Justice Ministry cannot transfer $13,500 to Khodorkovsky under ECHR ruling because of not having his bank account details

The Russian Justice Ministry does not have bank account details of the former Yukos chief, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, to transfer him 10,000 euro ($13,500) in damages awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.

The Russian Justice Ministry does not have bank account details of the former Yukos chief, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, to transfer him 10,000 euro ($13,500) in damages awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.

"This issue has not been decided yet, the Justice Ministry does not have his bank account details, and no money has been transferred," Russian representative at the ECHR and Deputy Justice Minister Georgy Matyushkin told Interfax on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

The Justice Ministry cannot do anything about this problem on its own, it is up to Khodorkovsky or his representative to provide the details, he said.

The Strasbourg court compelled the Russian authorities to pay 10,000 euro in damages to Khodorkovsky for a number of violations of his rights during his criminal prosecution. Concurrently, the court deemed that no damages are due to the ex-chief of Menatep, Platon Lebedev.

On December 22, 2013, Khodorkovsky, who was released from prison after being pardoned by the Russian president, said he will not be able to go back to Russia until the 17-billion ruble lawsuit against him is closed.

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