Published: 31 May 2011
Khodorkovskiy v Russia
Case No 5829/04
Judgment date: 31/05/11
The applicant, formerly the richest person in Russia, was a board member and the major shareholder of Yukos, a large oil company. He was also involved in politics, providing significant funds to the opposition parties Yabloko and SPS (Union of Right Forces), as well as to the non-profit Open Russia Foundation.
In 2003 the applicant was charged with a number of crimes, including fraudulent acquisition of shares, abuse of trust, misappropriation of property, tax evasion, large-scale fraud and forgery of official documents. Several pre-trial detention orders failed to establish the period of detention, and the authorities consistently denied independent observers the opportunity to inspect the conditions of his detention.
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