Moscow told the court in the USA of a bribe of $2 billion in the privatization of Yukos

Russia filed in us court new evidence of illegal privatization of Yukos in the mid 1990-ies. As stated in the renewed petition of the Russian side in the court of the district of Columbia, filed June 5, this evidence was first presented in the documents to the Higher regional court of Berlin on 20 April 2016. RBC got acquainted with the contents of the petition.

In the presented paper argues that six of the Russian “oligarchs” who owned Yukos, “he translated the illegal payments directly via one of the applicants (Yukos Universal Limited) with the purpose of bribes to government officials, who initially helped the oligarchs to buy shares of Yukos in 1995 and 1996”. These officials — Sergei Muravlenko, Yuri Golubev, Viktor Kazakov and Viktor Ivanenko, said in the petition to the Russian court of the United States, where they are indicated as Mr. Sergey V. Muravlenko, Mr. Youry A. Golubev, Mr. Viktor A. Kazakov, and Mr. Viktor V. Ivanenko.

They were state-appointed managers of Yukos prior to its privatization. The petition States that in 1995, the “oligarchs” promised Muravlenko, Golubev, Kazakov and Ivanenko “huge bribes” if they use their powers to secure the transition of the company into the right hands. Bribes were transferred in 2002-2003 to the address of a shell company for Tempo Finance Ltd. (British virgin Islands). Russia argues, with reference to the agreement between Yukos Universal and Tempo Finance from 2002 that “the oligarchs” had promised to give these four persons 15% of any transaction for the sale of shares of Yukos. Based on the company’s share price at the time of conclusion of this agreement, the amount of bribes could range from $1 to $2 billion, said in the petition.

Gava International centre for the legal protection Andrey Kondakov in interview Bi-bi-si has estimated the losses of U.S. investors in the $4.5 billion “Was posted approximately 15% of the share capital of Yukos in the European and us markets, and bought them small investors. In total from the sale of 15% of its shares to YUKOS received about $ 4.5 billion. That is, the loss of American investors amounted to 4.5 billion dollars”, — said Andrey Kondakov. As told by the filing of another appeal to the court stems from the fact that the Russian side has received new evidence of illegal transition of the company into private hands.

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