Yukos and Russia’s human rights hurdle

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Yukos and Russia’s human rights hurdle

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Russia faces its first major test since the Duma took the unprecedented stop of ratifying Protocol 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, in January. The European Court of Human Rights has now begun hearing the case of Yukos, once Russia’s largest oil company, which was at the centre of one of the biggest corporate scandals in the country since the fall of communism.

Faced with charges of $27bn-worth of tax evasion from the Russian government, the company’s executive were arrested and the business was broken up and sold to state-owned enterprises before finally being liquidated in 2007. Although many in the west had voiced their concerns over the seizure of former state assets in the early 1990s that heralded the rise of the oligarchs in Russia, many even within the Kremlin ranks were shocked at the

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