June 22, 2015 |
As the Kremlin stokes the conflict in Ukraine and ratchets up tensions with NATO, there's lots of talk about a Cold War redux. So it was fascinating to hear Mikhail Khodorkovsky - the billionaire oil magnate whom Russian President Vladimir Putin imprisoned for a decade - describe a Russia that could be a democratic ally of America and Europe 10 or 20 years from now. "Sooner or later, the system will collapse," Khodorkovsky told the Atlantic Council...
June 17, 2012 |
Pavel Khodorkovsky is the son of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former Yukos chief and an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, and is also president of the Institute of Modern Russia Scanning the Father's Day aisle at the local card store, I see quickly how hard it will be to pick out something fitting. My father isn't a golfer, and he isn't known for his prowess on the football field or interest in home-improvement projects. There is no card that says "Happy Father's Day … from the Outside.
March 8, 2006 |
Deep in the bowels of Siberia, in a grim penal colony where the winter temperatures reach 40 degrees below zero, a man who was once one of Russia's richest tycoons and head of its largest oil company is now serving an eight-year sentence. The fate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky symbolizes Russia's slide from semidemocracy back toward authoritarianism and the deterioration of U.S.-Russian relations. To understand what must be done to reshape those relations, it helps to look at the case of the imprisoned tycoon.
June 1, 2005 |
Jailed witches, Satanists have rights, justices rule The Supreme Court sided with a witch, a Satanist and a racial separatist yesterday, upholding a federal law requiring state prisons to accommodate the religious affiliations of inmates. The three Ohio prisoners and others sued under the 2000 federal law, claiming they were denied access to religious literature and ceremonial items and denied time to worship. The law says states that get federal tax dollars must accommodate prisoners' religious beliefs, with such things as special haircuts or meals.
January 10, 2005 |
When Russian President Vladimir V. Putin recently booted one of his top advisers out of a key post, many Kremlin-watchers thought the man probably had it coming. After all, liberal economist Andrei Illarionov had used the indelicate phrase "scam of the year" to describe the government's gutting of oil giant Yukos. He also had ridiculed the Kremlin's bungled interventions in the recent Ukrainian presidential election. But Putin's demotion of Illarionov from his inner circle was far more than a wrist slap or personnel shuffle, analysts said.
December 21, 2004 |
Russia's auctioning of the heart of the Yukos empire is reminiscent of the country's notorious privatizations of the 1990s, analysts said yesterday, as the oil company's former chief executive officer offered bitter season's greetings to the Kremlin from his courtroom cage. "The authorities have given themselves a wonderful Christmas present," said Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed founder of the business that had been considered the most transparent of all Russian companies. In Washington, a State Department spokesman said the sale of the oil company to a mystery buyer in a forced auction further erodes confidence in Russia's legal institutions.
December 20, 2004 |
A largely unknown company won an auction yesterday of the main production unit of one of Russia's largest oil producers, Yukos. Baikal Finance Group bid $9.4 billion, winning the government's forced sale of Yuganskneftegaz. It was not known how the buyer had financing for the deal, and several analysts suggested the company might be nothing more than a quickly formed front for Gazprom, the state-owned natural-gas conglomerate that had been the expected high bidder. Gazprom denied any links.
December 18, 2004 |
The Russian government, dismissing a restraining order issued by a U.S. court in Houston, vowed yesterday to press ahead with tomorrow's auction of a prize piece of Yukos, Russia's largest oil company. The government has filed tax claims of more than $25 billion against Yukos, and the embattled company can't pay. To help satisfy the tax bill, the Kremlin is auctioning off Yuganskneftegaz, the main oil-pumping division of Yukos. The forced sale of Yugansk could be the death knell for Yukos, part of the endgame in the government's politically motivated dismantling of the once-mighty oil giant.
August 6, 2004 |
Oil prices zoomed to new highs yesterday as fears of a potential loss in supply from Russia returned, rattling global markets at a time of strong worldwide demand for oil. Crude futures for September delivery surged by $1.58 a barrel to close at $44.41 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. "The high price of oil is having a big effect on the economy," said Lynn Reaser, chief economist at Banc of America Capital Management in St. Louis. "Wal-Mart and other retailers are saying that the high price of gasoline has impacted consumer spending.
August 4, 2004 |
Yevgenia M. Albats is a professor of political science at the Moscow Higher School of Economics The high-profile Yukos affair, which pits the Russian state against Yukos, the nation's second-largest oil company, and its owner, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russia's richest man, unites people on both sides of the ocean at least in one respect: Policymakers and businessmen in Europe and across the Atlantic are equally clueless about...