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Briefing: Legal Hooliganism – Is the Yukos show trial finally over?

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) today announced they will convene a briefing featuring the lead courtroom attorney from the Moscow trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

In cooperation with Freedom House, this U.S. Helsinki Commission event will explore what the second trial of Russia’s most prominent oligarch says about the rule of law in Russia.

September 29th at 2 p.m.

1539 Longworth House Office Building

Nearly seven years have passed since Khodorkovsky, one of Russia’s wealthiest businessmen, was arrested during his speaking tour promoting civic participation to young Russians.  Just as he was eligible for parole, Russian prosecutors leveled a second series of money-laundering charges against Khodorkovsky’s Yukos Oil Company, charges that The Economist described as “Kafkaesque.”  If convicted again, he stands to serve an additional 22-year sentence.  

According to a recent public opinion survey, one in three Russians believe that Khodorkovsky’s most recent trial is based more on political motivations than commercial ones. 

Panelists:

Vadim Klyuvgant, lead defense attorney for Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Anton Drel, long-time personal counsel to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, will also be in attendance.

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