The Federal Migration Service (FMS) has refused to issue a foreign travel passport to former Menatep executive Platon Lebedev, his and Mikhail Khodorkovsky's press center said on Monday.
"Lebedev has received a notice from the FMS Moscow office, temporarily restricting him from traveling outside Russia pending the fulfillment of the obligations imposed by the court or an arrangement reached between the interested parties," Lebedev's lawyer Vladimir Krasnov said, according to the press center.
Lebedev duly filed documents required for obtaining a foreign travel passport, the lawyer said. "Strictly speaking, it was not that he was denied, but traveling outside Russia, which he did not ask for. Under the enforcement-proceedings laws, in case of an outstanding debt a court bailiff may temporary restrict the debtor from traveling abroad," Krasnov said.
Lebedev's 17 billion ruble debt established by the Meshchansky Court is illegal, the defense lawyer said.
The press center also posted on its website the text of the FMS notice which says that Lebedev's right to travel abroad has been temporarily restricted pending the fulfillment of the obligations imposed by the court.
Meanwhile, Lebedev's lawyer told Interfax that the notice says nothing about the refusal to issue a passport. "Lebedev has not received the passport, of course, but the notice is being very vague about it," the lawyer said.
According to the resolution in the civil lawsuit filed by the Federal Tax Service as part of the trial in the first case at the Meshchansky Court of Moscow, Lebedev and former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky are to pay 17 billion rubles.
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