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Supreme Court mitigates Khodorkovsky and Lebedev sentence

January 23, 2014, 13:10 UTC+3

The court found the sentence virtually served

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Platon Lebedev

Platon Lebedev

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MOSCOW, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Supreme Court of Russian Federation has mitigated the sentence of ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and former Menatep CEO Platon Lebedev to virtually served on Thursday.

The Russian Supreme Court has mitigated the sentence to Platon Lebedev to 10 years six months and 22 days that is a term in prison that he had already served and commuted the sentence to Mikhail Khodorkovsky to 10 years and seven months.

Thus, the supervisory appeal by the lawyers of the defendants was partially satisfied as well as a request from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office.

Earlier it was reported that Prosecutor’s Office asked to mitigate the penalty for Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev at a Supreme Court session.

“We believe that actions of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev regarding illegal acquisition of NIUIF (Research Institute for fertilizers and insectofungicides — Itar-Tass) fall within indicia of article ‘Fraud in business’,” the prosecutor said, noting that as the statute of limitation has expired the defendants must be set free of penalty under this charge.

Upon this, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation asked to mitigate the penalty for Khodorkovsky and Lebedev regarding accumulative sentencing of Khamovnichesky and Meshchansky district courts of Moscow.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was supposed to be set free from prison in August 2014. In late December, he was pardoned by the president and December 20, 2013 released from prison. In his petition for pardoning, the former Yukos head pleaded not guilty.


Cases against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev

Two criminal cases were investigated against YUKOS ex-CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and former MENATEP CEO Platon Lebedev. In the first criminal case Meshchansky court in Moscow sentenced them to nine years in prison for fraud and tax evasion in May 2005. Later Moscow city court commuted the sentence to them to eight years.

In the second criminal case Khamovnichesky court in Moscow found the defendants guilty under several articles of Russia’s penal code for fraud and money laundering on December 30, 2010 and sentenced them to 14 years in prison with due account of the term in prison handed down on them in the first court verdict.

Later the presidium of Moscow city court mitigated the sentence to 11 years in prison, the Supreme Court commuted it for another two months. Finally, Lebedev is to be released from prison in May 2014, Khodorkovsky was to be set free in August 2014. However, the Russian president pardoned Khodorkovsky and he was set free on December 20, 2013.

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