(WMR) -- Informed
U.S. government sources report that President Obama and Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton have personally interceded with Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev and other Russian officials in urging the Russian government to
release from prison Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former multi-billionaire tycoon
serving a nine-year prison sentence for fraud.
Khodorkovsky and his associate, Platon Lebedev, who is also
in prison after being convicted of fraud and tax evasion, are currently on
trial on new charges of embezzlement and money laundering.
The case of Khodorkovsky has become a cause celebre for
neocons in Congress and the Israel Lobby in Washington. Because Khodorkovsky is
Jewish, the neocons and Israel Lobby have marshaled their resources to stymie
Senate ratification of the new US-Russian strategic arms reduction treaty and
have refused to remove U.S.-Russian trade barriers imposed by the
Jackson-Vanik amendment of the 1974 Trade Act imposed on the former
Soviet Union to pressure it to allow unrestricted Soviet Jewry emigration.
Jackson-Vanik currently denies most-favored nation trade status to Russia and
its continued enforcement is a pet project of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
Russia views Obama's and Clinton's pressure on the
Khodorkovsky matter to be interference in the domestic affairs of Russia.
In essence, Khodorkovsky was imprisoned in Russia for some
of the same crimes committed by American businessmen in the United States, most
of whom have remained unindicted: tax evasion, embezzling company funds,
insider trading, and money laundering. What is even more astounding is the fact
that some of these same unindicted U.S. businessmen are leading the charge for
Russia to free Khodorkovsky from prison.
published in the Wayne
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