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On the decision of the Velsk city court refusing Platon Lebedev in release on parole

Statement by YABLOKO Chairman, August 2, 2011

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO expresses its sincere and deep regret in view of the fact that Platon Lebedev [ex-head of Menatep imprisoned on the YUKOS case] was not released on parole.

Courts in our country often apply release on parole to killers and rapists who after their release turn into serial pedophiles. However, when absolutely non-dangerous for the citizens and publicly important figures such as Platon Lebedev are concerned, than private or group interests of the authorities prevail under the mask of law. The leadership of the country did not take any special decision on Lebedev’s release on parole in an exceptional order which is not surprising in the context of the political developments around Platon Lebedev and Mikhail Khodorkovsky case...

Unfortunately all the loud statements by President Medvedev on modernisation of judicial system have remained unrealized. That is why the Russian citizens do not believe in fair justice, moreover the society alienate from the Russian state.

We have been thinking and still think that Platon Lebedev and Mikhail Khodorkovsky must be released, this would become an important and humanistic step and at the same time would serve to improvement of our public climate. We shall spare no effort for this...

YABLOKO supports Platon Lebedev in Velsk

Press Release, July 26, 2011

Today on July 26, local YABLOKO branch in the town of Velsk, Arkhangelsk region, and the Vazhsky Krai public movement conducted a picket in support of Platon Lebedev, ex-head of the Menatep Group (the YUKOS case). The Velsk City Court has begun examination of Lebedev’s application on release on parole.

According to Valery Kvitkovsky, head of the Velsk branch of YABLOKO, about 30 people were picketing the court. People were holding placards “Freedom to Platon Lebedev”, “No to Police State!” and “Citizens of Velsk Support Platon Lebedev”...

YABLOKO to conduct pickets in support of Platon Lebedev in Velsk, Arkhangelsk region

Press Release, July 25, 2011

YABLOKO and the Vazhsky Krai public movement will conduct pickets in support of Platon Lebedev in the town of Velsk (where he is serving his term of imprisonment) on July 26-27. Platon Lebedev, ex-head of Menatep, who had been sentenced to 13 years of prison camp in the YUKOS case was convoyed to the prison camp Ni 14 under Velsk in late June. Lebedev applied for release on parole, and on June 26 the Velsk court have to examine his application. YABLOKO insists that the court should take a positive decision on the release of Platon Lebedev...

YABLOKO advocates release on parole for YUKOS head Platon Lebedev

Statement by the YABLOKO party, July 20, 2011

In connection with the fact that hearings on the application of [ex-YUKOS head] Platon Lebedev will be held in the court of Velsk, Arkhangelsk region, on July 26, the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO insists that the court should take a positive decision [regarding the release of Lebedev].

An extremely odious YUKOS case in which Platon Lebedev was twice sentenced to imprisonment is not only a subject to litigation in different courts, but it has also been attracting the attention of many ordinary people who are concerned about Russia's future. It is impossible to create a modern country when redistribution of property and criminal prosecution of businessmen has turned into a norm. The YUKOS case is one of many, but it is remarkable in its scope and broad media coverage and public resonance.

Release of prisoners and re-examination of the YUKOS case in courts, as well as other similar cases of Russian businessmen will become an essential and necessary step in Russia’s movement from the post-Soviet authoritarian state towards normal policies and a European style economy functioning in the interests of Russian citizens...

The sentence to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev is unlawful and should be aborgated

Interfax, December 30, 2010

Moscow, December 30, 2010. INTERFAX. Grigory Yavlinsky, member of Political Committee of the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO, supports the statement of the party in connection with a sentence to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev and considers the verdict by the court unlawful and subject to revision.

“I completely share YABLOKO’s position as put down in the today’s statement by the party. The sentence to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev comes from a political decision, adopted outside court, therefore this verdict is unlawful and should be abrogated,” stressed Grigory Yavlinsky.

“The YUKOS case is an instrument for intimidation of the Russian business,” he said...

