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$100 billion Yukos lawsuit steeped in political drama

MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The former co-owner of Russian oil company Yukos said shareholders would press on with a $100 billion lawsuit against the Russian government.
Court orders early released for former head of Russian oil company

Court orders early released for former head of Russian oil company

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The jailed former head of Russian oil giant Yukos and his former business partner will be released from prison two months early, a court decided.
European court rules Khodorkovsky's rights abused in Russia trial

European court rules Khodorkovsky's rights abused in Russia trial

MOSCOW, July 25 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday the trial of former Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky wasn't political, but his rights were violated.

Putin: Business amnesty bill needs changes

MOSCOW, May 25 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said a bill that would free thousands of jailed businessmen required revisions.

Moscow judge reduces sentences for ex-CEOs

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The head of the Moscow City Court Thursday reduced the prison sentences for two company heads convicted for theft of oil and money laundering to 11 years.

Court reverses lower sentence for Lebedev

MOSCOW, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A Russian court Friday reversed a lower court's decision to lower the sentence of a former businessman serving time for fraud and tax evasion.

Russia trims Yukos defendant's sentence

MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Russian judge Wednesday reduced the prison sentence of an associate of the main figure in the so-called Yukos affair.

Russian prosecutor: Cut tycoon's sentence

MOSCOW, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A Russian prosecutor says almost three years should be shaved from the sentence being served by a former tycoon involved with the Yukos Oil Co.
Former Yukos executive Vasily Aleksanyan dead at 39

Former Yukos executive Vasily Aleksanyan dead at 39

MOSCOW, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Vasily Aleksanyan, a former vice president and attorney for Russia's bankrupt Yukos oil company, has died at the age of 39, his family announced.
Court rules in favor of former Yukos execs

Court rules in favor of former Yukos execs

MOSCOW, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Russia's Supreme Court has ruled the pre-trial jailing of the former Yukos chief and his business partner from May to August last year was illegal.

Figures in Russia fraud case seek parole

MOSCOW, July 26 (UPI) -- The editor of an opposition Russian newspaper has offered a job to Platon Lebedev, the jailed ex-business partner of Yukos chief executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Khodorkovsky should be freed, tycoon says

MOSCOW, June 25 (UPI) -- A Russian businessman says former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and a business partner should be granted parole on what some say are false claims.

Prosecutor urges no reduction in sentence

MOSCOW, May 24 (UPI) -- A Russian prosecutor said Tuesday there are no grounds for reducing the jail sentences given former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner.
Former Yukos chief to serve six more years

Former Yukos chief to serve six more years

MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A Moscow court ordered former Yukos executives Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev to serve six more years in prison Thursday.
Moscow judge tells West to back off

Moscow judge tells West to back off

MOSCOW, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A judge in Moscow said foreign influence on Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's recent trial was inappropriate and unwanted.
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Platon Lebedev
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Platon Leonidovich Lebedev (Russian: Плато́н Леони́дович Ле́бедев; born 29 November 1956) is a former CEO of Group Menatep, currently imprisoned in Russia, and is best known as a close associate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Lebedev was convicted of tax evasion in 2005, and sentenced to nine years in prison. He was subsequently charged with embezzlement and money laundering in 2009, and pled not guilty to the charges. There has been speculation that these charges were politically motivated. On December 27, 2010, Lebedev and Mikhail Khodorkovsky were sentenced again, and will likely spend several more years in jail. "A short prison sentence might be considered a victory for Mr. Putin’s protégé, President Dmitri A. Medvedev, a former law professor who is thought of as less of a hard-liner. Mr. Medvedev has been promoting policies to modernize Russia, and analysts say the Khodorkovsky case is an obstacle toward convincing foreign investors that the country’s legal system is fair."

On 24 May 2011, Lebedev and Khodorkovsky were named prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International, which criticized the men's second trial and called for their release on the expiry of their initial sentences.

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