European Court Orders Russia to Pay Kasparov $13,500.
MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti) – The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ordered Russia to pay chess master-turned-political activist Garry Kasparov 10,000 euros ($13,500) in compensation for his “unjustified” detention in 2007.
“Judges have ruled today that the arrest of Garry Kasparov and other demonstrators at a 2007 Moscow opposition meeting was unjustified,” the Strasbourg court said on its website.
Kasparov and eight other people were detained in downtown Moscow on April 14, 2007, ahead of an anti-government rally that was to take place in the Russian capital on the same day.
The European court ruled that the detentions were a violation of “the right to a fair trial” and “freedom of assembly and association.”
“The court found that the applicants’ defense rights had been limited in a manner incompatible with the guarantees of a fair trial, as their request to examine eyewitnesses had been refused,” the court said in its statement. “Their arrest had been disproportionate to the aim of maintaining public order.”
Since retiring from professional chess in 2005, Kasparov has become active in Russian politics as a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He announced earlier this year that he had left Russia over fears of persecution for his political activities.
Russian Chess Legend Kasparov Seeks Latvian Citizenship.
RIGA, November 5 (RIA Novosti) – Russian chess master-turned-political activist Garry Kasparov has sent a request for Latvian citizenship to all political factions in the Baltic state’s parliament, a lawmaker said Tuesday.
“We have indeed received a Latvian-language request from Garry Kasparov. The Saeima [parliament] will consider this issue soon,” lawmaker Ainars Latkovskis told Baltkom radio.
He said the former world chess champion also wants to keep his Russian citizenship.
A new law on citizenship signed by the Latvian president in early June allows Latvian nationals to hold passports of other states. Russia and other non-EU former Soviet states, however, are not on the list of permitted countries.
Since retiring from professional chess in 2005, Kasparov has become active in Russian politics as a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This summer, he told reporters in Geneva that he was currently refraining from returning to Russia over fears of persecution for his political activities.
In early October, Kasparov, who was ranked chess’s world no. 1 for nearly two decades, announced he would run for president of the World Chess Federation, known by its French acronym FIDE, in elections next year.
President Putin says he's ready to sign a pardon for Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky - who's spent more than a decade behind bars on embezzlement and tax evasion charges. The announcement came after Putin faced more than four hours of questions from Journalists on Russia's domestic and foreign policy.
Putin Says He Will Pardon Khodorkovsky.
MOSCOW, December 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he will in the nearest future pardon jailed former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a decision that appears to have stunned even the businessman’s own lawyers.
The clemency decision caps a week that has also seen the approval of a wide-ranging amnesty that will lead to the freedom of jailed Pussy Riot band members and Greenpeace activists and a number of people imprisoned over anti-government unrest.
Putin made the announcement about Khodorkovsky after wrapping up a four-hour press conference.
Speaking to reporters, he said that he had received the appeal for clemency from Khodorkovsky in the form of a letter.
“[Khodorkovsky] cites humanitarian reasons,” Putin said. “I have already spoken about this. Mikhail Borisovich [Khodorkovsky] should in line with the law have written the necessary document, which he didn’t do, but just recently he wrote this document and addressed me with an appeal for clemency,” he said.
Putin said Khodorkovsky had already spent 10 years in jail for a serious crime and that considering his mother’s illness, Putin would sign off on the pardon in the nearest time.
“The order for the pardon will be issued and the person will be freed,” he said.
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Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the appeal for clemency had been received only a short time previously.
Khodorkovsky’s legal team appeared initially confused by what appeared to have come as a fully unexpected development.
"He never filed [an appeal for pardon], and we haven't had any recent information about anyone appealing on his behalf," said Vadim Klyuvgant, a lawyer for Khodorkovsky.
Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov said on his Twitter blog that he was happy to hear the news.
“The pardoning of Khodorkovsky is something that should have happened several years ago. I am happy for Mikhail and his family,” he wrote.
Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin described the event as “decisive.”
Khodorkovsky’s mother, Maria, said the news was “a bolt from the blue” for her.
“I’m glad, but I don’t fully believe in this yet,” she said in an interview with Russia Today.
She also said that she was unaware of whether her son ever filed an appeal for parole because she hasn’t seen him since August due to poor health.
Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev were jailed in 2005 and saw their sentences extended until August 2014 and May 2014, respectively, following a second trial on related charges in 2010.
