Berezovsky and Khodorkovsky were just asked to comply with the law, Putin said

© ShowtimeПрезидент of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and American film Director Oliver stone during an interviewBerezovsky and Khodorkovsky were just asked to comply with the law, Putin said© Showtime

From Boris Berezovsky and Mikhail Khodorkovsky only required to comply with the law and «to be equidistant» from the government head-on collisions was not with him, said Vladimir Putin in an interview with the American Director Oliver stone.

The book is a transcript of Putin’s interview with stone was released in the U.S. on Friday. Putin’s words are given in reverse translation from English.

«It was not head-on collisions. I just told them to be equidistant from the government. It was then popular term,» — said Putin asked stone if he had any collision «with Berezovsky or to people like Khodorkovsky».

According to him, he told them that if they bought their property is strictly within the law, and do not be afraid to lose her.

Putin also said that he had met with Berezovsky before his move to Moscow, noting that they have never been linked by friendly relations. As told the Russian leader during his work in the Committee on foreign relations of the mayor of Leningrad, he was instructed to organize a meeting of a U.S. Senator, who was accompanied by Berezovsky.

A big «case of Yukos» initiated in 2003, it separately highlighted the case of former CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, his former business partner Platon Lebedev and other Yukos senior employees, several of whom are wanted or convicted in absentia.

Co-owners of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev in 2005 were found guilty under six articles of the criminal code, including fraud, theft of funds from the state, the theft of valuable raw materials Apatite concentrate in large sizes, few non-execution of decisions of arbitration courts, evasion from payment of taxes physical and legal entities. They were sentenced to nine years imprisonment each, later reduced to eight years. Khodorkovsky was pardoned by the decree of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 20 December 2013.

Against Berezovsky in Russia opened more than a dozen criminal cases. In 2007 the Savelovsky court of Moscow sentenced him to six years in prison on charges of embezzling more than 214 million roubles «Aeroflot». In 2009, the Krasnogorsk city court in absentia sentenced him to 13 years in prison on charges of embezzlement of 140 million rubles of LogoVAZ and AVTOVAZ. In may 2012, the TFR was filed two cases — appeals to mass riots.

In March 2013, Berezovsky’s body was discovered in a private house, where lived a businessman in the village Ascot near Windsor. The version of suicide was supported by the security guard Berezovsky, who found his body, the ambulance arrived at the scene of death of Berezovsky police investigating the incident forensics. Berezovsky buried in the cemetery of Brookwood, in the English County of Surrey.

In March 2013, Berezovsky’s body was discovered in a private house, where lived a businessman in the village Ascot near Windsor. The version of suicide was supported by the security guard Berezovsky, who found his body, the ambulance arrived at the scene of death of Berezovsky police investigating the incident forensics. Berezovsky buried in the cemetery of Brookwood, in the English County of Surrey. Putin in 2013 during the «straight line» with Russians has announced that it has received two letters from Berezovsky, but decided not to disclose their contents because they were personal.

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