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  • How the grandson of a leading Communist became the largest foreign capitalist in Russia, lost it all

    02/02/2015 1:08:08 PM PST · by fredericbastiat1 · 11 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-02-02 | Benjamin Weingarten
    Bill Browder rose from rebellious grandson of the former head of the Communist Party USA, Earl Browder, to the leading foreign capitalist in Russia, as the founder and CEO of the high-flying hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management. But his rise was matched by a brutal and deadly fall, in which the Russian government would steal and destroy Browder’s company, and physically threaten its employees, culminating in the imprisonment, torture and death of Browder’s lawyer Sergei Magnitsky — the man for whom on account of Browder’s lobbying, the Magnitsky Act was named. Browder and a deceased Magnitsky would both be convicted...
  • Khodorkovsky: Putin Is Driving Russia Toward Repeat of 1917 Revolution

    10/03/2014 5:09:42 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Oct. 03 2014 15:25 | The Moscow Times
    Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned that President Vladimir Putin's current policies threaten to trigger a repeat of Russia's 1917 revolution. In an interview with Bloomberg, the former Yukos CEO described Putin as an authoritarian leader "forced to burn the field" all around himself in order to retain power. "All authoritarian regimes, especially ones like this that aren't based on an ideology but on an individual person, are highly unstable," Khodorkovsky, 51, was cited as saying. Citing dismal economic conditions exacerbated by Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine, Khodorkovsky told Bloomberg the country was on...
  • Frmr Yukos Chief Khodorkovsky Says HE Can Transform Russia Into Thriving, Modern, + Peaceful Country

    09/22/2014 3:23:36 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 September 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    "I would not be interested in becoming Russia's president if my country was developing normally..."  It did come as a surprise last December, when Vladimir Putin suddenly signed an early release for Mikhail Khodorvkovsky, who was the richest man in Russia ($15B) when he was jailed for 'tax evasion' (read: challenged Putin) in 2003... Hard to tell for sure what the thought process was there -perhaps feeling strong and aiming to soften his image a bit- but Putin at the time explained 'Ten years in prison is a serious punishment' and signed the form that freed Khodorkovsky from a decade of harsh detention....
  • Putin foe Khodorkovsky says Russia is lying about Ukraine

    03/09/2014 12:19:06 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9 Mar 14 | Timothy Heritage
    Former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, addressing thousands of people at the cradle of the uprising against Ukraine's Moscow-backed leader, accused Russia on Sunday of being complicit in police violence against protesters. To chants of "Russia, rise up", Khodorkovsky, who was jailed for a decade under President Vladimir Putin, told the crowd the Kremlin was lying to its own people by portraying the protesters as "neo-fascists" bent on violence. Wearing a simple dark anorak and jeans, he addressed the crowd from a stage in Kiev's Independence Square, occupied by protesters since November despite police trying to oust them with force which resulted...

    01/01/2014 3:31:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 1, 2014 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    Displaying the killer instincts of a chess grandmaster, Vladimir Putin rang out 2013 with an exceptional list of accomplishments. The Russian president humiliated the United States by sheltering NSA leaker Edward Snowden, brokered a Syrian chemical weapons deal that averted a seemingly inevitable U.S. military strike and outmaneuvered the 28-nation European Union in the wrestling match for influence over Ukraine.
  • Palin cuts ties to Soros-linked aides

    05/03/2011 7:01:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | 5/3/11 | Justin Elliott
    The big Sarah Palin news today is that she has lost her longtime foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann. Scheunemann is a well-known neoconservative who worked for Jesse Helms and was intimately involved in the push for the Iraq war. He later became an aide to John McCain on the 2008 presidential campaign, where he met and linked up with Palin. He's been associated with her ever since. The question is: Why did they Scheunemann, who runs the lobbying firm Orion Strategies, leave Palin now?
  • Dissatisfied with the European Parliament’s soft resolution on Russia, MEPs insist on blacklists

    02/21/2011 10:27:23 AM PST · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies ^ | February 18th, 2011
    Some members of the European Parliament (MEPs) deemed yesterday’s resolution on Russian non-compliance with the rule of law to be much too soft, and now seek sanctions against Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses. As reported in the media, the European Parliament has three enumerations: there is the ‘Khodorkovsky list’, which includes those involved in imposing harsh sentences in the Yukos case; the ‘Magnitsky list’, with the names of those accused of the death in jail of the lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management; and the ‘Nemtsov list’, in which appear the persecutors of Russian opposition leaders. The latter list...
  • Merkel sees politics behind Khodorkovsky sentence

