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Iraqi Paper Lists Russian Orthodox Church As One Saddam Allegedly Bribed with Oil

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  • Fr. John-Brian
    Iraqi Paper Lists Companies and Organizations Saddam Allegedly Bribed with Oil http://www2.pravda.com.ua/en/archive/2004/january/30/1.shtml Roman Kupchinsky,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2004
      Iraqi Paper Lists Companies and Organizations Saddam Allegedly Bribed with
      Oil
      http://www2.pravda.com.ua/en/archive/2004/january/30/1.shtml

      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
      Saddam Hussein.

      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
      million).

      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 PresidentÂ’s 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
      services."

      Neither the Ukrainian or Belarus press has written about these charges thus
      far.
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