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Russia to West: Lay off the Khodorkovsky Case

Posted on Dec 28, 2010
AP / Ivan Sekretarev

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is led behind bars in a Moscow courtroom Tuesday.

The Russian government would like certain of its Western counterparts, particularly Germany and the U.S., to know that their critiques of the Russian justice system’s approach to the trial of sometime Putin antagonist and oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky are unwelcome at this time. Both nations have expressed concerns about the potential role of local politics in Khodorkovsky’s extortion trial, but their judgments have since been met with a clear message: Butt out.  —KA


Attempts to exert pressure on the court are unacceptable,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

“We expect everyone to mind his own business, both at home and in the international arena.”

Assertions that justice was being applied selectively in Russia were, the statement said, “groundless”.

The judge found Khodorkovsky and Lebedev guilty of stealing from their own firm, Yukos, and laundering the proceeds.

Delivering the full verdict and sentence is expected to take several days.

The White House said it was “deeply concerned” about the verdict, calling it a “selective application” of justice.

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By Peetawonkus, January 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

Throwing corrupt oil execs in prison…Hmmm… Sounds like a good place to start.

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By MikeL, December 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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The NYT had a similar article Today, decrying the Russian Legal System but nary a word about Gitmo, Abu Grarab, Thieves on Wall Street, Our Lawbreaking Presidents and Our Own lack of following Our Own Laws and Treaty Obligations We treat as trinkets. In the Eyes of Our Government, Every body but Us and Our Allies, Israel in particuler need to conform to Our standards. Our Lawbreaking is a World wide project and includes Torture, Killing of thousands of Civilians, Killer Drones wherever We please and We think We have the right to dis the Russians, give Me a break. If We really cared about the Rule of Law We would have most of Our Presidents in Jail, including Our Peace Prize current one.

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By samosamo, December 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment



““She has been a mediocre Secretary of State but
seems to get a free pass from our press.”“

There isn’t any ‘seems to get a free pass’, you
would have been even more correct if you had
put it like this: ‘And of course the sec of state get
a free pass from our press’. Oh and hell, yeah she
loves to interfere and there are few more
irritating than her, her boss for one, another who
gets a free pass from our press.

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By berniem, December 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

The US critical of another nation’s justice system? WOW!!!!

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By samosamo, December 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment


Russia is such a decent antidote to the u.s. Makes
me wonder just what this khodorkovsky really
means to the u.s.? Because he is just another oil
million/billionaire piece of crud, that these are
the type of people faux america is interested in
saving from the evil empire.

What really opens up to the world is the hypocrisy
of the u.s. leaders who just don’t have a single
compunction of throwing anyone under a bus on
a whim. As I have heard it said, ‘any country that
stands up to the u.s. is ok in my book’, even if
they are throwing their subjects under the bus.

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By john mag, December 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment
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Unbelievable, the hypocrisy of the u.s !  Complaining
about how another country is conducting itself
concerning prosecution of criminals ! Being unfair ? 
This dirtbag zionist is getting what the wall street
gangsters in this country should be getting…who also
happen to be of the same persuasion

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By omygodnotagain, December 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

Just another example of how a vicious Jewish criminal like Khodorkovsky is protected by the see no, hear no, speak no evil crowd and their stooges.
Khodorkovsky and the other Oligarchs should have been executed years ago for treason.

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By gerard, December 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm Link to this comment

Deeper insights into problems like this between unbridled capitalism and beyond-control anti-capitalist regulations can be actually enjoyed in John LeCarre’s “Our Kind of Traitor.”  The novel takes up a similar problem, shows its conflicted roots more clearly, questions black-and-white judgments in such cases, and, everything considered, makes a deeply humanizing story.

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By David J. Cyr, December 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment

Bradley Manning should apply for Chinese or Russian citizenship… so Obama and Field Marshall Hillary would demand his release.

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By sophrosyne, December 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment
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Leave it to Hillary to interfere in a meaningless, but irritating way.  She has been a mediocre Secretary of State but seems to get a free pass from our press.

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