Is Russia Bringing Down Turkey’s Islamic Government Over Syrian Civil War?

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The timeline of this is certainly interesting.

While Erdogan’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch – Hamas, of Morsi in Egypt, and of al Qaeda fighters in Syria did not seem to upset the Obama Administration, it has made the Russians nervous. With good reason: The large Chechen community in Turkey that supports the separatist and Islamist terrorists in Russia’s Caucasus.

Indeed, Erdogan’s current crisis began with a 2011 Russian crack-down on a drug-money-laundering ring in this area, which laundered revenues from trading Afghan opium with the Taliban. The investigation also revealed illegal gold transactions in Russian banks, which the Chechens shared with their Turkish counterparts. This probe led to the December 17, 2013, arrests of the sons of a Turkish minister and 34 other suspects, and to mass demonstrations against the government.

The unraveling mess does date back to the period of the Syrian Civil War and the intricacies of the triangle of Turkey-Syria-Iran.  In the convoluted politics of the current Middle East, Turkey is fighting Iran in Syria, but collaborating with it on sanctions dodging.

Unfortunately for Turkey, that put Russia and Iran in a position to learn about a lot of the dirty business that Turkey was involved in.

Zerrab, arrested last week in the investigation, is claimed to have distributed TL 137 million ($66 million) in bribes to three ministers and their sons to cover up faked exports and money laundering, which are reported to be largely connected with Iran. Ş.D. reportedly sent tip-offs to the Ministry of Finance about Zerrab’s alleged bribery, as well as to the offices of the prime minister and president.

According to the daily’s report, the Russian Federal Customs Service laid the foundations of the investigation when it discovered, in December 2011, millions of dollars in cash in a suitcase belonging to an individual returning to Russia from Turkey. When the Russian investigation revealed money laundering activities between Russia and Turkey, the Russian authorities informed Turkey of the illegal activity, the daily stated. The information provided by Ş.D., a year after Russia notified Turkey of the illegal activity, assisted Turkish authorities in discovering how the money laundering was being performed.

According to the daily, on Dec. 14, 2011 Russian police discovered a total of $18.5 million in a suitcase at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport. The Russian authorities found that four suspects detained in Russia were involved in money laundering and had transported, in 37 trips, a total of $40 million and 10 million euros between Russia and Turkey.

Russian officials would not crack down on large scale money laundering like this ordinarily, because anyone running that much money through the system has already paid the appropriate bribes. That would have been as true in Turkey as in Russia.

But after Erdogan’s push into Syria, the Russians may have decided that the price of alienating Turkey from NATO is no longer worth paying.

  • De Doc

    Erdogan is a typical Islamist – corrupt, larcenous, and authoritarian all in the interest of his religious vision. Should anything ill ever befall this AKP creep, I’ll be the first to toast to his bones.

  • edlancey

    We (Britain) should have never got involved in the crimean war, we should have the russians destroy the ottomans.

    • A Z

      Britain and France opposed Russian not because they loved the Turks, but because they thought if Russia got too big they would roll over Europe. It is that simple.

      • edlancey

        Sure, stopping the Russkies getting a port on the Med et al. Quite why we were sucking up to the French 40 years after Waterloo is anyone’s guess

        Now Europe is getting swamped by mahometans.

        However, imo it was a bad move – almost as bad as getting dragged into WWI – at least in terms of long-term FUBAR-itude.

        • A Z

          I know why the French and British governments did it.

          Looking at alternative history I do not know that it would have been better off for the Russians to roll over them.

          If the Mongols had won at Ain Julat it might have been better.

        • Drakken

          Funny how the parallels with WW 1 are apt aren’t they, now everybody is posturing for another go round, except everyone in Europe and Russia will have to work together to rid themselves of the muslim threat, possibly pushing back across the Bospherous into asia minor. Funny that no one is keeping their eye on the ball in the Balkans since the turks and the Saudis are pumping jihadist,money, virulent imams and arms into Bosnia like never before for another go round, and this time Russia isn’t going to stay out of it.

      • blert

        Actually, it was the Russian imperial threat to northern India that had London all astir. Moscow was pushing in all directions durinng the 19th Century. The Crimea was the one locale that would allow the Royal Navy’s dominance to influence events.

        As a side note, the Crimean campaign was ultimately the financial motivation for the Russian sale of Alaska. The Tzar had run up quite a tab. Further, it proved to the Tzar just how shaky his hold was on Alaska — seeings how the British navy ruled the waves — and were now getting hyper-active even in the far Pacific.

