent forum for academics, businessmen, and politicians, in reality within its covering exists a true power center. Many observers even refer to the Council on Foreign Relations as the “invisible government.”

Is it mere coincidence that Jeffrey Epstein eluded justice for so many years, or did the Council on Foreign Relations offer a mantle of protection? Could Epstein have been involved in Belyaev’s colossal money-laundering scheme? 

Investigative work that aims at uncovering the truth is underway, and time will tell.

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