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Commentary :: Politics
War, Money, and The Likud
05 Apr 2005
America is occupied by the Likud Party
Queen Noor's Courage

Queen Noor, widow of King Hussein of Jordan, has written LEAP OF
FAITH, a biography of her life with Hussein. The queen, Arab on her
father's side, gives a courageous account of events between Jordan
and Israel,. The bombing of the USS Liberty
by Israeli planes has been public knowledge for many years
but Noor gave the reason. She wrote that Moshe Dayan bombed and
torpedo'd the USS Liberty to dismantle the spyship's information
gathering so that Dayan could continue in secret the landgrab of the
June 67 war.

She said Jordanians were napalmed by the Israelis,
that many of the 4 million Palestinian refugees doubled
the population of Jordan.

She wrote that Arabs found offensive the Hollywood version
of Lawrence of Arabia, which implied that a white British
male was necessary to help the Arabs and which downplayed
the role of Arabs in their liberation.

She spoke of her own history. She came from a family in which
her father was FAA administrator under Kennedy, as well
as a pilot who broke 1 altitude record. He was also president
of Pan Am. Queen Noor was one of a group of the first women
admitted to the conservative bastion of Princeton, later
a city planner and journalist. After the 4 students at Kent State
were killed in May 1970 by the Ohio National Guard, campuses across
the US responded with student strikes, including the entire
campus of Princeton. Students there were teargassed.

There were many attempts on her husband's life. The first
occurred during the murder of his grandfather Abdullah. Hussein's
life at that time when he was 16 was saved by
a medal his grandfather had given him which blocked a bullet.
In addition, honeymooning in Scotland, under the dominion
of the Special Branch of Scotland Yard, the couple were locked
into their honeymoon cottage. During the night the cottage
filled with smoke. A third of over a dozen attempts on his life was
Israel's sending a cruise missile into his
sitting room.

She wrote of the Der Yassin Massacre stating that
it caused a cycle of response violence. (The Stern Gang,
terrorists, also bombed the King David Hotel where Westerners
stayed and was responsible for many other terrorist acts.)

(The following is from the Egyptian State Information Service)


Deir Yassin is a small village located at a mount 770 m. above sea
level. It had on Arab population of 700 surrounded by 150 thousand
Jews in Jerusalem. At 430 h., Friday April 9, 1948, the Zionist Irgun
gang supported by a unit from Stern gang led by Menahem Bigen and
Yitzhak Shamir, later Prime Ministers of Israel, attacked the
village.

Bigen said in his book The Revolution: we fought in Deir Yassin from
street to street and from house to house.-

The gang men blew up the houses of the village. Finally, they found
103 villagers who could not escape since they were old, children,
women or blind. The Zionists killed them all. They drove a number of
the village women, bare-footed and bareheaded, to the streets of the
Jewish-occupied part of Jerusalem. In another story, 300 of Deir
Yassin dwellers were killed among them were 52 children cut into
pieces and 25 pregnant women disemboweled alive.


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Her book is available on audio tape.

President Jimmy Carter has also been courageous in
opposing the violence of Sharon.

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GOD BRING EVERY MEMBER OF THE LIKUD PARTY, EVERY VIOLENT
BEING IN THE WORLD, INTO YOUR LIGHT OF PEACE NOW

Hebrew scripture:
Thou Shalt Not Kill Exodus 26: 34 (not asterisked with
exceptions)
I delight not in your blood sacrifice. Isaiah