    12/30/2010 12:35:46 PM PST · by devere · 12 replies · 13+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 30, 2010 | Christiaan Hetzner
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticised on Thursday the sentencing of former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to six additional years in prison, saying the ruling appeared to be politically motivated. "The impression remains that political motivations played a role in this trial," Merkel said in Berlin. "This contradicts Russia's frequently repeated intention to pursue full adoption of the rule of law." The sentencing of Khodorkovsky by a Russian judge on charges of multi-billion dollar theft and money-laundering means he will serve a total of 14 years in prison and not be freed until 2017.
  • Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky again found guilty

    12/27/2010 10:27:56 AM PST · by devere · 11 replies · 2+ views
    AP ^ | December 27, 2010 | LYNN BERRY and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky was convicted Monday of stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds, a verdict likely to keep the oil tycoon who once challenged the power of Vladimir Putin behind bars for several more years. The unrelenting legal attack on Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, has come to define the country's transformation under Putin. The outcome of the second trial exposes how little has changed under President Dmitry Medvedev despite his promises to strengthen the rule of law and make courts an independent branch of government. Putin, now prime minister, remains the more powerful leader. Any lingering...
  • Khodorkovsky says Putin is ‘pitiable’

    12/25/2010 7:50:38 AM PST · by devere · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Financial Times ^ | December 24, 2010 | Isabel Gorst
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed Russian tycoon, has lashed out at Vladimir Putin, describing his nemesis as a pitiable but dangerous leader steering his country towards degradation and chaos. In a newspaper article published on Friday, three days before a judge begins reading the verdict in a fresh trial that could keep him in jail until 2017, Mr Khodorkovsky said the Russian prime minister was trapped in the cynical political establishment he had created, indifferent to the fate of its people. “I suddenly realised I was sorry for this man – no longer young, but vigorous and horribly lonely in the...
  • I Am Ashamed Of What Russia Has Become

    11/27/2010 12:37:38 PM PST · by devere · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | November 6, 2010 | Mikhail Khodorkovsly
    I can recall October 2003. My last day as a free man. Several weeks after my arrest, I was informed that president Putin had decided: I was going to have to “slurp gruel” for 8 years. It was hard to believe that back then. Seven years have gone by already since that day. Seven years – quite a long stretch of time, and all the more so – when you’ve spent it in jail. All of us have had time to reassess and rethink many things. Judging by the prosecutors’ presentation: “give them 14 years” and “spit on previous court...
  • Khodorkovsky, The Kremlin, And 'The Thaw'

    03/02/2009 6:22:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 271+ views
    RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty ^ | February 26, 2009
    February 26, 2009 Many Kremlin-watchers point to oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's October 2003 arrest as the point when it became crystal-clear where Vladimir Putin's Russia was headed. Opposition leaders are now saying that Khodorkovsky's fate has again become a litmus test -- this time for President Dmitry Medvedev. On March 2, Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev will face new charges of embezzling and laundering more than $20 billion. Critics say the case -- like Khodorkovsky's 2005 trial in which he was convicted of tax evasion and fraud and sentenced to eight years in prison -- is a fabricated...
  • Russia Is the Occupied State for Khodorkovsky

    02/23/2008 3:41:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 119+ views
    Kommersant ^ | 02/21/08
    Russia Is the Occupied State for Khodorkovsky Mikhail Khodorkovsky regards Russia an occupied state and blames the lack of the nation’s initiative exactly on this occupation, Novaya Gazeta reported with reference to Khodorkovsky’s talk with the lawyers. According to Khodorkovsky, quite a few different thinkers arrived at one and the same conclusion - mentality of the Russians, the relations of people and elite, the place of special services in public life are characteristic not for the country at war but rather for the occupied country. Since the time of Tatar and Mongolian invasion, Khodorkovsky went on, the nation has humbled...
  • Khodorkovsky May See Longer Jail Sentence [Russia keeps dissident imprisoned.]

