‘Big man R’ in Christian Michel’s despatches likely to be Russia, Rosoboronexport

(This article used to be at first published through The Economic Times on 14/01/2019.)



New Delhi: The mysterious reference to one “big guy R” present in despatches allegedly authored through Christian Michel, the alleged intermediary within the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, may be Russia.

A political furore had erupted after the investigative agencies claimed a reference to one “big guy R” in Michel’s despatches.

Preliminary investigations and wondering of Michel point out that the correspondence alluded to Russia and the Russian corporate Rosoboronexport, which used to be within the fray for the VVIP chopper deal, mentioned folks with direct wisdom of the subject.

Rosoboronexport used to be being perceived as a entrance runner to bag the chopper deal. It dropped out after failing to offer required promises and signal the integrity pact.

However, Russia had justified it at the grounds that it had offered a “sovereign security”. Michel, as in step with the despatches, allegedly discussed about Russia’s robust chances of securing the deal.

In a despatch, Michel expressed marvel that India stood its ground through refusing to simply accept Russia’s sovereign security and insisting that it (Russia) deposit earnest money.

In 2007, Rosoboronexport withdrew from the race through refusing to signal the integrity contract, which were made obligatory below the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) presented through the UPA executive.

Russia’s go out left Sikorsky and AgustaWestland within the race. Significantly, probe agencies are inspecting as to why the UPA executive didn't take the deal offered through Russia which used to be presumably inexpensive than AgustaWestland.

It will probe the perspective whether or not the Russian corporate used to be “deliberately” forced to drop from the deal.

Significantly, Michel claims to have admitted that kickbacks had been allegedly paid for the VVIP chopper deal.

However, in a bid to distance himself from the rate, he has pinned all the blame on his alleged affiliate and another intermediary within the VVIP chopper deal, Guido Ralph Haschke.

Haschke, then again, has been convicted through an Italian Court for a lesser sentence after his confessional remark concerning the alleged wrongdoing within the chopper deal. Haschke, in his testimony to the Italian Court, attempted guilty Michel for paying kickbacks to influential folks within the chopper deal. Michel’s lawyer flatly refused to speak at the subject.

In a comparable building, Michel used to be confronted, right through custody, with his industry affiliate who had “typed” the alleged incriminating despatches containing classified details about interior Cabinet discussions and Cabinet Committee for Security conferences.


The Mumbai-based affiliate, JB Subramanian, has conceded he despatched the despatches at the dictation and instructions of Michel, mentioned folks cited above. Michel used to be cornered through the investigators about his association with Subramanian. As first reported through ET, the investigative agencies are all set to slap fees below the Official Secrets Act on Michel.


The CBI and ED have accumulated details of classified knowledge that Michel had allegedly shared with executives of AgustaWestland and different foreign entities to swing the deal in favour of the British helicopter producer. The knowledge used to be allegedly shared by the use of hundreds of despatches. Some of those claim to have details about interior UPA Cabinet discussions, non-public conferences between the then PM Manmohan Singh and ex-Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton.


The despatches, as first reported through ET, also discuss of “the celebration leader” being despatched to “chill out” the then finance minister whose ministry used to be sending “foolish questions” elevating objections at the deal.


‘Big man R’ in Christian Michel’s despatches likely to be Russia, Rosoboronexport ‘Big man R’ in Christian Michel’s despatches likely to be Russia, Rosoboronexport Reviewed by kailash soni on January 14, 2019 Rating: 5
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