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ASSASSINATIONS
Nuclear whistle blower Vanunu has said that Ben Gurion
arranged the assassination of President Kennedy because
Kennedy wanted Israel's nuclear weapons dismantled.
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satell...p=1078027574121
http://www.ReDiff.com
Rabin was murdered ostensibly by a right wing Israeli.
Arabs involved in fighting against Israel have been routinely
assassinated, with many civilians in their wake.
Since its
inception the government of Israel has been involved in
assassinations, kidnappings, and torture.
GENOCIDAL BOMBINGS
Since Lyndon Johnson replaced JFK after the assassination,
the 4 million deaths of Vietnamese and the 58,000 of US
soldiers in Vietnam are causally connected to Ben Gurion
and his regime.
Many believe that Sharon was behind both the bombing of
the Oklahoma City federal building and the World Trade Center.
Some believe that Zionists were a factor in Churchill's
decision to bomb hundreds of thousands of civilians
in Dresden, Berlin and elsewhere.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com
The USS Liberty was bombed and torpedo'd after communications
were taken out.. by the Israeli government. Moshe Dayan did
not want the US military eavesdropping on his secret takeover
of Jordanian land in the June 67 war.
TORTURE
Seymour Hersh has written of Sharon's involvement of the US
military in torture training. See archives of http://www.newyorker.com
UNPRECEDENTED THEFT
In Moscow, the vast majority of the 33 billionaires created
by the theft and destabilization of Russia's assets are connected
to the Likud party. (see post below)
Dov Zackheim at the Pentagon was involved in the siphoning
of a TRILLION dollars to his friends.
Andrew Fastow manipulated untold billions out of the US
from Enron coffers with the help of offshore accounts. Michael
Milken, junk bond king.
Larry Silverstein made billions.. given the public property
of the people of New York (WTC).
While Bernie Ebbers of MCI has been sentenced, the man
who arranged his purchase of Canada's largest cattle
ranch.. the man who helped him all the way, Sandy Weill of
Citi Bank, has not been charged, though his bank is no
longer allowed to do business in Japan.
COMPUTER CONTROL
Amdocs and other computer firms have given Israeli
intelligence access to every American password, phone number,
bank account. Senator Feinstein's husband Richa...om/spyring.html
[/url]
http://www.publicintegrity.org/pns
APARTHEID AND RACISM
Israel sold weapons to the apartheid government of S. Africa
and controlled many mining operations there. Inherent
in the actions of the Likud party is the notion that Zionists
are the chosen people, better than others. (There are also
some Muslims who think others are infidels, some Christians
who think others are going to hell etc.)
RAPE OF PALESTINE
Sharon has bulldozed people alive, bulldozed homes with
crippled elders in them, bulldozed buildings with pet animals,
bulldozed centenarian olive, lemon, orange groves.
His soldiers bulldozed a Gaza zoo, breaking the backs of gazelles
who survived. Through his control of the US government (Chertoff,
Wolfowitz, Lieberman, Larry Franklin, Feith, and many others)
the US military are involved in more acts of torture than
ever before.
MEDIA
His network controls US finances, the US military, US media, much
media
around the world (Blair said Murdoch made him PM).
Sumner Redstone, Mel Karmazin, etc. While Michael Eisner
is stepping down from ABC Disney, the company is still
held in violation of FCC and SEC law by an Israeli holding
company, deceptively called Shamrock. Terry Semel of Yahoo
has used a number of devices to limit the power of Yahoo
Groups and has engaged in marketing Nazi material
on the web. A French court stopped Yahoo's sting operation sale of
these materials in France.
WALL STREET
It was said that before the bombing of the WTC, 50
trillion dollars a day in bonds passed to and fro in the
business of Howard Lutnick's Cantor Fitzgerald.
CORPORATIONS
Shapiro, head of Monsanto, was pied for its frankenfoods
and attempt to control the world food supply and world's
seed supply.
James Goldsmith and other shark capitalists have been
masters of the hostile takeover, in which the power of
mammon is used to leverage buyouts, rape the pension
funds, siphon assets of long established and locally owned
companies elsewhere.
Walmart's Sam Walton left 5 of his heirs 17 billion a piece,
money stolen from the 3rd world poor and American poor.
Walmart requires its suppliers to divert factory work
from America to China, has locked workers into warehouses
midnight shift (legal slavery), has a class action suit filed
by 1.6 million women working against its glass ceiling.
Bill Clinton helped Arkansas to provide a haven for Walmart
scofflaw activities which include hiring illegal aliens through
subcontractors. Walmart employees add to the food stamp
and hospitalization costs of local communities since there
are no benefits for their lowpaid employees. http://www.ufcw.org
PORNOGRAPHY
Billionaires like the owner of Victoria's Secret have lowered
broadcast standards in advertising. The New York Times
owned by the Sulzberger family has for many decades
used its fashion supplements as soft porn.
Rupert Murdoch, owner of NewsCorp (Fox, New York Post,
London Times, Hindu Times, papers in Sydney and elsewhere,
has been called by a US senator 'the most vulgar
man in broadcasting' because of the sexual content of
his stolen ariwave transmissions.