        So, taking a page from the Louisiana Purchase, Moscow cashed out. Logically the buyer should’ve been Canada/ the British Empire — so they sold to Washington to spite London.

        ‘Tis lucky to be American, no?

        • A Z

          Blurt 1. to utter suddenly or inadvertently; divulge impulsively or unadvisedly

          Your post name is an ironic homonym and no doubt purposefully so.

          I forgot the name for your appellation. But to say you blurt is to call an unwashed hobo by the name Soapy.

      • Nebula Retina

        Retarded and uneducated comments, read a book please, all three were allies attacking Ottomans, French and Brits were NOT supporting the Turks, only the Germans and the Turks oxymoron….

    • Softly Bob

      The Ottomans weren’t the problem, they were destined to fall anyway, and they did. Turkey became a secular republic. Turkey is only becoming Muslim again because the real cancer was never cured.
      What the British should have done when they controlled most of the Middle East was destroy Mecca and completely eradicate the religion of Islam.

      • Drakken

        The Ottomans have always been a problem, as they are stirring up the Balkans again, and getting involved in both Romanian and Bulgaria national affairs. Yes the Brits should have destroyed Mecca when they had the chance, but that chance is coming full circle.

        • hakan

          Drakken – Destroying Britian would be better, as they have christian priests who have spread all over the western world raping and molesting young children, including British so-called orphans who were shipped off to its convict colony called Australia, and where they raped and plundered the natives and the British, Irish
          children; a national investigation into this filth from Britian
          will forever scar the British on this planet. At least the Turks respect their children and Mecca is the only place to survive any holocaust.

          • edlancey

            But you’d love a UK passport you mongolian maggot

          • hakan

            edlancey – now why would I want such a useless passport that does not give you any benefit but sqeezes out more taxes and charges from its citizens. Its bad enough having your convict colony’s passport !

          • edlancey

            I’m sure the aussies feel culturally enriched by your presence

          • Drakken

            Well Haji, it is time for you to return to the Islamic paradise of your choice and leave Australia, because soon it will be too late to flee, for we infidels will be giving you the Serb Option in spades.

          • No RNC

            Oh the hypocrisy, a mongolian maggot worried about child abuse!

          • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

            Facism, racism, crudety, cruelty, child stealing, force adoption, nasty, people of uk. on top of that you do not realise you are the slaves of the BRITISH ZIONIST ROTHCHILDS group slaves. if you knew what british means, you would never touch or associate yourself with a passport or birth certificate.

            hebrew the word ”ish” = man.

            latin ”brit / writ” = contract.

            you are owned as a property. you have given power to be governed, instead of governing your own self’s. and help spread the disease all around the globe. that is why, you have to be beaten or fought to push you out of every bodies land, country, house, back yard.

            well england is on its way to be washed and cleansed of 1000 years of sin.

            i see that the highlands may still be above water in 2017.

            cannot say that i want to say good luck, as i do not.

            being a mongol at least its a pure dna.
            not basterdised english, which is a mixture of all dirty blood from all around central and north eu rope.

            your birth rate is almost 0. your divorse rate is one of the highest in the world. your food is crap. your man cannot make love properly. your women smell rotten with cervix cancer, your weather is crap. shhhheeeshh, you need to hear the rest? don’t think so. bye blue english.

            long live the great mongolians.

          • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

            mongolians wrap babies, children a literally wrapped in cotton wool.
            english wrap children around their genitals. and they should ne in turkish prison for life.

            get the message?.

          • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

            british passport? why would anyone want to become worth nothing but a contract?

            brit = contract in latin derives from writ.

            ish = man in hebrew.

            get the message.

            best passport in the solar system, is NO PASSPORT NO BAONDARY BY THE EVIL FALLEN WHITE MAN CALLED ADAM who was thrown out of the turk iraq garden of eden.

          • Softly Bob

            A nice piece of fiction there. I struggled to find one single fact in that rant, but I’m still searching. I might find one yet.

          • Drakken

            You must have mistaken me for someone who gives a rats azz about what happens to you inbred muslim savages, I don’t. I do hope that millions of you savages visit mecca for one day, I call it a damn good start.
            Frankly speaking, we westerners should bring back colonialism and imperialism, it keep you savages licking our boots.

        • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

          most of russia, ukraine, moldova, bulgaria, urasia is altaiks you mug. or as you call them turks.

          you need to go git educated sonny. and stop drinking and strangling your chicken in the hope.

          non educated drunk.

