Iraqi Paper Lists Russian Orthodox Church As One Saddam Allegedly Bribed with Oil
- Iraqi Paper Lists Companies and Organizations Saddam Allegedly Bribed with
Roman Kupchinsky, for UP , 30.01.2004, 23:47
The Iraqi daily newspaper Al-Mada in its 25 January edition published a
sensational list of companies, organizations and individuals who allegedly
were allocated crude oil in return for political support for the regime of
Among the organizations and individuals named in the article are: In Russia,
among others, the Russian Orthodox Church (5 million barrels), Chief of the
Russian Presidential administration (5 million), the Liberal Democratic
Party (79.8 million), the Russian Communist Party (1 million), Yukos (2
In Ukraine, the Social Democratic Party was allegedly allocated 1 million,
the Communist Party 6 million, Naftohaz Ukrayiny 8 million and the Socialist
Party of Ukraine 1 million. In Belarus the Presidents administration
allegedly received 1 million barrels, and the Liberal Party 1 million.
Among individuals named by Al-Mada are the son of late Egyptian President
Nasser, the former Jordanian member of parliament Tujan al-Faysal, the
current president of Indonesia, the son of the president of Lebanon and the
son of the Syrian defense minister.
Iraqi oil ministry undersecretary Abdul Sahib Salman Qotob told the AFP
press agency on 27 January that documents belonging to the State Oil
Marketing Organization (SOMO) "reveal how Saddam jeopardized the oil wealth
of Iraq on personalities who had supported him and turned a blind eye on the
mass graves and injustice he inflicted on the sons of the Iraqi people."
According to AFP, the ministry was working with Interpol to recover the
money "allegedly made by figures cashing in millions of barrels of crude oil
they had received for free."
Spokesmen for both the Russian Orthodox Church and the Liberal Democratic
Party led by Vladimir Zhirinovskii denied the charges according to the 29
January edition of "Nezavisemaya Gazeta."
The paper noted that the Orthodox Church had been involved in oil trading
since 1990 when it became the co-owner of the "International Economic
Cooperation" society and partook in government projects designed to help
fund federal programs in Russia.
A delegation from the Church had visited Iraq prior to the war where the
head of the delegation handed Saddam Hussein a letter of support from Alexey
II, the Moscow Patriarch.
The secretary of the Russian Communist Party, Oleg Kulikov, told
"Nezavisemaya Gazeta" that the article was "black PR" and that everything
which is occurred in Iraq "was under the control of American special
Neither the Ukrainian or Belarus press has written about these charges thus