On this day, the court confirmed the legality of the arrest warrant for the swindler Brudno

On this day, the court confirmed the legality of the arrest warrant for the swindler Brudno

“In the period 2001-2002, Brudno, as part of an organized group, committed embezzlement of crude oil to the tune of 6.7 billion U.S. dollars. The myth about a “political background”. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on March 21, 2005 and 2006.

On this day 17 years ago, on March 21, 2005, the Moscow City Court confirmed the legality of the second arrest warrant in absentia for a co-owner of the Oil Company Yukos Mikhail Brudno who was hiding from justice in Israel. This sanction was provided a day earlier by the Basmanny Court of Moscow.

“Mikhail Brudno, within the framework of the criminal case, is accused of the following –  in the period 2001-2002, as part of an organized criminal group, he committed embezzlements of crude oil in oil refineries affiliated with Yukos – “Yuganskneftegaz”, “Tomslneft”, and “Samaraneftegaz” – to the tune of $6 billion 797 million 977 thousand. This pecuniary means was accumulated in accounts of shell firms.

Apart from that, Brudno is charged of legalizing pecuniary means to the amount of 111.23 billion rubles, which had been siphoned to Cyprus under the guise of dividends”, explained to the news outlet RBK courses in court.

Numerous media outlets paid attention, against the backdrop of criminal cases, to Brudno’s trips around the world, in particular, to his visit to the United States for participation in “the very significant prayer breakfast, making of this a kind of signal to Moscow”. But this signal stressed only one thing – a total lack on integrity of the United States not only with regard to international efforts to counter money laundering and criminality in the financial sphere, but also in such things as selling to fugitive defendants of criminal cases tickets for the “Brayer Breakfast”.

(See also the article “On this day, swindlers from Yukos were pulling off yet another PR affair”. Two guests of George Bush from a search base of Interpol. Brudno and Dubov were among thousands of guests invited by independent organizers).

THE MYTH ABOUT “POLITICAL MOTIVES” WAS REFUSED BY THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

On the same day 16 years ago, on March 21, 2006, lawyers of the ex-head of the Oil Company Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and of the head of the International Financial Association MFO “Menatep” Platon Lebedev reported that they had filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg. The lawyer Karina Moskalenko refused to comment for the press the essence of the complaint referring to wishes of the client. “We will respect his attitude and will leave without commentaries the demands that we ask to satisfy in our motion”, she said. Similar was also the position of Platon Lebedev’ lawyers, who only indicated that the complaint included every breach established during the court proceedings.

(See also the article “On this day, the European Court of Human rights didn't recognize Khodorkovsky's case as "political").

“As it was found out later, one of the key assertions of the defense was the presence in the criminal prosecution of the swindlers from the oil company of the notorious “political component”. However, when the analysis of the plea migrated from pages of newspapers to the legal domain, “a political background” was not found in Khodorkovsky’s case”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, Nevzlin was called in court a mastermind of murders”. Yevgeny Rybin: “The killing of me was ordered by Nevzlin and Khodorkovsky, or, at least, by Nevzlin with the concurrence of Khodorkovsky. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on March 20, 2008.

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