Khodorkovsky officially appeals for help to Business Against Corruption Center

The Business Against Corruption Center of the Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia) association has received an official letter from former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky, asking for an inquiry to be conducted into the so-called second verdict.

"At around 5 p.m. on Wednesday lawyer Denis Dyatlev handed me a package of documents. Among them were: a verdict by the Khamovnichesky Court, a cassation complaint to the Moscow City Court, a handwritten letter from Khodorkovsky, which was published by mass media on August 2, a number of documents and speeches setting out the ex-Yukos chief's position on the case," Delovaya Rossiya Vice President and Advisor to Business Ombudsman Tatyana Marchenko told Interfax on Thursday.

The package of documents will be sent to the Business Against Corruption Center on Thursday, she said.

According to the Center's working procedures, the Center's six co-chairmen, including business ombudsman Boris Titov, will gather during the week, Marchenko said.

They are to decide whether to accept the letter.

"After that a legal analysis of the provided documentation will be carried out by independent lawyers," Marchenko said.

Subsequently, the Center's Public Council consisting of 39 people is due to hold a session.

"It is the Public Council that will issue an expert conclusion that will decide whether the businessman's rights were violated. If they were, the business ombudsman will start active work," Marchenko said.

The powers of the business ombudsman have not been legislated yet, Titov's advisor said.

"We are expecting a law on the business ombudsman's powers to be passed before this December. In the meantime, the business ombudsman will be relying on public opinion in his contacts with the structures of power," Marchenko said.

On August 2, in response to Khodorkovsky's letter published by the media, calling for an inquiry into the so-called second verdict, Titov suggested that the former oligarch write a formal request to the Business Against Corruption Center.

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