Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Archive for September 21st, 2011

European Court Delivers Mixed Ruling On Yukos

Posted by Info on 21/09/2011

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Russian authorities had violated the rights of the now-defunct Yukos company, but rejected claims that the break-up of the oil giant was politically motivated.
The split decision was welcomed by both sides.

The court also deferred consideration of a Yukos claim for $98 billion in compensation, giving the parties three months to reach an out-of-court settlement. The claim was the biggest ever filed at the court.

Yukos first became the subject of tax proceedings in 2002, when tax authorities accused it of setting up shell companies to hide earnings. It was declared insolvent in 2006 and was liquidated the following year. Its vast assets were acquired by the state-run Rosneft oil company.
Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 on tax evasion charges and sentenced to eight years in 2005. His sentence was extended in a second trial on separate charges earlier this year and he is now due for release in 2016.

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Estonia Has Deported Uzbek Asylum Seeker

Posted by Info on 21/09/2011

Estonia has deported to Russia an Uzbek asylum seeker because he entered Estonian territory from Russia illegally by swimming across the 300-meter-wide Narva River that marks the border between the two countries.

Rakhim Sobirov, 30,did not have any identification documents with him, and for that reason he was returned to Russia, the country from which he illegally entered Estonia.
He was among a group of Uzbek asylum seekers wanted by Tashkent on religious-extremism charges who were arrested in Kazakhstan last year. He traveled to Russia after his release from detention.
He left all his identity documents at home, fearing that he might be extradited to Uzbekistan at the request of the Uzbek authorities if he had Uzbek identity papers with him.

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