Russia's Largest Bank Confirms Hiring Podesta Group To Lobby For Ending Sanctions

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Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, has confirmed that it hired the consultancy of Tony Podesta, the elder brother of John Podesta who chaired Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, for lobbying its interests in the United States and proactively seeking the removal of various Obama-era sanctions, the press service of the Russian institution told TASS on Thursday.

"The New York office of Sberbank CIB indeed hired Podesta Group. Engagement of external consultants is part of standard business practices for us," Sberbank said.

Previously, The Daily Caller reported that Tony Podesta was proactively lobbying for cancellation of a range of anti-Russian sanctions against the banking sector. In particular, he represented interests of Sberbank and was paid $170,000 for his efforts over a six-month period last year to seek to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country.  Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Former President Barack Obama imposed the Russian sanctions following the break out in violence in east Ukraine in 2014.

Podesta’s efforts were a key part of under-the-radar lobbying during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign led mainly by veteran Democratic strategists to remove sanctions against Sberbank and VTB Capital, Russia’s second largest bank.


The two Russian banks spent more than $700,000 in 2016 on Washington lobbyists as they sought to end the U.S. sanctions, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms and documents filed with the Department of Justice.


The Podesta Group charged Sberbank $20,000 per month, plus expenses, on a contract from March through September 2016.

Both Sberbank and VTB Capital have faced severe cash shortages due to plunging oil prices, plus the U.S. sanctions. If Obama's sanctions were lifted, however, both banks could legally seek funds from American financial institutions. The lobbying campaign targeted Congress and the executive branch, with Podesta and other lobbyists arranging at least two meetings between Sberbank officers and Department of State officials, according to Elena Teplitskaya, Sberbank’s board chairman, who spoke to House aides in August.

“The Democrats are sitting there trying to convince us that the Russians are trying to throw the election to Trump,” a congressional aide who requested anonymity and met Teplitskaya told TheDCNF.


“And then they’re with us here in the House and meeting directly with the administration behind closed doors on the issue of the sanctions. The hypocrisy could not be any richer,” he said.

As the Caller puts it, "the discovery of high-profile Democrats like Podesta being paid lucrative fees for lobbying to lift U.S. sanctions on Russia contrasts with charges from Democrats that President Donald Trump and his key aides are soft on Russia while the Obama administration was tough on Moscow."

Podesta is one of the Democrat’s highest profile lobbyists who enjoys close personal and business connections to former Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton. John Podesta was chief of staff in Clinton’s White House and special counselor in the Obama White House.

Some more details on the meeting: joining the Podesta lobbying campaign was David Adams, who describes himself on the Podesta Group website as a “trusted adviser” to Hillary Clinton, serving as her as assistant secretary of state for congressional affairs. Another Podesta lobbyist was Stephen Rademaker, a former Department of State official in the George W. Bush administration. The Podesta Group represented Sberbank and its subsidiaries, Troika Dialog Group in the Cayman Islands, SBGB Cyprus Ltd in Nicosia, Cyprus, and SB International in Luxembourg. Troika Dialog also was related to Klein, Ltd., a Cayman Island organization that once funneled tens of millions of dollars to environmental groups to oppose low-cost fracking in the U.S., which was hurting the Russian oil industry.

Regular readers will recall that the Sberbank-Podesta relationship goes back many years. Sberbank was the lead financial institution in the Russian deal to purchase Uranium One, owned by one of Bill Clinton’s closest friends, Frank Giustra. Giustra and Bill Clinton lead the Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an integral part of the Clinton Foundation. Giustra has additionally donated $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Giustra sought to sell his stake in uranium reserves that included ore deposits in the Western United States, and Hillary Clinton, who as secretary of state, approved the sale. And in one felled swoop, 20 percent of America’s uranium ore was sold to the Russian state atomic agency.


During the pending sale, the Podesta Group represented Giustra’s company and tried to advance the transaction.

We do not expect to read about the Podesta lobbying relationship with Russia's largest bank in such truth-seeking, at least according to their ad campaigns, publications as the NYT and/or WaPo.

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DEMIZEN's picture

this is hillarious.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) DEMIZEN Mar 9, 2017 1:02 PM

Hillary the real Russian agent, sold them American uranium.

