Former Yukos CEO attacks Russian legal system

[JURIST] Addressing a Russian court Wednesday, former Yukos [corporate website] CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST Newsmaker] called the tax fraud against him and the oil company "inventions" and said that Russian investigators had removed "uncomfortable" documentation in the case. During his trial on tax evasion and fraud charges, Khodorkovsky said that "my confidence in Russian justice has been undermined by the decision of the courts in the Yukos case, which have easily recognized as legal ... any inventions of the tax authorities and the prosecutor's office." Khodorkovsky maintains a trial website in English, which provides regular updates on the status of the trial. Also Wednesday, Khodorkovsky confirmed that he has handed over his majority shares in Menatep [corporate website], the company that is Yukos' main shareholder, to Leonid Nevzlin, a business partner who lives in self-imposed exile in Israel. AP has more.

 

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