      • hakan

        Bob, you are a racist in the extreme and what the British need to do now is destroy you, as you are now a curse to the British exchequer who collects Muslim’s money worldwide for doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

        • Softly Bob

          And another great piece of fiction. It’s actually the other way round. It’s the Muslims who steal from the British and other Western nations.. Muslims have always stolen. Their loopy rapist non-prophet told them to do so.

          • hakan

            What on earth do the British own that Muslims can steal,
            when one only has to visit British Museum and all the evidence of stolen artefacts on display are mainly from Muslim countries, excluding the billions of dollars of oil and gas and fake building contracts (ripping off the Arabs with skyscraper buildings that remain unoccupied yet erected by phony British contractors) to extract Muslim money till today – Dubai is an excellent example.

          • Softly Bob

            Well, let me see. Even their filthy book tells them to steal from the kuffir. It’s called the jizyah. They stole Egypt from the Copts, they invaded Persia and India, they stole the Hagia Sofia from the Byzantine Greeks and still insist today that it is a mosque – despite the fact it was built as an Orthodox Church. The Muslims are the biggest thieves on the planet. They’ve always stolen. That’s what they do best.
            So you’re the one who is sick in the head my deluded little friend. You really are a twisted and lying little man.

          • Drakken

            If it wasn’t for us westerners you bloody ingrate, you would be in the desert humping your goat in a tent. It is us westerners technology including that computer your on that has brought the 21st century to you, not your god forsaken allah.

          • logdon

            ‘What on earth do the British own that Muslims can steal’

            Ask the three million parasite Pakistani’s who live here leeching off our welfare state.

          • hakan

            Bob, you are obviously sick in the head, or quote”loopy” yourself. You are so full of envy that the Turks are doing well and enjoying the fruits of their hard work and you cannot get a part of it. Allah has blessed Turkey with
            abundance, and you cant stand it, so you abuse the Muslims and our Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him). Curse be upon you!

          • Drakken

            Piss be upon your false, devils profit, and piss upon you Islamic savages.

        • Drakken

          You just have to love what 1,300 years of muslim inbreeding has done to you sub human savages, priceless!

      • hakan

        edlancey- the British never “controlled the Middle East” they simply sent their poofta ‘Lawrence’ to sleep with Arab camel riders and then influenced the idiots, and the British thought they “controlled” the ME. Britain is such a small land mass and in so much poverty, that even the Scottish dont want you and want to separate from Britain.

      • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

        well, well well, looki here, another facist racist wothless mind. well done. soon you will be in the army fighting the turks. good boy. how intelegent you christians are.

    • Drakken

      Ah yes, if we only knew then, what we know now, Constantinople would be back In Greek hands where it belongs and the turks would be back where they belong, in asia minor. Hopefully that day comes soon.

      • hakan

        Wishful thinking,coming from an uneducated POME (British)
        who are slaves to the Queen the old bag sucking the world’s resources and doing buggerall !

        • Softly Bob

          Sucking the World’s resources? You’re just annoyed because she ain’t sucking you!

          • hakan

            I have nothing left to suck, your old bag the Queen has sucked the lot from your mother and every part of the globe she colonised, and she still cries poverty !

          • Softly Bob

            No, she doesn’t cry poverty. You really, really do live in a fantasy World.

          • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

            actually her parents and grandparents did.
            england and france lied to canada, australia, new zerland, spain, italy,all of europe, scotland, ireland, wales, america, to all go and gang up on the turks during ww1. that was what ww1 was really about. but that was not enough, you sent nearlly 3-4 million hindu’s and african’s to their death as you pushed them to the front to fight the turk’s. than you still lost the illegal invasion. one of the highest rankin general’s of the queen, sat at the euphrities river at iraq, and wrote to the monachy ” as we seat down, at the rivers of babylon” which is where the song came from, waiting to be captured by the turks. late 1917. however, a turkish soldier in charge of the south region of the empire, decided to stab the turks in the back and have the southern army turn against the turks . he was Faisal the 1st a relative to muhaned the muslim whom you hate so much. along with his bum chum t.e.lawrance they even killed the sick, the wounded, even in hospitals in syria. no rules, no honour. backstabing, genocide is waht the britiah zionist empire did along with the house of saud and hasimi. that’s why the queen, parliment and the arabs share bays water, kennsington, westminster.

            thats how faisal became the king of iraq in 1920. and all the 6 leaders of iraq britian put there as puppets. including saddam. in 1917 that is how britian and france managed to get jerusalem, palestine, jordan, etc. that was mainly turk, assirian,kurd,armenian,gokturk terrotiry for thousands of years.

