Thursday, April 20, 2006

A lawyer for dessert

Putin doesn't know where to stop. The big Yukos bosses are already behind the slammer, and Putin has the massive oil company in his piggybank. He isn't happy with the desserts either.

An ex-Yukos lawyer will join her bosses and enjoy contraband in jail now. The recent sentencing of Svetlana Bakhmina, a Yukos lawyer, to seven years in prison on tax evasion charges is the latest in the Yukos gang crackdown. She may be released on compassionate grounds as she has two young boys to take care of.

On the face, living in a Russian jail might sound like a Poltergeist rerun, but it actually isn't that bad. The ex-Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky has his own cell phone, TV and other goodies in his cell, just like Al Capone did when he spent time in prison.

A smart guy given a cell phone? Sounds like a dumb idea, but Russian's wouldn't allow it unless they saw some benefit. It goes without saying that the phone is being tapped, and Khodorkovsky has to know about it.

This is all just naysay, thinking aloud. Maybe Putin is footing Khodorkovsky's phone bill to legalize his black market money.

Any other jail news? Oh yeah, apparently 40 goofy prisoners in a Russian jail revolted against the warden, demanding not guns, not vodka, but *women*. I mean, what about freedom? Has any Russian even heard that word?

So a deal was negotiatied and the revolution ended peacefully, with some demands of the prisoners being met. Yeah, right! No women; most of the 40 were shipped out to other jails.

Russian jails sound like fun. Make sure you visit one on your next trip there.


Blogger Chick Pea said...

i wanna go to the big house. sounds fun... i want an inmate roomate to be named.. um... dixie..and another to be named... maxie..

5:48 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Ok, now you have scared me. I have been invited to attend a wedding in Gujarat later this year. Therefore, earlier this week, I cashed in my Delta Skymiles to book the trip. The catch is I have to fly through Moscow to get to Mumbai.

I don't even want to think about the the Cold War rekindling this fall when I fly there. All of my American clothes stolen and my warm weather loving body thrown into an icy cold, cinderblock prison cell.

Why did I find your blog today?!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Khakra said...

oi ashley, haha... feeling queasy about a flight switch in Moscow?? Come on! Don't worry about that, that'll be easy. In case for some remote reason they jail you, seduce them with words "I love Putin" or "I love Stolichnaya and hate Absolut" or take a Polaroid instant picture. Run out into the darkness. Then the mafia will mug you. OK, just kidding, if you were serious! Everything will be just fine, don't worry!

Russia isn't that bad. I just love to poke fun at it occassionally. They could well be after my life...infact you should be worried about be riding on the roads of Gujarat

Pretty amazing Delta routed you through Moscow, interesting info. thanks for the update on that

3:30 PM  

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