The former owner of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in the course of two years paid for the work of lawyers of the head of the Fund of struggle against corruption Alexei Navalny case “Yves Rocher”. About it Navalny said “the Medusa”.
The newspaper also wrote that it received from the businessman $250 thousand In 2014, Khodorkovsky began talks with Galina Timchenko, the current CEO of “Medusa”, about the launch of the media project. However, they are unable to agree on the terms of the relationship of the newsroom and the investor. Then Khodorkovsky has offered “compensation” for six months of negotiations $250 thousand money “Medusa” paid to those who are in debt helped to start the project, while negotiations were under way.
According to interlocutors of the edition in an environment of the businessman, in General, the Khodorkovsky financial support by several Russian media, as well as some independent politicians.
In December 2014, the court found Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg guilty of embezzlement of money companies “Yves Rocher Vostok” and the IPC, for which the firm provided the Bulk of services for the carriage of goods. The court sentenced Oleg Navalny to 3.5 years of imprisonment, and Alexei Navalny to the same punishment with a probation period of five years.
Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 and convicted in cases of tax evasion and theft of oil. He had been imprisoned for more than 10 years. In December 2013 President of Russia Vladimir Putin has pardoned a businessman, after which he left Russia.
The publication of “Medusa” was launched in October 2014 after Galina Timchenko was dismissed from the post of editor-in-chief Lenta.ru.