Posts Tagged ‘Khodorkovsky’

  1. He Who Must Not Be Named


    September 17, 2017 by AK

    For years, senior Russian officials avoided mentioning Alexey Navalny’s name on TV and in the press. It was hardly a sign of self-confidence and strength. This last Tuesday, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s op-ed appeared in The New York Times urging Russian “democrats” to adopt the goals and  priorities he favors (thanks to Tim Newman for pointing out …
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  2. Comments on the Yukos ruling by Hague district court


    April 21, 2016 by AK

    Not much commentary on the latest Yukos judgment. Keith Johnson writes: “The district court ruling is a small setback, not a defeat, for Yukos shareholders” in Foreign Policy. I’d like to think so but I’m not sure. Opinio Juris, a blog on international law by a group of scholars mostly from US law schools, has …
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  3. A huge victory for the Kremlin, apparently


    April 20, 2016 by AK

    The Hague district court has annulled the 2014 ruling of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), which awarded $50 billion to former Yukos shareholders (Mikhail Khodorkovsky not being one of them) as compensation for the expropriation by Russian authorities. The reason for the annulment appears to be the lack of jurisdiction: the arbitration court was not supposed …
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  4. Leave if you’re not determined to fight


    September 25, 2014 by AK

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaking at the Le Monde anniversary celebration at the Opéra Bastille on 21 (?) September. An excerpt in my translation: Q. Let us discuss Ukraine, our European disaster. This year, you have visited Ukraine several times. You were in Kyiv during the Maidan [revolution]. Could you tell us about that trip and your …
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  5. Ten years after


    December 20, 2013 by AK

    Putin has commuted Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s sentence. According to the Russian prison service, he has been freed. Putin toadies say Khodorkovsky’s clemency petition implies admission of guilt. Of course it doesn’t. His mother is reported to be seriously ill – she’s close to 80 – and prosecutors were building charges against him. Coerced confessions don’t count.

  6. What about Russian prosecutors and judges?


    November 26, 2013 by AK

    It’s pretty obvious to me now that Italian prosecutors and lawyers are well trained in sophistry, casuistry, Jesuitism and such. Their Russian counterparts are slowtard hicks and redneck louts in comparison. They’ve made some progress lately but it’s still a long way to go. That’s why Russian judicial corruption is relatively easy to see and …
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