Universal sued in 1929, accusing Winkler-Koch of stealing its intellectual property. With his domestic business tied up in court, Fred started looking for partners abroad and was soon doing business in the Soviet Union, where leader Joseph Stalin had just launched his first Five Year Plan. Stalin sought to fund his country’s industrialization by selling oil into the lucrative European export market. But the Soviet Union’s reserves were notoriously hard to refine. The USSR needed cracking technology, and the Oil Directorate of the Supreme Council of the National Economy took a shining to Winkler-Koch - primarily because Koch’s oil-industry competitors were reluctant to do business with totalitarian Communists.
Apparently, Koch Industries has been rotten to the core since it was founded around the turn of the previous century. Shocking.(via flowisaconstruct)
making a joke and waiting for a response like