On this day, the mayor of the town Nefteyugansk declared a hunger strike

On this day, the mayor of the town Nefteyugansk declared a hunger strike

“I, Petukhov V.A., the head of the town Nefteyugansk, protest against cynical actions and murderous policy conducted by oligarchs from the OJSC “Rosprom-Yukos” and bank “Menatep”. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on June 15, 1998.

On this day, on June 15, 1998, in the industrial capital of Yukos, in the town Nefteyugansk, a conflict simmering between the town’s authority and Khodorkovsky’s oil empire entered, as following events would show, in its decisive phase. On 15 June, 1998, the head of the town Vladimir Petukhov declared a hunger strike.

The inhabitants of the town, sitting during six to seven months without wages, expressed full solidarity with their elected leader. The whole town knew – the source of numerous problems was the colonial policy of the oil company Yukos with Mikhail Khodorkovsky* at the head of it. At issue, above all, was a factual refusal to pay taxes to the town’s treasury. The gray schemes with the help of which Yukos tried to present its “tax discipline”, was not counted, as well as illegal efforts to pay some small sums of money to town’s organizations bypassing the town’s budget.

According to the state administration, the analysis of the budget performance of the first half-year of 1998 showed that Yukos had paid to the budget only 4% of taxes from the forecast for 1998. The situation, to a great extent, reached a deadlock.

But, apart from the hunger strike of desperation, the mayor of the town Nafteyugansk made another thing important for him and for the town – he collected all the materials in connection with the criminal activity of Khodorkovsky’s company and with an attached covering letter sent them to the highest authority of the country.


“I, Petukhov V.A., the head of the town Nefteyugansk, protest against cynical actions and murderous policy conducted by oligarchs from the OJSC “Rosprom-Yukos” and the bank “Menatep” in the Nefteyugansk Region.

As a sign of protest against the inaction of the Russian government and the policy of strangling of the regional resistance by the team of Khodorkovsky M.B., I, having exhausted all possibilities, declare an indefinite hunger strike and lay down following demands:

  1. To file a criminal case on the fact of tax evasion on a large scale by the company “Rosprom-Yukos” in 1996-1998.
  2. To dismiss from his position Naumova L.Z., the head of the State Tax Inspection of the town Nefteyugansk and Yefimov A.B., the head of the State Tax Inspection of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area, as well as to unite the tax services of the town Nefteyugansk and the Nefteyugansk region.
  3. To ramp up the investigation on the fact of the fraud to the amount of 450 billion rubles (pre-revaluation rubles) by the firm “Rondo-S” and the oil company Yukos, as well as on the fraud with false promissory notes of the firm “Eltem” to the tune of 100 billion rubles issued by “Rosprom-Yukos” (the mentioned firm Eltem that represented Yukos was absent at the address itemized in the documents).
  4. To settle the debts on taxes, penalties and fees of the company “Rosprom-Yukos” to the amount of 1.2 trillion of pre-revaluation rubles to the town Nefteyugansk by financial means, by oil and oil products.
  5. To put an end to interference in the activity of the local government bodies of the town Nefteyugansk from the part of the oligarchs of the “Rosprom”-“Menatep”- Yukos.
  6. To conduct a procedure of annulment of the auction sales of the stock of shares of the company “Yuganskneftegaz” acquired by “Yukos-Rosprom”- “Menatep” and to transfer the stock of shares for debts to the town Nefteyugansk, to the town Pyt-Yakhu and to Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Ares.
  7. To restore economic self-sufficiency of the industrial group “Yuganskneftegaz”.

Instead of efforts to resolve the existing problems with the help of dialogue, the leadership of Yukos sent to the town Nefteyugansk a group of contract killers.


The killers, as it was established by the investigation, during several days were carrying out reconnaissance in the town, selecting the most comfortable ways for committing a crime. The mayor of Nefteyugansk was killed in the morning of June 26, 1998, on his way to work. The murder was committed on orders of Yukos.

All was conceived and conducted by Leonid Nevzlin and Alexey Pichugin “in the interests of Yukos”. As it was found out by the investigation of other homicide episodes, executants had been chosen in accordance with a steady pattern. Having received instructions from Nevzlin, Pichugin approached Sergey Gorin, who, in his turn, chose executants from among local bandits in Volgograd.

“Pichugin A.V., to facilitate the execution of the crime, with the knowledge of Nevzlin L.B., handed over to Gorin S.V. a photo of the victim, addresses of his place of residence and work, and was carrying negotiations about the amount of a material remuneration for the murder of Petukhov V.A. to the tune not less than 150 000 U.S. dollars (927 000 rubles), as well as about terms of its committing”, was pointed out in the materials of the investigation and of the court.

The testimonies of the bandits who had directly participated in the shooting of Vladimir Petukhov, were examined by the investigation in situ, on record. Data received from the killers, were correlated with the objective picture of the committed crime.

All these facts are established by the verdict of the Moscow City Court passed on August 1, 2008 against “a major shareholder” of the company Leonid Nevzlin who was sentenced to life imprisonment. The state Israel hides him from justice.

Yet, after the conviction by the courts of Leonid Nevzlin, the ordering customer of a series of murders and attempted murders, his henchman Alexey Pichugin as well as the group of bandits, actual executants of the crimes, the prosecution didn’t stop the case. Guided by the principle of the inevitability of punishment, it continued, as they say, to dig out. In the end of the day, investigators of the Investigative Committee received materials which turned out to be enough for bringing a charge against one of the main beneficiaries of the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor of the town Nefteyugansk.

According to the version of the Investigative Committee, the person in question is Khodorkovsky Mikhail Borisovich. He escaped to England where he now, night after night, has been taking part in compiling a list of Russian citizens to impose sanctions on.


On December 11, 2015, a ruling was passed on prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky as defendant accused of committing crimes under Articles “Organization of Murder” and “Attempted murder of two and more persons”. It’s about the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor of Nefteyugansk that took place on June 26, 1998, and about the attempted murder of his bodyguard Vyacheslav Kokoshkin, who for the rest of his life is wheelchair-bound.

“As the result of the work accomplished by the investigation and operative services, the involvement of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in these murders and attempted murders has been reliably ascertained – he played in all this a particularly active role. Actually, no important decisions in Yukos were taken without a command from Khodorkovsky”, pointed out the Investigative Committee.

“According to the investigation, it was Khodorkovsky, who, being a shareholder and president of the Board of Directors of the oil company Yukos, assigned Nevzlin and Pichugin, employees of the company under his control, as well as other persons, to murder Petukhov and Rybin, whose official activities ran counter to the interests of Yukos”.

It’s like this that acted the daring leaders of “the most transparent company”. In the press – reasoning about “civil society”, dialogue and democracy. In reality – those who against Khodorkovsky and Yukos should be eliminated, and it was necessary for Yukos – physically eliminated.

“Great Britain itself does not confuse such biography of the fugitive criminal, as British special services know for certain that they have before them a former robber-baron, and now a useful polizei-policeman in their service”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, Mikhail Khodorkovsky as part of a group of persons stood bond for Vladimir Gusinsky”. Chubais, Fridman, Aven, Khodorkovsky* and others sent an open letter to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia, defending Vladimir Gusinsky in a fraud case. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on June 14, 2000).

*On May 20, 2022, the Russian Ministry of Justice included M.B. Khodorkovsky in the list of physical persons executing functions of a foreign agent.

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