Platon Lebedev: "I am glad for all those who have been released"

posted 25 Dec 2013, 14:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Dec 2013, 14:14 ]
24 December 2013

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Platon Lebedev, former head of Menatep, speaking by phone with New Times journalist Zoya Svetova, has said that he is glad for the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and for all those who have been freed under the amnesty.

"It's excellent! The most important thing is that this has begun. I am very glad for those defendants in the Bolotnaya trials who have been released, and, of course, for Mikhail,” said Platon Lebedev, when he found out that the Pussy Riot members had been released.

"Anything is possible in Russia: you can put someone behind bars unlawfully and unlawfully let them out,” Lebedev said regarding the pardon given to Mikhail Khodorkovsky. reports that Lebedev himself believes he will be released in April when his prison term ends. "For the eleventh year I have just celebrated my birthday behind bars, so four months more for me is nothing terrible,” he said. However, if the Supreme Court “does its work”, Lebedev may be released sooner.

At present four appeals lodged by Lebedev’s defence team are with the Supreme Court. "The first concerns the decision of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg: the Supreme Court must conduct a review of the case. The second appeal is an application by federal human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin concerning the suit for 17bn roubles brought against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and myself. The third appeal is against the refusal of my request for parole. And finally, the fourth appeal is against the second trial and conviction delivered by Moscow’s Khamovniki district court,” the political prisoner said.