YABLOKO's leaders on the guilty verdict to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev

Press Release, December 27, 2010
One of the leaders of the oppositional YABLOKO party Sergei Ivanenko gave the following commentaty to the Interfax agency on the guilty verdict to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. “The guilty verdict is logical for the system we have in Russia at present”. “This verdict demonstrates that there are no discrepancies in the ruling tandem. The bureaucratic, authoritarian and punitive system is maintained in our country,” said Ivanenko. “The Khodorkovsky case is not only a political case, it shows that the discrepancy between the reality and the decisions made by the authorities has become increasingly obvious to most of the people,” he added.

YABLOKO’s leader Sergei Mitrokhin told Interfax, "It looks like the verdict will be obviously unjust. Any guilt on such a charge is absurd in itself. It is unclear how YUKOS could steal oil from itself". "The first sentence Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev have been serving demonstrated some attempt to display at least a facade of justice, however, this was completely abolished in the second trial. It has already turned from selective application of justice into a means of reprisal,” Mitrokhin noted.

MEPs send letter in support of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to Russian President Medvedev

Press Release, ALDE, December 10, 2010

A cross-party coalition of MEPs has used today's Human Rights Day (10 December) to send a letter to Russia's President Dimitry Medvedev, highlighting the ongoing persecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev.
ALDE MEP Graham Watson (Liberal Democrat MEP, UK), who is leading the initiative to raise the profile of the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev trial, said: "The Human Rights Day is an important occasion to reposition human rights abuses at the forefront of the political agenda. There is a clear consensus among objective observers of the Khodorkovsky and Lebedev trials that their ongoing persecution is unjust and not truly motivated by law. In our letter to Mr Medvedev we express our hopes that the expected conclusion of the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev case will strictly adhere to the principles of the rule of law"...

YABLOKO participates in a rally in defence of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev

Press Release, November 26, 2010

A rally in defence of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev took place in Tomsk last Friday, November 20. The Tomsk branch of the YABLOKO party participated in the rally.

Over 100 people, including YABLOKO’s activists, participated in the rally. YABLOKO’s activists spread the statements by YABLOKO’s Political Council calling the present political regime authoritarian and suppressing the rights of every Russian citizen.

YABLOKO expresses support to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev

Statement by YABLOKO’s Political Committee, November 4, 2010 (published on November 7, 2010)

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO has been watching the trial of the second case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev with unflagging concern the. The party insists that the prosecution has been selective and therefore politically biased. The party urges the court to demonstrate its independence, professionalism and civic consciousness in making its verdict and not to take into account the highly questionable arguments of the prosecution...

Grigory Yavlinsky: Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a victim of the state system

Grigory Yavlinsky at Finam FM radio, November 3, 2010

The trial on the second criminal case of the YUKOS company is close to the end. The sentence to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev will be announced on December 15. The state prosecution demands that the defendants should get 14 years of prison settlement. Co-Chair of the Board ZaModernizatsiyu.Ru (For Modernisationa) Grigory Yavlinsky commenting the trial to the Finam FM radio told that Khodorkovsky was a victim of the state system...

Grigory Yavlinsky at Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev trial

www.yavlinsky.ru, April 24, 2010

...For three days Khodorkovsky was comparing the real development of the company with the bandit slang of the prosecutors. What the investigators called “criminal schemes” all the world has been learning in business school and paying high fees for that and also reading in the Economics textbooks, i.e. the entire world but for the prosecutors...

Khodorkovsky marks first year in jail
RosBusinessConsulting, October 25, 2004
Exactly one year ago, on October 25, 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Chief Executive Officer and a key shareholder in the oil company YUKOS, was arrested.


"We Are Not Extremists"
Moskovskiye Novosti, August 13, 2004

Interview with Alexei Melnikov, one of YABLOKO's leaders, on the actions of the Youth organisation of YABLOKO and party prospects in general by MN's correspondent Stanislav Natanzon.


YABLOKO defies Union of Right-Wing Forces Ultimatum
By Yelena Rudneva, Gazeta.ru, November 12, 2003

"95 per cent of our voters would never in their lives vote for Chubais and Kokh, but would instead give up and vote against everybody”


Putin's problem: The Yukos case is bad for business, jobs and the economy
Editorial, Financial Times (UK), November 13, 2003

Meanwhile, the deputy public prosecutor delivered a grim message to the rest of the Russian business community. "Let those who are still at liberty think hard about what they are doing," said Vladimir Kolesnikov.