INFILTRATION
Understandably, many groups want to infiltrate white racist
militia movements. However the Likud network for over 50
years has been gradually militarizing certain branches
of American Christianity. Virtually no 'evangelical' preacher
is on the air unless he is either silent about or supports
the military ventures which are in violation of the peace of
Christ.
OTHER WAR CRIMES
Sharon was indicted for his war crimes in Lebanon.
Henry Kissinger was the architect of the bombing of Cambodia.
WEATHER MANIPULATION
In controlling HAARP and other giant weather manipulation
operations, as well as the US military, Sharon has been
able to cause earthquakes and no S wave 'tsunamis' in Muslim
countries such as Iran and Indonesia.
DESTABILIZATION OF WORLD ECONOMIES
Robert Rubin, George Soros, Jeffrey Sachs (indicted by the US
government for his role) and others arranged the destabilization
of the Russian economy which plunged millions into poverty.
Kissinger has been an advocate
of the siphoning of money to China and is one of the architects
of the current poverty in the US.
COUP D'ETATS
Henry Kissinger was the architect of Watergate. His pawns
were Woodward (formerly of naval intelligence) and Bernstein.
Why? Because Nixon wanted to end the Rockefeller
control of the CIA. Paul Bremer, of Kissinger Associates, was
picked to control Baghdad. The elections of Blair, Howard in
Australia, Bush in the US
and many others were not popular elections, but thefts
of the thrones of power. In 1954, Israel was involved in
the CIA coup which threw out the elected Mossadegh
and began the reign of the Shah with his secret police. In US states,
Talent of Missouri,
Sunun of NH, Allard of Colorado, Coleman of Minnesota
owe their stolen senate seats to Diebold manipulation.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/2004votefraud.html
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/votefraud.html
ANIMAL ABUSE
Sharon, Israel's biggest cattle rancher, has worked
with Menem, powerbroker for the Argentine animal slaughter
industry, Bush, pawn of Amarillo butchers. Likud owned media
advertises the flesh of animals. The Israeli army bulldozed
a Gaza zoo, killing many animals and breaking the backs and necks of
gazelles
and other animals. War is the unreported cause of
untold billions of animal deaths, from bombings, landmines,
bullets, habitat destruction etc. Israel has a large
pharmaceutical business, developed on animal suffering
as well as a weapons development. The New York Times
for over 100 years, Sachs Fifth Avenue, many department
stores are promoters of one of the most cruel products on
earth: fur. The flesh of murdered animals is advertised
on Sumner Redstone's Viacom (where the brutal Survivor
series was hatched), on Eisner's ABC, Time Warner etc.
Sulzberger's NY Times, the Meyer-Graham family's Washington
Post, Murdoch's NewsCorp, the Newhouse newspaper
chain and many other Likud owned media are deforesters,
habitat destroyers, bird and squirrel smashers as they
kill several million trees each yearly to promote war.
http://www.peta.net/feat/military
http://www.jewishveg.com
http://www.hindu.org
http://www.christianveg.com
http://www.plumvillage.org
http://groups.msn.com/catholicveg/cv9.msnw
PRICEGOUGING AND USURY
God has designed a system of free food for all, with fruit
and nut trees, vines and berry bushes dropping gifts into
our laps. The Likud network charges high prices through
control of US goods and services. In South Dakota, Citibank
and Weill began their campaign to bust anti-usury laws
in populist states. Now Citibank controls over 25%
of the nation's credit cards, and charges interest rates
over 20%.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
As the CIA dressed up as Viet Cong and performed
atrocities on Buddhists dressed as Catholics and vice versa
(according to Senator Stephen Young of Ohio), as the British
governments
throughout their colonial history
divided Muslim and Hindu to maintain power in India,
so the Likud Party works to divide Sunni from Shiite.
EXECUTIONS
It is in Sharon's interest to keep the US involved in state
murder. Chuck Rosenthal is the prosecutor of Harris County,
the most executing county in the most executing state of the
US. The revenge murders of Nuremberg were fueled by Zionists
and fanned by Hollywood movies such as Judgment At
Nuremberg. Even Orson Welles and Loretta Young were
roped into a movie of revenge. http://www.ccadp.org
The Hebrew Bible recounts 3 murderers who were given
mercy by God (Cain, David, and Moses who killed in jealousy,
lust, and anger.) The Christian Bible recounts a 4th.. Paul.
God saved the lives of all of these murderers.
SUICIDE BOMBINGS
It is interesting that several times before an announced
meeting of US and Israeli regime leaders, 'suicide bombings'
have occurred in Israel, as Sharon has attempted to
derail peace.
JOURNALISTS
Journalists have been deliberately killed by Israeli soldiers.
SPIES
Ever vigilant to keep its hegemony in the US regime,
Israeli spies such as Larry Franklian, IAPAC, and others
have kept the lines of information flowing to Tel Aviv
from the White House, Pentagon etc.
Monica Lewinsky's affair with Bill Clinton was used to
bribe him by Israelis who had taped everything.
FEDERAL RESERVE The banking industry is controlled
by Alan Greenspan, unelected pawn of billionaires. Greenspan's
wife is an executive with NBC.
HISTORY
With the financial backing of Rothschild, Winston Churchill
in 1920 petitioned the cabinet to poison gas Iraq. When
he was turned down he bombed 9000 instead. Rothschild
money helped elect warmonger privatizer Margaret Thatcher
who sold British people's property to billionaires at firesale
prices.
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How can this massive
array of night be stopped?
1. economic boycott
2. prayer
3. networking
4. public opposition
5. taking to the air waves, talk shows



