>Red Terror File: Russian prosecutors suspect Yukos co-founder was murdered, court orders arrest of banker in Kozlov killing

>Another Russian businessman, Yukos co-founder and Khodorkovsky bud Yuri Golubev, bit the dust on January 7, in London. Initial reports stated that he died peacefully of natural causes. Subsequent reports, below, affirm that Golubev died a “violent death.”

Russia Suspects Yukos Co-founder’s Death in London Was Murder
January 16, 2007

Russian prosecutors plan to ask British police to check their suspicions that a co-founder of ruined Russian oil giant Yukos was killed in London, the Reuters news agency reports.

Yuri Golubev, a long-time business partner of jailed former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, died last week at the age of 64.

Media at the time quoted British police as saying the death was not being treated as suspicious after a post-mortem examination confirmed that Golubev had died from natural causes.

But Itar-Tass news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying: “The Russian Prosecutor General’s office is preparing … a request to Britain’s security authorities to examine thoroughly the circumstances of Golubev’s death as there are reasons to believe he died a violent death.”

Interfax and Ria news agencies carried similar reports based on an unnamed source.

The Prosecutor General’s office was unavailable for comment.

Golubev was one of the main witnesses in an investigation into a number of Yukos officials in what critics said was a Kremlin campaign against Khodorkovsky, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin’s leadership.

Yukos has been dismembered and is now bankrupt after facing billions of dollars of back tax claims. Golubev was crucial in helping the company become a top Russian oil producer.

In a separate case, Russian investigators are due to travel soon to Britain as part of an investigation into the poisoning of former security agent Alexander Litvinenko.

Litvinenko, a former Russian state security officer, died on Nov. 23 in London from radiation poisoning caused by ingesting polonium 210. British police say he was murdered.

That banker Alexei Frenkel, who has protested his innocence, has been arrested for ordering the murder of fellow banker Andrei Kozlov serves the cause of the restored Communist Party of the Soviet Union only too well in eliminating Russia’s “parasitical” pseudo-capitalist class in advance of the Soviet communist coup d’etat planned for later this year or 2008. The article below notes that no one has been convicted for the murders of Paul Klebnikov, a Russian-American editor at Forbes, and Anna Politkovskaya, the outspoken critic of the Putinist regime.

Russian Court Orders Arrest of Suspected Mastermind Behind Top Banker’s Murder

January 15, 2007

A Russian court sanctioned the arrest of a former private bank boss who is suspected of ordering the 2006 assassination of deputy central banker Andrei Kozlov, Reuters news agency reported Monday.

Police detained Alexei Frenkel, 35, on Thursday. He was head of a private bank Kozlov had closed down three months before he was shot dead in a parking lot in September. Frenkel has protested his innocence.

“On Jan. 17, Frenkel will be officially charged and after that we will be able to read the official documents,” Frenkel’s lawyer Igor Trunov commented on the situation.

Kozlov was well respected in financial circles for his fight against money-laundering inside Russia’s banking system.

He was the highest-profile official to be murdered during President Vladimir Putin’s six-year rule and his death prompted Putin to order a cleanup of the financial sector.

Securing a conviction against the person who ordered Kozlov’s killing would be a coup for Russia’s police and prosecutors, who have a poor record in investigating contract killings.

No one has been convicted for the murder last year of investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskya, or the killing in 2004 of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov.

One response to “>Red Terror File: Russian prosecutors suspect Yukos co-founder was murdered, court orders arrest of banker in Kozlov killing

  1. mah29001 January 16, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    >I would place my bets that the Kremlin is certainly using the Russian Mafia as proxies. It’s also quite typical that they would even kill their own kind like in all revolutions.

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