Khodorkovsky faces up to seven years in jail with the new criminal case

The limitation period on the third case will expire in 2015, sources said. The law enforcers start from the so called "experts case" in their investigation. 
12.12.2013
Forbes
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The limitation period for the third criminal case against the former president of the Yukos oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky expires in 2015. This is an episode isolated from the "big" Yukos case, opened in 2003, the source said on Monday "Interfax" agency, familiar with the situation. According to him, Khodorkovsky faces another up to seven years in prison.

The third case was filed under articles 174.1 (legalization of funds obtained by criminal means on a large scale by an organized group) and 160 (misappropriation of entrusted property) of the Criminal Code of Russia. If the second episode of the statute of limitations has expired, the "hard" part 174.1, under investigation since 2005, allows law enforcement agencies to keep the former head of Yukos in prison and after October 2014. It was then that Khodorkovsky to be released after serving a term for the first two sentences - about tax evasion, theft of oil and laundering of proceeds from its sale. Article 174.1 provides for a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and a fine up to 1 million rubles.

New business concernsI launder funds (about $ 10 billion), which, according to investigators, the former head of Yukos was kidnapped in 2005, a source told "Interfax". Later part of the money was spent on lobbying for amendments to liberalize the criminal procedure legislation. Before reduction of terms under "legalization" Khodorkovsky faces up to 22 years in prison, as the offense is particularly serious. Following the liberalization of the law the sanction was reduced to 13 years, said the agency interlocutor. He said investigators believe that the ex-Yukos executives used the money to pay for examinations, the purpose of which was to show the groundlessness of the accusations. The figurants supposedly including four former top managers of the company, including those living abroad, former financial director Bruce Misamore and ex-president Steven Theede.

The fact that law enforcement can be imputed to Khodorkovsky lobbying on the "laundered" money, it became known in the spring, when Russia decided under pressure from the security forces to leave the former Rector of NES Sergei Guriev. As it turned out, the TFRadalsya task to find a conflict of interest in the actions of economists and human rights defenders who with Dmitry Medvedev sanctions conducted an independent examination of the verdict against Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. Authors expertise, jeopardize the reputation of law enforcement officials, in their criticism were not impartial, many of them in the early 2000s, received grants from the management of Yukos, judged the Office Alexander Bastrykin. Here is the story of so-called experts do.

From the copy of the decision about the search in the apartment of one of the defendants in the case (the document is in the possession of Forbes), it follows that the part of assets formed at the expense of stolen Khodorkovsky and Lebedev of funds in 2005 was transferred to the legalization of the Dutch company Stichting Administratiekantoor YUKOS International UK BV Later already "legalized" the money allegedly transferred through intermediary structures Russian experts "under the guise of donations of foundations and individuals, as well as under the guise of payment for alleged work performed and services." In particular, on behalf of The Corbiere Trust (known lobbying firm) funds in Russia allegedly reits outstanding lawyer Anton Drill.

Anton Drill, classmate Vasily Aleksanyan and Svetlana Bakhmina at the Law Faculty of Moscow State University Drill Khodorkovsky became a lawyer for a few years before the "big" Yukos affair. They met in 2000. Drill told in an interview to the RFI, which "was not involved in the daily activities of" the oil companies, and "engaged in personal issues," the ex-president of Yukos. He was the "first and only" a lawyer with whom Khodorkovsky met immediately after his arrest in October 2003. Drill and most repeatedly tried to call for questioning the status of the witness, in his office were searched and seized documents. For several years a lawyer has been one of the main commentators loud case for the defense, and regularly get involved in public disputes with the state prosecutor. In 2005, the Prosecutor General's Office tried to deprive him of the status of a lawyer for the opposition to the investigation and attempt to delay and frustrate the trial of Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. In defense of colleagues then stood Moscow Bar Association. Drill a year, following the example of many of the ex-employees Yukos, went to London.

There, according to investigators, he was engaged in criminal activity for the benefit and the money of his client. In addition to Russian experts, the lawyer allegedly financed major public figures of the international campaign in defense of the former head of Yukos: documents in the investigation referred to the names of the son of Khodorkovsky Paul, the former YUKOS lawyer Pavel Ivlev. Khodorkovsky, Jr. with the person assigned the role of the campaign, and drill and Ivlev - lobbyists, including "antimagnitskogo" law. The question of the drills really sounded during the conversation with the investigators, recalled in an interview with Forbes rights activist Valentin Hefter after visiting the TFR.