06MOSCOW3389, GOR PLANS TO TAKE NO ACTION AS A RESULT OF

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06MOSCOW3389 2006-03-31 13:52 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0015
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #3389 0901352
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 311352Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3390
INFO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0212

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003389 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FOR IO/PSC:PARKER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/31/2016 
TAGS: PREL KFIN IZ RS
SUBJECT: GOR PLANS TO TAKE NO ACTION AS A RESULT OF 
OIL-FOR-FOOD INQUIRY 
 
REF: STATE 40595 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Kirk Augustine. 
  For Reasons 1.4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  The Russian Government does not intend to take any 
steps as a result of the findings of the Independent Inquiry 
Committee (IIC) which investigated the UN's Oil-for-Food 
(OFF) Program.  Despite the IIC's findings that the GOR 
itself and Russian business firms, political parties and 
politicians were far and away the largest recipients of oil 
vouchers allocated under Saddam's scheme to influence 
decision makers, the MFA told us on March 31 that no legal 
action would be taken to look into any of the IIC's 
allegations.  MFA UN Political Affairs Section Chief Vladimir 
Safronkov said that the Russian Government had rejected the 
authenticity of many of the documents presented by the 
Committee which indicated high-level official corruption. 
Safronkov also told us that the MFA had contacted some of the 
companies named in the IIC report, and they had likewise 
denied any culpability and challenged the evidence presented 
by the IIC. 
 
2.  (C)  Comment:  Safronkov's comment echoes FM Lavrov's 
October 28, 2005 statement that the Committee had not 
clarified the authenticity of challenged documents to the 
satisfaction of the Foreign Ministry, and that many of them 
appeared to be forged.  The GOR has never been particularly 
cooperative with the Volcker Committee, and most Russia firms 
refused to turn over any documents.  The IIC final report 
drew across-the-board denials from the wide range of Russian 
officials and companies accused of corruption and fraud. 
RUSSELL

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