On this day, an accusation formula was issued for Platon Lebedev

On this day, an accusation formula was issued for Platon Lebedev

Swiss traces of “borehole” fertilizers. “Platon Lebedev pas part of the organized group created by Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky…” The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on April 1, 2004.

On this day, on April 1, 2004, the Basmanny Court of Moscow sanctioned for the second time the arrest of bank accounts of nine companies situated in Switzerland and connected with defendants of the “Yukos case”.

Earlier, on March 19, 2004, on the motion of the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Court imposed custody on pecuniary means in the bank UBS AG on all accounts of the following companies – Apatit Fertilaizers S.A., Prolifert AG Seestatt AG, Nord West AG, Behles Petroleum S.A., South Petroleum Limited, Baltic Petroleum Trading Limited, Petroval S.A., PFH Atlantic Petroleum Limited, Karran Tankers Limited as on property, obtained as the result of criminal activities of the former head of the Oil Company Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky, head of the International Finance Association “Menatep” Platon Lebedev, and other defendants of the criminal case against the “main shareholders” of the Oil Company Yukos.

(See also the article “The suffering of the frozen physical persons”. $5 billion, arrested in Switzerland, were misrepresented as “pension savings” of Yukos employees).

By the decision of the Court were arrested also pecuniary means on personal accounts of the lawyers (and concurrently accomplices of crimes) Vasily Aleksanyan, Anton Drel, member of management and directors boards of the CJSC “Yukos-Moskva” Alexander Temerko, and head of the legal service of the company GLM Management Service. These means were arrested as property belonging to the accused Khodorkovsky, Nevzlin, Dubov, Brudno, Shakhnovsky, Gorbachov, Kraynov, Chernyshova, and “obtained by illegal way and handed over to other persons for safe-keeping”.

And if the first time the seized Swiss assets of the “borehole swindlers” were declared “pension savings of Yukos employees”, so, in this case, it was told that “bank accounts of Yukos lawyers were arrested in Switzerland”. Apart from that, amateurish attempts were undertaken in order to mislead the audience by declaring that Mikhail Khodorkovsky had nothing to do with it, and that he had no Swiss accounts at all. To be sure, that was not the case. The question was about a gray business using chemical products of the JSC “Apatit”, and of a whole pile of murky firms through which the “main shareholders” were lining their pockets.

(See also the article “Khodorkovsky’s “chemical” firms”. While Khodorkovsky sewed mittens in prison, his 6.2 billion Swiss franks traveled through Swiss banks. and the article “On this day, the conviction against Platon Lebedev was enforced by a concentrate”. "He committed embezzlement to the total amount of $32 527 792.56". The episode of the misappropriation of means from the selling of apatite concentrate supplemented the case with Article 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. “In November 1997, a shell company “Apatit Fertilaizers S.A.” was created (account No 0251-654879, bank Credit Suisse), the purpose of which was to receive the apatite concentrate at understated prices and sell it to customers at inflated prices. “As of June 2003, in the existing structure of the Mineral group, the company “Appatit Fertilaizers S.A” belonged to 50% to the group of the shareholders of the company “Group Menatep” (Khodorkovsky, Lebedev, Nevzlin, Dubov, Brudno, Shakhnovsky, Golubovich) and a group of shareholders of “Phosco Industries”).


On the same day, on April 1, 2004, the Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia presented to Platon Lebedev an accusation formula. Its full version appeared was made available for the public, as a flow of requests from media outlets and journalist was coming to the Office of the Prosecutor General about the essence of “Yukos case”.

(See also “A swan song”. The wording of the accusation formula presented to Platon Lebedev. Lebedev is accused of committing crimes under  Article 159, Paragraph 4, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Article 315, Paragraph 3, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Article 165, Paragraph 3, Subparagraph “a”, Article 160, Paragraph 4, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Article 33, Paragraph 3 of the Criminal code of the Russian Federation, Article 199, Paragraph 2, Subparagraphs “a”, “b” of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Article 159, Paragraph 4 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, Article 198, Paragraph 2, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

As it was found out, Lebedev was a member of a criminal group, created by Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky “with a purpose to acquire by way of cheating shares of Russian companies during the privatization”.

“It was pointed out in the document that “Lebedev, together with Khodorkovsky, headed the activity of that group in the process of committing crimes”. Further in the text are itemized episodes that were included in the first criminal case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. In the same document, mentioned were also the Swiss companies “Appatit Fertilizers S.A.”, “Polyfert AG” and other firms with which the “robber-barons”, as some commentators asserted, had nothing to do with. Such an open format of work of prosecutors with the press, to be sure, was not liked by representatives of the defense. According to Karina Moskalenko, the lawyer of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, “such publication before passing of a sentence is a violation of presumption of innocence. Evidently, the defense was really upset that their monopoly was broken to interpret different aspects of the criminal case of the “most transparent” oil company”, noted the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, a killer tipped off Nevzlin and pointed at Khodorkovsky”. The record of the interrogation of Vladimir Shapiro unveiled the names of a sponsor and ordering customer of a series of murders and attempted murders. The orders were reimbursed by Nevzlin in the interests of Khodorkovsky. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on March 31, 2005).

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