Convicts Conspirator Who Wiretapped Michael Cherney
Deripaska order the illegal wiretapping
and computer hacking of Michael Cherney?
Israel News Agency
Israel --- October 26, 2011 .... On October 24th the Jerusalem
Magistrate's Court in Israel convicted far-right activist Avigdor
Eskin of ordering the illegal wiretapping of associates of Israel
businessman and philanthropist Michael Cherney (Mikhail Chernoy).
The plea bargain
consists of a penalty of six months of community service, probation
and a fine of NIS 20,000.
According to the original indictment, filed in January 2011 by
the Israel State Attorney's office, Eskin was contacted in 2007
by a Russian citizen, Alexei Drobashenko, who asked him to gather
information about Michael Cherney in order to use it in a smear
At that time
Alexei Drobashenko was the head of the External Relations Department
at Basic Element, a financial and industrial group that belongs
to Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska and Cherney are former partners in
an aluminum business. In 2006 Cherney filed a law suit against
Oleg Deripaska in the UK's High Court.
seeking a 20 percent stake in RUSAL, a multinational aluminum
producer. The trial is expected to go ahead in April 2012.
2008, Cherney filed a suit in a Tel Aviv court, accusing a group
of 10 conspirators, allegedly funded by Oleg Deripaska, of illegal
wiretapping, hacking the computers of his charity fund - The Michael
Cherney Foundations, publishing slanderous articles, harassing
him with insulting graffiti and leaflets, hiring a UK PR company
to plant hoaxes about Cherney into the UK media and Wikipedia.
of that smear campaign was allegedly to derail Cherney's lawsuit
against Deripaska in UK's Commercial Court.
an Israel private investigator, together with another PI, Rafael
Pridan, carried out wiretaps against Cherney's secretary Elena
Skir and another of Cherney's associates, the indictment contended.
further charged that Eskin was the link between Mor and Pridan
and Drobashenko, that he paid them each NIS 50,000 in cash for
their services and that he also received translations of the wiretapped
In a previous
trial in January 2010, Mor was convicted of wiretapping under
a plea bargain. Pridan was also convicted under a plea bargain
of illegal wiretapping in March.
13th, 2010 the Tel Aviv Court handed down the first verdict in
the case of illegal eavesdropping on Michael Cherney. Judge Daniel
Beary stressed that Michael Cherney was a "victim of a crime".
He added that Israel must fight illegal violations of privacy
of and subsequent damage to its citizens.
the court that the fines collected from the convicted plotters
be used to help orphanages in Israel.
the Dolphinarium terrorist act at a Tel Aviv's disco in 2001,
the Michael Cherney Foundation www.cherfund.org
became the helping hand for hundreds of terror victims in Israel.
Cherney Foundation supports many community projects of Russian
Israelis, youth programs strengthening Jewish and Zionist identity
as well as educational and academic programs aimed at exposing
the threat of radical Islam.
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