Published On: Tue, Jun 7th, 2016

Khodorkovsky’s ECHR Damage Compensation Transferred to Russian Federal Budget

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Even though former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky never asked for compensation, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2013 awarded him 10, 000 euros as compensation for alleged moral damages and human rights violations committed by the Russian government during his 2005 jailing for tax evasion.

Khodorkovsky had planned to give the money to charity, but the money have transferred to the Russian federal budget,  the Federal Bailiff Service (FBS) reported Tuesday.

“The payment used to offset part of his tax arrears to Russia”, according to the Federal Tax Service. The Federal Service of Court Bailiffs claim that Khodorkovsky owes more than 17.5 billion rubles ($270 million) in tax arrears, as outlined in a civil suit against him and his former business partner Platon Lebedev, TASS reports.

“The court bailiffs found out that under a ruling pronounced by the European Court of Human Rights in the case Khodorkovsky and Lebedev vs Russia in connection with the Russian authorities’ violations of the Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms Khodorkovsky is to be paid a compensation for moral damages in an amount of 10, 000 euros, ” the bailiffs service tols The Russian News Agency TASS.

“On December 30, 2015 at the request of the bailiffs service’s special executory procedures department Moscow’s Meshchansky court ordered the funds in question to be paid to Khodorkovsky should be subjected to foreclosure and transferred to the department’s depository account.”

“On June 3, 2016 a ruble equivalent of 10, 000 euros was transferred by the Justice Ministry to the account of the special executory department of the Federal Service of Court Bailiffs. The money has now been distributed and used to offset part of the debt to Russia’s federal budget, ” the service said.

 

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