Skip to comments.Litvinenko case linked to Yukos probe - Russian prosecutors
Posted on 01/02/2007 9:47:15 AM PST by A. Pole
Some of the former Yukos executives could be involved in the murder of Russian security service defector Alexander Litvinenko, Russia's top prosecutors said Wednesday. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office said Leonid Nevzlin, a core shareholder of the bankrupt oil company, who lives in Israel and is on the international wanted list on fraud charges, could have ordered Litvinenko's poisoning with polonium-210. "We are checking a version that people, who are on the international wanted list for grave crimes, including [former] Yukos co-chairman Leonid Nevzlin, could be behind these crimes," the office said, referring to Litvinenko's murder and an attempt on his business partner Dmitry Kovtun's life.
Litvinenko reportedly investigated Moscow's handling of the Yukos affair before he died in London November 23.
Nevzlin's lawyer said the statement is a new provocation against his client and an attempt to pin as many crimes as possible on him.
"The Prosecutor General's Office finds it easier to pin all crimes on those [Russians] who live abroad," Dmitry Kharitonov said.
Nevzlin, who has Israeli citizenship, has also been charged in Russia with involvement in a number of contract killings, and was put on the international wanted list in July 2004. The businessman denies the charges, and Israel has refused to extradite him to Russia.
Prosecutors said they will soon resume attempts to have those people extradited.
Any opportunity to smear Yukos (and its "bad" oligarchs) will be taken. Of course, "good" oligarchs (e.g. Kremlin bootlickers) never get smeared or harassed (or killed).
Kill Litvinenko, who was an opponent of Putin, and then blame the killing on another opponent that Putin wants to eliminate. Two-for-one.....easy for a dictator.
Yukos as a company is dead, and no Russian or international court is going to change that; and its death was not caused by either Litvinenko or Nevzlin; and niether one had anything to gain, financially or otherwise by the death of the other.
But a Russian government finding another Jewish scapegoat is always a very useful thing - to that government.
Czarist Russia has never changed; even throughout the "Soviet" period and up to now. It just keeps changing how it finds and designates new Czars.