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Semyon Mogilevich, one of FBI's most wanted people, identified as real power behind billionaire owner of Ukrainian-based RUE"
Statement on behalf of Mr Dmitry Firtash relating to the unlawful leaking of US Ambassador Taylor's alleged confidential memo of his meeting with Mr Firtash on 8 December 200802/12/2010The briefing with Ambassador Taylor was private and confidential and Mr Firtash wishes to respect the privacy of that meeting. Furthermore, Mr Firtash is not going to respond to statements allegedly contained in documents that - by the admission of those promoting them - were stolen from the United States government, in violation of federal criminal law, by people who are themselves now fugitives. Mr Firtash provided the Ambassador with a private and confidential briefing on a variety of issues and addressed questions the Ambassador put to him. However, following the regrettable and unlawful publication of documents purporting to be the Ambassador's confidential notes of the meeting, Mr Firtash feels obliged to clear up any subsequent mistranslation or misunderstanding of their meeting. Mr Firtash has never stated, to anyone, at any time, that he needed or received permission from Mr. Mogilevich to establish any of his businesses. Moreover, Mr Firtash has stated many times, publicly, privately and on the record that he knew Mr Mogilevich but has never had any partnership or other commercial association with him. This was also confirmed in an interview given by Mr Firtash to the Financial Times published on 13 July 2006. Mr Firtash has always maintained and repeats, once again, that Mr Mogilevich has never had any holding or other direct or indirect interest in Eural Trans Gas, RosUkrenergo or indeed any of Mr Firtash's other commercial or business interests.
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