Thank You GOD for Your unprecedented firefalls of grace, for Your
gifts and fruits of the Spirit to every being, for infusing every
being with courage, with
truth, with power, for taking back Your world from
the powers of night.. with the radiance of Your morning light.
End now and forever violence to any being.
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Much of progress in the area of women's rights, animal rights,
environment, nonviolence, minority rights etc. is required
in all countries in the world, all ethnicities.



http://www.rachelcorrie.org
http://www.internationalanswer.org
http://www.batshalom.org
http://www.peacenow.org
http://indymedia.org
http://www.afsc.org
http://www.amnesty.org
http://www.mfso.org
http://www.veteransforpeace.org


Israel killed JFK,says Vanunu

ReDiff.com v July 26, 2004

In a startling accusation, nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has
alleged that Jerusalem was behind the assassination of US President
John F. Kennedy, who was exerting pressure on the then Israeli head
of state to shed light on the Dimona nuclear plant.

In defiance of a ban on talking to the media and meeting with
foreigners, Vanunu is said to have made the accusation in an
interview to London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

As per the interview published in newspaper's Arabic supplement Al-
Wassat yesterday, Vanunu said according to "near-certain
indications", Kennedy was assassinated due to "pressure he exerted on
then head of government, David Ben-Gurion, to shed light on Dimona's
nuclear reactor".

"We do not know which irresponsible Israeli Prime Minister will take
office and decide to use nuclear weapons in the struggle against
neighbouring Arab countries," he is quoted to have said,
adding, "What has already been exposed about the weapons Israel is
holding can destroy the region and kill millions."

The whistleblower, who was released in April after 18 years of
imprisonment on charges of treason for divulging state secrets, also
said that the reactor in Dimona, could become a second "Chernobyl",
Israeli media reported. He said an earthquake could cause fissures to
the core and that would cause a massive radiation leak threatening
millions.

Vanunu warned that Jordan should test the residents along the border
with Israel for exposure to radiation and give them pills just like
the Jewish state decided to do for its citizens.


Sunday Times reporter held in Israel

Criticising the visit of head of the Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed
el-Baradei, to Israel early this month, he said, "He (Baradei) should
have refused to visit Israel (because) he was not allowed to inspect
the nuclear reactor."

It was not yet clear how al-Hayat did the interview, which the
publication claimed is the first with Vanunu since his release. If it
turns out that he in fact gave such an interview in violation of the
conditions laid down for his release, severe sanctions might be
imposed on him.

