Review of first Yukos trial set for 23 January

posted 30 Dec 2013, 10:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Dec 2013, 10:45 ]
27 December 2013 

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The Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russia has set the date for a review of the first criminal prosecution of former heads of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and PLaton Lebedev, for 23 January 2014.

The review was ordered by the chair of the Supreme Court Vyacheslav Lebedev “due to new circumstances”, reports the Novaya politika.

The grounds for the review were issues raised by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The ECtHR stated that a number of the flaws in the case were so serious that a reconsideration of the case was essential.

The Strasbourg Court raised doubts about one of the counts of large scale fraud with which the businessmen were charged. The Russian courts had also not taken into account the fact that by the time the sentence was imposed punishments for economic crimes in Russia had been mitigated (in the Criminal Code of the RF a new article had been introduced – ‘Fraud in business activities’ – that reduced liability).

According to the experts, the court can reduce the punishment, in particular, by quashing the 17bn rouble fine imposed on Khodorkovsky.

In May 2005 Moscow’s Meshchansky court sentenced Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to 9 years for fraud and tax evasion.

Translated by Olga Cable