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Academic Commentary
30 Sep 2014
by William Partlett of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests [PDF] that this reputation is not completely justified. This research suggests that … [read more]


Legal News
1 Aug 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ruled [judgement, PDF] that Russia must pay € 1.87 billion (USD $2.51 billion) to the former owners of the now defunct Russian oil company Yukos to compensate for unfair tax proceedings. The ECHR ruling comes three years after … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Thursday upheld the tax claim keeping former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] in exile and released his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive]. Lebedev's release came four months early, with the remainder of his … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] signed a decree on Friday pardoning former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], and releasing him from prison. Khodorkovsky has already spent over a decade in prison for fraud, theft and money laundering. In a statement posted … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday reduced the prison sentences of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] by two months. As a result of the ruling, Khodorkovsky should now be … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that the 2005 trial and conviction of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] was not politically motivated. The court, however, did find that … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2012
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Human Rights Ombudsman [backgrounder] in Russia, Vladimir Lukin [official profile], filed an appeal in a Moscow court on Tuesday following the ruling against Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], the former CEO of Yukos, and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive]. Lukin filed the appeal … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] commuted the sentences [press release, in Russian] of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] Thursday from 13 years to 11 years. Both are now eligible … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation [official website] on Friday charged Yevgeniya Vasilyeva, former head of the Russia Defense Ministry's [official website] property department, with fraud, claiming that she stole over 360 million rubles ($11 million) in a real estate scheme. Vasilyeva is currently under house arrest [AP … [read more]


Legal News
2 Nov 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday reduced the sentence of the former business partner of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] by three years. Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] has been incarcerated since 2003 on various charges associated with his business partnership with … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday reduced the sentence of the former business partner of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] has been incarcerated since 2003 for various charges associated with his business partnership with Khodorkovsky. Khodorkovsky and … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A senior Russian judge on Tuesday ordered a court to review the appeal of jailed former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. It remains to be seen whether the order is on a legal technicality or if there will be real progress in the appeal … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday ordered Russia's prosecutor general to conduct a study into 32 criminal cases, including the case of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Khodorkovsky, who was once in charge of Russia's largest oil company, Yukos [Yahoo … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) [official website] criticized the US human rights record, including the indefinite detention of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees, in a report [text, PDF] made public on their website Sunday. The 90-page report, which addresses human rights issues throughout the world, dedicates 20 … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2011
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) [official website] issued a report on Wednesday strongly criticizing the human rights record of a number of countries including the United States. Twenty pages of the 90-page report focus on the United States [AP report], and list a number of practices and … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] The Russia Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights under President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] called for the prosecutor general to petition to annul the conviction of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] in a report released Wednesday. The council found fundamental … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Tuesday that, although Russia did not misuse legal proceedings in order to destroy an oil company, it did violate the business's rights. The former Russian oil company, Yukos Oil, filed suit against the country alleging that it … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] ruled [press release, in Russian] Tuesday that former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev were illegally detained for their trial last year, a symbolic victory for the pair that … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Russian investigators on Tuesday reopened a case against former lawyer and purported whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky, who died [JURIST report] in a Moscow prison in November 2009. Magnitsky was arrested on allegations of tax fraud after implicating Russian police in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandal while working as outside counsel for … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A court in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia on Wednesday denied parole for former Yukos oil executive Platon Lebedev [defense website]. Lebedev and his former business partner Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] were convicted in December and sentenced [JURIST reports] in the Khamovinchesky District Court [official website, … [read more]

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