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Khodorkovsky Meets With Former Business Partners in Israel

Published: January 13, 2014 (Issue # 1792)



  • Leonid Nevzlin sits in front of a picture of Khodorkovsky a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, 2005
    Photo: Vedomosti

Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed by a presidential pardon in December after 10 years in prison, arrived in Israel to meet with his former business colleagues, a news report said Friday.

Khodorkovsky met with former Yukos co-owner Leonid Nevzlin, currently living in exile in Israel, as well as one of the company's major shareholders Vladimir Dubov and a man named Mikhail, presumably another Yukos shareholder Mikhail Brudno, the local business newspaper Calcalist reported.

Prior to his trip to Israel the former oil tycoon had been staying in Switzerland, where his wife and younger children also live.

Earlier, Khodorkovsky was issued a three-month visa at the Swiss Embassy in Berlin, where he had flown immediately after being released.

The former head of Yukos had considered the possibility of residing in Switzerland permanently, media reports said.

Khodorkovsky was released from a penal colony after serving more than a decade in prison following his arrest in 2003 and subsequent convictions for fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement.

Nevzlin, a former partner of Khodorkovsky, has been living in Israel since 2003 and became a citizen, which makes his extradition impossible by Israeli law.

In 2008 the Moscow City Court sentenced Nevzlin in absentia to life imprisonment for allegedly organizing a murder. He has also been convicted in absentia of embezzlement.

While in exile, Nevzlin has managed Khodorkovsky's foreign assets and took to court Russian companies that had acquired Yukos's assets.

Nevzlin's personal wealth is estimated at about $1 billion, Lenta.ru reported.

Yukos's other shareholders Vladimir Dubov and Mikhail Brudno, who also currently live in Israel, are also wanted by the Russian authorities on embezzlement charges. Together they own an Israeli company that manufactures ingredients for plastics production.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


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Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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