Posts Tagged ‘Yukos’

  1. Robert Amsterdam’s new client

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    July 21, 2016 by AK

    ​I learned of Robert Amsterdam when he was representing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos as their international lawyer. Amsterdam’s relentless criticism of Russia’s legal system, which he witnessed in action at the first Yukos trial in 2003-4, was spot on but too few cared to listen back then. He remained a vocal critic of Putinism for …
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  2. Comments on the Yukos ruling by Hague district court

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    April 21, 2016 by AK

    Not much commentary on the latest Yukos judgment. Keith Johnson writes: “The district court ruling is a small setback, not a defeat, for Yukos shareholders” in Foreign Policy. I’d like to think so but I’m not sure. Opinio Juris, a blog on international law by a group of scholars mostly from US law schools, has …
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  3. A huge victory for the Kremlin, apparently

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    April 20, 2016 by AK

    The Hague district court has annulled the 2014 ruling of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), which awarded $50 billion to former Yukos shareholders (Mikhail Khodorkovsky not being one of them) as compensation for the expropriation by Russian authorities. The reason for the annulment appears to be the lack of jurisdiction: the arbitration court was not supposed …
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  4. One more judicial smear job?

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    December 9, 2015 by AK

    The latest, largely anticipated, turn in the story: Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he has been formally accused in a criminal case that, according to associates, involves the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor that President Vladimir Putin has previously suggested was ordered by the self-exiled Kremlin critic. Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev early …
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  5. An interesting coincidence

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    July 30, 2014 by AK

    The permanent court of arbitration in the Hague has ruled that Russia is to pay $50 billion in damages in the Yukos case. The company that gobbled up most of Yukos’ assets is Rosneft but the defendant in the case is Russia, which owns about 70% of Rosneft stock. This puts the current market value …
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