Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Obama Administration Slams Russia for New Khodorkovsky Verdict

At WSJ, "White House Criticizes Moscow Court":

The Obama administration, in an unusual public rebuke, condemned a Moscow court for finding oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his former partner guilty of embezzling, saying it appears to be “an abusive use of the legal system for improper ends.”

A Russian court has found Mr. Khodorkovsky, who once controlled the oil giant OAO Yukos, and business partner Platon Lebedev guilty of embezzling and laundering tens of billions of dollars. The case is seen as an effort by the Russian government to stifle Mr. Khodorkovsky’s political ambitions.

The Obama administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have condemned the verdict, and said it raises questions about Russia’s commitment to the rule of law.
And at Telegraph UK, "Analysis: Khodorkovsky verdict confirms Putin's grip on power":
The political reality is that powerful people are determined to keep Mr Khodorkovsky behind bars.


Anonymous said...

And Russia is rewarded by the rest of the world: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/fifa-russia-qatar/ - Incomprehensible.