Friday, September 21, 2007

Alisher Usmanov: The Rundown

After reading my blog comment yesterday from one "phat," I realized that some people do not realize what foreign ownership by Usmanov would mean for this club, so I'm putting together this little miniature biography for you.

Alisher Usmanov


  • Ranked number 142 on the Forbes list of the World's Richest People in 2007
  • Gained wealth from mining, lumber, and investment
  • He spent SIX YEARS IN JAIL in the 1980's for crimes of corruption and extortion against the government of the former Soviet Union
  • Craig Murry's article, former ambassador to Uzbekistan, made further still allegations against Usmanov...more information below.
On September 20th, Bloggerheads.com, the weblog of Tim Ireland was taken down for reproducing Craig Murray's article. The removal of the host server also caused the loss of other blogs belonging to the MP Boris Johnson as well as others; none of which themselves had reproduced the article.

His lawyers had this to say:

“Mr Usmanov was imprisoned for various offences under the old Soviet regime. We wish to make it clear our client did not commit any of the offences with which he was charged. He was fully pardoned after President Mikhail Gorbachev took office. All references to these matters have now been expunged from police records . . . Mr Usmanov does not have any criminal record.”

Right, and Sp*rs are going to finish in the top four...

Craig had a response to that, saying this:

"Let me make it quite clear that Alisher Usmanov is a criminal. He was in no sense a political prisoner, but a gangster and racketeer who rightly did six years in jail. The lawyers cunningly evoke "Gorbachev", a name respected in the West, to make us think that justice prevailed. That is completely untrue."

After this was posted, Alisher's legal team shut down many blogs by threatening legal action.

Is this the kind of man we want running our beloved football club? Read the facts and then you decide...

ArseNole

8 comments:

433 (total newbie) said...

You think being American will protect you when Ali-Fats comes after you?

Anonymous said...

Good stuff.
You should make yourself known to news aggregator www.newsnow.co.uk if you want to reach a wider audience. Hadn't heard of this blog befofre until I saw a link to it as a result of the Usmanov kerfuffle.

Cheers, El Cid

P.S. Tony Montana was also a political prisoner

433 (total newbie) said...

Dude, you made the Evening News on Channel 4 in England! Incredible. You are going to be at the very top of Jabba the Hutt's hit list.

Click on "Watch the Report" and enjoy your 0.8 seconds in the spotlight. I know I would.

Phat said...

Well done making the news! I'll say this...I was not aware of this man's criminal past...so well done and good research. First of all, I just don't buy the idea that the Russian "Jabba the Hutt" is buying Arsenal solely as a business investiment...the man's estimated net worth is in the neighborhood of $5 billion...I find it hard to believe when you have that much money you'd want to take on a sports franchise (especially with the ridiculous transfer fees now a days) with the idea of adding to your fortune in any significant way. Also I kind of think of Russia as the wild west...I've heard people make all kinds of allegations as to how Abramovich made his billions. I'd definitely be interested in knowing more about what this man has done in the past...though I doubt the facts will ever come to light. I will say after seeing the debacle at Chelsea over the past week the idea of bringing in a billionaire owner worries me from the stand point of him meddling. I'd like to think that Wenger has the kind of credibility that he wouldn't be meddled with...then again I would have thought the same of Mourinho. All in all...I just want to win some trophies and in general prefer the likes of David Dein to Peter Hill-Wood! Thanks again for the research....very niiiiiice.

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Hadn't heard of this blog befofre until I saw a link to it as a result of the Usmanov kerfuffle.

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