Russian Supreme Court to review ex-Yukos security chief’s case after ECHR ruling
MOSCOW, October 24 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court’s Presidium will reconsider the case against ex-Yukos security chief Alexey Pichugin sentenced to life in prison on November 8 following the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, according to the information published on the Russian court’s website.
Two criminal cases have been opened against ex-Yukos security chief in Russia on charges of organizing murders and attempted assassinations. In 2005, he received 20 years in prison in the first case. In 2007, he was sentenced to life in prison in the second case.
In June, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarded over €15,000 in compensation including costs and expenses to Pichugin. He has complained over alleged breach of presumption of innocence and assessment of evidence by Russian courts in the second case against him.
In July, Pichugin was denied pardon. That was his second petition for pardon. The previous one was dismissed in the summer of 2016.