Ex-Yukos executive jailed for life - 2007

The following information is essentially why the West is livid. Nationalist forces working within the interior apparatus of the Russian Federation, namely the FSB (successor of the KGB), muscled their way into power by forcing Yeltsin to allow Vladimir Putin to succeed him. It is rumored that Yeltsin was promised he would not be brought up to corruption charges if he did not resist the nationalistic move. Soon after Putin's rise to power official Moscow enthusiastically embarked on a 'cleansing' campaign to essentially rid the Russian Federations of its serious oligarch problem. And that action in particular has made Putin a demon in the eyes of those in power in Washington and their subordinates worldwide.

They loved Gorbachev because he killed the Russian Bear.

They loved Yeltsin because he allowed them to feed off the carcass of the Russian Bear.

They 'hate' Putin because he resurrected the Russian Bear.


Arevordi

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Russian State Oil Company Wins Another Yukos Auction



2007

Rosneft, the state-controlled Russian oil company, on Wednesday won another auction of the remains of the bankrupt oil business Yukos, buying its important transportation assets, including those Yukos used for exports to China. Rosneft's only rival at the auction, a previously unknown company called Benefit, pulled out of the bidding after Rosneft's first bid in a development similar to many previous auctions at which Rosneft bought most of the assets of Yukos. Rosneft paid $729 million, just above the starting price, for the lot that included the main transport units of Yukos - East Asia Transit and Yukos-Transservice. Yukos-Transservice owns long-term leasing contracts on around 7,000 railroad cars and short-term leasing agreements on 5,000 railroad cars. The unit also had "considerable amounts of cash" on its accounts, Rosneft said. New rail cars cost $30,000 to $35,000 while a second-hand rail car costs around $20,000 to $25,000 depending on its condition, according to people in the industry. East Asia Transit has the right to deliver oil to China via Mongolia, and 42 tank-cars for transportation of refined products. The lot also included a number of producing and injection wells at the Priobskoye field, as well as pumping stations, pipelines and other production facilities, Rosneft said. Rosneft has bought most of the assets of Yukos since Russia started selling them a year ago to recover over $30 billion of back-tax debt. The assets include three of the former core production units of Yukos and five refineries, which made Rosneft Russia's largest oil producer and refiner. Former Yukos shareholders have portrayed the destruction of Russia's former leading oil company as a Kremlin vendetta against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Yukos founder who had political ambitions. Khodorkovsky is now serving an eight-year prison term in Siberia on criminal convictions including fraud. Russia will hold an auction next Wednesday to sell foreign assets of Yukos, which include its 49-percent stake in the Slovak pipeline monopoly Transpetrol.

Source: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/...ness/yukos.php

Ex-Yukos executive jailed for life - The former Yukos chief executive is also in prison.


Mikhail Khodorkovsky Former Yukos Executive Once
Russia's Richest Man Now Serving a Life Sentence

The former head of security at Yukos, the bankrupt Russian oil company, has lost his appeal against murder convictions. The Moscow city court sentenced Alexei Pichugin to life in prison, on top of a 20-year sentence he is now serving for two other murders. Pichugin's lawyers said on Monday that he was the victim of a political campaign against associates of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the founder of Yukos, who was jailed in 2005. Georgy Kaganer, the defence lawyer, said: "The sentence is not just. All the evidence has been turned on its head." Pichugin has insisted he is innocent. He was originally sentenced last August for the killings, but prosecutors appealed against that ruling in an attempt to win the life sentence. In Russia, a longer term replaces a shorter one.

Political ambitions

Judge Pyotr Shtunder said as he read the verdict: "The court established that on January 21, 1998 Pichugin arranged the killing of Valentina Korneyeva, the director of commercial firm Feniks." The judge also said Pichugin murdered the mayor of a Siberian oil town and the driver of an oil businessman as well as trying to kill two others. Pichugin was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to 20 years for murdering a provincial businessman and his wife. Supporters of Khodorkovsky, who himself is serving an eight-year term in a Siberian farm for fraud and tax evasion, say he is being punished by the Kremlin for his political ambitions along with other people connected to Yukos.

