Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad on Thursday, November 24, reported that the Russian company Rosneft, headed by Igor Sechin, influenced the judicial process in the Yukos case in its favor. We are talking about the decision of the Supreme court of Armenia in 2010, which later formed the basis of the trial in the Netherlands.
29 Oct 2010 the Supreme court of Armenia recognized that a subsidiary company called Yukos Yukos CIS Investment belongs to “Rosneft”. On the basis of this verdict, 17 may 2011, a court in Amsterdam has also recognized the Russian Corporation, the owner of a subsidiary of Yukos. As “Rosneft” has made such decisions, and describes the material Dutch newspaper.
According to NRC Handelsblad, for solving issues in Yerevan “Rosneft” addressed to the lawyer Eduard Muradyan, the American law firm Baker Botts, as well as to some employees of the Federal security service of the Russian Federation. The Central figure in this scheme was Muradyan, a former judge, former Minister and adviser to the government of Armenia, a former legal adviser to the President and representative of Armenia to the ECHR.
One of the fragments of the material of the newspaper is described, for example, Muradian moved from Armenia to Russia and back, and a few days before the court decision, together with the staff of Baker Botts, was the text, which was read by the judge, impose a decision on the Yukos case in Yerevan.
In addition, the newspaper cites a letter Muradian instructions to the Armenian official Armen Nikogosian, head of the office of the Prosecutor for the protection of state interests. Nikoghosyan received instructions from Moscow with mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org the magazine writes.
The instructions Muradyan mentioned, what requirements must meet the judicial decision in the interests of “Rosneft”. While Nikoghosyan did not act alone. From the correspondence it follows that the fraud knew his boss, the General Prosecutor of the public prosecution, as well as the FSB. From the secret service “Rosneft” did the former captain of Achiek ACCOBAMS (Achkoebek Achkoebekov).
Publication of the Dutch Newspapers is based on data derived from email correspondence Russian oil company hired her specialists. In addition, the journalists got familiarized with dozens of documents of the management and lawyers of the subsidiary of “Rosneft” in Armenia. The lawyers of Yukos, the newspaper said, pointing to the manipulation of “Rosneft” in 2014, but he did it quietly.
Meanwhile, in 2015 after the documents about the manipulation were adopted by the court in Amsterdam as evidence, “Rosneft” has withdrawn a lawsuit to the Armenian unit of Yukos, and the latest assets in the amount of 314 million euros were distributed to the former shareholders of the liquidated oil company.
In an interview with NRC Handelsblad representatives of Yukos said that the situation shows how far are willing to go of the Russian Federation in the attempts of pressure upon court. Muradyan’s lawyer rejected all accusations of manipulation. Baker Botts rejected suggestions that the firm is somehow influenced by the Armenian justice.
At the moment the Dutch newspaper described the events of “Rosneft” was directed by Eduard khudainatov, Sechin joined the company in may 2012. In “Rosneft” NRC Handelsblad said that the decision of the court of Armenia was reasonable and made in accordance with the law. Thus a press-the Secretary “Rosneft” Mikhail Leontyev November 25 refused to comment RBC information Dutch Newspapers.
The former shareholders of Yukos for many years are suing the government because they believe that the company was illegally expropriated. In 2007 the company was declared bankrupt and its assets sold. Among them was the Armenian subsidiary. In the words of President Vladimir Putin, the money received from the sale of Yukos, went to the resettlement of people from dilapidated housing and the creation of the Corporation “RUSNANO”.
In July 2014 the court of Arbitration in the Hague ordered the government of Russia to pay 50 billion to former Yukos co-owners. The court acknowledged that the company had been expropriated. In April 2016 the District court of the Hague ruled that arbitration in the Hague had no jurisdiction over the Yukos case and cancelled the decision on collecting of money.