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Court of Moscow’s Meshchansky district is expected to read out last pages of Khodorkovsky sentence
Court of Moscow’s Meshchansky district is expected to read out last pages of a sentence for former CEO of once-leading Russian oil corporation Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of the financial company MENATEP, Platon Lebedev, and the former director-general of Volna co., Andrei Krainov. The record-long reading out of the sentence lasted for more than half a month, but the number of newsmen covering it today is as big as it used to be at the beginning. The judges, who did the reading one after another, have read out more than a thousand pages of text. Lawyers defending Khodorkovsky, Lebedev, and Krainov have refused to make any comments for the media. In the meantime, the text of the sentence indicates that the court has found proof to all the accusations made against the three men by prosecutors. A guilty verdict on “gravest articles of the Russian Criminal Code” may mean ten years in jail and a confiscation of property for Khodorkovsky and Lebedev. The only episode the judges are yet to read out concerns the misappropriation of a 20% stake in the non-ferrous metals producer, OAO Apatit. It was the first building block, with which the whole Yukos case began. But lawyers believe, however, the case will be closed due to a ten-years statute of limitations. Earlier, Public Prosecutor Dmitry Shokhin asked the court to declare Khodorkovsky, Lebedev, and Krainov guilty but to relieve them from punishment citing the statute of limitations. Khodorkovsky’s lawer Genrikh Padva, said however, the defense was not yet sure if it might launch a cassation against the sentence. “It will depend on the verdict and in any case it’s up to Khodorkovsky to take the final decision,” Padva said
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