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  • What Is Mine Is Mine, What Is Yours Is Negotiable

    07/30/2003 10:19:38 AM PDT · by DPB101 · 27 replies · 619+ views
    Rosbalt News ^ | 7/30/03 | Peter Lavelle
    The Kremlin-Yukos conflict, almost a month old now, has shaken the conventional wisdom many had come to accept about the Vladimir Putin presidency. In a nutshell, the standard interpretation before this happened was the following: Putin's 2000 agreement with the oligarchs called for strengthening the state without big business getting overly involved in politics. In turn, the state would not meddle too much in the affairs of the business empires - basically, in the Russian economy. Of course, there are many nuances, but, essentially, the Yukos fracas has put this 'social contract,' as it were, into question. Eventually, most likely...
  • Russian Tycoon: We Must Prepare For Putin’s Inevitable Downfall

    10/07/2014 2:24:46 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4 Oct 14 | Josh Rogin
    The man who spent 10 years in prison for crossing Putin says the Russian regime will fall, one way or the other, and those who want a democracy to replace it need to get organized now. In December 2013, when Vladimir Putin released Mikhail Khodorkovsky from prison after 10 years, the former oil tycoon and political prisoner said he would not enter politics.... “When I left prison, I announced that I am not interested in engaging in politics. I never promised anyone I wouldn’t engage in it and I continue to be not interested in engaging in it,” Khodorkovsky told...
  • Russia's Khodorkovsky ends up in Siberia camp (Lukos oil tycoon says "Brrrrr....")

    10/20/2005 10:56:35 AM PDT · by gobucks · 5 replies · 936+ views ^ | 20 Oct 05 | Richard Balmforth (Reueters)
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been sent to the wastes of Siberia to serve his 8-year sentence, authorities said on Thursday, sparking outrage among his defence lawyers and rights activists. Khodorkovsky's supporters say the move to send him to the other side of the vast Russian Federation is a continuation of a Kremlin campaign to isolate him as a voluble critic of President Vladimir Putin's leadership and break him psychologically. Penal officials said the 42-year-old oil tycoon, once Russia's richest man, had arrived at camp IK-10, near the border with China and 6,000 km from his native...
  • 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...
  • The Show Trial State

    05/21/2013 11:36:21 PM PDT · by cunning_fish · 4 replies
    The Foreign Policy ^ | May 21, 2013 | NINA KHRUSHCHEVA
    MOSCOW — "Russia is like a tub full of dough. You push your hand all the way to the bottom, pull it out, and right before your eyes, the hole disappears, and again, it is a tub full of dough," Nikita Khrushchev once said, assessing the country he ruled. The former premier -- my great grandfather -- who 60 years ago denounced Joseph Stalin and his pervasive security apparatus, must be turning in his grave. Russia's legal institutions are still run along the lines of Stalin's "show trials." Following the politically motivated prosecutions of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and...
  • 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?
  • Russian executive's fate fuels fears of 'who's next'

    06/20/2005 7:58:57 AM PDT · by ratemy · 34 replies · 679+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 19, 2005 | Anna Dolgov
    MOSCOW -- A new buzzword has permeated Russian business and politics since former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was sentenced on May 31 to nine years in prison for fraud and tax evasion: ''fear." Demonstrators confront it at protest rallies, business people concede it as they move their capital abroad, and opposition politicians draw parallels with the onset of dictator Josef Stalin's Great Terror purges. To many, the conclusion of Khodorkovsky's trial appears to be the beginning, rather than the end, of a chapter in Russian history. Igor Shuvalov, an adviser to President Vladimir Putin, called the trial a ''show flogging"...
  • Western Naivete in the Case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

    06/07/2005 1:06:58 PM PDT · by ratemy · 41 replies · 833+ views
    etalkinghead ^ | 6/7/05 | Kira
    The Russian “legal system,” which would be funny if it wasn’t so painful, has declared Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty on a dozen or so counts of anti-social behavior. For this, he has been stripped of all assets and will spend the next nine years in jail. Moscow has always been spectacularly obvious about her tolerance for those who rise above the rest. And yet to solely blame the evil Putin would be to underestimate the unbelievable ability of the Russian people to blame the exceptional among them for all ills, and of the West’s unbelievable ability to glaze over the obvious....
  • Yukos verdict drags into Thursday

    05/18/2005 3:06:16 PM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 140+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 18 May, 2005
    Yukos verdict drags into Thursday The trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once the richest man in Russia and the former boss of oil company Yukos, has been adjourned until Thursday. Earlier, Russian judges read aloud their lengthy ruling in the trial for tax evasion and fraud. A final verdict on the seven counts may come on Thursday but observers say the hearing is likely to drag on for days. Emotions have been running high as one defence lawyer called the trial an "act of reprisal". There have been daily protests outside the court. Stacked odds Mr Khodorkovsky is widely predicted to...