An Israeli Justice Ministry statement said "the statements that
Vanunu made will be examined and if it is determined that he violated
the law or his restrictions, then steps against him will be
considered."

"The opinions on Vanunu are divided," said Ra'anan Gissin, a
spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Some say let him speak
and it adds to the ambiguity policy, while others say the more he
speaks the more he raises tensions, particularly in the current
atmosphere."

Brushing aside the latest allegations, he said that serious people
understood that Vanunu was speaking nonsense and his comments on JFK
were not worthy of a reaction.
www.rediff.com/news/2004/jul/26vanunu.htm




Vanunu: Israel behind JFK assassination


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Arieh O'Sullivan, THE JERUSALEM POST Jul. 25, 2004

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Comments by freed nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu that Israel was behind
the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy failed to bring
smiles to government officials Sunday.

One would expect that such claims would portray Vanunu as a man with
a credibility problem, but as far as the defense establishment is
concern, the former nuclear technician still has secrets to reveal
and a declared goal of ending Israel's nuclear program. He shouldn't
be talking to the media and is actually barred from meeting with
foreigners.

Nevertheless, the London-base al-Hayat published Sunday an interview
is claims it had with Vanunu. According to the interview which
appeared in its Arabic supplement Al-Wassat, Vanunu said that
according to "near-certain indications", Kennedy was assassinated due
to "pressure he exerted on then head of government, David Ben-Gurion,
to shed light on Dimona's nuclear reactor."

"We do not know which irresponsible Israeli prime minister will take
office and decide to use nuclear weapons in the struggle against
neighboring Arab countries," Vanunu was quoted as saying. "What has
already been exposed about the weapons Israel is holding can destroy
the region and kill millions."

Vanunu also said that the reactor in Dimona, where he worked, could
become a second "Chernobyl." He said that an earthquake could cause
fissures to the core and that would cause a massive radiation leak
threatening millions.

Vanunu warned that Jordan should test the residents along the border
with Israel for exposure to radiation and give them pills just like
Israel decided to do for its citizens.
Vanunu also criticized the visit to Israel early this month by the
head of the Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed el-Baradei.

"He (Baradei) should have refused to have visited Israel (because) he
was not allowed to inspect the nuclear reactor," Vanunu said.

According to al-Hayat, Vanunu now lives "with his Palestinian
friends" in east Jerusalem.

It was not clear how al-Hayat did the interview, which the
publication claimed with the first Vanunu has granted to a newspaper
since his release from Ashkelon prison last April.
Vanunu has been barred from granting interviews to foreign media.

But until now, no steps were being planned against Vanunu.

"The statements that Vanunu made will be examined and if it is
determined that he violated the law or his restrictions, then steps
against him will be considered," a Justice Ministry statement said.

Defense officials Sunday refused to discuss Vanunu's latest
interview. But they have in the past expressed concern that Vanunu's
comments, as nonsensical as they may be, would be dangerous since it
would be taken as credible.

"It's a question of time until he incriminates himself. This was not
the objective. If he's arrested it won't be over nonsense. If he's
detained then it'll be for real," a security official said. "Vanunu
is still obligated to state secrecy."

"If he gives an interview and talks about prison conditions, that's
OK. But if he moves on to the Dimona reactor, then that's off limits.
Don't worry, we'll known," the official said.

The official said that the security establishment is opposed to him
giving interviews because "even his nonsense can get us into
trouble."

Still, these comments were better than they hoped for. Claims that
Israel was behind JFK's 1963 assassination can totally discredit
Vanunu.
"The opinions on Vanunu are divided," said Ra'anan Gissin, a
spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Some say let him speak
and it adds to the ambiguity policy, while others say the more he
speaks the more he raises tensions, particularly in the current
atmosphere."

Gissin said that serious people understood that Vanunu was speaking
nonsense and his comments on JFK were not worthy of a reaction.

"This is something you would expect from (Yasser) Arafat," Gissin
said.


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Opus Dei

Opus Dei, a rightwing Catholic group, has been criticized
for classism, sexism, materialism, promotion of war,

Antonin Scalia, serial executioner on the unelected US
Supreme Court, is a member.

