You may or may not know I was a partner in a business in post-Soviet Russia in the early 90’s. The New York Times has apparently gotten hold of some insider information about my Russian activities, and has forwarded me a story they want to print…asking me for comments. Well…they found me out. Do I need to lawyer-up?
“The New York Times can confirm from anonymous sources that between 1990 – 1993 Mark Mangie, the current treasurer of the Mahoning County Republican Organization and a vocal Donald Trump supporter, had extensive meetings with Russian officials, including political and banking officials. We were able to confirm that to achieve that end, he quit his job and secretly studied Russian culture, history and language with a Russian operative based in Pittsburgh, PA. and at Youngstown State University with a Ukrainian ex-pat. He, along with several other unnamed individuals, operated a subversive bi-lingual Russian newspaper in St. Petersburg through a “fronted” office located on Nevsky Prospekt. He quietly traveled in and out for Russia using study tours associated with Youngstown State University as a cover plus several additional trips arranged through his private connections in Finland. While in Russia, he avoided westernized hotels in order to preserve his anonymity. We can confirm he had secret meetings with members of the Russian mafia allegedly responsible for the burning of the top two floors of a St. Petersburg Intourist hotel. Those meetings occurred in various Russian Mafia/Swedish Investor operated hotels on the Baltic. One of his assignments was to assist the Russian mob repayment of money to American investors in the burned hotel as well as acting as a document courier facilitating resolution of business disputes. We can also confirm that he and his associates were seen cavorting with various women posing as secretarial staff and translators who were actually prostitutes. He was seen exiting a Cadillac in St. Petersburg while visiting the home-base of the prostitution ring and joining the operators of the ring for dinner in private dining rooms. Further “business” ties to Russia included importing certain “goods” into the United States such as “floor products / paint / aluminum/ and furs” bypassing normal customs controls both in Russia and the United States. There is some evidence that during his numerous trips to Russia, he met privately with several nuclear scientists and engineers who requested entry into the United States for undisclosed purposes. He assisted them in that effort placing them in certain secret locations upon their arrival into the United States. Finally, through secret international organizations, he arranged for “exchange” programs between certain Russian and American interests. While in Russia, he privately addressed these interests in secret locations both before and after the fall of the Soviet Union in Moscow and St. Petersburg. During all of his trips to Russia, security arrangements were made for Mr. Mangie and his entourage by folks outside of normal government channels.”
We did actually run a bi-lingual newspaper in St. Petersburg for about a year. Offices were located in the building in the center of the above picture. It was an interesting time, and we had to hire security guards to guard our parked cars because Russia was the “wild west.” All of the above can be inferred from what are actually very boring and perfectly innocent and legal events involving groups such as Rotary International, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Masters program in the History Department at YSU, Finnish travel agencies…and University of St. Petersburg professors looking to immigrate to the United States…one of whom is now teaching at the University of Indiana. And those Russian hotels? $80.00/night is much cheaper than $450.00/night. But then again…the goal is not to report the truth…just the inference. But the part about the Russian mafia and prostitutes is kind of cool and actually happened…or did it? Only the The New York Times…and James Comey… know for sure!