European Court of Human Rights finds judicial proceedings violated Yukos Oil Company’s rights

posted 20 Sep 2011, 11:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Sep 2011, 12:06 ]
Source: (info), 20/09/11 

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the actions of Russian tax authorities violated the Yukos oil company’s right to the protection of its property. However, the Court did not find that the actions of the Russian tax authorities were politically motivated, news agencies reported, citing the website of the European Court of Human Rights. 

The European Court ruled that Russia was in breach of Article 6, paragraphs 1 and 3b, of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in relation to tax assessment proceedings for 2000 (the right to a fair trial). The company was not given adequate time to prepare for the court hearings. 

The Court found a violation of Article 1 of Protocol 1 (protection of property) in relation to tax assessments and the imposition and calculation of penalties for 2000–2001. However, the Court ruled that Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention was not violated in the period 2001-2003. 

The Court ruled that the rights of the company were violated under Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the Convention (protection of property): the Russian authorities did not strike a fair balance between the legitimate aims sought and the measures employed, in violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1. [Read more]