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    Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area prosecution office: the murderer of Nefteugansk mayor is established | 4 Jul 2006

    NefteuganskThe session of 4 July 2006 began with the submission by the defense of requests to read a number of documents from the case papers. The judge Vladimir Usov refused the most part of them under pretence of the fact that „this document is not related to the case“ or „that is not a document“. For what reasons those papers were subjoined to the case remained unclear.

    One should note that the question about the reading of some or other case papers in the court is principal both for prosecution and for defense. According to procedural rules, the parties can refer only to the materials read in the course of forthcoming debates.

    Then upon the sanction of the judge witness testimonies and some other documents clarifying key scenes of the case were read. In particular, the murder of the mayor of Nefteugansk Petuhov and inter-relations between „YUKOS“ company and businessman Eugenie Ribin (let us remind, that Ribin appear in the Pichugins case as the injured party). 

    The records of the interrogation of the witness Popov in the case of murder of the mayor Petuhov dated 21 September 1999 contain his testimony about his conversation with a friend  some Prihodko. Interrogation of Popov was conducted by the investigator of prosecution office of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area Burundukov.

    Popov informed the investigator that in summer 1998 he was invited to Prihodkos place who lived in his own apartment in Pit-Yah town. In the course of conversation at the bottle of vodka Prihodko told his friend that he killed the mayor of Nefteugansk describing in detail how he committed the crime. His words coincide with the description of the scene of Petuhovs murder made by the investigators and witnesses for prosecution in the Pichugins case.

    In the course of the further investigation Prihodko confessed in the murder of Petuhov.

    Moreover, in the session testimony of the witnesses Kirzlevich and Vorobieva who identified Prihodko by photograph as a person seen by him at the scene of the murder of the mayor of Nefteugansk on 26 June 1998 were read. The witness Kuchev and Korotkov, according to their statements, noticed Popov at the same time at the same place. And the witness Andrienko recognized some Sevostyanov by photograph who was running from the barren not far from the locus delicti after the murder of Petuhov.

    Khanti-Mansi Autonomous Area prosecution office considered the guilt of Prihodko proved. However, the proceedings did not take place because Prihodko was killed by unknown persons. Popov was also killed. One more document read in the court is related to Eugenie Ribin. It is a letter of „YUKOS“ employees to the prosecution office about the abuses in daughter companies EOC „Tomskneft“ and in the structures under control of Ribin. According to this letter these abuses took place before the acquisition of „YUKOS“ by Hodorkovsky. In result of them with the help of forged documents 20 million dollars were withdrawn from the turnover.

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