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Black PR from Polonskiy and Trefilov

Federal News Agency REGIONS.RU
Published December, 16, 2013


The life of the Russian capitalism isn't long so far, still we have already faced lots of scandals connected with those Russians who ran away (often to the countries of the Western Europe) being charged in the homeland with theft and fraud. Escaping from prison, officials and businessmen ran, having previously put safely away their capitals stolen in Russia. However, not all of them, feeling quite safe in their new countries, tried to hide and to live peacefully and comfortably. Many of these refugees decided to be rehabilitated in the eyes of the western countries, and even to force Russia to renounce prosecution, may it be now or later. To achieve these aims they use such significant force as the so called "smear campaign" or "black PR", by means of which they aggressively realize their large-scale projects in mass media. Among those who followed this way there are two scandalous Russian businessmen, who are also good friends - Sergey Polonskiy and Georgy Trefilov. Both became "funds prisoners", having run away with the same Russian Federation Criminal Rule 159, part 4 (large scale fraud). The slight difference is that the first one - Trefilov - has chosen London, and the second one – Polonskiy - "moved" to Cambodia. However they didn't have a chance to enjoy freedom and money - the two friends were put on the international wanted list.

Since then the friends have started their "black" PR campaigns, as like as two peas in a pod. Trefilov showed a providently prepared video of the conversation with the prosecutor Gvozdev to the Westminster court, which was considering his extradition case. In that video Gvozdev timidly discusses a 1 million dollar bribe for the "help" with the post conviction relief. As a result the ex-prosecutor got pulled himself, having received from Trefilov 50 thousand dollars. This fact helped Trefilov to win his extradition suit and to remain in Foggy Albion as a regime and corruption victim. Meanwhile Polonskiy, who didn't want to go to a severe Russian jail, appears in a local, Cambodian prison, which reminds mostly of a site container than of a real prison. This can be the only reason of his scandalous behaviour with the Cambodian seamen whom he faught with on his own yacht and threw overboard. That was also when Trefilov got in an English prison. He probably decided to play the great James Bond and went travelling with false documents under the name of the Greek citizen Andreas Natatinos. Having been put on probation and having left the prison, Trefilov comments the situation publicly, participates in various programs, willingly gives interviews which main idea is that he isn't a swindler but a martyr, the victim of a regime and almost a political prisoner. He even came to the association himself with the people declared in the Stalin era "enemies of the people".

Having probably realized his extreme importance for Russia, Trefilov, meaning himself, says: "It's really necessary to change something in the "conservatory" otherwise the best people of the country will have to leave Russia and go here, to London or elsewhere worldwide…". To top it all both friends - Polonskiy and Trefilov - decided to seek help from the human rights activists. That time their Rule 159 was decriminalized in Russia… So they appealed to the ombudsman, B. Titov, the amnesty bill author. It looks like Trefilov was so convincing that Titov publicly declared that his trial investigation had been lasting for 10 years already instead of 4, which is true. Polonsky seems to have adopted his friend's experience and also decided to declare himself a victim of corruption. So right in Cambodia, where he was staying, he found his victim - the undersecretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Cambodia Mr. Buntkhal. Polonskiy records their conversation, but his phrases are obviously prepared and his answers are sometimes out of turn. However the most interesting thing is that durnig this extremely inconcrete conversation the Cambodian didn't even pronouce the word "money", but Polonskiy, being impatient, in the end of their dialogue takes up the running and aggressively insists on his (!) will to pay the official a 1 million dollar bribe. Then he put the phone down on his interlocutor so fast that the latter didn't even have a chance to react and to answer. This record was immediately posted in the Internet and used by his lawyers to file for the fact of "corruption".

The two friends try to do their best, but not everything they do is convincing. Thus Trefilov's answers in the interwievs are equivocal and sometimes uncertain. Polonsky - on the contrary - is rude, demanding the Russian authorities to nourish him and to cherish. The friends are constantly lowering the sum of their debts. Thus Trefilov speaks about 1 billion rubles to the BBC while he's charged with 1,9 billion rubles, and Polonskiy is admitting only 2 billion while officially his debt is 5,7 billion rubles. Trefilov is complaining that he's a victim of raiders, while in the recent past he himself was concerned with the attempt of raiding. That case was connected with a distribution chain "Prodmak", which belonged to the former deputy M. Vasilyev. However Trefilov appealed to the Investigative Committee and the deputy G. Gudkov appealed to the Minister of Internal Affairs Nurgaliyev and after their appelations M. Vasilyev was convicted. M. Vasilyev declared that Trefilov and the "MARTA" Holding representatives extorted from the accused 25 million dollars for "the possible termination of the criminal case". The human rights activists, who were also engaged in this case, said that the suit was obviously framed-up. Moreover, in their opinioin, the case was absurd in its essence and created a dangerous legal precedent of the law enforcement agencies intervention to the sphere of civil and commercial relations. Nevertheless human rights activists' opinion meant nothing.

Once the institution of criminal proceedings against Trefilov has been announced, Mr. Gudkov publicly recognized that, according to him, he didn't see the situation clearly, knew little and supposed it was necessary to interfere "because "MARTA"'s cooperation with the German giant company REWE, which took place in 2005, was an important and strategic way in the Russian economy development and also it could have strengthened the Russia - Germany partnership". Having run through the Cambodian jungle in the buff, Polonskiy was arrested at long last . In the local prison he invoked God's mercy in his "Letters to God" where he without any cause mentioned Magnitsky's case. He was really unpausing in downloading his "masterpieces" in the Internet. All this fuss made by the two friends has one basic point. Evidently, that is their extreme persistent desire to "relocate" their problems from the criminal sphere into the political one. However this desire can be easily explained: those, charged with "political" crimes, have always been respected by the most part of society. Being "political" has been never associated with being "criminal". People do believe that being "political" means being honest and high toned. The democratic countries of the Western Europe and the USA have always supported those so called "politicals", although sometimes pursueing their own cynical and mercantile purposes.

It seems that for our friends it's just necessary to have an international worthy status and to make Russia close their criminal cases. That might be the main reason of the "sneer" company, blackmailing Russia, where the friends, using mass media, tell the world about the absence of the "legitimate base" in Russia, about the prosecution of rich businessmen by the "totally corrupted" officials-monsters and raidering security officers. The aim is really simple – to force Russia to change the accusation or even to declare it off in exchange for the termination of these continuous streams of lie in its address. Meanwhile Russia is already is repaying the obligations of these "funds prisoners". For example, Trefilov's not repaid debt in "Sviaz Bank" cost the state, that redeemed Bank debts, a vast deal of money - about 1 billion rubles. Besides that the judicial inquiry substantiated the fact that it was an a priori uncollectable account. What concerns Polonskiy, is the guarantee and promise of the new housing to his "shareholders" and the state assumes this responsibility. With all that said we have to hope that the ombudsman will handle the case of the two friends much earlier than Gudkov did - before they do something "of economic importance" for Russia again. We'll hope that the countries which have sheltered these not really political "outlaws", will render assistance in regular proceedings and trials to the Russian law enforcement officers. Then, hopefully, the "funds prisoners" will turn into simple prisoners.