Former imprisoned Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.AP
The Dublin Court has ruled to unlock the assets worth 100 million euros held by former oil giant Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky in the Irish Republic, the court’s press office told TASS on Dec. 7.
International Legal Protection Center General Director Andrei Kondakov who represents Russia’s interests in the Yukos case told TASS that "these funds in the amount of 100 million euros were locked up by the Irish police’s fraud investigation bureau in 2011 as part of a probe into the laundering of ill-gotten funds."
The Russian side was extremely surprised by today’s decision of the Irish court as it was not properly notified about Khodorkovsky’s petition submitted to the court to unlock his assets, Kondakov said.
"Therefore, it had no possibility to participate in the proceedings and submit the required proofs of the illegal origin of these funds," Kondakov said.
Russia’s request sent to the Irish Justice Ministry in 2012 for the provision of legal assistance on this issue was left unanswered.
"The Irish Court also did not propose to Russia to provide any information on the origin of these funds," Kondakov said.
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