MOSCOW, July 9 - RAPSI. Arkhangelsk district court turned down former Menatep head Platon Lebedev's parole petition, Judge Natalia Sidorak told the Russian Legal Information Agency over the phone on Monday.

She has confirmed that the petition was delivered on July 6.

"However, the petition was returned to the defense attorneys today because only one sentence was mentioned, although the punishment was administered under two sentences," she said.

In late 2010, a Moscow district court sentenced former YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to 14 years in prison for oil theft and money laundering. They were to be released in 2017, considering the time they had already served for their convictions from their first trial in 2005.

However, the Moscow City Court reduced their sentences by one year on May 24, 2011.