Former Head of YUKOS Subsidiary Released

Source: HRO.org (info), 11/10/12 

· Yukos case

Vladimir Malakhovsky, former head of Ratibor, a subsidiary of YUKOS, has been released from prison. Lenta.ru, citing the press centre of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, reports that Malakhovsky had served 7 years and 10 months in prison.

Malakhovsky was arrested in December 2004 and charged with the embezzlement of a large sum of money. Sentence was passed on Malakhovsky in March 2007; the court found him guilty of embezzling $13bn and the laundering of part of that sum. Malakhovsky was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, but subsequently the length of his sentence was reduced several times, the last time being August 2012. 

In February 2012, the former deputy director dealing with YUKOS’ external debt, Vladimir Pereverzin, who was convicted together with Malakhovsky, was released. He had been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment, but his total term had also been reduced – to 7 years and 2 months. 

Among those who still remain in custody, are the leading figures in the case, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, and also the former employee of the YUKOS security department, Aleksei Pichugin (sentenced to life imprisonment), and Sergei Shimkevich, former manager of Tomskneft (sentenced to 13 years).
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