In this widely shared post @yonatanzunger claims, among other things that:
On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to parties unknown. This was done through a dizzying array of shell companies, so that the most that can be said with certainty now is that the money “paying” for it was originally loaned out to the shell layers by VTB (the government’s official bank), even though it’s highly unclear who, if anyone, would be paying that loan back; and the recipients have been traced as far as some Cayman Islands shell companies.
Why is this interesting? Because the much-maligned Steele Dossier (the one with the golden showers in it) included the statement that Putin had offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became president and removed sanctions. The reason this is so interesting is that the dossier said this in July, and the sale didn’t happen until early December. And 19.5% sounds an awful lot like “19% plus a brokerage commission.”
There are a lot of claims in there and most are unverifiable, observing straight away that no actual connection between the two parts is supported by evidence, but there are 3 key points that I would like to know about.
- Was 19.5% of Rosneft sold to unknown parties?
- Was it paid with a VTB loan?
- Was a 19% of Rosneft payoff "price" for lifting sanctions predicted in the Steele Dossier?
Can you find the evidence behind these claims? Or is it a conspiracy theory?