Tag: Platon Lebedev

Russian Prisoner of Conscience Platon Lebedev Released

January 24, 2014

Today or tomorrow, Platon Lebedev will be released [note – there are reports he was released Friday afternoon, after this article was published — Ed.]. It was decided by the Supreme Court as the result of hearings on the two “Yukos” cases. A month ago Platon Lebedev spoke about his upcoming release in an interview […]

Khodorkovsky: Putin Sent a Message That He’s Stable and Not Afraid

December 26, 2013

This is the second part of the first interview that Mikhail Khodorkovsky has given since his pardon last week. In this installment, he talks about Putin’s motives for freeing him, as well as his next steps now that he is a free man. — Ed. Read part 1: Mikhail Khodorkovsky: “I Will Return to Russia” Freedom […]

Mikhail Khodorkovksy’s Pardon

December 20, 2013

This article was originally published in Kommersant, originally titled “Mikhail Khodorkovsky Surrenders to Pardon.” It reports on what was happening behind the scenes when Mikhail Khodorkovsky made the decision to ask for a presidential pardon. The claims have not been verified, but in an official statement, Mikhail Khodorkovsky wrote, “the issue of admission of guilt […]

Khodorkovsky Appeal: Judges May Be Forced to Decide on Merits of Case

May 23, 2013

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will review a supervisory appeal of the December 2010 sentencing of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev by the Khamovniki Court.   The Supreme Court took it’s time deciding what to do with that verdict: over the past three years the businessmen’s attorneys appealed to the highest court on a […]

Amnesty for Entrepreneurs Mooted—But Khodorkovsky’s Release Looks Doubtful

May 15, 2013

It was reported today that Vladimir Putin will meet with business leaders next week to discuss the possibility of granting amnesty to imprisoned entrepreneurs—prompting speculation about whether such a measure would extend to former Yukos CEO and Putin nemesis Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Formerly one of the most powerful men in Russia, this October will mark ten […]