Khodorkovsky, 50, was due for release next year after spending more than 10 years in jail since his arrest in 2003 and two convictions on fraud, tax evasion and oil embezzlement.
Khodorkovsky drew unwelcome attention from the authorities in the 2000s, early on in Putin’s presidency, by actively supporting and funding opposition parties.
The jailed tycoon has always maintained his innocence, claiming that all the cases against him and his business partners were Kremlin retribution for his political and business ambitions. The government has maintained that the matter was purely criminal.
Lawyers for Lebedev said he had no intention of appealing for clemency.
“Neither Platon Leonidovich nor we planned or have plans to ask for this,” said lawyer Alexei Miroshnichenko.
On Wednesday, the parliament rushed through an amnesty bill granting freedom to thousands of prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes, primarily among pensioners, pregnant women and mothers with young children.
The bill was passed in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Russian Constitution and is set to pave the way for the release of numerous high-profile detainees and people facing prosecution.
A lawyer representing imprisoned Pussy Riot punk band member Maria Alyokhina told RIA Novosti on Thursday that he expected her imminent release in the coming hours, as she fell under the amnesty provision for mothers with children. Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova also appears to be eligible for release under the amnesty law. Their prison terms were to end in March.
Also Thursday, a Moscow court cited the amnesty in its ruling to halt the prosecution of four protesters accused of attacking police last year at an opposition rally.
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2013 16:06:24 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
President Putin has pardoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky, arguably Russia's best-known prisoner, citing humanitarian reasons. The former oil tycoon left jail hours later and flew to Germany, avoiding a crowd of journalists eager to see him.
Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany hours after release from prison.
RT.com December 20, 2013 14:42
Ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman has said in a statement. Khodorkovsky has been freed from jail after a decade of imprisonment as President Vladimir Putin granted him a pardon.
"I can confirm that Mikhail Khodorkovsky landed in Berlin Schoenefeld [Airport] today," a ministry spokesman told Reuters.
Former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher has confirmed that Khodorkovsky arrived on a private jet to Berlin and that he personally picked him up at the airport.
According to German DPA news agency, Genscher asked the German company OBO Betterman to provide an airplane.
The purpose of Khodorkovsky’s trip to Berlin remains unclear.
The Federal Penitentiary Service said he had flown to Germany, where it said his mother is undergoing medical treatment.
However, Marina Khodorkovskaya, 80, denied that she is in Germany in an exclusive comment to RT.
“No, I am in Moscow,” Khodorkovsky's mother said, but added that she and family members were “ready to leave, but haven’t decided yet what to do.” When asked if she has talked to her son, she said: “No, I can’t talk to him – he has no phone.” She said that she does not have any new information besides what she “hears from radio [reports].”Reports on Khodorkovsky’s departure to Germany appeared hours after he left the prison.
According to the Federal Penitentiary Service’s statement earlier in the day, Khodorkovsky had filed a request to issue him travel documents.
“As he was being released, Khodorkovsky requested that he be issued the documents required to travel abroad. After the release, he took a flight to the Federal Republic of Germany,” the service’s press service said.
The prison service did not provide details of the flight that it said took Khodorkovsky out of Russia. But an RT source at a local airport cited aviation chatter as saying that Khodorkovsky had flown out of the town of Segezha, where his prison is located, in a helicopter.
On Friday afternoon, Khodorkovsky was released from a prison in the Karelia region, nearly 1,000 kilometers north of Moscow, hours after a presidential pardon was signed. The degree cited humanitarian concerns as the reason for releasing the businessman after a decade of imprisonment.
Khodorkovsky, once the richest man in Russia, was arrested in 2003 and charged with tax evasion and fraud. In 2010 he was prosecuted and found guilty of money laundering. He was due for release in August 2014 after two separate Russian courts reduced his sentence.
Germany’s government has issued a statement saying that Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Khodorkovsky’s release.
Former FM Genscher described the move as "significant and very encouraging".
The statement issued by Genscher's spokesperson revealed the joint efforts of both the former FM and Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed at securing the release of Khodorkovsky.
Genscher had met Putin in person twice to talk about Khodorkovsky and Markel “has repeatedly lobbied the Russian president for Mr Khodorkovsky's release" over the last few years, the official statement said.
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Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 10, 2014 19:22:32 GMT -5
Khodorkovsky Visits Former Associates in Israel – Reports.
