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Sunday, 6 December 2015

6 December 2015. Ukrainian Oligarch Built 13-Metre-High Fence in Kiev Oblast

00 oligarch fence in the ukraine 061215

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People don’t build such things without compelling cause or reason… what does the builder know that we don’t? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

BMD

Friday, 20 December 2013

Khodorkovsky Says He Asked for Pardon for Family Reasons

get out of jail free chance

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Former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, released from prison on Friday on a presidential pardon, said that he’d asked Vladimir Putin for clemency due to family circumstances. In a statement posted on his website, he said, “I turned to the Russian President on 12 November with a request for a pardon because of family circumstances, and I’m happy with the positive decision. The issue of admission of guilt wasn’t raised”. Khodorkovsky flew to Germany after his release. On Thursday, Putin told reporters that he decided to sign the pardon after receiving a request for clemency from Khodorkovsky, citing his mother’s deteriorating health. Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest person, said in that he was looking forward to a meeting with his parents, wife, and children, saying, “I’m looking forward for an opportunity to celebrate the approaching holidays within my family”. He also expressed thanks to all those who had supported him throughout his legal troubles, noting, “I’m very much waiting for the minute when I can hug those close to me and personally shake hands with all my friends and colleagues”.

On Friday, the Kremlin stated that it granted a pardon for Khodorkovsky, 50, on humanitarian grounds and would implement it immediately. Khodorkovsky never hid his concern over the health of his parents, and he wrote in a New York Times article last month detailing his mother’s battle with cancer since the age of 45, “My mother is now nearly 80 years old and again facing cancer and more surgeries”. Khodorkovsky’s mother’s location wasn’t immediately clear, but Dozhd reported that she was at a school for orphans in Moscow Oblast built with money from Khodorkovsky’s former oil company, Yukos. Khodorkovsky’s father, Boris, speaking on the phone from the Moscow Oblast, told the AP that he and his wife intended to fly to Germany on Saturday.

Khodorkovsky spent more than a decade in prison following his arrest on a Siberian runway in 2003 and two later convictions for fraud, tax evasion, and embezzlement. He drew attention from the authorities early on in Putin’s first presidential term by his political activities. Khodorkovsky always maintained his innocence, claiming that the cases against him were Kremlin retribution for political and business ambitions. The government maintains that the matter was purely criminal.

20 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131220/185780075/Khodorkovsky-Says-He-Asked-for-Pardon-for-Family-Reasons.html

Editor’s Note:

Note well that Khodorkovsky left the country right after his pardon. I believe that Putin cut a deal with him… “You won’t have to admit guilt, but you’ll have to leave the country, stay out, and play ball with me”. Mikhail Borisovich jumped at it. In any case, Vladimir Vladimirovich has consolidated power and has nothing to fear from his former rival, who has no more allies left at the Centre and no way of influencing politics. To be frank, he saw a way out of his personal hell, and he took it. He’ll no longer be useful to the West as a “martyr”… he’ll end as a moderately-rich man (he did sock some of his ill-gotten gains away in Western hidey-holes), but no longer a factor in Russian politics. CNN is wrong… this isn’t going to bite VVP… how can it? Khodorkovsky’s out of the country, never to return. After all, it was all arranged prior to the release… including the visa with Germany. Good riddance to bad rubbish…

Oh, one last thing… Khodorkovsky’s business methods were bloody-near-identical to those of Willard Romney. Putin (rightfully) labelled Khodorkovsky a criminal and put him in the slammer… the Republican Party lionised Wet Willy. It tells you much about their respective characters (or lack of same), doesn’t it?

BMD

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

2 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Egyptian Resorts: Sun and Sights

00 Sergei Yolkin. Egyptian Resorts. Sun and Sights. 2013

Egyptian Resorts: Sun and Sights

Sergei Yolkin

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Yolkin makes a barbed comment on Russia’s oligarch class with this one. I don’t think that you need a degree in rocket science to discern his attitude to the Russian greedsters.

BMD

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Tourist resorts weren’t  affected by the current protests in Egypt. Although massive, they were localised, which should please Sergei Yolkin.

2 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130702/947006166.html

Click here for more on the unrest in Egypt

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Anti-Putin Oligarch Berezovsky Buried in Surrey… He was a Suicide

00 Brookwood Cemetery. Surrey UK. 08.05.13

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After the burial of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, found dead at his house near London, was over, the mourners began leaving Brookwood Cemetery. One of the witnesses said, “The guests are leaving, no one’s talking to reporters”. According to sources, a memorial service preceded the burial. On 8 May, Berezovsky’s funeral, took place at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey. However, his will, drawn up just nine days before his death, left more questions than answers.

Berezovsky always intended his funeral to be a private affair, closed to the media. Very few of his friends attended the service. Surrey Police confirmed to VOR that they’d be attending a funeral at Brookwood (near Guildford) to prevent any hindrance to the proceedings, although they refused to say if it was for Berezovsky. However, they denied reports that armed police were in the area. Thames Valley Police, which is leading the investigation into his death, wouldn’t confirm funeral arrangements, saying it was a private affair. The few mourners included his friend Akhmed Zakayev and members of his legal team. According to a tweet from journalist Luke Harding of The Guardian, there were fewer than 30 people at the cemetery in Surrey. He also reported that a Ukrainian TV crew hid in the bushes.

The self-made billionaire… said to be worth 3 billion USD (93.5 billion Roubles. 2.28 billion Euros. 1.93 billion UK Pounds)… was a former academic who built his fortune with investments in oil, cars, aluminium, and the media. He played an integral part in Vladimir Putin’s rise to power in 2000. However, they fell out when Putin began charging many oligarchs with tax evasion. Berezovsky fled to England in 2000, where he lived until his death. The Times reported that although he’d recently changed his will, his executors refused to carry it out and a court appointed an accountancy firm to deal with his finances, said to be in some disarray.

Friends of Boris Berezovsky claimed that someone strangled him to death, despite a post-mortem examination that showed no sign of a struggle, and that he died with a ligature around his neck consistent with hanging. He was found dead in his bathroom at his mansion in Mill Lane, Ascot, west of London on Saturday 23 March. Nevertheless, friends say that he wasn’t suicidal; they believe that someone strangled him. Reports circulated that he was due to be cremated at Gunnersbury Cemetery on 6 May. However, being a municipal cemetery, that seemed unlikely as it was a bank holiday in the UK. The inquest opened and adjourned on 28 March 28, after which the police released a brief statement in which a spokesman confirmed, “The results of the post-mortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, found the cause of death is consistent with hanging. The pathologist found nothing to indicate a violent struggle”.

8 May 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_05_08/Russian-businessman-Boris-Berezovsky-buried-in-Surrey/

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On Wednesday, Russian-born oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who died at his home near London in March, was laid to rest at the Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey in the UK. An eyewitness told RIA-Novosti, “The guests are leaving; they’re reluctant to talk to journalists”. About 60 people were present, including Berezovsky’s close friend Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev, along with the deceased oligarch’s three ex-wives and his daughter Yelizaveta. Journalists weren’t allowed at the funeral, the date and location of which were kept secret to keep the media away. According to eyewitnesses, the casket remained closed during the ceremony. The 67-year-old self-exiled tycoon was found dead in the bathroom of his home in Ascot in southern England on March 23. The official cause of death hasn’t yet been announced, but a post-mortem examination found that the death was consistent with hanging.

8 May 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20130508/181038322/Self-Exiled-Russian-Businessman-Berezovsky-Buried-in-UK.html

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