Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jailed Former Billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky Sentence Review By Russian Supreme Court

  RT reports that in response to appeals filed by ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his former business partner Platon Lebedev, the Russian Supreme Court has officially confirmed review proceedings will begin. On Tuesday court spokesman Pavel Odintsov told reporters, “Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev, having looked into supervisory appeals filed by the defendants (Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev), overturned another Supreme Court judge’s ruling that rejected these appeals and ordered the start of review proceedings.”
  Quoting statements from Khodorkovsky’s defense lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant to Interfax on Tuesday, RT believes he hopes the Supreme Court chairman’s decision to begin an oversight inquiry into their clients’ complaints marks some headway in the case. “I have just learned that the Supreme Court chairman has made the decision to start an oversight inquiry into our complaints. I can only say one thing, this is either yet another special operation with the use of the court or the first step towards justice. I hope for the latter.” Khodorkovsky’s defense team remains cautiously optimistic as to what this latest event means for their client. The defense lawyer Klyuvgant also said, “We will see how the situation develops, and what the follow-up events and outcome will be. The decision alone does not tell us anything.” So if that sounds overly cautious when hearing positive statements from any Russian official then this could quite possibly be the first time you’ve ever read anything about a Russian government institution.
  Mikhail Khodorkovsky, 49, was arrested on October 25, 2003, and eventually sentenced to nine years in prison for tax fraud. Later, together with his business partner Platon Lebedev, they were found guilty on separate counts of embezzlement and money laundering. But as Raymond Chandler once insinuated in the pages of The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe detective novel, when extremely large sums are accumulated it’s hard to guess how much could come by completely honest means. However President Putin has found fit to not justify his own wealth before the legal system or Russian people, so what’s the real deal, Vladimir?
  Khodorkovsky was once ranked 16th on the Forbes list of billionaires and is scheduled to be released from prison in 2017 after a nine-year sentence. Having been arrested and jailed in 2003, one can wonder if the Russian legal system ever heard of, or pondered, the concept of time served? Vladimir?
7/25/2012
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May 8 - ? ?, 2018
Jailed Former Billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky Sentence Review By 
Russian Supreme Court
7/25/2012 concluded: Khodorkovsky was once ranked 16th on the Forbes list of billionaires and is scheduled to be released from prison in 2017 after a nine-year sentence. Having been arrested and jailed in 2003, one can wonder if the Russian legal system ever heard of, or pondered, the concept of time served? Vladimir?
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May 5, 2018
  Could we sit, at least briefly, as I've noticed your doing, publicly, whenever explaining how your time's spent with someone your image's being profiled beside? People can be too intrusive, no? But without those excuses, heads of state can't competently bury their heads otherwise? 
  Besides all the power, and everything, your lifestyle's imaginably confining. Attention monotonous. Maybe you're immune, of course. Everyone's not as lucky as you. Everyone? Few are as lucky as you. And you are aware of what that means? Luck's made. Lottery's chance. But otherwise, luck's made. Strategies executed too.
  Ruthlessness is underestimated in the public forum. Abstractly accepting the attribute, alarm to the consequences is diluted. Continued apace, momentum's accrued, there's hardly the possibility the networks of machinations and massive machinery could be curbed. Your position is power's iron-hand, regardless of flaws. The processing and doling out pieces of the nut,  is beneath the responsibility of the office of the presidency. The separation of state protocol from reality. Because that general smirk, of yours, Mr. President, reflects an amusement with the general ethical compromises of rule, that, however much is your call, is not history's award passed verbatim. 
  Yes, meanderingly broad's imprecise. But I don't want this conversation to complain about specifics I'd prefer your understanding and recognition that following how it's always been done's not good enough. You member of a ritualistic self-idolizing class. So let's work this out. The essay has nowhere else to go. An ending's in place, and other content, preceding this one-sided exchange, wouldn't fit. So I'm kinda kinda stuck in the middle with you, sir. 
  Though ruthlessness does rule every context, there should be a social obligation to have a court system that's not just, arbitrarily, commercially driven? What do I mean? What's avoided being seen? Because that's the huger canyon to span than understanding me. 
  I'd guess neither of us were invited to the Markles' wedding this weekend. Life in the publicity glare. You probably don't empathize. All the stature, good connections. Secured military career. Smiling and kissing babies and all the commendable things. You're probably jealous. Though you, like most others, have your Pilate's hands washed often, you're probably jealous of so much privilege without personally dirtying the hands. I hear the young man's probably planted food in Africa. What did you tell someone to do? 
  I'll give a gift too. For Prince and Princess Markle, Pages 287-288. Not a conventional wedding present. But we weren't invited, were we Mr. President? 
  Leverage-wise, your boxscore's strong with observers. Can't fix what's always been broken. Buncha finger pointers, right? What matters is on the ground facts. Control and controlled. Ethical behavior be damned
  Even you know there's a bridge over the exploitive madness. The question is why we're not past the nonsense, when sold we're on the path? 
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