MOSCOW, January 10 (RIA Novosti) – Former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has visited Israel where several of his business associates from dismantled oil giant Yukos are living, according to media reports Friday.
The trip to Israel, the third country Khodorkovsky is known to have visited since he was freed from prison in Russia late last month, was confirmed by his spokeswoman Olga Pispanen, Russian media said.
Khodorkovsky has already met with Leonid Nevzlin, a former Yukos shareholder living in Israel, according to a report in Israeli newspaper the Calcalist on Friday.
Sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia by a Russian court in 2008, Nevzlin fled to Israel shortly after Khodorkovsky, then the chief executive of Yukos, was arrested on a Siberian runway in 2003.
Khodorkovsky said in a December 24 interview with Bloomberg news agency that he wanted to discuss allegations made by Nezvlin that Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich helped to mastermind the destruction of Yukos.
Abramovich, whose spokesman Bloomberg cited as denying the allegations, was the owner of oil major Sibneft in 2003 when he aborted its merger with Yukos shortly after Khodorkovsky’s detention.
Other meetings between Khodorkovsky and former Yukos shareholders Vladimir Dubov and Mikhail Brudno could also take place in Israel, according to the Calcalist.
Freed from prison on December 20, Khodorkovsky flew straight to Germany, where he met with his family. His spokesman said Sunday that the former tycoon had also visited Switzerland since his release.
Once Russia’s richest man, Khodorkovsky served more than a decade in prison following his arrest and two subsequent convictions for fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.
Dozens of other senior Yukos managers were imprisoned or fled Russia as the company, once Russia’s biggest, was broken up in a campaign allegedly stage-managed by the Kremlin.
Khodorkovsky has always denied the charges against him, maintaining that they were brought against him in revenge for Yukos' financial support of opposition parties.
Shortly after his release, the former oligarch told reporters that he has no plans to get involved in Russian politics, or to bankroll the political opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 11, 2014 13:00:51 GMT -5
Russian Supreme Court holds Khodorkovsky must pay $550 mln in back taxes.
MOSCOW, January 23 (RAPSI) - The Russian Supreme Court has upheld an earlier judgment obligating former YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky to pay 17 billion rubles (approximately $550 million) in back taxes, RAPSI reports from the courtroom on Thursday.
Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court held in 2005 to collect the money from Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev. Khodorkovsky filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) asserting his right to the protection of property based on having been ordered to reimburse Yukos' tax arrears to the State. The ECHR agreed on this point in July 2013.
Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin had earlier filed several appeals with Russian courts challenging the earlier decision against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev.
Lukin said he disagreed with the decision and wanted to get it overturned. However, the Moscow City Court responded in July by saying that the "material damage inflicted by their crime amounted to 17 billion rubles, which was supported by the evidence collected on the case. Therefore, the court passed the right decision to collect the amount from the perpetrators in full."
Following the Supreme Court decision, Khodorkovsky spokeswoman Olga Pispanen told reporters that the defense is going to further seek a cancellation of the back-tax claims by means of “all available legal mechanisms.”
Lebedev's attorney Vladimir Krasnov added that his client will not give up.
In 2005, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and tax evasion. The second trial commenced in March 2009 and concluded with a guilty verdict in December 2010. The Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow sentenced both men to 14 years in prison for oil theft and money laundering.
Khodorkovsky was released December 20 from serving out his sentence further as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree pardoning him.
In the same decision passed on Thursday the Russian Supreme Court has held that the sentence against Lebedev should be reduced to time served.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 26, 2014 15:27:58 GMT -5
‘Depressed’ ex-oligarch Berezovsky became ‘shell of a man’ in months before suicide.
RT.com March 26, 2014 18:16
The bodyguard of Russian tycoon-in-exile Boris Berezovsky told a coroner’s inquest of the harrowing months and hours that preceded his suicide a year ago.
"He talked with me about [suicide] all the time, and not only with me but with a lot of people. On one occasion he stood with a steak knife in his hand, asking: "Where should I cut?" Avi Navama, Berezovsky’s bodyguard for six years, told the inquest in Windsor.
Navama last saw Berezovsky, 67, the night before his death on March 23, 2013.
"He looked at me with very low, tired eyes. Like he doesn't know what to do," said Navama, who received a text thanking him for his work the same evening, something he found “strange.”
