Moscow. March 23. Russian law enforcement agencies have received evidence of the illegality of the acquisition of top managers of Yukos stake in this oil company, said a source familiar with the situation.
“As a result of further investigation, the so-called “big business of Yukos, as well as studying the materials seized in the course of the end of last year, the searches and seizures, law enforcement agencies received evidence that the former owners of Yukos became the largest shareholders of the company illegally, by fraud,” – said the Agency interlocutor.
He did not rule out that the obtained evidence will serve as the basis for filing new charges against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other former Yukos co-owner and trial.
“Thus, a foreign legal entity, backed by former top executives and co-owners of Yukos, had no legal grounds for a case at the Hague arbitration court the claim to Russia of 50 billion dollars”, – said the source.
In December last year the Investigatory Committee of the Russian Federation announced about the legality of the acquisition of shares in the oil company YUKOS top managers, who filed claims to recover $50 billion from the Russian Federation. In Moscow the supporters of the former head of Khodorkovsky’s company were searched.
“In connection with international litigation initiated on behalf of foreign companies, “Jalley enterprises limited”, “Yukos universal limited and Veteran petroleum limited” aimed at the enforcement of the Russian Federation with funds in the sum more than 50 billion U.S. dollars, a result also verified information submitted by plaintiffs international and foreign courts on the legality and legitimacy of acquisition of the shares of OAO “NK YUKOS” and the subsequent disposition,” said TFR spokesman Vladimir Markin.
According to him, “in order to verify information on the legalization in Russia of funds raised from the legalization of previously stolen property, RCDS in collaboration with the divisions of the interior Ministry conducted searches in the home and in the field of work of individual entrepreneurs and other persons, financed from abroad, from companies ‘accounts, in the past, and possibly present in controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Leonid Nevzlin and others-headed group”.
Markin recalled that the Main investigation Department of the TFR criminal case against former major shareholders and managers of Yukos “the theft of their oil subsidiaries of oil companies Yukos and its implementation, as well as money-laundering, the proceeds from the sale of stolen, including in respect of persons declared wanted”.
We are talking about the “big Yukos case, which was initiated and investigated since 2003.