Maybe the Bundy ranch was sitting on top of it.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

That's just how they roll.  Plausible deniability, entrapment, instigations, etc. until the mark coughs up either the loot or the blood.

GUS100CORRINA's picture



The Podesta Group are nothing more than a bunch of moral degenerates!!

benb's picture

The Russians paid the Podesta brohters in little boys and girls. Don't forget under 'Penis Breath' Barry's reign NAMBLA (The North American Man Boy Love Association) was given tax free status although 10,000 conservative group applications were denied.

AllTimeWhys's picture


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Projection, US citizens know a lot about that. They often accuse others of what they do themselves. It is part of the US culture sort of.

Joe Davola's picture

Actually, AllTime, it's totally believable - always accuse the other side of what you're doing is pure Clinton.

FrozenGoodz's picture

With Flynn/Trump on deck they should've saved their money

Pairadimes's picture

This is just too fuckin' good. You couldn't make this up. I'm thinking the Onion, and all other forms of political fiction, are stone dead.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture


Meh! That's for mammals.

Pass me another slice of borsch pizza.


What a scum bag.

When Tony holidays he prefers to stay in the homes of convicted paedophilies and take his brother along with him... John knows all the best spots for extra-cheesy pizza.

californiagirl's picture

Why in the heck would the Russians hire a Podesta to deal with Trump?  Are they trying to aggregate him?  Doesn't sound like a winning idea.

And why would a Podesta work for the goverentire that they claim hacked and stole their emails??

Or perhaps, now that Wikileaks had disclosed the "tastes" of the Podesta brothers, they intend to entrap them.

Fed Supporter's picture

Podesta was hired under Obummer, the sanctions were put in place under Obummer.  

"Former President Barack Obama imposed the sanctions following the Russian seizure of the Crimean region of Ukraine in 2014."

"Podesta’s efforts were a key part of under-the-radar lobbying during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign led mainly by veteran Democratic strategists to remove sanctions against Sberbank and VTB Capital, Russia’s second largest bank."


No need to entrap these motherfvckers, they are already corrupt as hell.

philipat's picture

Isn't this just the perfect illustration that the US political system is totally corrupt and broken.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Yes! Boris is remember watch Mr. Podesta walk into Moscow bank. But this is to acquire loan to open pizza restaurant, no?

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

LOL! You are very smart funny! You are make Boris laugh and now must clean it vodka from between keyboard!

Mr. Universe's picture

No need to clean Vodka from keyboard. Trust me, it will evaporate.

However I wonder since they always seem to accuse the other party of doing what they have already done, my question is "Who were the real participants of the Russian Golden Shower Pizza Party?" Not that I ever want to see photographic evidence...

jeff montanye's picture

this is just a deep state shakedown but way different out in the open with the alt media rather than as non news with the legacy.  it's kind of a civics lesson for the sheeple where even they get the wool in their eyes singed back to some smokin bangs:

lexxus's picture

Rep or Dem, the deep state will not allow the conflict with Russia to be solved.

kavlar's picture
kavlar (not verified) lexxus Mar 9, 2017 9:37 PM

Looks like World War 3.

Rubicon727's picture

These kinds of revelations by ZH and a few others, fully substantiates just how rotten and corrupt the MSM is.This should be headline news!

March 15th, Mnuchin could pull the plug on upping the federal debt level, sinking the entire US economy, and these media cretins would not say a word about it.

Thank you ZH!!

nmewn's picture

Oh isn't this only people who had confirmed connections to Russians & Russian banks was the Podesta brothers, one of whom, was the Hillary for President Campaign Manager (John) while his brother (Tony) minded the store counting the money.

Well now, all Obama and Hillary and the NYT's and the Washington Post and the CIA and the FBI etc. had to do was get a publicly available, ALL READY FILLED OUT by the Podesta Group, lobbying form, already on file, with the federal government, to discover all this nefarious, scandalous, traitorous activity.

Oh, look! Here it is, no FISA warrant required, effective date 3/7/2016...why, that would have been during the election for president...and and and...Podesta's OWN EMAIL HACKED by...Russians?...lmao!!! ;-)

Fed Supporter's picture

not to mention these dirty podesta cocksuckers failed to register as foreign agents.