Wealth: wild card in Russian election
By Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor, November 13, 2003

"Previously hidden conflicts have emerged into the open, and now there is a real issue to fight the election on: Will Russia slide back into a police state or turn decisively toward the European model of democracy and human rights."


Russia Enters Election Season Split Over Future of Capitalism
By Peter Baker, Washington Post, November 8, 2003

On the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, Russia formally opened its parliamentary election season Friday amid a vigorous debate about the future of capitalism in this country in transition.


Putin Rejects Revoking Yukos Licenses
By Peter Baker, Washington Post, November 6, 2003

"I have strong doubts that such actions would be appropriate," Putin added about the licensing threat.


Political Parties Have a Holiday
By Anatoly Medetsky, The Moscow Times, November 10, 2003

While Communist Party supporters marched, armed with red banners and slogans that included "Down With the Bourgeoisie," in Pushkin Square the liberal parties Union of Right Forces, or SPS, and Yabloko protested the jailing of Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.


Putin's Reign of Fear
By Vladimir Gusinsky, The Moscow Times, November 10, 2003

If the Russian elite does not overcome its fear, Putin will tighten the screws. The regime will be entrenched for years, even if someone else is in charge.


Elite Change, Status Quo Unchanged
By Andrei Ryabov, The Moscow Times, November 6, 2003

The arrest of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has hastened serious changes in the balance of power within the Russian political establishment -- perhaps the most profound changes since Vladimir Putin became president.


'A creeping bureaucratic coup'
Stefan Wagstyl, Andrew Jack and Arkady Ostrovsky, Financial Times (UK), November 3, 2003

"We will see the growing role of bureaucracy, with more corruption and less pluralism. The new reality will be pretty tough: there will not be repression, but a creeping bureaucratic coup."


Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky
Anchor - Vladimir Solovyov, NTV channel, "Apelsinoviy Sok" (Orange Juice) progamme, November 2, 2003

Yavlinsky: In our country, any political activities become complicated, if they are purposeful and serious. In Russia, many Stalinist methods of government are still in use.


Liberal International Awards freedom Prize 2004 to Grigory Yavlinsky
Liberal International, News Release, October 25, 2003

"Liberal International's Freedom Prize is warded to those who fight for and promote the cause of human rights and liberal democracy. We are delighted to honour Grigory Yavlinsky with this prize in recognition of his work in these areas and his efforts to improve the quality of life for the peoples of Russia..."


Marshal law in the Wild East
By Michael Binyon in London, and Caroline McGregor and Simon Saradzhyan in Moscow, The Times ((UK), November 1, 2003

Why does the arrest of Russia's wealthiest magnate and the subsequent turmoil in its biggest oil company matter so much?


Public warms to tough stance
By Andrew Jack and Arkady Ostrovsky, Financial Times (UK), November 1, 2003

Most ordinary Russians applauded President Vladimir Putin's tough action against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of Yukos, but the media and political elite were more critical of the authority's actions.


Don't move or we'll shoot, Khodorkovsky was told
By Julius Strauss in Moscow, The Electronic Telegraph (UK), November 1, 2003

As Mr Khodorkovsky was being led away he must have known that it was dangerous even for a man who runs Russia's richest company and the world's fourth largest oil concern to cross the KGB men at the heart of the Kremlin.


Yukos Defenders Join Annual Lubyanka Rally
By Maria Danilova, The Moscow Times, October 31, 2003

"This is a rally to commemorate the victims of Stalin's repressions. There is no room for politics here," said Yevgeny Bunimovich, a City Duma deputy who helped organize the event...


The System Fights Against Itself Like Siamese Twins
By Xeniya Veretennikova, Vremya Novostei, October 29, 2003

According to the Yabloko leader, the leadership is now creating a police state, which will not be able to exist without Stalin's principles of control. This is why only the dismantling of this system can improve the situation.


Investigators find tax police documents related to YUKOS case.
ITAR-TASS, October 29, 2003

The spokeswoman for the Prosecutor General's Office, Natalia Vishnyakova, told journalists on Wednesday that some of the documents included a scheme of fund transfers through the administrative territorial entity in the town of Lesnoi.


