Russia will continue in legal terms “to defend its interests” in the Yukos case. This was stated press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, answering the question whether Russian authorities to pay voluntary compensation to the company’s shareholders, reports “RIA Novosti”.
As said Peskov, the Kremlin “would not want in any way to comment on” the constitutional court’s decision, as “this is a judicial question,” but, according to him, Moscow is fully “protect and continue to protect their interests.”
“ECHR, you know, found that Russia’s actions were not politically motivated, and that the owners of the company evaded paying taxes. It can be stated. In the future, will continue legal protection of our interests”, — said the press Secretary.
Thursday, January 19, COP are not allowed to pay former Yukos shareholders €1.8 billion on the ECHR decision in July 2014 to recognize the violated rights of the shareholders. According to the decision of the constitutional court, the decision of the Strasbourg contradicts the norms of the Russian Constitution. This COP admitted that partial compensation for property losses may be paid out of the assets of the oil company, but only on the basis of “good will” of Russia.
According to the decision of the European court, the Russian authorities illegally filed tax claims against Yukos, missing the Statute of limitations, which was only three years. The Strasbourg court pointed out that the taxes were not paid in full, according to the materials of the case in 2000 and early 2001, the claims against the company, Mikhail Khodorkovsky emerged only in 2004. The subsequent trial resulted in the bankruptcy of the company and transfer its assets to Rosneft.