Platon Lebedev to Give First Press Conference

February 17, 2015

Platon Lebedev

The conference will be held in Russian only; English translation will NOT be available.

Almost exactly one year after his release Platon Lebedev, former CEO of Group Menatep, will give his first press conference.

February 18th 2015, 18:00
The Stas Namin Theatre, Moscow
Find directions here

On February 16th, lawyers for Mr Khodorkovsky and Mr Lebedev filed a detailed submission to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. It is a devastating critique of the Russian Government’s treatment of the two men. The submission relates to the application that Mr Khodorkovsky and Mr Lebedev had made to the European Court (applications were originally lodged in 2007) in which they complained that their second trial in 2009-2010 was fundamentally unfair and that their convictions were unlawful. The document is filed in response to a remarkably detailed set of questions that the Court had in March 2014 asked the Government of Russia to answer about the complaints that had been made. In September 2014 the Court asked Mr Khodorkovsky and Mr Lebedev to respond to the Government’s Memorandum.

In the submission, the lawyers set out a comprehensive analysis of the second trial which had led to the conviction of Mr Khodorkovsky and Mr Lebedev for allegedly stealing oil and for allegedly legalising the proceeds of the theft. They argue that the overwhelming evidence before the European Court is that the charges were baseless and that the second trial had been brought in bad faith.

The lawyers don’t expect a Judgement this year.

Read summary of the submission here.

Read the statements of facts and questions to the parties produced by the court here.

Read full submission here: Section A, Section B, Section C, Section D, Section E, Section F, Section G Section H, Section I, Section J, Section K, Section L, Annex 1, Annex 2, Annex 3, Annex 4

Platon Lebedev is a long-time friend and former business associate of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. On July 2, 2003, Lebedev was arrested straight from a Moscow hospital where he was receiving treatment, and he was detained and later imprisoned until his release over a decade later, on January 24, 2014. As a co-defendant with Khodorkovsky, Lebedev endured two show trials in which both men were found guilty and sentenced to identical prison terms. Lebedev was released only when the Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russia shortened his sentence to time served as of January 23, 2014, just over a month after President Putin released Khodorkovsky in December 2013.

For more information on the press conference please contact:

Aleksandr Filimonov
+7 (916) 440-50-28 

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