"You are The Oligarchs and This is Election Season."
By Julie A. Corwin, RFE/RL Russian Political Weekly, 29 October 2003

Igor Yurgens, executive director of the business lobbying group the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs:...the Kremlin "had to find a new threat to mobilize the masses to vote for Putin and his party in the Duma, and they found one in the oligarchs."


Lawmakers and political scientists move to "topple Putin"
By Anton Brazhitsa, gazeta.ru, October 29, 2003

According to the leader of the Yabloko party, this system has "transformed our people's court into the Basmannyi court", authorizing unlawful searches and questioning of Duma deputies, defence counsels and priests.


Putin looks to Duma to tighten his grip
By Alexander Bim and Kim Iskyan, International Herald Tribune, October 29, 2003

If strong lobbyist factions - primarily those supported by some of Russia's oligarchs - carve out a voice for themselves, the Kremlin will have a much more difficult time managing the Duma. A strong showing by the liberal Yabloko faction (which has received financial support from Khodorkovsky) could interfere with the Kremlin's plans.


Khodorkovsky's arrest splits politicians
By Yelena Shishkunova, gazeta.ru, October 28, 2003

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's arrest has split Russian politicians into three camps. The first camp includes the Union of Right-Wing Forces and Yabloko who have denounced the Prosecutor General's Office's actions against the YUKOS CEO as unlawful...


Capitalism with a Stalinist Face
By Natalia Melikova, Alexandra Samarina and Valery Tsygankov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, October 27, 2003

On Saturday and Sunday, many political parties and public organizations issued statements and appeals related to the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Many appealed to the President to meet with representatives of the political and business elite and tell them where he stands on these events.


Ulterior motive seen in Russian prosecution
By Ralph Ranalli, Boston Globe, October 27, 2003

Khodorkovsky, one of the so-called oligarchs who made vast fortunes in the privatization of former state-run businesses after the the Soviet Union broke up, has openly supported political parties that are opposing Putin's in December elections to the Duma, the Russian Parliament.


Law and Order, Russian Style
By Geoffrey Smith, Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2003

After the self-exile of Boris Berezovsky and fellow media tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky, no other oligarch has lost his liberty or any of his assets, despite the fact that most of them are signally sleazier and none has done half as much as Mr. Khodorkovsky to rehabilitate Russian business in the eyes of the international community.


Tycoon's arrest clouds Russia reform prospects
By Jonathan Thatcher, Reuters, October 27, 2003

Saturday's arrest at gunpoint of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky risks undoing Putin's efforts during three years in power to drag up the sagging economy and create a strong political system into which investors would happily pour money.


Melnikov: I am extremely concerned about Khodorkovsky's health
Gazeta.ru, October 27, 2003

According to Melnikov, "The Office of the Public Prosecutor General will do all they can to prevent barristers from visting Khodorkovsky."


Putin reacts to "YUKOS case"
RBC, October 27, 2003

"There won't be any meetings or any bargaining over the activities of the law and enforcement agencies, unless they breached Russian law," Mayak radio quoted Putin as saying.


Detention of the head of YUKOS represents an act of intimidation against large-scale business, RBC, October 25, 2003
Detention of the head of YUKOS represents an act of intimidation against large-scale business. This statement was made to RBC by Vyacheslav Erokhin, chief analyst at the Center for Economic and Political Research EPIcenter.


Member of the State Duma Budget Committee Alexei Melnikov (YABLOKO) sharply criticised the actions of the FSB and Public Prosecutor's Office, Interfax, October 25, 2003
"The people acting against Khodorkovsky and YUKOS don't think that they are bound by the law," said Melnikov.


The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO and the Union of Right-Wing Forces Party Regarding the detention of the head of the YUKOS company. Joint Statement, October 25, 2003
The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO and the Union of Right-Wing Forces Party express their deep concern over the detention of the head of YUKOS Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Novosibirsk.


Turning point Putin shows his authoritarian hand
By Nick Paton Walsh, The Guardian (UK), October 27, 2003

Yesterday, it became clear that President Putin's era of liberal reforms was almost certainly over.


