“The Washington Post”: A dealer “with a horrible reputation”, Khodorkovsky* spent a lot of time wooing the Americans, and he asked them for help. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on July 10, 2003.
On this day 20 years ago, on July 10, 2003, American patrons of Yukos swindlers made an attempt to interfere in the just opened “Yukos case”. On pages of American publications emerged reports from an unnamed person from the American Embassy in Moscow – the United Stated demand “explanations”.
“The U.S. Embassy in Moscow asked the Russian authority to clarify events connected with the arrest last week of the entrepreneur Platon Labadev, as this poses a question about condition of democracy and business in Russia. According to the newspaper “The Wall Street Journal”, before the arrest of Lebedev, the Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky* invited the U.S. ambassador Alexander Vershbow to his office in order to warn of the coming events. “He didn’t ask for anything, he wanted only that we understand his point of view with regard to these events” said an anonymous diplomat to the newspaper.
“SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY…”
The newspaper “The Washington Post” in the article entitled “U.S. Questions Russians on Probe of Tycoon” explained, “Khodorkovsky, 40, is one of the tycoons that amassed vast wealth during the often corrupt sell-off of state companies in the 1990s. In the last few years he has cultivated an image as a reformed man who adheres to above-board, Western style practices. He has spent much time and money wooing Americans and now seems to be turning to them for help”, pointed out in his piece Peter Baker.
The newspaper “The Washington Post” had an objective view on the swindler Khodorkovsky and his murky history of business activity – “they all have a horrible reputation” (Later, position of American newspapers was being persistently “corrected” by money and efforts of solicitor-lobbyists).
(See also the article “On this day, the tax swindler Khodorkovsky was doing matchmaking in the United States”).
The worries of the U.S. Embassy about “destiny of Russian democracy” and “business climate” in Russia looked strenuous in the context of the arrest of Platon Lebedev accused of economic crimes, and of Alexey Pichugin accused of a series of contract murders and attempted murders. Americans were more interested in the summoning of Mikhail Khodorkovsky for interrogation. And Khodorkovsky, as soon as problems emerged, complained at once to the American Embassy.
“IT’S GOOD THAT MIKHAIL BORISOVICH CAME THERE”
At the beginning of July 2003, against the backdrop of the scandalous events around the company Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the ordering customer of a series of murders and attempted murders Leonid Nevzlin were among the guests of the American Ambassador Alexander Vershbow at a joyful reception organized in honor of the USA Independence Day. In addition, as a coincidence, the reception was being carried out against the backdrop of the terrorist attack in the Moscow district Tushino.
The coincidence, “literary, was by the hour: the festivities in the Moscow park “Kuskovo” began at 3 p.m., and in several minutes a bomb went off in a stadium in Tushino”, pointed out the newspaper “Kommersant”. (Two explosions, 15 minutes apart, were made by two women, two suicide-murderers, at the festival of the society “Krylya”). The reception, under the order of the American Ambassador, was not called off. “Apart from that, Alexander Vershbow, with a smile, said to an observer from the newspaper “Kommersant”: “And in your report from the premises of Spaso-House, you will, evidently, write about Khodorkovsky? Yes, it was very good that Mikhail Borisovich came there”.
OLD PLANS, OLD CONNECTIONS
There is no sense to say that terrorist attacks at that time were directed at disintegration and dismemberment of Russia, it is well known. Also well known is that nowadays the swindler Khodorkovsky dreams of the same, investing money in projects directed at inflicting damage to the Russian Federation and its security.
However, speculations about how the gang of Khodorkovsky and his Western curators could “dismember and divide Russia are no longer covered with plausible projects, concerns about “democracy and stability of business climate”, as it was in September 2003, when the network of Khodorkovsky signed “a memorandum on cooperation” with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), thus becoming, in fact, an open proponent of hidden American interests in Russia.
These projects were so “useful” and “attractive” that in the rationale to their promotion was stressed the “necessity to overcome resistance of public opinion”. At present, all cards are exposed, without any routine pleasantry – at the core of the current activity of Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky (alias MBKh) lies a common Russo-phobic manifesto, based on theoretical calculations of racism and Nazism.
The Americans and the British, and this is known to the whole world, do not shy away from connections neither with terrorists, nor with Nazis, nor with fugitive criminals – they foster them, cover them and use them. The swindler Khodorkovsky (with charges of involvement in murders still hanging) in the role of a polizei-policeman is from that number”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.
(See also the previous article “On this day, a tax opening of Yukos began”. A sensational inquiry of the deputy Mikhail Bugera. Opening has shown: in 2002, Yukos underpaid to the budget $6.7 billion. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on July 9, 2003).
*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.
**Otkrytaya Rossiya”, Great Britain, from 08.11.2017, “Human Rights Project Management” – organization the activity of which was recognized undesirable on the territory of Russia by the decision of the Office of the Prosecutor General from 26.04.2017.