The present hierarchy of the Catholic church
denies the priesthood to women or to the married,
has attracted pedophilia incidents.


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LDS

The LDS Church has been asked to divest itself
of the nation's largest cattle ranch, the King Ranch

(there are 2.. one in Texas one in Florida)


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Dov Zackheim, Pentagon Comptroller, Misplaced A Trillion $


A Sharon Trojan Horse in the Pentagon siphoning money to him?





Dov Zakheim resigned as Pentagon Comptroller and Chief Financial
Officer at the beginning of March when it was revealed that the he is
unable to account for the disappearance of a trillion dollars
($1,000,000,000,000). It is unlikely that this will receive much
coverage in the mainstream media.

A General Accounting Office report found Defence inventory systems so
lax that the US army lost track of 56 aeroplanes, 32 tanks and 36
Javelin missile command launch-units. - Al Jazeera

Now here's a new wrinkle for conspiracy theorists who believe that
the hijacked planes were actually remotely controlled from the ground
and that the hijackers were actually themselves turned into suicide
mission patsies. Put this name into your system: Dov Zakheim

BACKGROUND

1985 to 1987 he was deputy under secretary of defense for planning
and resources, and held various other senior Pentagon posts in the
Reagan administration. He was previously with the Congressional
Budget Office. Zakheim is currently corporate vice president of the
Systems Planning Corporation (SPC), a high-technology research,
analysis, and manufacturing firm, and chief executive officer and
president of SPC International, Inc. In 1998, Zakheim, an expert in
ballistic missiles, worked in 1998 with Rumsfeld Commission. More
significantly, he is a long-time Bush associate, having served as a
policy advisor to the governor during the 2000 campaign. In May,
2001, Zakheim was sworn in to the Bush Administration as Under
Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) of the DOD.

Here's the wrinkle: Zakheim's company produces advanced Command
Transmitter Systems, designed to provide "remote control and flight
termination functions through a fully redundant, self-contained solid
state system." The unit is just 5 feet high and can be mounted easily
on a mobile platform. Although designed to control unmanned flights
such as Global hawk from remote positions on the ground, one British
aviation engineer said after 9/11 that the planes used in the attacks
were could have been equipped with, or suitable for, such remote
control units.

Unknown news & Oil Empire

In an article from "Government Executive" magazine, Zakheim
admitted, "...we are in the business of fighting wars." - Uri
Dowbenko

This Zakheim linked company stands to make
a hell of a lot of CASH from The war on terror- GO FIGURE!

http://www.libertyforum.org/showfla...4#Post293330764


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33 Billionaires Who Stole From The Russian People
(the Moscow Forbes editor who published this list
has been murdered, whether or not because he focused
light on these names is not known)

Moscow's 33 mostly Likud billionaires

(as the world's capital cartels manipulate oil, it is possible
that the bombing of Saudi oil offices was done not by
the Al Qaeda but by some of the new Likud controllers
of oil)

Moscow Leapfrogs New York as Billionaires' Home City (Update1)
May 13 (Bloomberg) -- Moscow leapfrogged New York as home to the
world's largest cluster of billionaires as Russia's benchmark stock
index rose to a record in April, Forbes magazine said.

Russia's number of billionaires jumped by two-fifths in the space of
two months, reaching 36 with a combined worth of $110.2 billion, up
from $79.4 billion held by 25 Russian billionaires in February,
according to Forbes's Russian edition. Moscow has 33 of them,
allowing the capital to overtake New York, which has 31.

``In Russia, business people rise and fall with an amazing speed,''
chief editor Paul Klebnikov said. ``To give a precise estimate to
someone's wealth is especially hard in Russia where many companies
are closely held through offshore vehicles.''

Russia's richest businessmen, such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Roman
Abramovich, mostly made fortunes buying former state-owned assets
cheaply after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The economy
contracted to half its former size during the 1990s and, growing for
the sixth year, still hasn't regained its 1990 size. More than 20
percent of Russians live below the poverty line.

Forbes's Russian version uses the same methods to estimate wealth as
the magazine's international edition, Klebnikov said.

