Is the Yukos affair really non-political?

posted 27 Sep 2011, 03:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Sep 2011, 03:32 ]
Vera Vasilieva, 21/09/11 


· The Strasbourg Court · The Yukos Affair · Political prisoners 

On the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of 
Yukos Oil Company v Russia, correspondent Vera Vasilieva writes: “It is entirely possible not to describe the underlying cause as political.” A personal view. 

On 20 September, the European Court of Human Rights announced its verdict in the case of Yukos Oil Company v Russia. In particular, one conclusion from the document is that the court found no evidence of politically-motivated discrimination in the case. And off they went! Government media raced to quote the statements of Russian officials, who said: “Yukos has lost its case against the Russian Federation! Strasbourg has found only trivial violations!” 

Yet the commentators somehow rather shamefully failed to mention that what they call ‘trivialities’, are actually violations of such fundamental rights as the right to protect property (Article 1 of the Additional Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms), and the right to a fair trial (Article 6 of the Convention). The main point is that this will now allow minority Yukos shareholders to seek compensation for their losses and a fair trial. [Read more]