Letter from the Sovest group to
FPS (Federal Penitentiary Service) Director
Petition of the Sovest group
in connection with the sentencing
of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev
Sovest lodges a protest in
connection with the ‘sentence’ awarded to M. Khodorkovsky and P. Lebedev
which was made public after days of mockery about the reading out of the
verdict. As it is obvious now even to people who have nothing to do with
this proceeding, there is no independent justice in Russia. This
‘sentence’ does not conform to the legal rules of a civilized state.
Sovest continues its campaign aimed at overcoming officials’
arbitrariness and at ensuring the protection of M. Khodorkovsky’s and P.
Lebedev’s rights. We insist on a reopening of the case and on an open
trial by an independent court, which is sure to result in the release of
these two innocently sentenced political prisoners. We are deeply
grieved at this fact which will have strong effect on the reputation and
image of Russia all over the world. We hold firm our belief in the
triumph of justice.
May, 31, 2005
They are victims of the Yukos case
Head of the Interior Economic Security Division of the
Yukos Security Service
19 June 2003
Chairman of the Board of Directors
of the “MENATEP” Group
2 July 2003
former CEO, shareholder
25 October 2003
manager of "YUKOS -
18 November 2004
legal department employee
7 December 2004
10 December 2004
Law office "ALM Feldmans"
8 December 2004 was
17 December 2004 was
Chief of Human Resources
16 December 2004
18 December 2004
president of "Rosinkor"