You are not still wondering why Russia was against the U.S. invasion of Iraq are you? Not that you needed more disgusting details of the animals sucking the blood of the Iraqi poor but just is case there was a shadow of a doubt;
US report says Russia gained hefty stake of oil sales under
AFP via Yahoo! News Mon, 16 May 2005 9:01 AM PDT
Almost one third of the oil allocations granted under the United Nations' 1996 to 2003 Iraqi Oil-for-Food program went to Russian parties or individuals, according to a US Senate report detailing alleged misuse of the program.
report links Russians to oil-for-food scandal
International Herald Tribune Mon, 16 May 2005 7:04 AM PDT
Russian leaders received millions of dollars in Iraqi oil allocations from top representatives in Saddam Hussein's former government, which hoped to end United Nations penalties against Iraq, U.S. Senate investigators were told.
Iraq Rewarded Putin Advisers for UN Help, Probe Says (Update2)
Bloomberg.com Mon, 16 May 2005 1:44 PM PDT
May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Saddam Hussein gave advisers to Russian President Vladimir Putin allocations for more than 90 million barrels of Iraqi oil as thanks for Russia's support in the United Nations, a U.S. Senate investigative panel said today.