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Yukos is charged with relations with mafia

Posted by the Editor on March 14, 2005


News / 14 March 2005 | 18:12

Yukos is charged with relations with mafia

The main British newspapers – "Independent", "Times", "Financial times", "Guardian", "Daily telegraph" – wrote about Spanish authorities’ statement concerning cracking one of Europe’s biggest money-laundering rackets.

Forty-one people of at least five nationalities were arrested. A boat, two planes and more than 40 luxury cars were also seized in the raid which went ahead after 10 months of investigation, officials said. Spanish, French, Finnish, Russian and Ukrainian nationals were among those arrested.

The group is suspected of laundering more than $300m (£155m) for gangs involved in murder, drug trafficking, arms dealing and prostitution.

Spanish authorities said they suspected some of the cash was illegally siphoned from Russian oil company Yukos. 

Interpol and Europol were both involved in the joint Spanish-Russian operation, nicknamed White Whale.

The Spanish interior ministry described it as its biggest investigation.

Large sums are thought to have been diverted from Yukos to a Dutch company and then to one of its Spanish branches, the ministry said.

Company spokesman Alexander Shadrin denied all wrongdoing in an interview with Moscow Radio, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.

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Investigation document concerning Vyacheslav Chornovil’s death are stolen

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News / 14 March 2005 | 17:00

Investigation document concerning Vyacheslav Chornovil’s death are stolen

On March, 11 the head of commission of party Narodny ruh of Ukraine charged with the investigation of Vyacheslav Chornovil’s death Nickolay Stepanenko, returning home on his car “Renault”  in the evening, felt an explosion from below the car.

Stepanenko managed to stop the car and to turn off the road. Another car immediately stopped after him and the driver offered Stepanenko to put sign of safety near his car. When Stepanenko was putting the sign on the road, the brief-case with the materials related to investigation of Vyacheslav Chornovil’s death disappeared from his car, "Tribune" reported.

"As turned out at the technical station, someone untwisted a shock absorber, two screw-bolts from a cardan which broke away during the trip, cutting the floor and nearly chopping off my feet".

He marked that this was not the first attempt to intimidate him.

Nickolay Stepanenko assures that there are a few copies of these documents, and the main materials of the case are spared. "Let the thieves keep the documents for memories", – Stepanenko declared.

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General Prosecution did not call Kuchma for second interrogation

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News / 14 March 2005 | 16:00

General Prosecution did not call Kuchma for second interrogation

Press-service of General Office of Public Prosecutor did not confirm the information that the ex-president Leonid Kuchma would be testified on Monday in connection with the murder of George Gongadze.

"General Prosecution did not call Kuchma for second interrogation today", – press-service reported. However they could not say whether it would happen within the next few days, "Ukrainska Pravda" informed.

We remind, Russian newspaper "Izvestia" spread information that Kuchma would be called for the second interrogation today .

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Police exposed traffickers in slaves

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News / 14 March 2005 | 15:00

Police exposed traffickers in slaves

Law machinery of Dnepropetrovsk region exposed the organized criminal group which was recruiting and taking abroad minor girls 12-16 years old for further sale with the purpose of sexual exploitation. The criminal group operated in 2002-2004 years, using methods of corruption.

On March, 11 Office of public prosecutor arrested three members of the group, among which there was an official of criminal police of Dneprovsky region department of internal affairs of Dneprodzerjinsk. Roles in the criminal group were sharply defined. The material reward was distributed in accordance with charges. For the export of girls from Ukraine men-customers in Moscow cashed 100 dollars, for the transmission in sexual slavery – 1 thousand more.

According to the public prosecutor of Dneprodzerjinsk Sergey Borisov, criminals took senior girls abroad by the method of persuasions, and 12-14-years-old – by trick.

Borisov marked that parents of girls, taken to Russia, applied to police with the statements about disappearance of the children, but these statements were ignored. According to him, all girls got back to Dneprodzerjinsk, “UNIAN” informed.

Office of public prosecutor in Dneprodzerjinsk brought in two criminal cases. Suspected persons can be imprisoned on a term from 8 to 12 years.

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Vitaly Klichko is traumatized

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News / 14 March 2005 | 13:20

Vitaly Klichko is traumatized

Boxing champion of the world in super heavy weight by the version of WBC, Ukrainian Vitaly Klichko got a serious trauma – left thigh muscle tear.

The duel between Klichko-senior and American Hasim Rahman, set on April, 30, is deferred for indefinite term because of the trauma.

The date of the duel will be known after negotiations between Rahman’s representatives and broadcasting company NVO. Klichko must get a fee, at least, 5 million dollars for this fight.

"I want to declare that our fight with Rahman is not abolished, but deferred, – Vitaly marked. – During training I got a trauma. It is a thigh muscle tear. (…) In this connection, I decided to defer the date of my duel to be fully recovered and be able to start valuable training".

The Ukrainian boxer underlined that he had already conducted the medical inspection and doctors recommended him to halt trainings for three-four weeks and to complete course of treatment.

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Kiev “does not like” autonomy of Crimea

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News / 14 March 2005 | 12:33

Kiev “does not like” autonomy of Crimea

Kiev determines on reduction of the Crimean autonomy. The leader of SDPU (u) Efim Fix expressed such opinion on the conference on March, 12 in Crimea.

"Judging by regular publications directed against autonomy, this is a planned action. All Ukrainian Mass-Media participate in the propagandist attack on the republic", – Fix declared.

Besides, new chief of the Crimean police head quarters was appointed without the concordance with Supreme Council of autonomy. Fix reminded that according to the Constitution of Crimea, ratified by the Ukrainian law, appointment of the main Crimean policeman must be carried out only after the concordance with republican parliament.

"When the deputy of minister of internal affairs Gennady Moscal was reminded about it, he answered that everything had been concerted with the president, and they would not consult with local authorities. All these facts say that Crimean politicians and social forces have to be more decisive in defending of autonomy rights", – the PM declared.

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Shufrich: Power spreads a rumour about my affair with Timoshenko

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News / 14 March 2005 | 11:30

Shufrich: Power spreads a rumour about my affair with Timoshenko

PM Nestor Shufrich is sure that new power spreads a rumour about his affair with the prime minister of Ukraine Julia Timoshenko. He declared about it on a press-conference in Sevastopol. At first Shufrich categorically renounced to answer the question about possibility of personal or even intimate relationships with Timoshenko.

"There are questions which men do not ask, and which men do not answer", – Shufrich answered sullenly, "New Region – Crimea" informed.

Shufrich declared that new power responded in rumour spreading.

The story about affair appeared during Timoshenko’s appointment on the post of premier. "This story is an absurd. And time, when it appeared, suggested a thought about morality of so-called new public agents", – Shufrich said .

Before, in an interview to the newspaper "Facts" Shufrich confessed that Timoshenko "delighted". "I witnessed many of her debates during which Julia Vladimirovna simply got out of the way opponents due to her charm. And if someone asks me, who is "Miss Parliament" or "Miss Revolution" in our country, I will say: undoubtedly, Julia Timoshenko", – Shufrich acknowledged.

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Kuchma will be called for second interrogation

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News / 14 March 2005 | 10:20

Kuchma will be called for second interrogation

Today the ex-president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma will be called for the second interrogation in connection with the murder of the journalist George Gongadze, Russian newspaper "Izvestia" informed. 

We remind that the first cross- interrogation of Kuchma took place on March, 10 and was long enough. The question was not only about Gongadze murder but also about the suicide of the ex-head of MIA Yurij Kravchenko (the body of which was found in his summer residence with two bullet wounds in the head on March, 4).

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