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Princess Michael Of Kent “Russian Toyboy” Mikhail Kravchenko’s Murder, Intended Target or Mistaken Identity? (Photos)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source & Story Credit: Daily Mail Reporter – Will Stewart

Photo Credit: Daily Mail

Posted: Monday May 28, 2012 @ 7:34  p.m. PST

 

 

  • Mikhail Kravchenko’s neighbour believes he may have been intended target
  • Vakha Evloev drives identical Mercedes and survived previous assassination
  • He is also Moscow representative for volatile region with terrorist problem
  • Kravchenko, 46, has also lived through two botched attempts on his life
  • His furniture business had been raided by police and set alight four times
  • Friend: ‘He knew he was in danger, but didn’t want to live in security bubble’

The murder of Princess Michael’s Russian ‘toyboy’ could have been a case of mistaken identity, according to the politician who believes he was the intended victim.

A senior official and neighbour, who drives an identical Mercedes car and was previously targeted by an assassination squad, has been told by police they are probing whether the killers got the wrong man.

Furniture tycoon Mikhail Kravchenko, 46, who accompanied the princess on a four-day break in Venice in 2006, was buried last week after he was gunned down just 50 yards from his home in an elite village near Moscow.

His neighbour, Vakha Evloev, 51, is the Moscow representative for Ingushetia, a volatile republic in the Caucasus region of southern Russia with a significant terrorist problem.

He said: ‘There is a suspicion that I was the true target, not Kravchenko, and they just mixed us up. We both drove dark blue Mercedes cars of the same model.’

But it also emerged today that Kravchenko knew for years that someone had wanted him dead after surviving two bungled murder attempts as well as four arson attacks at his Moscow factory.

It is understood Kravchenko – who despite his fears had no bodyguards – was killed close to Evloev’s high-security home near the historic village of Peredelkino, where writer Boris Pasternak penned Dr Zhivago.

‘I live not far from here and have CCTV cameras on my cottage, maybe they captured the killers,’ he said. ‘I have picked up the videotapes and passed them to police.’

Evloev is now understood to be under increased security.

A cousin of the ex-president of Ingushetia, Ruslan Aushev, Evloev was severely wounded in May 2008 when his car was shelled by automatic firearms in Nazran, the regional capital.

While the men do not look similar, the shooting – using handmade weapons – was at around 2am in a dimly lit lane.

Police say that Kravchenko, who built his business empire around his £130million-a-year March 8 furniture brand, was shot up to ten times before being hauled from his car and finished off with a bullet to the head.

Kravchenko’s circle claimed initially he had no enemies and was not concerned over his safety.

But a close friend has now said that he knew he was a marked man.

‘He knew he was in danger. We discussed it many times, but he didn’t want to live in a security bubble, the source told the Sunday Times.

‘He was reluctant to discuss security but, especially recently, he felt more at risk.’

After his funeral in Moscow last week, attended by several thousand mourners led by his elderly parents, friends also alleged he was under pressure from sinister forces seeking to grab his business assets.

He had been subjected to police raids in a move seen as pressurising him into giving up his assets.

The retail furniture business is seen as a notoriously shady sector in Russia and friends said he had battled various attempts to seize his company.

 

Kravchenko himself had complained of his sofa designs being pirated, yet he seemed unconcerned over any threats.

‘Mikhail had problems with the law-enforcement organs,’ insisted retail consultant Dmitry Potapenko, a close friend.

‘People were after his assets. The murder was not an accident. These people knew what they were doing. He was the head of the holding, he was the key figure, uniting the companies.’

He claimed collusion between the police and shadowy business figures led to Kravchenko’s murder.

Yet a close friend, famous TV presenter Nikolai Drozdov, with him shortly before he died, said Kravchenko was not concerned about his personal safety in his final hours.

‘He did not have a bodyguard, he drove himself everywhere in an old Mercedes,’ he said.

Another close business ally said: ‘This version of mistaken identity is certainly possible.’

Police are understood to be working on a number of theories and are checking his computers and mobile phone for clues.

Kravchenko was at the centre of a royal scandal in 2006 after being photographed hand-in-hand with the married princess in Venice, raising questions about the state of her marriage to Queen’s cousin Prince Michael of Kent.

Both denied an affair.

The princess – and her husband, who also knew Kravchenko – was last week said to be ‘very distressed’ over her friend’s murder.

Mix-up? Vakha Evloev (left), a senior official and neighbour of Kravchenko (below) says police are looking at whether he was the intended target. Story Credit: Daily Mail – Will Stewart / Photo Credit: Daily Mail

 

Mikhail Kravchenko. Photo Credit: Daily Mail

 

Wrong man? Mikhail Kravchenko, pictured in a gondola on a four-day break in Venice with Princess Michael of Kent in 2006, may have been gunned down mistakenly by killers looking for one of his neighbors. Story Credit: Daily Mail – Will Stewart / Photo Credit: Daily Mail

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Billionaire Married UCSF Medical Student Priscilla Chan (Photo)

Blogged By: La Tray

Source  & Source Credit: L.A. Times – Salvador Rodriguez

Photo Credit: L.A. Times via Mark Zuckerberg

Posted: Sunday May 20, 2012 @12:30 a.m. PST

 

 

A day after taking his company public and raising his wealth to more than $19 billion, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur posted the news on his Facebook timeline Saturday evening, adding a life event reading “Married Priscilla Chan.”

