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YABLOKO advocates release on parole for YUKOS head Platon Lebedev

Statement by the YABLOKO party
July 20, 2011

In connection with the fact that hearings on the application of [ex-YUKOS head] Platon Lebedev will be held in the court of Velsk, Arkhangelsk region, on July 26, the Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO insists that the court should take a positive decision [regarding the release of Lebedev].

An extremely odious YUKOS case in which Platon Lebedev was twice sentenced to imprisonment is not only a subject to litigation in different courts, but it has also been attracting the attention of many ordinary people who are concerned about Russia's future. It is impossible to create a modern country when redistribution of property and criminal prosecution of businessmen has turned into a norm. The YUKOS case is one of many, but it is remarkable in its scope and broad media coverage and public resonance.

Release of prisoners and re-examination of the YUKOS case in courts, as well as other similar cases of Russian businessmen will become an essential and necessary step in Russias movement from the post-Soviet authoritarian state towards normal policies and a European style economy functioning in the interests of Russian citizens.

Mitigating the terms of imprisonment for Platon Lebedev and adopting a decision of his release on parole, the Court of Velsk may lay foundations for the beginning of judicial reform, make the first step towards the creation of a new Russian court, which will be independent and governed by law, rather than by arbitrary rule and private or group interests under the guise of legality.

YABLOKO supports the initiative of the Vazhsky Krai movement and the Velsk-Info publishing house to collect signatures for release of Platon Lebedev on parole and calls on all party supporters to join this initiative.


Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chairman of the YABLOKO party


See also:

The YUKOS case

Human Rights


Statement by the YABLOKO party
July 20, 2011

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