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A ceremony of paying last respects to Vasili Aleksanyan, ex-vice president of YUKOS, was held at the crematorium of the Khovansky cemetery, Moscow Region, on Thursday. He died at home on October 3 after a long illness at the age of 39.
The ceremony was attended by several hundred people, Novye Izvestia writes. Those included friends of the businessman, his former colleagues by YUKOS, human rights champions and ordinary people. The dead body of Aleksanyan was cremated after the ceremony. The parents of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, now serving a prison term on charges of tax dodging and oil stealing, also came to the ceremony.
Aleksanyan was appointed vice president of YUKOS early in April 2006, the newspaper reminds. Several days after the appointment he was arrested on suspicion of stealing the property of the Tomskneft Company and shares of the VNK Company.
AIDS in a grave form was diagnosed in Aleksanyan’s case late in 2006. During his stay in an investigation prison he contracted liver cancer and tuberculosis. His sight dramatically deteriorated. Aleksanyan’s representatives reported that he was not given the needed medical aid.
About all the Russian human rights organisations, as well as human rights champions abroad, insisted on his release from the investigation prison because of health problems. He was released only late in 2008 under the bail of 50 million roubles. Aleksanyan’s criminal case was dropped by court in 2010.