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Russian Trial Of Former Billionaire Is Farce

These days it is all too common for the average person to observe with glee if an individual who is wealthy encounters problems due to general anger at those who have money. However, the continued attempt by the Russian government of Prime Minister Putin to destroy the life of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has nothing to do with money and everything to do with Putin’s desire to crush any person or group he deems a threat to his power. From day one, the former Yukos leader has been unable to have a fair trial. In the latest example of this attempt to destroy a human, a Russian judge rejected a bid to have the company’s former chief financial officer testify in court.

Bruce Misamore handled the company’s financial affairs and would logically be the person to be questioned about charges there were financial problems, but in Russia this man is not allowed to talk. According to Misamore, “From what I know about the charges, they are 100 percent completely false, and they arise from the complete ignorance by the Russians of international accounting standard practice.”

Let’s see. The trial deals with financial irregularities and the chief financial officer is not qualified to testify!! Only in Putin Russia!

European Court Urges Release Of Yukos Executive

The European Court of Human ‘rights ruled that Russia had violated the rights of jailed former Yukos vice president, Vasily Aleksanyan, who currently is suffering from cancer, tuberculosis and AIDs while in prison. The executive was originally jailed when then President Putin made a power grab to take over the company because its head was challenging Putin by threatening to run for public office. The Court said the Russian judiciary system had failed to provide “relevant and sufficient reasons” to prove the guilt of Alekanyan other than him being in the wrong place at the wrong time when Putin struck to destroy the company and take it over. The Human Rights court urged other “reasonable and less stringent” measures to deal with the possible guilt of the executive and noted the pre-trial detention has “lost any meaningful purpose.”

In Putin Russia, when the supreme ruler decides you are guilty it is perfectly reasonable to keep you in pre-trial detention for one or two years because it takes time to prove the guilt of someone who is innocence. The Russian judicial system has become a farce and Putin’s claims that an individual is guilty is merely a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.