Ob this day, Khodorkovsky and Nevzlin were asked to go away

Ob this day, Khodorkovsky and Nevzlin were asked to go away

Mr. Khodorkovsky already has nothing to do with Yukos as manager”. Rector Nevzlin has bought the Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU) for $100 million. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on November 13, 2003.

On this day 18 years ago, on November 13, 2003, the Oil Company Yukos publicly disavowed Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The new leader of the concern Simon Kukes who took the chair of the company by the decision of the Board of Directors before that, on November 4, 2003, did some pressing statements about the work of the oil empire (see the video).


The new head of the Oil Company Yukos commented on the stopping of talks with the two American companies – Exxon Mobile and ChevronTexaco – on the process of the merger with the Oil Company Yukos.

According to Kukes, Khodorkovsky indeed conducted talks about the merger with the biggest American oil company “Exxon”, but now “the situation has changed”, and one should not await any sensations in the nearest future. Kukes pointed out that the events around Yukos should not influence the activity of Yukos itself, despite the fact that the arrested businessman happened to be its biggest shareholder.

"Mr. Khodorkovsky has left. Now he has nothing to do with Yukos as manager. And if the stockholders have any problems, then only the problems with the government”, stated Kukes, stressing that “the court should decide this case”.

However, Kukes, who thought that the departure of Khodorkovsky would stabilize the situation, and in two or three months the company would enter the working rhythm, was mistaken “in good faith”. Created by Khodorkovsky and Co criminal barriers – tax crimes of the company and its "main shareholders" – hidden by the PR and beautiful corporate accounting, turned out fatal on closer examination.


On the same day, on November 13, 2003, information leaked to the press that Leonid Nevzlin, with a high degree of probability, would lose the chair of the rector of the Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU), and for that purpose, a special session was planned of the Scientific Board of this educational institution with the following item on the agenda – reelection of the head of this institution of high education.

“In the rectorate of the University they categorically refused to comment the information, all the more so, a connection of the reelection with the recent events around the Oil Company Yukos, but they confirmed the agenda of the Scientific Board – Nevzlin must leave, as since September he has been absent on his working place”.

The fugitive mastermind of murders got through in the rector's office in June 2003 on a commercial basis. On behalf of Yukos it was promised to invest in the University 100 million U.S. dollars during 10 years. Yuri Afanasyev, who with his own hands had created this University and had been himself earlier the rector of it, agreed to leave the chair of the leader for the sake of the cause. Thus, he moved to the exclusively honorary position of president of the supervisory board. According to the Statute of the institution, he even lost the right to vote in the Scientific Board. “The second member of the Supervisory Board became Mikhail Khodorkovsky”, recalled the press the process of the "privatization" of education.

"It became not only "the first case of actual buying of a main state educational institution by the private capital in the post-revolutionary history of Russia", but also an amusement of unprecedented impudence – only during the period 2000-2002 Yukos stole from the budget $17 billion.

“And with their own hands Khodorkovsky and Nevzlin, perhaps, could create only the “organized group of persons” for financial machinations. And various acquisitions, like “investments in the RGGU”, - for them they were also a form of legalizing both themselves and money”, notes the website Prigovor.ru.

(See also the previous article “On this day, they proposed for Pichugin 3 million rubles and a deputy of the State Duma. The henchman of Khodorkovsky remained in custody. Bail set at 3 million rubles and a deputy of the “Yabloko” party did not come in handy. The website Prigovor.ru reminds its readers of what happened on November 12, 2003.

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