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.
- 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.
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...