Russia hails European court's Yukos decision

20th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Tuesday hailed the European Court of Human Rights' decision on Yukos, saying it exonerated it of charges of trying to destroy Mikhail Khodorkovsky's former oil firm.

"The court completely rejected charges that the Russian Federation's actions against Yukos were politically motivated or repressive in nature," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted a justice ministry official as saying.

The court also rejected "the discrimination that was supposedly pursued against it (Yukos) by the Russian side," the state news agency quoted the unnamed official as saying.

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday cleared the Russian government of charges that it had deliberately tried to destroy the now-defunct oil giant Yukos.

It also delayed a decision on a damages suit of nearly $100 billion that Yukos had filed against the Russian state.

© 2011 AFP

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