On this day, Khodorkovsky lied to regional press

On this day, Khodorkovsky lied to regional press

“Of course, we all are not saints. Neither I, no my colleagues have committed anything illegal”. Credit affair of “Yukos Capital S.a.r.l.” The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on July 22, 2003 and 2004.

On this day 19 years ago, on July 22, 2003, the head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky*, trying to perform “an innocent sheep”, was practicing verbal equilibristic. He told the regional press he “has responsibility before the company, before its shareholders and employees”, but “circumstances are pushing him to political meadow”, where he “has not been anxious to be”. The credulous regional press, in which Khodorkovsky himself had shoveled considerable amount of money under the guise of “development of civil society”, nodded in agreement. Although readiness for the parliamentary elections 2003 Yukos representatives fixated by protocols of 2002, as well as plans of a corrupt coup in parliament.

(See also the article “Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky or MBKh-files. Corrupt coup. Documents).

A secret purpose – to change the constitutional order of Russia by way of replacing the presidential model of government with a parliamentary one, where a majority of deputies is “fed” by Yukos.


Khodorkovsky also expressed himself about the series of criminal cases on the docket of the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. “There is no legal aspect in this case”, said the swindler-billionaire. And, trying to avoid question relating to five criminal cases (the defendant of one of them Alexey Pichugin, an employee of Yukos Security service, was already in custody), Khodorkovsky placed special emphasis on “economy”.

(See also the article “On this day, 5 homicide cases of Yukos were discussed”).

“Of course, we all are not saints. But, from a juristic point of view, I am 100% sure that neither I, nor my colleagues have committed something illegal”, said Khodorkovsky.

“From 1999, when our company set the course for international accounting standards, we have cleared up all questions that could raise suspicion. Somewhere we paid out debts, somewhere gave back shares, somewhere settled differences”, told Khodorkovsky to the credulous press.

Autopsy has shown – Khodorkovsky insolently lied. Khodorkovsky’s organized criminal group didn’t intend to give back the shares of the JSC “Apatit”, it didn’t intend to return the shares of Eastern Oil Company (VNK), and as to the international accounting “standards”, they, at the end of the day, turned out to be recalled “because of concealment of substantial information”. Courts’ rulings bear witness of that, including decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), according to which there was no “political background” in Yukos cases.


On this day 18 years ago, on July 22, 2004, it was announced: shareholders of the OJSC “Yuganskneftegaz” (Yukos affiliate), at its meeting held on July 20, took a decision to get a loan from the company “Yukos Capital S.a.r.l.” to the tune not exceeding 10 billion 150 million rubles, at the rate of 9% per annum”. Similar decision was taken also with regard to another “affiliate”. It was reported that the company “Yukos Capital S.a.r.l.” also would grant credit to Yukos affiliate “Samaraneftegaz” to the tune of 1 billion 700 million rubles”.

It was an affair! The money stolen from the “affiliates” and legalized through “Yukos Capital S.a.r.l.” was provided at interest to “Yukos affiliates”. This machination became a theme of yet another criminal case in 2006.

(“See also the article “Criminal chain of affiliated persons”).

It was found out that “the company “Yukos Capital S.a.r.l.” in its relations with the OJSC “Yuganskneftegaz” and OJSC “NK Yukos” acted not as a side connected with it, not as part of a united consolidated entity, but as a separate juridic person”. This proven circumstance contradicted Khodorkovsky’s assurances that all actions with the loans had been conducted “within the perimeter of the oil company Yukos”.

“The court holds as proven the fact that members of the organized criminal group under the leadership of Khodorkovsky M.B. and Lebedev P.L., during the period from 2003 to 2004, legalized 2 833 000 000 U.S. dollars and had given them over as loans to the same oil-producing entities from which they had previously stolen oil, and had deprived them both of working assets and of profits”, is pointed out in the verdict of the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow from 2010.

“The company “Yukos Capital S.a.r.l.” was specially created in 2003 for legalizing (laundering) of monetary means stolen during the selling of the oil stolen from OJSC “Yuganskneftegaz”, OJSC Samaraneftegaz” and OJSC “Tomskneft” VNK in 2001-2003”, was pointed out in the court’s verdict. It was also indicated that the swindlers Lebedev and Khodorkovsky, through their lawyers, had been managing this laundering scheme directly from a pre-trial detention facility”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, the Accounts Chamber of Russia pitched in Yukos case”. Auditors shared materials with investigation. 8 protocols “on failure to provide documents and information”. Exposure of machinations in the Closed Administrative-Territorial Unit (ZATO) Town Lesnoy. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on July 21, 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.

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