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Newly Discovered BP Documents Demonstrate that BP was Aware of and Complicit with Illegal Conduct by Russian Oligarchs
  • April 14, 1999 letter from Leonard Blavatnik (on TNK letterhead) to Stephen Glazer of the U.S. Export-Import Bank pressing for TNK itself to be the external manager of the Chernogorneft bankruptcy
  • September 7, 1999 letter From U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on behalf of BP regarding the Chernogorneft bankruptcy: "BP Amoco fear that what should and could be a healthy and profitable company will be manipulated into bankruptcy and collapse. . . . The case is being closely followed by other major foreign investors in Russia and will be critical to future in-flows of foreign direct investment, so vital to Russian economic revival."
  • Internal BP document: September 9, 1999 memorandum entitled "Background Investigation and Assessment of Tyumen Oil Company," commissioned by BP: Alfa and Renova "both employ private security groups and enjoy the unlimited support of local law enforcement agencies, which they are able to manipulate to achieve desired business objectives."
  • Internal BP document: September 1999 Background Report regarding TNK, commissioned by BP: "Observers note [Alfa"s] Khan"s unbalanced, explosive manner of behavior, a feature often found with criminal types. The story goes that he threatened Nizhnevartovsk mayor Timoshkov with a gun right in the latter"s office."
  • November 26, 1999 internal BP email re: Chernogorneft bankruptcy: "We regard the entire bankruptcy process as invalid. . . . We understand that the fun went on right to the end. Sidanco officials were prevented by armed guards from entering the Chernogorneft offices to serve an injunction – just another day in Russia!"
  • Internal BP document: November 26, 2001 memorandum regarding TNK-Alfa Group, commissioned by BP: "Tyumen Oblast, particularly Khanty Mansiisk Autonomous Okrug (KMAO), is known to be Alfa's domain and 'property."
  • January 22, 2002 declassified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to the U.S. Secretary of State describing TNK"s scheme to acquire through a fraudulent bankruptcy Chernogorneft, the "jewel in the crown" of Sidanko.
  • February 27, 2002 internal BP email re: Norex's RICO action: "TNK, through the even more notorious German Khan, is the real target of Norex's suit. While our history is intertwined with the events that befell Norex, we long ago parted company on the road to where we find ourselves today."
  • July 26, 2002 letter from First Deputy Minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation to Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "[T]he management of [TNK] fabricated the Protocol of the shareholders' meeting."
  • June 3, 2003 declassified CIA Memo obtained pursuant to FOIA request re: Alleged Violations in the Chernogorneft Bankruptcy Process: "TNK President Kukes said that he bribed local officials."
  • Indemnity provision from the 2003 TNK-BP Formation Agreement: "Each of Access/Renova Holdings and Alfa Holdings shall indemnify and keep indemnified BP Holdings . . . against all Losses, claims and demands of whatsoever nature which are incurred by any of them as a result of the Norex Dispute."
  • August 18, 2008 Wikileaks Cable: "A Moscow court suspended TNK-BP CEO Bob Dudley from his post on August 14 due to labor code violations in what BP"s chief lawyer in Russia . . . described to us as a sham proceeding. "