On 24 October 2007, on the eve of the 4-th anniversary of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s arrest, Russian human rights activists made a statement and launched a campaign for collection of signatures to it.
The Yukos affair: four years of blatantly political repressions
Four years ago, on the 25-th of October 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was detained by a special forces detachment in Novosibirsk. The arrest of the man who headed one of the largest and, at the same time, most transparent of Russia’s oil companies was immediately given the court’s approval.
Thus began the Yukos case, the first show trial of the post-Stalin era, and an affair which has radically changed the political and economic landscape of our country. Khodorkovsky was not the first victim on this sad list: he was preceded by Alexey Pichugin and Platon Lebedev. After his arrest many of the legal staff and managers of Yukos were sentenced to years of imprisonment. We recall that mother of two Svetlana Bakhmina was given a six-year sentence. Then followed 14-15 year sentences. Alexey Pichugin was sentenced to life imprisonment…