Monday, May 16, 2005

Senate points to Russian officials in Iraq scam

More foreign officials with their hand in the oil for food cookie jar.

Saddam Hussein's government provided senior Russian officials with oil rights worth millions of dollars under the oil-for-food program in an effort to lift U.N. sanctions against Iraq, according to a U.S. Senate Committee report released on Monday.

The oil allocations were "compensation for support," Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The report, based on documents as well as interviews with Ramadan and Tareq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister, pointed to Alexander Voloshin, former chief of staff to President Vladimir Putin in the Russian Presidential Council, and ultranationalist parliamentarian Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

And also this.

Interesting that all the people who opposed us on the UN Security Council on the Iraq war Russia, France etc. etc. had overriding "personal interests". No wonder the left loves the UN, the Democrat party is similar being made up of 100s of special interest groups who's only concern is to increase influence to advance their own self serving agenda. This has become a perfect illustration of the corrupt to the core motivation of member countries and hence irrelevance of the UN.

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