On the day of his employer's death, Navama got no answer when calling him, and decided to visit Berezovsky’s ex-wife’s mansion in Ascot in Berkshire, where he had been staying.
After finding an abandoned smartphone, which was still running multiple apps, Navama said he broke into the locked bathroom, to find Berezovsky “on his back.”
"He looked purple. I checked to see if there was any kind of pulse. I put my ear next to his mouth and was looking at his chest. I couldn't find a pulse," said Navama, a former Israeli Defense Forces commando.
Police declared that Berezovsky’s death was "consistent with hanging.” Several of those close to him claimed that his death was staged by his enemies, whether business partners or the Kremlin, but no evidence has emerged to back this up.
Navama said the "the trigger of the change" in his employer’s behavior was the high-risk lawsuit for £3 billion he launched against former protégé Roman Abramovich, over the handshake-sealed split of their Russian oil assets before Berezovsky fled the country in 2000.
The court ruled in Abramovich’s favor in 2012, leaving Berezovsky with a legal bill of £100 million. The Judge characterized Berezovsky as an “unreliable” and “deluded” witness.
After the judgment, the transformation in Berezovsky was immediate.
"The Mr Berezovsky I knew was a dynamic, larger-than-life personality who became someone who withdrew into himself and became a shell of the man I once knew. Before the verdict he was a very active person. He didn't sleep much. After the verdict he was depressed. His routine changed completely, he stayed most of the time in his room," Navama said.
The man who was once considered the most influential powerbroker in the Kremlin, and who played a key part in Vladimir Putin’s rise to prominence, was now facing probable bankruptcy, and a life spent away from his homeland, where he was convicted in absentia for embezzlement.
"He told me he wasn't a billionaire. He said was the poorest man in the world," Navama said.
Berezovsky, a former mathematician, contemplated going back into academia and business, and even penned a remorseful letter to Putin, asking to return to Russia, where he is still widely associated with misappropriation of state assets following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
But he died before any of these plans came to pass.
The inquest continues, with others from Berezovsky’s close family and friends due to give testimony this week.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 27, 2014 17:57:51 GMT -5
UK Coroner Passes Open Verdict on Berezovsky Death.
WINDSOR, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – A British coroner has recorded an open verdict in the death of self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky after hearing conflicting evidence from experts on Thursday.
Berezovsky, who had resided in self-imposed exile in Britain since 2000, died under mysterious circumstances last March.
He was found dead on the bathroom floor of his home in Ascot, southern England, with a ligature around the neck. A part of his scarf, which was used as a ligature, was attached to a shower rail.
Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford said he could not prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the tycoon was killed or committed suicide.
"I am not saying Berezovsky took his own life, I am not saying Berezovsky was unlawfully killed. What I am saying is that the burden of proof sets such a high standard it is impossible for me to say," he said.
Pathologist Simon Poole, who carried the post-mortem examination, confirmed earlier conclusions that marks on Berezovsky’s body were consistent with hanging and there were no signs of struggle.
Professor Bernd Brinkmann, a renowned German expert on hanging and asphyxiation, gave a contrary opinion. He said that the marks on the man’s neck were “far away from the typical inverse 'V' shape” seen on those who took their own life.
He believed that the businessman was strangled by someone else and the body was then hanged on the shower rail in the bathroom.
In addition, investigators failed to identify a fingerprint that someone had left in the bathroom and establish the identity of an unknown man seen outside the businessman’s house two days before he died.
Witnesses said on Wednesday that the tycoon had been depressed after losing his multibillion-dollar legal battle with Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich in August 2012.
Berezovsky sought 3 billion pounds ($5.1 billion) in compensation from Abramovich, claiming the latter had intimidated him into selling his stake in Russian oil giant Sibneft. The lawsuit was rejected as the judge called Berezovsky’s testimony “dishonest,” “unimpressive” and “inherently unreliable.”
Avi Navama, Berezovsky's bodyguard of six years, told the inquest the tycoon was "broken" by this legal failure during the last six months of his life.
Navama said that when he last saw his employer, he “looked at me with very low, tired eyes, like he doesn't know what to do.”
However, other witnesses said that the former tycoon was ready to continue his legal battle with Abramovich.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 2, 2014 14:32:44 GMT -5
Prosecutors vow to seize $800mn worth of Berezovsky’s foreign assets.