Source: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exer...CE1CC655BD.htm

Kremlin Targets Jewish Tycoons In War On Critics

Oil titan Mikhail Khodorkovsky is not the first Jew who has risen to become Russia's richest citizen. Before him Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky had their stints, while Vladimir Gusinsky got close. In Russia, however, life at the top is not all that it's cracked up to be. Berezovsky and Gusinsky are now in exile, facing prosecution if they ever return to Russia, while Abramovich, having cashed in much of his Russian oil and metals empire and bought a British soccer team, is a frequent guest of Berezovsky in London. As for Khodorkovsky, he's in jail. Russian authorities arrested Khodorkovsky at gunpoint October 25 on a snowy Siberian runway. He is being held on charges ranging from tax evasion to fraud. The charges concern post-communist privatization deals for the companies that went on to become Yukos, the oil behemoth that Khodorkovsky founded and recently merged with Sibneft, another firm that he bought from Abramovich. If a court so decides, both companies could end up back in state hands. The crackdown caused a sharp drop in Russia's stock market this week and has prompted warnings that foreign investors might back away.

It's not only the economy that took a hit, though. Russian antisemites are in trouble, too. Their favorite bogeymen, the Jewish "oligarchs," as the country's tycoons are called, are becoming an endangered species. In the eyes of most Russians, the oligarchs are clearly guilty, of theft and corruption in the best case, and probably a lot worse. That much of their wealth is ill-gotten, no one really doubts. And what is to be done? Most Russians would answer: Lock 'em up, ship 'em out. There's plenty of room in Siberia. This, of course, is not what's happening. As Khodorkovsky sits in Moscow's most notoriously disease-ridden prison, most non-Jewish oligarchs are still riding high, even if a few are not likely to step foot in Russia again. The metals empire of Vladimir Potanin - who, along with Berezovsky, most brazenly boasted of his influence over Boris Yeltsin's Kremlin - is thriving, as are Vagit Alekperov's oil wells. The list of safe oligarchs goes on, but there are only a few Jews still on it: Mikhail Fridman of Alfa Bank, for example. What are we to make of the fact that almost all of the major oligarchs in jail or exile are Jews, while almost all of those still in business are not? The answer is not as obvious as it may seem.

Vladimir Putin, whatever else he may be, is not an antisemite. He's too practical for that, and too regularly appears at synagogues. Indeed, there is something beyond ethnicity that joins Khodorkovsky with Berezovsky and Gusinsky: political activism. Gusinsky ran the only media company that was openly critical of Putin. Berezovsky, after a falling out with Putin, whose presidential campaign he financed, declared himself in opposition and threw money at any political party that would take it. Khodorkovsky, once he was secure in his wealth, announced he was financing two liberal parties opposed to Putin. Still, even if the cause of their travails are their politics and not their Jewishness, their ethnic background hardly goes unnoticed. "The Kremlin went after Khodorkovsky because he became an opponent, and as we know, the Kremlin doesn't play nicely with its opponents," Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the opposition Communist Party, said in a recent interview. "But there are a lot of other people who should be in jail. After all, what good is it to the Russian man if the wealth is simply transferred from a Berezovsky to an Abramovich?" Zyuganov's words were carefully chosen. In the Russian language, there are two words for Russian. The one most often used in politics, rossiisky, is a civic definition, meaning any citizen of the Russian Federation. But Zyuganov used the word russky, an ethnic definition that encompasses the majority of the population, but not Berezovsky, not Abramovich and not Khodorkovsky.

Moreover, in their war on Putin's political enemies, the Kremlin and its allies have often played to the deep reservoir of anti-Jewish feeling that exists in Russian society. One loaded phrase that has cropped up in the Khodorkovsky affairs - in the press, as well as in comments by the prosecutors - is "economic crimes." The words sound banal enough, but students of Soviet history will recall it as one of two special charges, along with Zionism, reserved especially for Jews by communist prosecutors. It is, of course, possible that most Russians nowadays do not really remember such connotations. But Putin certainly does; after all, investigating economic crimes is something he would have been trained in back in his days at the KGB. The Khodorkovsky affair - like those of Berezovsky and Gusinsky before him, and whoever will follow - does not represent a new wave of Russian antisemitism. It represents a very old wave, and it accompanies the revival of old modes of action that may have been buried but never died. Russia under Putin has now seen almost as many rigged elections as under Brezhnev and more repression of the press than Gorbachev or Yeltsin could ever stomach. Is it any wonder that political imprisonment would be next? The Soviet Union, it was once declared, would be national in form, socialist in content. It was a nicer way of saying divide and conquer, a tried and tested way of ruling unruly populations. These tactics are back, and that's not good for anyone - especially not Russia's Jews.

Source: http://www.rense.com/general44/won.htm

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