"Podesta Didn’t Register as a “Foreign Agent” When He Represented Bank With Ties to Russian Spy Agencies"


"Sberbank was once known informally as the KGB bank,” and now has a reputation for close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and to Russian intelligence services."

nmewn's picture

lmao!!!'ve just made my day! 

It just keeps getting betterer & bettererer-er (lol) while staying so "progressively" true-to-form I can't believe I didn't see it as its a known physical constant of the sun rising in the east every morning...


Hillary and her idiot supporters inside & outside of government, have been running around for almost a year now spreading false rumors of some shadowy, unproven Trump financial ties with Russia & Russian "intelligence sources" and now we find out...the REAL INDIVIDUAL tied to Russian "intelligence sources" and banks is the guy who sat at Hillary's left elbow every fucking day throughout the campaign...John!!!

Now wait just a damned minute here, come to think of it, when those lame-ass reporters in the Fake Nuuuz Media said "intelligence officials who wish to remain anonymous say" they never did specify WHICH OR WHO'S intelligence sources they were quoting...that is to say...Russia's or ours...did they?

The Bank of KGB...LMMFAO!!! ;-)

Stanley Kubrick's picture

Wrong.  It's not "the Russians".

It's:  "Russia's largest bank, Sberbank"

it's BANKERS, dog.  

Get it?

Placerville's picture

Seriously, who said bankers are smart?

Corrupt, immoral, criminal, degenerate, good at suicide? Yes.



Dame Ednas Possum's picture

There's still plenty of room for improving their suicide rates. 

They need to try harder, much harder... with some assistance even. 

Zorba's idea's picture

HrotC was dispatched by Barry to reset with Vlad. Given Barry's "I can be more flexible after the 12' elections"  to Vlad's surrogate, Medvedev. The subsequent uranium deal reveals Barry as the pimp he's always been and the Purple Queen as the Luciferen Treasonous Whore she is. The Podesta's are merely the "Renfield's" maintaining HrotC's crypt. All the dirt that has required is mind numbing!

Got The Wrong No's picture

By doing this Russia proves the Hypocrisy of the Trump/Russia accusers. The problem with this move is the MSM will either ignore it or down play it for a day. They can't screw up the Russia/Trump meme because that would make them look bad and Trump good. Good Move on Russia's part. Also, now Trump will not look as bad for removing the sanctions because he can say, look who is lobbying for them. 

BennyBoy's picture


Russia's way of paying the dems to shut up.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Joe Davola Mar 9, 2017 11:10 PM

Jared Kushner owns a building in New York, 666 Fifth Avenue, and reportedly a company called “Lucent” in that building manufactures the RFID chip?

Jared Kushner claims to be an Orthodox Jew, but he seem to have ties to the Lubavicher Chabad cult.

There are pictures of Lubavitch rabbis surrounding the desk of G.W. Bush while he signed into US Public Law the “Noahide Laws.” I understand that one of those seven “laws” demands the beheading of all those who “worship idols.”

Christians are said to be such “idolaters” since they worship The Lord Jesus and say that He is the Son of God.

That Jared Kushner and his wife are decidedly creepy people. Is President Trump on America’s side or theirs?

Why did Trump allow this son in law of his to be allowed security clearance so that he can go to the President’s security briefings?

The Management's picture

Interesting. No doubt Jared is the Israeli connection in the family. Zionists dont freak me out - they are the Jews that dont like the Hollyweird liberals Jews, and until jews start beheading christians for sport, ill keep my focus on Islam thanks. Seems jews globally are split along a lot of lines. And as for Lucent 666? i dunno man, we gota Jesuit POPE saying "populism is evil" not sure we should be worried about orthodox Jews. But please ZHs tell me how my priorities are totally wrong and Jews are going to get me.

sarz's picture

If Trump trusts Kushner, then good. I suspect Trump has in mind a time when Jews will think of themselves as Americans first. They were headed that way when Israel came along. To get an idea of the extent to which "the Jews" are opposed to Trump get an update from

 I suspect Trump has in mind a unitary state of Israel - Palestine, where a majority of sane people can make common cause, and America can get that whole corrupting issue off its back. 

