Yukos behind 'murder, torture, extortion': Putin aide < Local News | Expatica Moscow: "Powerful Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin accused jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's firm of orchestrating 'murders, torture and extortion' in a rare interview published Tuesday.
Sechin, who is a close ally of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and has a major influence over Russia's energy sector, is also board chairman of Rosneft, the state firm that acquired prize assets in Khodorkovsky's firm Yukos after the latter's bankruptcy.
He appeared to expand on earlier remarks by Putin claiming that Khodorkovsky, recently sentenced to a second jail term, is a killer whose hands are 'covered in blood', which observers have taken as a hint that Khodorkovsky may yet be charged with murder.
'Yukos leaves a trail of not just simple violations, but of very grave criminal offenses, such as murders, torture and extortion,' Sechin told the Wall Street Journal.
He then proceeded to give an extensive list of victims allegedly killed on company orders.
The list included even the unfortunate owner of a tea shop eyed by the management of Khodorkovsky's Bank Menatep for expansion of their office. 'A killer put a bullet through the temple of the obstinate woman,' Sechin said."
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