The Khodorkovsky Charges: Proof that there is No Justice in Russia

Robert Amsterdam, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s American lawyer, has announced that Russia intends to put his client on trial for the same offense twice inside MK’s prison in Siberia rather than in court. Siberian Light points out that MK is being charged with “laundering” nearly twice as much money as his maximum net worth, which “shouts out ‘politically motivated charge’.” Amsterdam adds that when, upon learning of the news that his client would be charged, Khodorkovsky’s Russian lawyer Yuri Schmidt tried to fly to Siberia to meet with his client and was promptly arrested by Moscow authorities at the airport and subjected to harassment. In other words, for all these reasons and more, it’s clear that there is no such thing as “justice” in neo-Soviet Russia any more. The regime will do as it likes no matter what the “law” might be, and the lemming-like population will sit by and watch it happen, just as in the days of Stalin.

Amsterdam speculates on the classic neo-Soviet reasons why the Kremlin would want to make a move against the lawyers:

According to our political technologist, the detentions were probably a “dry run” rehearsal of sorts, a “bench test” on a small scale in a safe and controlled environment, where there wouldn’t be any major repercussions if anything went wrong. Better to make mistakes now and have a chance to correct them than to fall flat on one’s face during some really important stage of the game. The power doesn’t like to look weak.

So, what could they have been “testing”? Take your pick – in Russia’s culture of secrecy, nobody will ever know for sure:

• Do the police respond quickly and efficiently to a political order that comes down from above?

• Who are the first people the defense phones in a crisis? (Answer: human rights groups and the domestic and international press, all of whom immediately spread the news worldwide. By allowing the lawyers to make these phone calls during an insignificant incident, the authorities have now learned their “political technology” paradigm.)

• Do they phone anyone in government – is there anybody still left in the halls of power whom they might still consider sympathetic to their cause? (If so, such people are clearly potential enemies and need to be removed from their posts.)

• How does the press respond to such an event? Is the case still newsworthy? (Answer: thankfully for us, yes!)

• Which “press organs” give the story the quickest and deepest and most objective coverage? (These are clearly a threat that needs to be neutralized.)

• In what ways is the true story distorted by the time it hits the headlines? (Useful knowledge if you want to use the “press organs” you control to help “shape” reality for public consumption.)

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14 responses to “The Khodorkovsky Charges: Proof that there is No Justice in Russia

  1. Sergej Varsjinskij

    Oh yeah, even Dr. Mengele’s lawyers, had he ever had any, would have painted him being an innocent nad nice guy.

    Chodorkovsky is a crininal and is exactly where he belongs. The longer the better. And of course his lawyer calls him innocent. That’s exactly what he’s paid for ;-) He does his job ;-)

    Isn’t it wonderful to see how LR tosses names of ‘famous’ people into this blog. Journalists, Lawyers, etc … suggesting to know them, suggesting to wine and dine with them, being on the same inellectual level as they are.

    I bet that not a single one has ever heard of her or simply are annoyed because this crazy person is sending e-mails again ;-)

    Would Martin Luther King and Ghandi still be alive LR would stalk them with e-mails as well and claim that both were La-Russophobe-Fans and admirer of this wonderful blog ;-)

  2. Sergej Varsjinskij

    Oh yeah, even Dr. Mengele’s lawyers, had he ever had any, would have painted him being an innocent nad nice guy.

    Chodorkovsky is a crininal and is exactly where he belongs. The longer the better. And of course his lawyer calls him innocent. That’s exactly what he’s paid for ;-) He does his job ;-)

    Isn’t it wonderful to see how LR tosses names of ‘famous’ people into this blog. Journalists, Lawyers, etc … suggesting to know them, suggesting to wine and dine with them, being on the same inellectual level as they are.

    I bet that not a single one has ever heard of her or simply are annoyed because this crazy person is sending e-mails again ;-)

    Would Martin Luther King and Ghandi still be alive LR would stalk them with e-mails as well and claim that both were La-Russophobe-Fans and admirer of this wonderful blog ;-)

  3. Would Martin Luther King and Ghandi still be alive LR would stalk them with e-mails as well and claim that both were La-Russophobe-Fans and admirer of this wonderful blog ;-)

    You really, really didn’t mean to write anything that stupid, did you?

    I noticed that you and the other half of your tag team, irishman, both opened your blogger accounts so you could post here last month. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    Oh, and, speaking of stalking, you seem to be doing a good job stalking this site. Never noticed the irony, did ya.

    As trolls go, I’d give you a C-, sufficiently dumb, but, with some entertainment value.

  4. Would Martin Luther King and Ghandi still be alive LR would stalk them with e-mails as well and claim that both were La-Russophobe-Fans and admirer of this wonderful blog ;-)

    You really, really didn’t mean to write anything that stupid, did you?

    I noticed that you and the other half of your tag team, irishman, both opened your blogger accounts so you could post here last month. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    Oh, and, speaking of stalking, you seem to be doing a good job stalking this site. Never noticed the irony, did ya.

    As trolls go, I’d give you a C-, sufficiently dumb, but, with some entertainment value.

  5. Sergej Varsjinskij

    Oh Penny-Parrot :-) You are soooo cute :-)

  6. Sergej Varsjinskij

    Oh Penny-Parrot :-) You are soooo cute :-)

  7. Sergej Varsjinskij

    Oooops … sorry …. I forgot to offer you a cracker ? Or do you prefer a watermelon ? ;-)

  8. Sergej Varsjinskij

    Oooops … sorry …. I forgot to offer you a cracker ? Or do you prefer a watermelon ? ;-)

  9. sergej, you really have unmasked yourself as an idiot.

    My guess is that you are the same slimey slob with your multiple monikers that has attempted to impersonate me on the Chatbox message board where I’ve never posted. I just noticed it.

    What a wasted life you have.

  10. sergej, you really have unmasked yourself as an idiot.

    My guess is that you are the same slimey slob with your multiple monikers that has attempted to impersonate me on the Chatbox message board where I’ve never posted. I just noticed it.

    What a wasted life you have.

  11. SERGEJ: All further personal abuse by you of other commenters will result in the deletion of your insipid childish posts.

  12. SERGEJ: All further personal abuse by you of other commenters will result in the deletion of your insipid childish posts.

  13. Sergej Varsjinskij

    SERGEJ: All further personal abuse by you of other commenters will result in the deletion of your insipid childish posts.

    I see, you are an expert on Neo-Soviet Censorship.

    Where did you learn your trade ?

  14. Sergej Varsjinskij

    SERGEJ: All further personal abuse by you of other commenters will result in the deletion of your insipid childish posts.

    I see, you are an expert on Neo-Soviet Censorship.

    Where did you learn your trade ?

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