The Elite Demand Some Answers
By Valeria Korchagina, The Moscow Times, October 27, 2003

Faced by Saturday's arrest of Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky, even those who have known Putin for years appear to be at a loss.


Russians Seize, Charge YUKOS Oil Magnate
Reuters, October 25, 2003

Police snatched Russia's richest man, YUKOS oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, from his jet in Siberia on Saturday and hauled him before a Moscow court, charged with massive fraud and tax evasion.


Democracy, In Putin's Own Words
Editorial, The Moscow Times, October 9, 2003

President Vladimir Putin, in interviews given to foreign journalists just before and after his recent trip to the United States, offered his most detailed comments to date on the ongoing Yukos saga and, more broadly, on the relationship between the state and business.


Russia's Biggest Problem is the State
By Anna Skornyakova, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, October 2, 2003

As long as law enforcement agencies are virtually uncontrolled and can blackmail businessmen and participate in the redistribution of property, any qualitative improvement in the situation is out of question, something noted by virtually all the politicians and political scientists at the meeting of the Open Forum Club devoted to the prospects of Russia's economy and the problems of relations between the authorities and business.


Shell inks Siberia spend amid Russia oil fever
By Melanie Cheary, Reuters, September 16, 2003

Shell became one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia when it gave the green light this year for a $10 billion project on the remote eastern island of Sakhalin, where it will build the world's largest liquefied natural gas plant by 2006.


69% of Russians Say YUKOS Scandal Tied to Redistribution of Property
Rosbalt, September 5, 2003

The survey was conducted at the end of August. In all 1,500 people were polled.


Reforms that corrupted Russia
By Grigory Yavlinsky, Financial Times (UK), September 3, 2003

In those years two Marxist dogmas, albeit disguised in liberal phraseology, still shaped economic policy. The first was...


Alexei Melnikov: "We will investigate this case as long as necessary"
Recorded by Nikolai Morozov, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 27, 2003

"If we don't succeed here now, then the forces that are emerging in the law and enforcement agencies will decide that they can do anything".


Whither Putin After the Yukos Affair?
By Lilia Shevtsova, The Moscow Times, August 27, 2003

The Kremlin crackdown on one of the country's business moguls is not just another twist in the ongoing political struggle -- it says a lot about the very nature of the political system and may serve as a foretaste of shake-ups to come.


Arrested Yukos Security Officer Recants Previous Testimony
RFE/RL, August 1, 2003

Aleksei Pichugin, a senior Yukos security official who is facing double-murder charges, informed prosecutors on 31 July that he renounces the statements he made under interrogation on 14 July in connection with the investigation, gazeta.ru reported on 1 August.


The crackdown on Mikhail Khodorkovsy has many causes, not least Kremlin intrigue and public anger at the wealth of the oligarchs.
By Arkady Ostrovsky and Stefan Wagstyl, Financial Times (UK), July 31, 2003

The conflict between Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest businessman, and the Russian prosecutor's office has cast a shadow over the country's political and economic future.


Russian Official Says Probe Of Yukos Is Worrying Putin
By Gregory L. White, Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2003

President Vladimir Putin is concerned about the damage an intense conflict between prosecutors and oil giant OAO Yukos is doing to Russia's image and economy, but a resolution to the situation could take time, a senior Russian official said Tuesday.


Yavlinsky again condemned the actions of the Prosecutor's Office against YUKOS
Grigory Yavlinsky, Gazeta.ru, July 23, 2003

"We assess the attack against YUKOS and application of repressions as useless and harmful measures from the point of view of the condition of Russian business,"


War Between the State and Oligarchs Is Destructive for Russia
Interview with Grigory Yavlinsky, La Stampa, July 22, 2003

...The medicine turned out to be more dangerous than the illness...


The Drama Is Putin's, But so Are the Results
By Anders Aslund, The Moscow Times, July 25, 2003

Since July 2, a campaign has been pursued against Yukos, Russia's biggest private enterprise and one of its best managed. Several facts are evident. First...


Prime minister says Yukos probe hurts Russia's international image
Associated Press, July 24, 2003

Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Thursday said the probe into Russia's largest oil company, Yukos, is hurting Russia's image abroad and scaring away investors, the Interfax news agency reported.


