Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant categorically denied that they had received any credible information supporting the speculation:
“I don’t see any content, either factual or legal, in the information that was thrown about last Friday; but what I do see is off-the-scale idiocy, in which each and every word contradicts the other. As Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s defence lawyer, I can say that we have absolutely no significant, let alone official, information about any new investigation, nor any suspicions and certainly nothing at all about charges, from any investigative authority.”
Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s defence team are demanding termination of criminal proceedings against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev and their immediate release in a supervisory appeal filed to the Chairman of the Russian Supreme Court, Vyacheslav Lebedev.
A demonstration in support of Russia’s political prisoners took place in Trocadero Square in Paris on December 7.
The organisers of the event, Russie-Libertes, the Russian NGO based in Paris, and GRRR, the Group Countering Political Repression in Russia, along with other attendees gathered in front of the Eiffel Tower demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners in Russia.
A Russian TV programme discussing the impact of prison on Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s writing was broadcast on December 2.
From left to right: Vladimir Pereverzin, Anna Mongait, Olga Romanova, and Eduard Limonov
TV Rain assembled a group of experts to consider how and in what way life behind bars had affected Khodorkovsky’s work with the focus of the discussion centred around his nomination for the Russian Union of Journalists’ Golden Pen Award for journalistic achievement. The newspaper Novaya Gazeta nominated its freelance author and columnist Mikhail Khodorkovsky in November 2013, with reference to a series of his articles published by the paper between 2012 – 2013.
Platon Lebedev’s defence team has filed an appeal to Russia’s Supreme Court demanding the cancellation of all previously handed down decisions denying him release on parole.
Lebedev’s lawyer Vladimir Krasnov commented:
“During our latest meeting with Platon Lebedev, on November 29, the day of his birthday, I passed on congratulations and best wishes from many people, including messages from the Khodorkovsky and Lebedev Communication Centre in Russia. Platon Leonidovich asked me to express his enormous appreciation. We also discussed a number of current and emerging issues. Platon Lebedev has always fought for lawlessness to be, first, officially recognised, and then, eradicated. Therefore, today we have handed an appeal to the Supreme Court demanding the cancellation of all previously handed down decisions denying Lebedev parole. The reason for this is not only that he was denied parole despite his eligibility under the law. It is also a matter of principle for Platon Lebedev – today, thousands of people in Russia find themselves in a similar situation. Platon Lebedev is not just waiting for his freedom; he will continue to fight for it.”
The appeal document in Russian can be viewed here.