On this day, the Murmansk affair of Lebedev and Khodorkovsky was laid bare

On this day, the Murmansk affair of Lebedev and Khodorkovsky was laid bare

Offshores of cover and fictitious payments. “The Arbitration Court was misled by members of the organized group of Lebedev- Khodorkovsky". The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on November 29, 1956, and 1994.

On this day 65 years ago, in Moscow, with the difference of only 23 minutes, were born two Lebedev brothers – Platon and Viktor. According to Viktor, there had been no business ties with his brother. And, this was good, because Platon Leonidovich, as was established by the materials of criminal and court cases, turned out to be a very active “economic entity”. For his commercial “exploits”, connected mainly with machinations and tax crimes, Lebedev, from July 2003 to January 2014 had served his sentence, meted out by two court verdicts.

One of the most well-known episodes of the case connected with the organized group of Lebedev and Khodorkovsky is the embezzlement of the shares of the company “Apatit”.

And on this momentous for the figurant day, 27 years ago, happened another memorable event, which he will hardly ever forget.

So, 27 years ago, on the day of his 38th birthday, Platon Lebedev got to know that on November 29, 1994, the prosecutor of the Murmansk Region directed a legal claim to the Arbitration Court of the Murmansk Region about the termination of the agreement of sale and purchase and of returning back of 20% of shares of the company “Apatit” to the Property fund of the Murmansk Region.

“See also the article “The formula of accusation with regard to Lebedev”).

“Pursuing the objective to impede the return of the shares to their legal owner and aiming to inflict damage to the interests of the state, the members of this organized group have organized, under Khodorkovsky direction, fraudulent actions in this direction”.

So, on August 16, 1995, in Moscow, Lebedev, Khodorkovsky, Kraynov, and other members of the organized group through their representatives took to Arbitration Court of Moscow the payment transaction confirmation No 20 from August 10, 1995, to the tune of 250 billion of pre-revaluation rubles and No 22 from August 11, 2005, to the tune of 229,244,382,769 of pre-revaluation rubles on transferring of the mentioned sums from a special account of the CJSC “Volna” in the bank “Menatep” to the operating account of the JSC  “Apatit” in the same bank in lieu of investments.  However, the mentioned payments were fictitious, as on the same day the indicated sums of money were transferred back to the special account of the CJSC “Volna”. Hereupon, the Arbitration Court of Moscow was misled by members of the organized group acting under the direction of Lebedev and Khodorkovsky pertaining to the investments in the JSC "Apatit”, and on August 16, 1995, the court dismissed the claim of the prosecutor of the Murmansk Region.

Knowing in advance that the Property Fund of the Murmansk Region continued its actions directed at becoming back the shares from illegal ownership of the controllable by him CJSC “Volna”, Lebedev, being, in fact, the head of the bank “Menatep on finance and economic questions”, CJSC “Posprom” and the JSC Oil Company Yukos, and itemizing as councilor of the Board of the CJSC “Rosprom”, Khodorkovsky, as well as other members of the organized group had organized actions of the controllable by them persons, and, as a result, 20% stock of shares of the JSC “Apatit” on behalf of the mentioned closed joined stock company, in June 1996, under the guise of purchase and sell deals was redrafted by way of fragmentation as properties of front persons and controllable by them commercial entities”.


The shares were fragmented and “dumped” on shell companies, created by “Fiangial and Merkantile Holdinglimited” (the company FAM, created in 1994), registered in Limassol, Cyprus, and the company “Jamblick Limited”, Douglas, Isle of Man.

The offshore “Jamblick Limited was created in November 1984, and for a certain period of time had been in a sleeping mode. Then, after a series of procedures, on May 22, 1991, the company “Jamblick Limited” was reactivated, and Khodorkovsky, Nevzlin, Dubov, and Brudno were appointed its directors. Both these offshores spawned shell and controllable by “the main shareholders” firms with the purpose to hide the real owner of the shares. In the case with "Apatit”, a deal was imitated, like, “conscientious acquirers” bought for themselves some shares from the fragmentized stock, and that is why their return is impossible. However, “on the other end of the line”, the investigation discovered “the ears” of the main shareholders of the “most transparent” company Yukos. After a series of proceedings that had dragged on for several years, 20% stock of “Apatit” shares was returned to the state.

Indicative this episode with the shares of “Apatit” with the participation of Lebedev and Khodorkovsky, is not at all because its exclusion from the verdict in 2005 in connection with the expiring of periods of limitation of this affair. Actually, it demonstrated that “arbitration fraud” is a norm for “the main shareholders”, as well as efforts to hide real owners of companies and concealing of controllable firms, which had been created at the behest of the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev’s organized group in their personal interests. The same style of doing business was characteristic also for the company Yukos.

Take, for instance, the question of discharging the attachment from the “suspicious” money to the amount of $100 in the Bank of Ireland". The money was "frozen" at the request of the Russian side. However, Khodorkovsky's side made everything possible that the Russian side would not be informed and would not take part in the proceedings. It turned out to be, roughly speaking, as with the payment requests”, noted the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, Nevzlin’s gang blew up the apartment of a councilor of Moscow’s mayor. To kill for $15,000. “Pichugin, at the behest of Nevzlin, handed over to Gorin a photo of the aggrieved, indicated her address”. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on November 28, 1998.

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