Court Keeps Lebedev In Prison
By Catherine Belton, The Moscow Times, July 24, 2003

Prosecutors locked in a vicious, politically charged battle with the Yukos oil major played hardball Wednesday and emerged victorious from a closed-door hearing where judges ruled to keep core Yukos shareholder Platon Lebedev in prison while the fraud investigation against him rolls on.


Yabloko Still Counts On Khodorkovsky
By Francesca Mereu, The Moscow Times, July 16, 2003

The liberal opposition Yabloko party says it is not worried about losing the financial support of Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, despite a sense that his political activities are one cause of his current conflict with the Kremlin.


Open season on Russia's tycoons As the Kremlin confronts big business, experts warn of the dangers in revisiting shady 1990s privatizations.
By Fred Weir, Christian Science Monitor, July 17, 2003

A Kremlin-ordered legal assault on Russia's largest business empire has upset the country's fragile political stability, and some experts warn that the confrontation could spiral into a major crisis.


"The Interests of These People Differ from the Views of the President"
Interview with Alexei Melnikov By Svetlana Borozdina, Gazeta.ru, July 14, 2003

"Someone would like to redistribute property in his interests. This would push us back".


The events connected with the YUKOS company will lead to a loss of Russia's investment appeal and economic instability.
Buro Pravovoi Informatsii, July 10, 2003

Yavlinsky noted that the recent drop of the rates at the stock market was the sharpest since the 1998 crisis.


The leader of YABLOKO: "The events around YUKOS undermine economic and political stability in the country"
Alliance Media, July 9, 2003

"We assess the events around YUKOS related to the arrest of one of the heads of the company and the Public Prosecutors' interrogation of the head of the company as absolutely unjustified from common sense or the legal point of view".


According to Yavlinsky, Putin thinks that it is wrong to impose extraordinary repressive measures to resolve economic disputes
RIA Novosti, July 11, 2003

According to Yavlinsky, the President said that "basic constitutional norms should be strictly protected."


Anti-Presidential Plot Developing in Russia
By Alexei Bausin, pravda.ru, July 15, 2003

Experts think that one of the influential groups is making attempts to stop liberal modernization based on private business


Experts Expose: Conspiracy Against the President
By Alexei Bausin, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, July 11, 2003

Political experts gathered yesterday at an emergency meeting of the Open Forum Club and concluded unanimously that President Vladimir Putin rather than the oligarchs was the main target of the anti-YUKOS campaign.


Putin Slams Big Business Lobbyists
By Catherine Belton, The Moscow Times, July 15, 2003

"I am, of course, opposed to arm-twisting and jail cells. In general, I don't think this is the method to deal with economic crimes..."


Market Jittery Despite Rebound
By Igor Semenenko, The Moscow Times, July 15, 2003

The battered stock market on Monday recovered a bit of the billions of dollars it has lost since authorities first moved against Yukos, but with no resolution of the conflict in sight it could be weeks or even months before the full amount of the damage will be known.


Illarionov Raises Fear of Civil War
By Valeria Korchagina and Lyuba Pronina, Staff Writers, The Moscow Times, July 15, 2003

If we start now to revisit privatization, it will not be easy to stop this process, and it is not inconceivable that such action will lead to a new civil war...


Russian Oil Executive Faces Questioning
By Mara D. Bellaby, Associated Press, July 4, 2003

Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the liberal Yabloko party, called it a "political, pre-election mop-up operation that is being carried out to suppress political opponents," according to the Interfax news agency.


Head of Yukos: It's a Kremlin Struggle
By Simon Ostrovsky and Valeria Korchagina, The Moscow Times, July 7, 2003

Khodorkovsky described the arrest last week of Platon Lebedev, the head of Yukos parent company Group Menatep, as an attempt to force him into throwing his weight, and money, behind one of the factions.


Russian Oil Man Arrested; Allies Blame Politics
By Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, July 4, 2003

In a political wrangle of a kind not seen in Russia since the early days of Vladimir V. Putin's presidency, the authorities have arrested a top executive at the financial group that owns Russia's largest oil company.

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