Silver Spring Ties: Part Two

Part 1:  Silver Spring Ties → HERE

UsmanovThe address listed for the organization United States-Chechen Republic Alliance, Inc. on Walden Road in Silver Spring, Maryland may be just as interesting as its president, Lyoma Usmanov.  And because records show that Alvi Tsarnaev, paternal uncle of Tamerlan and Jahar, once resided at this address it could prove even more interesting.  But just how accurate are the reports that Alvi was involved with the United States-Chechen Republic Alliance, Inc. and Lyoma Usamanov?

The home in which Alvi resided was and still is owned by a Christina Reichel. Described in Chechen surgeon Dr. Khassan Baiev’s book, Grief of My Heart, Reichel, along with Larry Ellis, opened her Maryland home to many a Chechens traveling through the area.  Khassan, the one who initially took the Tsarnaevs’ in when they first arrived in the US, wrote,

“After three weeks in a room at the Washington Hospital Center, I went to live with Larry Ellis and Chris Reichel, a couple from Silver Springs, Maryland, a suburb of Washington.  For many Chechens passing through Washington, Larry and Chris provide a home away from home.  Any Chechen can count on a bed or a meal at their house.  Once I was living in their small basement apartment, I felt less tense.”

Nice of them, eh?  I’m not judging them for opening their home but I am wondering why they opened their home.  I don’t believe either of them have a Chechen background and, seriously, how do random people get involved in that kind of gig?

There is not much information out there about Reichel or Ellis but I do know that Reichel’s sister, Kathryn, worked as an attorney for the Congressional Research Service (Library of Congress) for the US government.  Per the government’s website:

“The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation.  As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

CRS is well-known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan.  Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has 24/7 access to the nation’s best thinking.”

If you have nothing social planned for the next two weeks try plowing through THIS behemothCRS of a report on terrorism completed by the CRS three months before the Boston bombings.  And then explain to me again how the Boston bombing happened and how the federal government let two alleged terrorists slip through their fingers.

By the way, did you know that the US government has yet  to declare the Boston bombing an “act of terror?”  But I digress.

Other people tied to Reichel include Zarema Mazeva who listed herself as an employee at the Library of Congress as well as a resident of Reichel’s Walden address.  She appears to own some sort of translation service and  received two CAGE Codes from the federal government:  SIC73 and 328F9.  What is a CAGE Code, you ask?

“The CAGE Code is a five character ID number used by the Federal Government to identify vendors.  CAGE stands for “Commercial and Government Entity.”  A CAGE Code is mandatory.  Obtaining a CAGE Code is mandatory in order to do business with the Federal government through a GSA Schedule or any other federal contract.”

Another CAGE code associated with the Walden address is 4QQA4 listed for one Andrey N. Suvorov.  Now this guy (or his company) was paid through the DoD’s Defense Contract Management Agency.  The company’s SIC Code 9711 represents “National Security.”  Suvorov also has a second CAGE code based on what appears to be a real estate company located Panama City which is interesting only because Larry Ellis’ an online profile states he wants to move to Boquete, Panama.  Nothing like a nice little getaway to the land of money laundering and cocaine trafficking, am I right?  Suvorov also appears to have a Consulting business and a motion picture production company listed at Reichel’s address.

Echoing Baiev’s story about Reichel opening her home to Chechens, it appears they also rented out a room for military personal from Fort Belvoir (not familiar with Fort Belvoir?  Google it.  It’s a DOD hotbed).  Up until recently, they had the Walden property listed on THIS military website.  Within the past few weeks its been taken down (perhaps they rented it?) but here’s a screenshot:

Walden Rental

The property was also listed on, a website registered to a Asim Ismail in Pakistan.  It was posted back in 2011 with the contact names of Christina and Larry.  It appears Reichel and Ellis were still a couple after Khassan Baiev met them back in the early 2000’s.

Two other companies registered at the property include Omniventures, Inc and the Federal Marketing Government Group.

Silver Spring Ties Part 3 → HERE



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