MOSCOW, September 20 - RAPSI. The European Court of Human Rights found Yukos trial unfair, according to the court's press-release.

Having considered Yukos' appeal, the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia violated Article 6 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, called "Right to a fair trial."

The YUKOS case has been one of the most high profile in Russia in recent years.

In the early 2000s, the authorities accused the executives of YUKOS, then the country's largest oil company, of embezzlement and tax evasion.

YUKOS was later called a bankrupt and its assets were transferred to the state-run Rosneft. Many in the West believe the case against YUKOS was politically driven, but Moscow denies the charges.

YUKOS appealed to the Strasbourg court in 2004 against the Russian tax authorities for illegal property seizure. The court accepted the claim in 2009.