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    Warrant for Freedom | 18 Aug 2016

    Grani.ruInterpol has repeal arrest warrant of the former YUKOS vice president Leonid Nevzlin. Currently he is no more in the international wanted list.

    The Interpol committee of data supervising come to a conclusion, that «the political aspects of the case prevail over the general criminal aspects», which means «the sufficient doubts arise in the matter that predominantly politically motivated proceeding with respect to the interested party were based on the legal rule».

    Now Interpol has too confirmed that there are no motives and no evidences in the Nevzlin case, and the political background of his persecution is obvious. As a result the former co-owner of YUKOS can freely travel around the world (except for Russia). This resolution is very important not only for Nevzlin, but for ex-head of disgraced oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

    Nevzlin was sentenced by the Moscow City Court for a lifelong deprivation of freedom by the accusation in him giving orders to Aleksey Pichugin to arrange the assassinations supposedly for the sake of the company. The trial was unprecedented as for the first time in the Russian practice the defendant was sentenced to extreme penalty in his absence. At that the sentence was lacking any specific point as it denoted that Nevzlin and Pichugin have done lawless acts, having joined in the criminal conspiracy with each other and with "other unestablished persons from the governing body of YUKOS"  «at the unascertained circumstances», «at the unascertained time» and «at the unascertained place».

    One Nevzlin case is two Pichugin cases (who convicted as a result of three legal trials through two criminal case as one of these has examined twice). And now developing «the third Khodorkovsky case» on arranging the assassination of Nefteyugansks mayor Vladimir Petukhov is an episode in the Pichugin case and in the Nevzlin case. This are the most sever and at the time baseless charges, having been arraigned against the former YUKOS co-workers.

    «After such resolution [of Interpol] the Kremlin has no chance to take any actions regarding the new case against Mikhail Khodorkovsky», — said Nevzlin. «This fact, of course, in the first place will be applied in the strife for discharging of Pichugin. We are all feel no good, that so many years an innocent person is out there», — also stated the former vice president of YUKOS.

    The Interpol resolution about the political background in the Nevzlin case will certainly not be left without attention of the European Court of Human Rights. In which the second appeal of Aleksey Pichugin is waiting for a trial, it has passed the procedure of communication. The Pichugin defence indicates on gross violation of The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms including the article 6, which guarantees entitlement of a fair trial. Now ECHR can admit the political motive of the Pichugins criminal prosecution, which means infringement of the Conventions article 18. The Interpol resolution with respect to Leonid Nevzlin is the first step for the honest name to be return reserved. And for the political prisoner languishing in jail for 13 years now has finally assumed freedom.

    Vera Vasilyeva, «Grani.ru»

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