Today Italy’s largest circulation newspaper, Corriere della Sera, is running an article (PDF) featuring Robert Amsterdam’s press release on the risks of Eni and Enel‘s involvement in the controversial auction of Yukos assets. Excerpt from release:
All this while the latest accusations filed against Mikhail Khodorkovsky – still imprisoned in Siberia with complete disregard for legality – are increasing the concerns among the international community for the way in which the Russian government has used the law and the justice system. According to the Council of Europe, the Kremlin has on several occasions violated the Russian constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights in its treatment of Khodorkosky for political ends and for the purpose of gaining control of a strategic industry (see Council Resolution No 1418 of 2005, adopted by the European Parliament). The Italian public should be aware that Eni and Enel, the 2 largest businesses in the country, are running the risk of becoming involved in the consequences of a criminal act, which sooner or later will come to light.