Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
In certain quarters of Manhattan these days, it’s not unusual to encounter characters that seem to have come right out of a James Bond film: beautiful young Russian girls with revealing outfits and hidden agendas. They’re the latest status accessory in New York’s power game, the mistresses of the Masters of the Universe. The fact that they’re dangerous — wild, unpredictable, on the lookout for a bigger and better deal — only seems to increase their appeal. So certain women on the East Side are not seeing their husbands as much as they used to. “How old is your Russian?” one just-abandoned uptown wife asked another not long ago.
The path from Moscow to New York cut through the modeling business. In May 1988, the first Miss Moscow contest was held. A year later came the first Miss USSR, Yulia Sukhanova, a rangy 17-year-old Moscow schoolgirl with gray-blue eyes, blonde hair, and a beauty mark over one eyebrow.
Though she didn’t know it, her modeling career was facilitated by Richard Fuisz (pronounced fuse), a former actor, psychiatrist, pediatrician, congressional candidate, whistle-blower, and entrepreneur who declines to comment on a published report that he has intelligence ties. Fuisz, who owned a company that did joint ventures in Moscow, was approached by the then-Soviet ambassador to Washington, Yuri V. Dubinin, to set up a modeling agency to prepare the first waves of Soviet beauties for American commerce (which often meant substantial dental work) and protect them from “adverse influences” and bad publicity like magazine “spreads about their teeth,” Fuisz says.
Sukhanova was the first of ten girls he would oversee. But first, he had to free her from the Soviet Union. He did it with the help of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, now one of Russia’s oil billionaires but then the head of the Komsomol, or Young Communist League, and beginning his business career in a computer venture with Fuisz. “Each time Yulia tried to leave, the Moscow City Council canceled her visa,” Fuisz reports. The hard-liners were opposed. “With Khodorkovsky’s help, I escorted her to the airport and onto a plane to get her out.” Soon, she was meeting Miss America, Nancy Reagan, and Sting, shooting the cover of Details, and filming a yogurt commercial. That’s when international model agents like John Casablancas started sniffing around Moscow like pigs after truffles.
It may come as a surprise that, in the waning days of the Cold War, a wealthy American, Richard Fuisz, was working with a future Russian oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, to smuggle a 17 year old girl out of the USSR to join the aforementioned “commerce” in New York City. All over the objections of the so-called “hard liners” who apparently found something untoward in the arrangement. The story is like something out of a James Bond film, complete with a last minute escape to the airport with the authorities in hot pursuit.
Both men would go on to have other amazing, James Bond like adventures. Fuisz would become deeply tied to one of the most interesting aspects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, going on the record about his relationship with political prisoner Susan Lindauer, who claimed that he was her “CIA handler.” Fuisz himself admitted that he met with Lindauer weekly to discuss her “contacts” in Iraq and Libya.
As for Khodorkovsky, his political fortunes went south after the rise of Vladmir Putin, who sent him to prison for nearly a decade after stripping him of his oil company.
It is more difficult to find out what became of Miss Sukhanova, who was likely tossed aside like so many Upper East side society wives after a brief period in the limelight.
During the last election, candidate Donald Trump’s statements about illegal immigration from Mexico were greeted with outrage by many quarters and resulted in the severace of his business relationship with NBCUniversal. Donald Trump then bought back their half of The Miss Universe Organization and again took full ownership.
Just purchased NBC’s half of The Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them. Now own 100% — stay tuned! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2015
But he didn’t keep ownership of the company very long, and sold the entire organization three days later.
Donald Trump has just sold the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant groups, to the agency WME/IMG.
In a press release, Trump described his long involvement with the organization:
“I have truly enjoyed owning the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants. When I purchased the pageants many years ago, they were in serious trouble. It has been a great honor making them so successful.”
In Eyes Wide Shut, two pivotal scenes occur at the “Rainbow Costume Shop,” where Tom Cruie goes to buy a “cloak, a hood, and a mask” to disguise his identity at the high class orgy.
Bill goes to a costume shop. He offers the owner, Mr. Milich (Rade Serbedzija), a generous amount of money to rent a costume. In the shop, Milich catches his teenage daughter (Leelee Sobieski) with two Japanese men and expresses outrage at their lack of a sense of decency.
Perhaps it is the relationship between the costume shop owner, Mr. Milich, and his daughter, that explains the nature of the “sacrifice” that saves Tom Cruise by the end of the film.