The magazine's Russian edition, which started publishing last month,
closed its list on April 15, Klebnikov said. The benchmark Russian
Trading Index hit a record 781.55 on April 12, and has fallen 23
percent since then.

``The surge of the RTS is the main reason for an increase in the
number of billionaires,'' he said in an interview.

Khodorkovsky Richest

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, 40, former chief executive of OAO Yukos Oil
Co., Russia's second-biggest oil producer, leads the list of Russian
billionaires with a fortune estimated at $15.2 billion.

Yukos, which faces a Tax Ministry claim that the company owes 99.7
billion rubles ($3.4 billion) in back taxes and fines, accounts for
six billionaires, the most of any Russian company.

Khodorkovsky and fellow Yukos-owner and billionaire Platon Lebedev,
44, were jailed last year awaiting trial on fraud charges. Lebedev is
worth $1.8 billion, according to Forbes. Khodorkovsky and Lebedev
deny the allegations, saying they are politically motivated after
Khodorkovsky opposed President Vladimir Putin.

Viktor Vekselberg rose to become Russia's third-richest, up from
ninth place in February, after Forbes re-assessed the value of
closely held aluminum maker Sual Holding and of BP Plc's Russian
venture TNK-BP, in which the 47-year-old holds stakes.

Fridman, Baturina

Vekselberg, who in February bought the world's largest private
collection of Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs from the family of Malcolm
S. Forbes, pushed down former No. 3 Mikhail Fridman, 40, to sixth
place with $5.2 billion, as Forbes re-evaluated Fridman's estimated
stake in closely held Alfa Group, Klebnikov said.

Yelena Baturina, 41, owner of construction and plastics company ZAO
Inteko and the wife of Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, entered the list as
Russia's richest woman and its 35th-richest individual with $1.1
billion, Forbes said.

Russia's average billionaire is 47 years old, male, married and holds
at least one degree in science or technology.



Forbes Russian edition's List of Russian Billionaires


Net
worth
Rank Name ($bln) Source

1 Mikhail Khodorkovsky 15.2 Yukos
2 Roman Abramovich 12.5 Sibneft
3 Viktor Vekselberg 5.9 TNK-BP, Sual
4 Mikhail Prokhorov 5.4 Norilsk Nickel
5 Vladimir Potanin 5.4 Norilsk Nickel
6 Mikhail Fridman 5.2 Alfa Group
7 Vladimir Lisin 4.8 Novolipetsk Steel
8 Oleg Deripaska 4.5 Rusal, Ruspromavto
9 Alexei Mordashov 4.5 Severstal
10 Vagit Alekperov 3.9 Lukoil
11 German Khan 2.9 Alfa Group
12 Alexander Abramov 2.4 Evrazholding
13 Vladimir Bogdanov 2.2 Surgutneftegaz
14 Vladimir Yevtushenkov 2.1 Sistema
15 Iskander Makhmudov 2.1 Uralsky GMK
16 Pyotr Aven 2.1 Alfa Group
17 Nikolai Tsvetkov 2.0 Nikoil
18 Leonid Nevzlin 2.0 Yukos
19 Alexei Kuzmitchev 1.9 Alfa Group
20 Mikhail Brudno 1.8 Yukos
21 Vladimir Dubov 1.8 Yukos
22 Platon Lebedev 1.8 Yukos
23 Vasily Shakhnovsky 1.8 Yukos
24 Leonid Fedun 1.7 Lukoil
25 Alexander Lebedev 1.4 National Reserve Corp.
26 Viktor Rashnikov 1.3 Magnitogorsk Steel
27 David Davidovich 1.3 Sibneft
28 Rem Vyakhirev 1.3 Gazprom
29 Vyacheslav Sheremet 1.2 Gazprom
30 Andrei Melnichenko 1.2 MDM Bank
31 Sergei Popov 1.2 MDM Bank
32 Igor Zyuzin 1.1 Mechel Steel
33 Andrei Gorodilov 1.1 Sibneft
34 Valery Oif 1.1 Sibneft
35 Yelena Baturina 1.1 Inteko
36 Alisher Usmanov 1.0 Gazprominvestholding


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See also:
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