            in 2004 england and usa dropped biological weapons on a civillian population of 180,000 people in felusia in iraq. you are to also pay for that price yet. ohhh, beleive you me, justice will be more than served for that genocide england caused along with all the other genocides around the world. hope hundreds and thousands or more people read all this and go check to see if what i say is true.

            you will find, it is all true.

            even the criminal invasion of genocide of syria is master minded by british-france-usa-israel. dna deforming, and biological chemicals are being thrown all over syria by russian, polish, greek, liverpoodlians, london boys paid by the day, under the orders of gangsters under the orders of mental johnny mcvain, under the orders of kissinger department under the orders of prime ministers under the orders of the ROTHCHILDS GANSTER GROUP.

            there is no sucking of anything here except WMD’s thrown by england and america and israel. threy they then will as usual try to blame the syrian assad. but we know it i snot assad. we know its people like you via the behast of the buffer via your rulers that you vote to rule you.

            nobody going no where on this planet.

            no where to hide.

            back chat all you want.

        • Drakken

          That is not what your pet goat is telling us.

    • Sahap Kadir Seit-ali

      you did get involved. as you have always been the instigator behing usa and eu.
      the osmanli or as you say it in german english ottomans, should end your evil reign of 900 years.
      the russians and other countries will be attacking the altaik people or as you say the turks. and the secret nuclear bomb will be unleashed upon london and washington.

      then all the world will be at rest finally.

      who migrated and invaded america and caused the genocide of 75 million native americans? the english? irish? scotish? germans? polisg? italians? spanish? french?
      what happened to the aboriginies?
      what about 500 years of slavery?

      oh – you got it coming allright.

      trust me fellow, the tide has turned.
      most people in russia, ukraine, crimea, moldova, georgia, are TURKS you mug. you see your lovely british education lies to you about world events, world history even about world geography. ik and usa soldiers only know where a land is only if they rape, murder, pillege and cause genocide.

      brit in latin derives from writ = contract.
      ish in hebrew = man

      therefore you are an owned contracted item. have as much worth as a smelly chair.

      claudius your fore father saw to that under his boses wishes.

      bye bye slave contrascted item.

  • blert

    “Russian police discovered a total of $18.5 million in a suitcase”…

    It’s impossible to lug $18,500,000 in $100 bills. So, the currency had to be 500euro banknotes. (with a serial number suffix of X, no doubt)

    Forget the lugging… just obtaining that many 500euro banknotes is a chore. It sounds like a Swiss bank job.

    Daniel… don’t overlook the weird side dealings in Iranian natural gas being vectored to Turkey.

    It’s impossible to stay on top of this circuis without a playbill. There are more crooks on stage than the Marx Brothers could stuff into a ship’s cabin. Don’t touch that door handle!

    • Drakken

      That is it in a nutshell, frankly my money (dollars) are on the Russians to throw a really nice monkey wrench into the Turkish works.

      • hakan

        Drakken, if I were you I would shut up, as displaying your stupidity and jealous mentality only makes you the laughing stock of all readers. What is so wrong to deal with countries producing natural gas or oil. The Turks made the biggest mistake allowing those Arab camel riders to take false protection under the British,
        when all they got was war, war and more war. The Arabs were living in peace and security under the Ottomans and Palestine was heaven and safe. Look at what the British has done from greed and robbery of the oil wealth. All the Arabs got are old white whores to sleep with from Britain and the West !

        • Softly Bob

          If Drakken’s comments make him the laughing stock of all readers, how come you’re the one who seems to get the most dislikes?
          I think that you have a seriously problem with reality.

          • hakan

            It is the POME (prisoners of mother england) who appear to have serious problems as your country’s game is up. The Muslims will never trust Britain and its many dubious
            shonky games they play invading Muslim lands including your carrot top Harry the Rambo Prince who shoots Muslims because his mother slept with one was pregnant with a muslim’s child, and Harry cannot bear to accept this fact.

          • Softly Bob

            Harry shoots Muslims because Muslims start wars and every nation has the right to defend itself against aggressors. Muslims are vermin and Harry is right to shoot them.
            But then again, you’re so deluded that you can’t see the truth.

          • Drakken

            What is not to like about a British Prince that dones his countries uniform and serves God, Queen and Country? Hail Harry! Kills ragheads like a can of RAID.

        • Drakken

          Listen closely goatf**ker, I work amongst you bloody vermin and you effing savages wouldn’t speak the truth if it bit you. If the west left you savages to your own devices you would be back in tents raiding supply convoys and enjoying the tender embraces of your goats in no time, since you can’t grow your own food, pump, mine or drill your own resources without western tech, dumbazz!