Oleg Deripaska Fails to Portray Me as Russia’s Enemy
By Israel News Agency 17/7/07
Jul 18, 2007 - 12:51:22 PM
A fictitious, front organization naming itself the Russian Press Center that,
according to political analysts in Moscow, is funded by Russian billionaire
Oleg Deripaska, keeps promoting on the Internet certain libelous
"reports" about the Russian oligarchs living in the West – primarily
Boris Berezovsky, Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy), and Leonid Nevzlin -
preparing an "orange" revolution in Russia, including a change of
Putin's regime and their own triumphal comeback to Moscow.
are Israel citizens, though at the time Berezovsky gave up Israel citizenship
when he got appointed to Yeltsin's administration. After he fled Putin's
Russia, he received British citizenship and political refugee status. Indeed,
Berezovsky, an open opponent of Putin's regime, has been spotted in the last
year in the company of Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) in Israel. The latter
lives in the same neighborhood, Herzlia Pituakh, as Nevzlin does. Could it be
that these three oligarchs are indeed planning a democratic revolution in
News Agency attempted to contact all three for comment. Only Cherney responded.
to archives in the
Israel News Agency, Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy)
is a prominent international businessman, a citizen of Israel who made his
fortune in the former Soviet Union's metals industry in early '90s.
Of late, Cherney
has received media attention due to the lawsuit he filed against his former
partner Oleg Deripaska, who is currently Russia's richest person. Michael
Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy) had introduced Deripaska to the metals business by
making him his manager and then his partner.
Chernoy filed his lawsuit against Deripaska in the Commercial Court of the High
Court in London on 24 November 2006. Chernoy is seeking $3 billion from
Deripaska, which, he claims, represents 20 per cent of Rusal's stock for which he
has yet to be paid.
sources in Moscow allege that Oleg Deripaska is behind a new Russia media
campaign that is targeting Michael Chernoy. They also allege that the campaign
is designed to send a message to the latter: a criminal investigation against
Chernoy may be initiated in Moscow as a retaliation for his suit against
am not an oligarch. By definition, an oligarch is someone who is involved in
and actively influences big politics. I was never involved in politics, even
when I was active in Russian business in early 90s. I have resided in Israel
since 1994 and I have no interest in Russian business."
- Mikhail Chernoy
me start off by saying that I am not an oligarch," Chernoy told the
"By definition, an oligarch is someone who is involved in and actively
influences big politics. I was never involved in politics, even when I was
active in Russia business in early 90s. I have resided in Israel since 1994 and
I have no interest either in Russia business, which I have left – I'm merely
waiting for a settlement with ex-partners – or in Russian politics. I am far
more interested in and anxious about the political situation in Israel. But
even here I function as philanthropist and try to affect social development –
continues: "Regardless of who is in charge in Russia, I have no plans of
going back either to Russian business or public life, especially since I have
never been a Russian citizen. Moreover, I am perfectly aware of the origin of
the absurd story of my participation in the "out-of-favor oligarch's
conspiracy against Putin". This is a dirty and destructive smear campaign
consisting of the most twisted rumors that are being bandied about in the
international media by my former partners who do not wish to live up to their
financial obligations to me and others. Instead they are trying to create an
environment through the most transparent propaganda hoping that the Russian
authorities will turn against me or fabricate criminal charges against me in Moscow.
If these corrupt, dishonest individuals are trying to evade those they have
committed fraud against as 'Enemies of Russia', they are doing their country a
major disservice by creating an impression that the government of Russia can
and will be manipulated.”
in Russia believe that the crux of the matter is that Oleg Deripaska has broken
his contract with Chernoy and is now trying to dodge justice. The only way
Deripaska can prove today that he’s in the right and does not owe Cherney
anything is to come to court openly – though any independent judge is most
likely to confirm that his agreement with Chernoy stipulates that Deripaska has
his repatriation to Israel, Michael Cherney maintains business interests in
Russia and post-Soviet states, while developing new business contacts between
Russia, Europe, Israel, and the US.
Michael Cherney spends much effort on charity and humanitarian projects that
reinforce cooperation between Israel and Russia in fighting terrorism.
Chernoy established a Website for his Foundation on June 1, 2001, the night of
the terrorist bombing outside the Dolphinarium Disco in Tel Aviv. When Michael
Cherney learned the number of victims - 21 dead and over 150 wounded - he
realized that rendering assistance required a systematic organized effort.
2001, Cherney was engaged in charity work in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia,
Bulgaria, the US - wherever he did business. He made valuable contributions
into Jewish philanthropy in Russia. Following the Dolphinarium terrorist
tragedy, the Cherney Fund became the helping hand for all its victims. In a
misfortune like this, emigres from the former Soviet countries are even worse
off than those born in Israel: they don't have a support system or savings.
Cherney Fund, therefore, renders help mostly to the new arrivals to Israel,
victims of catastrophes and terrorist acts that continue to bleed Israel, as
well as to the low-income victims of terror in other countries. Another equally
important task assumed by the Cherney Foundation is the media effort in war on
terror. Shortly after the Dolphinarium attack, the Foundation published a book
called Dolphinarium: Terror Targets the Young.
Michael Cherney Foundation has established grants for students from the former
Soviet Union in all major Israel universities with an annual endowment of one
Chernoy and his family live in a suburb of Tel Aviv
Source: Ocnus.net 2007