Khodorkovsky asks Ombudsman Titov for evaluation of his second sentence

Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has asked Russian Business Rights Ombudsman Boris Titov for a public evaluation of his second sentence.

"I request you to hold an examination of the Khamovnichesky Court sentence dated 27.12.2010 [with Moscow City Court additions made on 24.05.2011], to present an opinion of its legal and economic validity, and, based on the results, to take steps you deem necessary and possible," Khodorkovsky said in an appeal to the ombudsman posted by the online edition gazeta.ru.

Khodorkovsky asks for an examination of "the accusation of embezzlement of more than 200 million tonnes of crude from subsidiaries [including 100% subsidiaries] of Yukos company through acquisitions by Yukos and its trading outlets."

The former Yukos CEO said he was still skeptical about "independence of the ombudsman from the current authorities."

"It would be useful for businessmen to know what risks they run when they rely on our 'judiciary', how the business rights ombudsman can help them and, what is the most important, what you think about existent 'law enforcement' practices," he wrote.

He also said he asked Titov to publish their correspondence in Gazeta.ru.

"Hopefully, I will have a possibility to give explanations before a final judgment is made if you or our experts have doubts about the correctness and validity of my position presented to the court and the correctness of its conveyance by courts, in line with the standard procedure. I would like to do that publicly, as well," he said.

Earlier reports said that Titov promised to evaluate the lawfulness of Khodorkovsky's penalty if such a request was made.

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