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Yukos and Russia’s human rights hurdle

By Tomas Hirst  

Michael Khodorvkovsky:

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…

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