MOSCOW, July 7 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has not filed any new charges against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a lawyer representing the imprisoned ex-chief executive of embattled oil major Yukos said Thursday.
"Nothing happened and no charges were filed," said Genrikh Padva after he and lawyers representing Platon Lebedev, ex-chairman of the executive board of Bank Menatep, had been summoned to the detention center where the two men are being held to hear new charges against their clients.
"The procedure was scheduled for 11:00, then put off until 14:00. After that we were told there would be no charges," Padva said.
Despite this, Khodorkovsky's lawyers, Anton Drel and Padva, and Yevgeny Baru, representing Lebedev, arrived at the prison. Baru is currently meeting with his client.
Vladimir Krasnov, another of Lebedev's lawyers, said earlier that his client was likely to be accused of money laundering.
Meanwhile, the Prosecutor General's Office did not notify Padva of the charges or say why they had been delayed.
Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were convicted of fraud, failure to comply with a court order and tax evasion on May 31, 2005 and sentenced to nine years in prison.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Removing Protesters’ Barricades in Kiev
Infographics: First Russian Smartphone
Some people are trying to make the reality in Russia at least a bit more humane. The amnesty should apply not only to persons involved in high-profile cases, but also to individuals who are not as well-known. It is better to set free at least some of the individuals who deserve to be released than no one at all.