U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led a chorus of political figures in the United States and Europe in condemning the verdict. It "raises serious questions about selective prosecution and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations," she said.
Khodorkovsky is nearing the end of an eight-year sentence after being convicted of tax fraud in a case seen as punishment for challenging the Kremlin's economic and political power, in part by funding opposition parties in parliament.
Now I don't know whether Khodorkovsky is guilty of tax evasion or siphoning off billions. I do know that Putin used to be the head of the KGB. He might know a thing or two about Khodorkovsky.
At any rate Mr. Putin, here's how we do it in the United States. Please take notes.
Our politicians are all greased by big banking interests. So they take banking handouts, millions, and in return they re-arrange all of the laws to benefit these bankers. They let bankers commit millions of fraudulent acts and loans. They get great mortgage deals like Senator Chris Dodd's Irish cottage from Countrywide. When the whole country was fully plundered and ripped off, they gave these prick banksters 9 trillion in FED loans and another 700 billion more of taxpayer money. Money that did not exist.
When our citizens cried out- our politicians said, "go fuck yourselves." They picked out one of the greediest criminals of all, Angelo Mozillo of Countrywide fame. Insider trader and fraudster extraordinaire. They held a civil trial, "found him guilty" and plundered him for 67 million, and let him go free. Twenty million of that was paid by Bank of America. This dog and pony show was then proclaimed a great victory for the thugocracy.
In our country, we practice selective prosecution and ignore the rule of law because of political considerations.
Wait a minute! Where have I heard that before? Oh yea, Hillary Clinton said that about you Russians.
Ain't that just rich? Shame on you Russians. Thank Gawd we don't do shit like that here.