RT.com September 02, 2014 09:33
Russian law enforcers will press for the seizure and sale of the late Boris Berezovsky’s property, including luxury real estate in Europe, in order to compensate his creditors, claims the spokesperson for Prosecutor General’s Office.
Marina Gridneva told RIA Novosti that the Prosecutor General’s Office would seek the maximum available settlement of Berezovsky’s debts and confiscation of the property that was purchased with ill-gotten funds. She emphasized that the Russian justice system would not be obstructed by the physical location of the property or its nominal belonging to some ‘front’ people or firms.
British press earlier reported that Berezovsky property was worth about US$800,000 at the moment of his death.
According to the official, a Marseilles court is currently considering the case of French citizen Jean-Louis Bordes, the real estate agent who has been charged with laundering Berezovsky’s criminal income through purchasing luxury villas in Cote D’Azur. Law enforcers also suspect the man of forming an international criminal community together with Berezovsky to serve his interests.
The house of late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky in Sunningdale, Berkshire, southwest of London.(AFP Photo / Ben Stansall)
Gridneva also reminded the reporters that the French justice had pressed similar charges against Berezovsky, but this case was closed after the tycoon’s death in March 2013.
The spokesperson said that Russian prosecutors were closely following the course of investigation and cooperating with their French colleagues.
“When the probe is completed its results would become the basis of the decision to confiscate two villas – the Domaine de La Garoupe and the Villa du Cloche – as compensation to the Russian state and Russian companies that had suffered from the criminal activities of Berezovsky and his accomplices,” Gridneva noted.
Mathematician Boris Berezovsky became one of Russia’s richest people after the fall of the Soviet Union after becoming a member of the inner circle of the first Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Berezovsky’s initial assets were car dealerships but he quickly expanded to oil, finance and mass media.
Vladimir Putin openly opposed Berezovsky after becoming president in 2000 and soon the tycoon had to flee the country and live in UK and France in self-imposed exile. A Russian court convicted Berezovsky of embezzlement, but he retained part of his wealth and was granted political asylum in Britain. Russian court convicted Berezovsky of embezzlement in absentia and repeatedly asked the UK to extradite the former mogul, but to no avail.
In March 23, Berezovsky was found dead in his home in UK, apparently after committing suicide. Mass media quoted people close to the businessman as saying that he had suffered from severe depression for several months before death and also that he had asked Putin personally to allow his to return to Russia just weeks before his death.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 17, 2014 16:33:37 GMT -5
Russian billionaire Yevtushenkov under house arrest in money laundering case.
RT.com September 16, 2014 22:41
The main stockholder in the Russian conglomerate AFK Sistema and the country’s 15th richest man according to Forbes, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, has been placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering.
The billionaire is accused of acquiring shares in oil producer Bashneft, in the Russian province of Bashkiria, by “criminal means.”
“Investigators have reasonable grounds to believe that Sistema Board Chairman Vladimir Yevtushenkov is involved in the legalization of property acquired by criminal means. Today he was accused of money laundering,” the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website.
The alleged crime carries a possible penalty of seven years in prison and a fine of one million rubles (US$26,000).
Yevtushenkov must stay under house arrest until November 16. His lawyers have three days to appeal against the Moscow Court decision.
The accusations against Yevtushenkov follow months of investigation.
The decision to place the billionaire on house arrest follows a criminal case opened in April regarding Bashneft shares in 2002-2009. Authorities in Russia’s Republic of Bashkortostan suspect that the company underpaid for Bashneft shares in 2009. It sued Sistema for $5.8 billion in damages, but the company has not admitted its involvement in the case.
In August, a Moscow court ruled that Sistema paid $500 million less than agreed with its owner. According to the investigation, the company purchased Bashneft shares for $2 billion, while the contract price was set at $2.5 billion.
Sistema’s shares in Bashneft were frozen in July, when a Moscow court arrested Bashneft’s stock under a money laundering probe.
On Tuesday, Sistema said it considered the allegations against its main stockholder “completely baseless.” The company's central Moscow office has already been searched.
“We believe the charges brought by Russia’s Investigative Committee against AFK Sistema Chairman V.P. Yevtushenkov [are] completely groundless and we will use all legal means to defend our position,” the company told Reuters.
AFK Sistema also controls Russia’s largest mobile phone operator, MTS. New York-listed stock in the company fell by 4.8 percent following the news.
