I always find it funny, when they put a thug like Khodorkovsky in the same context, trying to defend someone
This is probably targeted at the western audience, already tamed and with existing Pavlovs dogs reactions.
One should remind himself, how the things with Yukos used to be ...
For those with a short memory, I will make a short extract.
Yukos was found unable to operate its debts back in 2003. It was not something really serious, still presented a clear need for debt restructuration. But nothing was done for that matter, and they started to be unable to deliver and sell their product with desired liquidity in 2004. In 2005, its own board - each and any member being non-Russian citizen, except for Khodorkovsky - started a bankruptcy procedure in face of ... US-based court.
At the same time, a broad operation of transferring company assets abroad started, widely commented by Yukos own board members, that they are doing that to avoid taxation in Russia
And I am not kidding you, folks!
US court told them to GTFO, because they had no bankruptcy jurisdiction for a Russian-based company, but what happened the?
The banking consortium that financed the Yukos, applied for a bankruptcy procedure in front of the Russian court, knowing the jurisdiction obviously.
And who are those back-stabbing midgets, who dared to make a kill of freedom-loving, transparent and honest tsar-company?
("a tsar-thing" is a Russian idiom to describe something big and extraordinary)?
You think, Putin puppets of the Russian banking sector?
Back in 00s, Russian banks were not good enough for gangsters tearing Russia apart.
It used to be o consortium consisted of Societe Generale, Citi, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Paribas, and last but not least, The Bank of Tokio.
Not bad, huh?
Those are liabilities in possession of those fellows, that Rosneft bought.
From the banks that claimed the company bankruptcy, not torturing dear Mikhail to sign the selling papers. They didn't need to.
They bought liabilities totalling 25bln$, becoming a secondary creditor of still existing Yukos, a hand by hand with the Russian federal tax bureau.
And some more fun things. As soon as new owners started to divide the company, reselling its assets to get the cash back, some ugly vultures appeared on the horizon.
Those bad fellows didn't care of evil Putin killing freedom companies of crystal clear businessmen like the Khororkovsky, they just wanted to earn money.
How nasty of them!
One of the vultures used to be the Polish state corporation Orlen, purchasing the refinery at Mozeyki.
Some vultures from Italy appeared, and from France, and from Germany ...
Who would believed that, oh my oh my ...
At the end of the story we can add, that none of the Yukos board members other than Khodorkovsky was put on trial, because they all evacuated abroad, where they belonged.