Friday, January 24, 2014

Russian Supreme Court Orders Release of Khodorkovski's Partner Lebedev

The Russian Supreme Court has ordered the release of Platon Lebedev, the former business partner of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The court ruled on January 23 that Lebedev's prison term must be shortened to a length equal to what he has already served. Lebedev has been in jail since 2003. Former Yukos head Khodorkovsky was unexpectedly pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, eight months ahead of his scheduled release, after more than a decade behind bars. Lebedev, 57, has been serving his sentence in the Far Northern Arkhangelsk region. He had been due to be released in May. His defense had repeatedly complained that Lebedev had been denied adequate medical care for his health problems. Lebedev is now expected to be released on January 23 or 24. Lebedev's lawyer, Vadim Klyuvgant, praised the court's decision but added that his client was "unlawfully deprived of more than 10 years" of his life.

UPDATE: Lebedev released

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