The Kremlin said late on Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin “hopes investigators will get all answers...as a result of investigative activities in line with the law,” according to presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“It is absolutely wrong and absurd to attempt to paint the story in any political color,” Putin’s spokesman stressed, most likely making connections to tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky – the former head of Yukos oil company – whose prosecution was widely portrayed as politically motivated. Khodorkovsky spent 10 years in prison after being convicted of fraud and tax evasion, and was released from jail in December.
In 2014, Forbes ranked Yevtushenkov the 15th richest businessman in Russia and the 141st richest in the world.
Investors losing billions as head of Russia’s biggest holding put under house arrest.
RT.com September 17, 2014 09:17
Russia’s largest publicly traded holding company AFK Sistema has lost about 37 percent of its value in Moscow by midday, after boss Vladimir Yevtushenkov was put under house arrest for alleged money laundering late Tuesday.
Investors have seen the price of their shares plummeting, with billions of dollars wiped off the company’s value.
Shares in Sistema, a company which Yevtushenkov controls and manages, fell by 37 percent on the Moscow Exchange at 13.00, Moscow Time, which means the company has seen its capitalization lose an estimated $3.55 billion.
In the first half hour of Wednesday trading it was down 28 percent.
Sistema controls Russia's largest mobile phone operator MTS, the oil company Bashneft as well as other lucrative assets. MTS was down 8 percent and Bashneft lost 23.5 percent on the Moscow Exchange.
The Moscow Stock Exchange halted trading in Sistema’s shares as a safety precaution. It is applied when a stock drops more than 15 percent in an hour.
Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s net worth is estimated by Russia’s Forbes magazine at $9 billion, making him the 15th richest man in the country. Russia’s investigative committee accused the billionaire of acquiring shares in oil producer Bashneft, in the Russian province of Bashkiria, by “criminal means.”
Sistema insists the deal was “legal and transparent.”
“The company is fully cooperating with the investigation and intends to use all legal means to defend its position,” an official press release said Wednesday.
Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary to President Putin, denied any allegations that Yevtushenkov’s arrest was politically motivated.
“Any attempts to add political context to this issue don’t have the right to exist,” ITAR-TASS quotes Peskov denouncing attempts by some experts to draw a parallel with the Yukos case.
‘Absurd’ to see political motives in Yevtushenkov case – Kremlin.
RT.com September 17, 2014 12:49
There are no political motives in the case of businessman Vladimir Yevtushenkov, says the Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
It’s “incorrect” and “absurd” to try to “paint the Yevtushenkov case in any political colors,” Peskov told RIA Novosti.
Billionaire Yevtushenkov is accused of money laundering and has been placed under house arrest, official representative of Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said on Tuesday.
“It goes without saying that, understanding the possibility of a temporary negative impact on markets, the president counts on all the questions being answered by the investigators as a result of necessary investigative action, regardless of names, surnames and the status,” Peskov said, reminding the journalists that one mustn’t presume someone’s guilt, it must be proven in court.
Shares in Yevtushenkov's holding Sistema AFK, one of the biggest in Russia, have been steadily falling after the news of his house arrest - on average by over 30 percent.
“The investigators had enough evidence to suggest that Evtushenkov is involved in legalizing property, acquired by criminal means, on a massive scale. Due to this, he has been accused. The chosen pre-trial restriction is two months’ house arrest,” Markin stated.
The start of the investigation caused a wave of response, from former businessmen to politicians.
Ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was recently released from jail, compared the Yevtushenkov's case with his own, but said there are differences.
“The Yukos [Khodorkovsky’s oil company] case was based mainly on the social and political conflict… and here, it is solely commercial interest – the direct use of this situation,” he told Vedomosti media outlet, blaming state-owned old giant Rosneft for initiating the investigation.
In response, Rosneft said that comments by the former Yukos chief linking the house arrest of Yevtushenkov to Rosneft's interests in the holding’s oil assets are "absurd," RIA Novosti reported.
"I don't understand how Rosneft has something to do with that? This is absurd," the news agency quoted a Rosneft spokesman as saying on Wednesday.
In the meantime, leaders of the LDPR and Spravedlivaya Rossiya political parties have said they are sure there aren’t any political motives behind the case.
Khodorkovsky has lost connection with reality – Kremlin.
RT.com October 07, 2014 10:37
Top Russian officials are not following Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s statements, and say the former oil magnate and convict has no right to moralize, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary has said.
