Legal Background

Arrest in Absentia (2015)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky comments on the statement of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, about the issuing of an arrest warrant in absentia: Interview: Khodorkovsky talks to BBC Statement on the issuing of an arrest warrant in absentia: “They’ve gone …

First Trial (2004-2005)

In a predawn raid on October 25, 2003, armed commandos stormed a Yukos chartered plane refuelling on the tarmac of a Siberian airport. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested at gunpoint. He was ostensibly being arrested to appear as a witness in …

Second Trial (2009-2010)

SUMMARY In 2007, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev became eligible for release on parole under Russian law, having served half of their eight-year sentences since being arrested in 2003 and convicted in a politically-driven first trial that …

Reactions

The guilty verdict and failed appeal in the second trial triggered an outpouring of international support for Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, as well as criticisms of the Russian legal system. Across the world the trial was viewed as a failure of …

Prison Conditions

Before their pardon and release in 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev were held in a variety of pre-trial detention centres and prison colonies, in Moscow or in some of Russia’s most remote regions. Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, along with the …

Other Victims

Platon Lebedev 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 …

Case Reviews

Over the course of the two show trials against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a number of independent institutions examined the proceedings and found serious problems with the handling of his cases. Below are the summaries of these findings. RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL HUMAN RIGHTS …

ECHR

Before his pardon and release on December 20, 2013, Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s defence team brought four applications before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Khodorkovsky’s First Application to the ECtHR On May 31, 2011 the ECtHR gave its judgment (full …

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