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House of Trump, House of Putin

The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia
Oct 30, 2020mywolfe rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Really enjoyed this book. It argues that much of Trump's success in real-estate comes from the Russian mafia laundering money through Trump property investment. This in itself sounds terrible but the worst of it is that investment came from a criminal enterprise acting on behalf of the Putin regime and the FSB in an effort to develop Trump as a political ally (useful idiot). The idea that the modern Russian state is built on organized crime would be fascinating if it weren't so terrifying. The chapter about the tactics the FSB employ to influence politics abroad was particularly interesting.