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Legal News
11 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Russia's Investigative Committee [official website, in Russian] on Friday, charged [press release, in Russian] former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] with multiple murders and attempted murders during the 1990s according to the Interfax agency. Khodorkovsky is accused of being the mastermind behind the killing of a local mayor, … [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
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
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
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
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]


Legal News
7 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Russia Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights urged amnesty for economic crimes in a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday that would include amnesty for the crimes of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. Medvedev … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday reissued an appeal [RIA Novosti report] for release on parole that was returned to him due to insufficient documentation. Khodorkovsky has served half of a 13-year sentence for fraud, theft and money laundering, which under Russian … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday found [judgment text] that former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] did not prove his prosecution for tax evasion and fraud were politically motivated but that his detention violated human rights standards. The ECHR … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday upheld the second fraud convictions [press release, in Russian; video, in Russian] of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] but reduced their eight-year … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Lawyer for former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday appealed [executive summary, PDF] his December conviction [JURIST report] and requested that an Investigative Committee open a probe [text, in Russian] against Judge Viktor Danilkin. In February, Danilkin's assistant accused the judge of not … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Russian Judge Viktor Danilkin, who convicted [JURIST report] former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website profile; JURIST news archive] of money-laundering and embezzlement in December, did not write the verdict and was coerced into reading it [interview text, in Russian], Danilkin's assistant said Monday. Natalya Vasilyeva made the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
9 Feb 2011

Olga Khvostunova [Institute of Modern Russia]: "On the last days of December 2010 the guilty verdict in the second case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Russian oil tycoon, was announced at the Khamovnichesky Court in Moscow. For the second time the trial and the verdict raised questions not only of … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Russia's Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights will look into the verdicts handed down against former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website]. During a recent council meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Liberal Russian political activist and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov [advocacy website, in Russian; BBC profile] was sentenced Sunday to 15 days in jail for his part in an unauthorized protest march in Moscow on December 31. Nemtsov, leader of the opposition group Solidarity [advocacy website, in Russian], … [read more]

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