“We are not following Mr. Khodorkovsky’s statements or speeches. He has been in prison for so long that he has completely lost connection with reality,” the Interfax news agency quoted Dmitry Peskov as saying. “He has absolutely no moral right to lecture us,” the official added.
Once Russia’s richest businessman, Mikhail Khodorkovsky served 10 years in prison for embezzlement and tax evasion. In December 2013 he was pardoned by President Putin and left Russia for Germany to see his elderly mother.
Sometime after his release Khodorkovsky started making ambitious political statements, like plans to run for Russian president, and the intention to support independent candidates and watchdog groups at the next parliamentary elections, due in 2016.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 11, 2014 13:58:29 GMT -5
Czech Republic: "Khodorkovsky didn't get what he deserved" says Petukhov’s widow.
RuptlyTV Nov 10, 2014
SOT, Farida Islamova, author (Russian): "The mayor of the city was shot down in the daylight in the city centre."
SOT, Farida Islamova, author (Russian): "There is a man whose name is Khodorkovsky who is telling the whole world that he is not guilty for the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, but the truth is the opposite."
SOT, Farida Islamova, author (Russian): "I lost the purpose of my life when this murder happened."
SOT, Farida Islamova, author (Russian): "The Yukos executives wanted the mayor to have a secret deal with them to cover up the taxes of Yukos oil company".
SOT, Farida Islamova, author (Russian): "Did Khodorkovsky get what he deserved? No he didn't."
Farida Islamova, the widow of the assassinated mayor of Nefteyugansk Vladimir Petukhov, showcased the English translation of her book 'Khodorkovsky. Who killed my husband?' in Prague on Monday. The text is an account of how Islamova believes her husband was killed at the bequest of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once the richest man in Russia.
Before her book went on sale, Islamova gave a presentation to a small audience at The Globe Cafe & Bookstore. During the presentation, Islamova said that her life had lost its purpose since the killing, and that "Khodorkovsky is telling the whole world that he is not guilty for the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, but the truth is the opposite."
Serving as the mayor of oil-rich Siberian city of Nefteyugansk, Petukhov publicly demanded that Yukos pay due taxes in May 1998. Approximately one month later, Petukhov was shot dead on his way to work on June 26, also the date of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's 35th birthday.
Islamova has said that former Yukos vice-president Leonid Nevzlin, who is currently in exile in Israel, and Aleksey Pichugin, the former Yukos security official who is serving a life sentence for three murders and four attempted murders, were also involved in her husband's murder.
Khodorkovsky, who spent over a decade behind bars for charges including tax evasion, fraud and money laundering, was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin in December 2013 on the basis of Khodorkovsky's mother's ailing health.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 18, 2014 19:02:12 GMT -5
Khodorkovsky has right to enter politics, no regrets over pardon – Putin.
RT.com December 18, 2014 12:35
President Vladimir Putin’s decision to pardon former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was a humanitarian act and has nothing to do with his pledge not to go into politics, the Russian leader assured. He added he didn’t regret the move in the least.
Putin recalled his pardoning of Khodorkovsky during his annual Q&A session with the media and public in Moscow. He announced the decision at the same event a year ago.
The announcement came after the session itself when a journalist caught Putin as he was leaving the event. The release of the former YUKOS head happened a day later, with Khodorkovsky dodging journalists and flying to Germany to meet his mother right after leaving prison.
Khodorkovsky, who served more than 10 years in a Russian prison for tax evasion and fraud, said after his pardon that he pledged not to enter politics, but would be engaged in human rights activism. Since then he has held a number of public events and made statements, which, some observers believe, were a violation of that pledge.
But when asked whether he shared this opinion and regretted his decision, Putin responded in the negative.
“Khodorkovsky filed a plea for pardon and he said he wasn’t going to go into politics. But I didn’t make the decision based on whether he would go into politics or not. That’s his decision and he can do it just like any citizen of Russia does,” Putin said.
“He wrote that his mother was ill. A mother is sacred - I say that without irony. He served most of his term, so there was no sense keeping the man locked, considering that he might have lost the only chance to say goodbye to his mom,” the president added.
Putin said he regrets nothing and believes that his choice to grant the pardon was absolutely right.
His words were quickly confirmed by Khodorkovsky himself.
“Let me say goodbye to mom. That’s true. Won’t let them touch my family – true. Hence – a political opponent, not an enemy. Let the radicals blame me,” the former businessman said in a tweet.
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