After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s leaders handed over the wealth of the Soviet state to a number of oligarchs. One of these oligarchs was Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who became the owner of Yukos oil. In 2003, Putin charged Khodorkovsky with tax evasion and sent him to prison in Siberia.
Due to the fact that Khodorkovsky is Jewish and that he has business connections to Jacob Rothschild, many online media sites saw Khodorkovsky’s imprisonment as a direct attack on the Rothschild family. What these bloggers fail to realize is that well before his imprisonment, Khodorkovsky made a deal with Jacob Rothschild which guaranteed the transfer of Khodorkovsky’s Yukos shares to Rothschild should Khodorkovsky ever be imprisoned in Russia. In the end, the Rothschilds took control of Khodorkovsky’s Yukos shares and maintained a significant ownership in the company even as it was auctioned off to Gazprom; which is currently majority owned by the Russian government.
While Khodorkovsky may be Jewish, he was never untouchable. Ultimately, it is not a Jewish connection which protects many of the Russian oligarchs but some other sort of connection which supersedes all religious and ethnic backgrounds. We believe this connection is high level Freemasonry.