Vladimir Strzhalkovsky (left), former chief executive of Norilsk, July 15, 2010 :
Do I look like the kind of man on whom something can be imposed? You can try, of course, but can you succeed? No. With regard to government intervention in the conflict, I do not think that is possible. At least now it does not. Rather, I would say: maybe there have been attempts here and there, but there are no results… But then, Deripaska, let’s start with yourself. Let him step down from the CEO of Rusal, and let his position be assigned to a specialist of global standard. I allow myself to assume that the results of Rusal will then be a little different. However, one should not take anything away from Deripaska. I admire the way in which he balances between the courts in London and Madrid, and runs from creditors; and yet manages to produce a different statement once every three days. This is really high efficiency. But I believe that once such a businessman takes a high position, he must behave accordingly.
Mikhail Chernoy (Cherney) (centre), former 13% shareholder of Rusal, through counsel at the UK High Court, July 9, 2012 :
Mr Deripaska is telling lies on a grand scale. He is doing so in the hope of avoiding his obligations to Mr Cherney, the obligations he agreed to on 10 March 2001 in the Lanesborough Hotel. In order to avoid those obligations, Mr Deripaska has constructed – indeed, is continuing to construct – a bogus defence. That house of cards will, it is submitted, collapse at trial. Once his defence is shown to be false in one respect, it will be revealed as false in all respects.
Vladimir Potanin (right), new chief executive of Norilsk Nickel, September 28, 2012 :
Oleg Vladimirovich doesn’t really know how to lose, to concede or to compromise… Apparently [he] didn’t do much sport when he was a child. I did, and I don’t need to compete with anyone.