Former Yukos executives to complain to human rights court
Date: 22 Mar 2006
Lawyers for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev have said that they are to take an appeal against the former Yukos executives to the European Court of Human Rights complaining of violations of due process in their trial.
The two men, both serving eight years in jail for tax evasion and fraud, were widely seen as being the political victims of a Kremlin that would not allow the crossing of the line between business and politics.
Khodorkovsky has won one small legal battle so far - Russia's Supreme Court recently upheld a complaint that the penal colony in Siberia where he is serving his time had wrongly denied him meetings with his lawyers.
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