Yukos ex-lawyer sentenced to 10 years' incarceration in absentia
Pavel Ivlev was found guilty of large-scale embezzlement and money laundering.
Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow sentenced former Yukos lawyer Pavel Ivlev to 10 years' imprisonment in absentia in a case on the theft of property and money laundering, reports Mediazona, citing Ivlev's attorney Sergey Kupreychenko.
According to Kupreychenko, the court did not specify in which colony his defendant should serve his sentence, but the prosecutor asked to send him to a penal colony. The lawyer noted that the serving of punishment in a colony of strict regime is not mentioned in the case of Ivlev. He promised to appeal the verdict.
Ivlev was found guilty of Misappropriation on an especially large scale (part 4 of Art. 160 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Laundering of Monetary Funds as a Result of an Offence committed by an organized group of persons (part 3 of Art. 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation in the version of 2011). According to the court, the lawyer was involved in the embezzlement of Yukos subsidiaries' oil and laundering of revenues from its sales. Ivlev himself is currently in the United States.
The investigation into Pavel Ivlev's case lasted almost 14 years. In 2004, the lawyer went to the Prosecutor General's Office as a defender of two employees of law office ALM-Feldmans, which was engaged in legal support of Yukos transactions. The investigator, however, decided to question Ivlev himself so that he said “something discreditable.” After that, the lawyer immediately fled Russia. He planned to participate in hearings via video communication and said he would like to see Alexey Navalny as his public defender.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.