European Court: Russia to Pay Oil Magnate USD 35,000 in Damages

The European Court of Appeals has ordered on Tuesday Russia to pay some USD 35,000 in damages to jailed oil magnate Mikhail Khodor­kovs­ky, ruling that his rights were violated after his arrest in 2003, VOA­News informs. The court rejected his complaint that his arrest was politically motivated. Khodorkovsky filed a request for parole this week. He was already serving a prison term for tax evasion and fraud when he and a business partner Platon Lebedev were given additional sentences in December for money laundering and stealing oil from their company.

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