Israeli-Russians wanted by Moscow hosted at White House (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Yossi Melman 02/04/05)
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U.S. President George Bush yesterday hosted two Israeli-Russian
businessmen who are wanted by Moscow for alleged tax offenses.
The two men, Mikhail Brudno and Vladimir Dubov, are shareholders in
the giant Russian oil enterprise, Yukos. They currently reside in
Israel, along with a business partner, Leonid Nevzelin. They were
invited to a White House breakfast as guests of Congressmen Tom
Lantos and Christopher Cox.
Following a Russian request for their extradition, the two are wanted
Brudno, Dubov and Nevzelin claim that the arrest warrants against
them were issued at the order of the Russian president as part of a
campaign of political intimidation against reformists. According to
the three, former Yukos chairman Mikhail Khodorkovski, who has been
in a Moscow jail for the past 16 months, was arrested for the same
Yukos and its major stockholders have supported centrist, democratic
Russian political parties, and donated large sums of money to them.
In recent years, Russian authorities began investigating the company,
its managers and major stockholders, many of whom are of Jewish
origin. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 02/04/05)
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