Killdo's picture

yes - and the more psychopathic - the faster (and the more convincingly) they blame others for their crimes. Hitlery - is a great example. As soon as she is caught in some criminality/lies - she imediately blames the victim of that crime (and recently she has learned , probably through acting classes, to do that with a manic smile). 

Psychopaths use such tricks because they know it'svery unusual for normal people to see such extreme manipulative, psychopathic behavior. So it's likely most people would think  - there is no way someone woudl be so evil and dsihonst to balem the very victim and so convincingly. Therefore it's not possible - kind of like 9/11 ). 

That's why psuyhos use these tricks and other similarly un-intuitive to normal people tricks and scams. 

Luckily I think more and more sheeple are seeing through this  - once you learn these simple (yet very manipulative) tricks - it's quite easy to spot a psycho

Frito's picture

The manic smile is a tell.  Look up duper's delight. It's one of the very few things she actually enjoys.

Killdo's picture

I've sent the link of this article to my retarded Hillery suporter friends. One of them sent me this article below  as a 'fact check' (I think trying to prove Hilary did not approve that Uranium deal). 

So I read the 'Fact check" - and I  think it illustrates one of their dirty tricks:

instead of admiting that Hitlery did sign that deal (that's all I was trying to say)  - they try to put another fake argument together with the true statement (Hilary did sign the deal + she got bribed by Russians - which I never even heard about or said). 

So when other libtards read the 'fact check' - it seems that the whole thing is wrong (Both that she approved the deal AND that she got paid by Russians for that - which I never said). 

So by adding a lie to a TRUE statement  - they pretend they disproved both statements (the TRUE and the FAKE one)

Dirty tricks buyt they seem to work on desperate Hilary-supporters


flicker life's picture
flicker life (not verified) Killdo Mar 9, 2017 5:19 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Blankman's picture

I'm making over $7k a month pimping out your sister...

Secret Weapon's picture

How much $ did the CGI get fro the Russians after she signed the deal? 

prime american's picture
prime american (not verified) Secret Weapon Mar 10, 2017 4:50 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Paper Mache's picture

I did not know this. It's all a never ending horror story that is truly terrifying. Come on Mr President, get this filthy issue moving, heads have got to roll.

keep the bastards honest's picture

(The North American Man Boy Love Association) was given tax free status although 10,000 conservative group applications were denied.

PERVERTS. incredible. Beyond imagination. truly end of empire.

espirit's picture

What is it with these fools and their Psychological Projection?

Is there no veracity?

swamp's picture

The Podesta group set up faux Catholic churches
To resettle jihadists
At tax ppayer expense
Fed handout to churches
Stealth operation

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) ParkAveFlasher Mar 9, 2017 1:06 PM

Wow, I was right.

Clinton Is Selling Uranium From Bundy and Hammond Ranches to Russians to Fund Presidential Campaign

Both the Bundy and Hammond Ranch affairs is about control of significant amounts  of uranium and the BLM is willing to shed blood in order to procure this uranium for very nefarious purposes.

This article will unequivocally implicate Hillary Clinton in her role of deliberately committing abject treason against the people of the United States through the illegal appropriation of uranium, at both the Bundy and the Hammond ranches and then selling the uranium to the Russians in order to help fund her presidential run through a largely untraceable offshore account.

I am taken back by the brazenness of the plot. I am even further taken back by the fact this event, as the reader will soon learn, was reported in the New York Times as well as other mainstream media outlets. Is it really necessary to point out that the uranium that Clinton, and the fact that it is subsequently being sold to the Russians, could potentially be used against the American people and its military, in the form of nuclear weapons, and this blood money is helping to fund the presidential campaign of a political despot of epic proportions.

Please walk through with me the progression of the events and facts related to this story which accurately casts Hillary Clinton into the light as the single biggest femme fatale traitor in American History.

Making the Connections Between the Bundy and Hammond Ranches and the Presence of Coveted Uranium


JRobby's picture

BINGO for the gentleman !!!!!

rosiescenario's picture

Does selling bulldozers to your grave diggers = treason?