    02/06/2007 4:16:38 AM PST · by familyop · 5 replies · 278+ views
    Forbes ^ | 05FEB07 | Chris Noon
    About a year and a half ago, Marina Khodorkovsky, the long-suffering mother of jailed oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said that she had little optimism for her son's fate as long as Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his team remained in power. Mother knows best, as they say. Russian prosecutors are cobbling together more charges against Khodorkovsky, which means the former Yukos chief's jail sentence could yet be beefed up. This will put an end to the politically ambitious tycoon's hopes of release from jail before the 2008 presidential elections. Khodorkovsky was convicted in May 2005 after a trial widely seen...
  • US State Dept Condemns New Charges Against Khodorkovsky

    02/05/2007 5:44:33 PM PST · by bd476 · 4 replies · 216+ views
    Robert Amsterdam (Khodorkovsky's Attorney) ^ | 5 February 2007 | Sean McMcCormack US Dept Of State
    Today US State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack issued the following comments in response to the new charges applied to Mikhail Khodorkovsky: QUESTION: Do you have any comment on Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the charges that were brought against him today? MR. MCCORMACK: As a matter of fact, I do have something right here. I have something prepared on this. Let me read it to you. As we have commented in connection with the original trial, the continued prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the dismantlement of Yukos raise serious questions about the rule of law in Russia. Khodorkovsky and his associate, Platon...
  • New Charges in Russia Against Oil Executives

    02/05/2007 5:33:14 PM PST · by bd476 · 8 replies · 254+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6 February 2007 | C. J. CHIVERS
    Russian prosecutors brought new charges Monday against the imprisoned founder of the Yukos oil company and one of his business partners, opening a new line of legal attack against a Kremlin opponent. The former executive, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, and his partner, Platon A. Lebedev, were charged with embezzlement and money laundering, which his lawyers said together could carry prison sentences of 15 years. The two men have been held since their arrests in 2003, and are serving eight-year sentences for tax evasion and other charges. Their lawyers said they had potentially qualified for parole late this year, when they would...
  • More Prison Time for Khodorkovsky?

    12/28/2006 12:10:56 PM PST · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 341+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | December 28, 2006 | Nabi Abdullaev
    Jailed Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky is looking at a possible 15-year prison term in connection with a money-laundering inquiry. The prison term would come on top of the eight years he is already serving. Prosecutors on Wednesday questioned Khodorkovsky as part of their inquiry. "Khodorkovsky is suspected of stealing oil revenues from Yukos subsidiary firms and then laundering these funds by donating them to Open Russia," Khodorkovsky's lawyer, Yury Shmidt, said by telephone from the regional capital, Chita.
  • The Khodorkovsky Connection

    12/26/2006 1:17:18 PM PST · by lizol · 16 replies · 553+ views
    New York Sun ^ | December 26, 2006 | ROBERT AMSTERDAM
    The Khodorkovsky Connection By ROBERT AMSTERDAM December 26, 2006 In the latest news coming out of Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been transferred within Siberia from a gulag to a pre-trial detention center in Chita for what may be the application of further bogus charges against him. And on Friday, police officials took his father, recently released from hospital, for interrogation. Although you may not have remarked upon it, even before this news, the name of my client had taken on new significance. For his is one of a handful of names to appear recently in two otherwise seemingly unrelated stories...
  • Pichugin Gets 24 Years in Murders

    08/20/2006 4:22:22 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 5 replies · 280+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | Friday, August 18, 2006 | Catherine Belton
    The Moscow City Court convicted Yukos' former security chief Alexei Pichugin on Thursday of organizing two murders and two attempted murders and sentenced him to 24 years in a prison camp. Pichugin's lawyers will appeal the ruling, which they said was based largely on hearsay and third-hand testimony from a convicted criminal and a dead man. State Prosecutor Kamil Kashayev, who had asked for a life sentence, called the verdict just. But he insisted that Pichugin had been carrying out orders for key Yukos executives, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky's closest lieutenant, Leonid Nevzlin. "No one has the right to take away...
  • Pichugin Faces Life Sentence in Killings(Yukos-Khodorkovsky)

    08/17/2006 4:25:16 AM PDT · by GarySpFc · 2 replies · 150+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/17/2006 | Catherine Belton, Staff Writer
    The Moscow City Court is due to hear the verdict Thursday in the politically charged trial of former Yukos security chief Alexei Pichugin, who stands accused of a series of contract killings, including the 1998 murder of Nefteyugansk mayor Vladimir Petukhov. The case is a key part of the state's efforts to link former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky's chief lieutenant, Leonid Nevzlin, to the killings. State prosecutor Kamil Kashayev has asked the court to hand down a life sentence for Pichugin, who is already serving 20 years in jail after being convicted last year of organizing the double murder of...