MOSCOW, June 14 - RAPSI. The counsel for ex-Menatep CEO Platon Lebedev submitted to Supreme Court Chairman Vyacheslav Lebedev an appeal under supervisory procedure on Thursday, former YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky's press center reports.

According to the center, Khodorkovsky has submitted a similar appeal to the chairman.

The YUKOS case has been one of the most high profile in Russia in recent years. In the early 2000s, when YUKOS was the country's largest oil company, its executives were charged with economic crimes. YUKOS later went bankrupt and its assets were transferred to Rosneft. Many in the West believe the case was politically motivated, though Moscow denies these allegations.

In late 2010, the court sentenced Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to 14 years in prison. They were expected to be released in 2017, taking into account the time they had already served for their previous convictions from their first trial in 2005. However, later the sentence was contested and the court shortened their prison term by one year.