Chaika confirms investigation of 3rd case into Yukos
“The case into Yukos is being investigated. This is the truth,” the Prosecutor General of Russia stated at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The Prosecutor General of Russia Yury Chaika has confirmed investigation of another case into Yukos mentioned by NTV in their recent report on withdrawal of funds of the company’s minor shareholders, reports RBC.
“The case into Yukos is being investigated. This is the truth,” the Prosecutor General of Russia stated at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in response to a question on the 3rd case into Yukos.
On May 31, NTV TV-channel issued a report Bloody empire of Mikhail Khodorkovsky where the 3rd case into Yukos was mentioned. There was an adviser to the Prosecutor General Salavat Karimov among the sources of the TV-channel. The investigation theory is that Mikhail Khodorkovsky had siphoned off 51 billion rubles ($783 million) abroad. This money was likely to have been stolen from the company’s minor shareholders.
The TV-channel states in early 2000s, Khodorkovsky was going to sell Yukos. The first candidate was an oil company Chevron. According to NTV, the deal was off due to “a secret report” the company received.
Chaika added that Chevron’s papers were made public for the first time. When asked whether there are new defendants in the case, Chaika did not reply.
The 1st case into Yukos is tied to theft of shares of Apatit company and non-payment of taxes. Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev were detained in the case. In May, 2005, they were sentenced to 9 years behind bars. Later, the sentence was reduced by one year.
In 2007, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were accused of theft of shares of Vostochnaya neftyanaya kompaniya and oil of Samaraneftegaz, Yuganskneftegaz, and Tomskneft. In 2010, Khamovniki court found both defendants in the case guilty.