Chan and Zuckerberg — who, based on the photo he posted, wore a suit jacket at the wedding rather than his usual hoodie — had been dating since the early days of Facebook. They met as Harvard students and have been together more than nine years, according to the Associated Press.

Fewer than 100 people attended the wedding, and those guests arrived under the impression that they would be celebrating Chan’s recent graduation from UC San Francisco’s medical school, according to a tweet from a  Huffington Post editor.

The wedding was held in the backyard of Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, Calif., home.

Chan’s ring featured only a “very simple ruby,” a source authorized by the couple to speak told the AP.

The wedding capped a busy week for Zuckerberg.

His birthday and Chan’s graduation from medical school were both Monday, and on Friday, he rang the Nasdaq Stock Market’s bell from Facebook headquarters in California on his company’s first day of trading on the public market.

Facebook’s shares were priced at $38 Thursday and got off to a hot start Friday, opening at $42.05. They briefly shot up to $45 but traded around the $40 mark for most of the day before closing at $38.23.

Mark Zuckerberg posted this picture of his wedding to Priscilla Chan on Facebook. (Facebook / May 19, 2012) Story Credit: L.A. Times – Salvador Rodriguez Photo Credit: Mark Zuckerberg

Diana Mey Sued Debt Collector “RFA” For $10 Million Dollars On “Nightline” 4/25/12

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source & Story Credit: ABC News – Elisabeth Leamy

Photo Credit: Diana Mey

Posted: Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 11:35 a.m PST

 

 

 

In a twist of irony, a West Virginia woman is trying to collect money from a collection agency.  Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company — more than $10 million.

 

“I’m a mom, and I’m a housewife, and I’m an accidental activist,” Mey said.

 

From her small-town home base in Wheeling, Mey went after a debt collection empire that hounds people nationwide and won. But she still hasn’t received any money.

 

“I don’t know that I’ll ever collect a dime, but if I can get their operation shut down, that would make me very happy.”

 

Watch the full story on “Nightline” TONIGHT at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT

 

It all started two years ago when a debt collector with a company called Reliant Financial Associates, or RFA, left a message implying that her house was in jeopardy if she didn’t pay a debt.  The message stated:

 

“I’m calling in regards to a preliminary asset liability investigation. They are in the process of serving some court documents in regards to case 29369… They have some information now pending questions at the property,…

 

Springdale Avenue, in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is in your best interests to contact the department.  You are required to contact 866-764-9779.

Diana Mey, of Wheeling, W. Va., won the largest judgment ever against an abusive debt collection company — more than 10 million dollars. But she is still waiting to collect damages.
It is illegal for debt collectors to make empty threats about serving people with a lawsuit or seizing their home.  And it was especially galling to Mey, who says she is debt-free.

“They threatened to take legal action against our property and it wasn’t even our debt,” Mey said.

 

Millions of Americans are victims of this kind of mistaken debtor identity, partly because of a new breed of collectors called “debt buyers.” They purchase old debts for pennies that the original creditors have given up on and then try to collect them for a big profit.  Critics say debt buyers sometimes use outrageous tactics to get the money where others have failed. RFA is a debt buyer.

 

Mey wrote RFA a cease and desist letter, telling the company not to contact her anymore, and sent it certified mail. Postal records show exactly when RFA signed for it. Precisely 23 minutes later, Mey started getting mysterious hang-up calls that showed up on her caller ID as coming from her local county government.

 

“So I called the number back and it was the sheriff’s department.  And I asked if someone there was trying to reach me. And they said, no – nobody there was trying to reach me,” Mey said.

 

After two days of hang-up calls from that sheriff’s department number, Mey picked up another one with that same caller ID. The man on the line repeatedly called her a vulgar name for the female anatomy.  He described violent sexual acts he would like to subject her to and asked if she liked to be “gang banged.”

 

“I was so frightened.  I felt violated, but then I realized, you know, I’m taping this call,.” Mey said. “I pulled myself together and I thought, I can get through this.  Just keep on talking buddy because we’re gonna get plenty of your voice on tape.”

 

The verbal assault went on for nearly two minutes before the man hung up.

 

Mey said she immediately called 911 to report that someone had threatened to sexually assault her. She says she was terrified because she believed the call was from a local number.  Mey said she then bolted the door and got her husband’s gun out of the dresser and hung it on the bedpost in her bedroom.

Diana Mey. Photo Credit: Diana Mey

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Invests $300 Million In Twitter

Blogged By: La Tray

Blog Source: Waleg – Raissa

Photo Credit: Waleg

Posted: Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 2:10 pm PST

Topic: Prince Alwaleed – Twitter

Prince Alwaleed of Saudi  has invested $300 in Twitter and the reason for the investment is for “substantial capital gain.” Alwaleed has stakes in Citigroup Inc. and News Corp.

According to Waleg, Kingdom’s Holding Co executive director Ahmed Halawani said the deal was made by secondary market transaction or the shares they bought were from existing shareholders. Prince Alwaleed owns an investment company called Kingdom Holding Co.

Prince Alwaleed said of his investment,  “Our investment in Twitter reaffirms our ability in identifying suitable opportunities to invest in promising, high-growth businesses with a global impact.”

Twitter wants to gain more investors and advertisers to help improve the service to its users.

PRINCE ALWALEED