very much like no news:-
Former executive at Yukos freed on bail
Published: Sunday, November 30, 2008
MOSCOW — An ailing former executive of the dismantled oil company Yukos who was jailed in 2006 was freed Tuesday after posting a $1.8 million bail, his lawyer said.
Vasily Aleksanian, currently in a Moscow clinic being treated for AIDS and cancer, faces money laundering and embezzlement charges in a host of criminal cases against Yukos and its jailed founder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The trial of Aleksanian, a 36-year-old U.S.-trained lawyer, was suspended in 2008 and he was moved to a clinic in February while lawyers demanded his release on health grounds. He is now partially blind.
"The guards around his bed have been dismissed," Drew Holiner, Aleksanian's lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights, said by telephone. "But he is still in serious condition."
The Strasbourg-based court last week condemned Aleksanian's detention and ordered him released on humanitarian grounds.
Aleksanian and his lawyers will now be able to make sure he is tended to by the best doctors, something they were previously not permitted to do, Holiner said.
Aleksanian had been a vice president at Yukos and was a lawyer for Khodorkovsky, who is serving an eight-year sentence in a Siberian prison on fraud and tax evasion charges.
Once Russia's largest oil producer, Yukos was broken up and sold off in auctions in what was seen as the Kremlin's punishment for Khodorkovsky's political ambitions. Most of the company's assets were purchased at bargain prices by state-owned corporations.
The Moscow City Court set bail for Aleksanian in December, but rights groups condemned the amount as unreasonably high. His lawyers posted pleas and bank account details on Web sites to try to raise the sum.
Rights activists were initially doubtful that Aleksanian would be able to raise bail because the legal onslaught against Yukos left it bankrupt.
Holiner said he did not know who the private donors were or how many contributed.
"That's a private matter," he said.
Holiner said he viewed his client's release, despite the huge bail, as Russian compliance, which "has to be welcomed."
The treatment of another Yukos lawyer, Svetlana Bakhmina, also has attracted wide attention. Bakhmina became pregnant while in custody and her supporters had called on President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia to grant her amnesty.
She was recently transferred to a clinic near Moscow and gave birth to a girl last month.
Then there was this on the 7th Dec last year on the BBC Russian web site - via a babel fish translation:
The process on business Of [aleksanyana] is newly postponed " Matter Of [aleksanyana]" the almost four years are pulled The [simonovskiy] law court of Moscow on Monday transferred the hearings of on business former jurist of YUKOS Vasiliy [Aleksanyan] on January 25. By this time must be preparedly new medical conclusion about the state of its health and, correspondingly, the ability to participate in the judicial sessions. Law court turned himself into the federal scientific-methodological center on the preventive maintenance and the fight with AIDS with the request to conduct the additional inspection of defendant. [Aleksanyan], which suffers AIDS and cancer of lymphatic gland, and its defenders say that further delays are fraught for the patient with fatal risk and request to let go him for the treatment into Western Europe. In the opinion attorney [Aleksanyan] Georgiy [Dangyanova], to put aside the solution of " not it is rational neither with the medical nor from the legal point of [zreniya]". " The results of last inspection showed that the immunodeficiency remains; therefore participation in the judicial measures to it is contraindicated, since it presents the threat of [zhizni]" , he stated on Monday in The [simonovskiy] law court. In the telephone interview of " [interfaksu]" [Aleksanyan] said that " continues sufficiently agonizing [terapiyu]" and " it exhausted Russian of [resursy]" for the treatment. " I should show to western specialist, the corresponding papers were represented into the law court. I do not know, as this to make, if they hold me on the short guide. Mockeries continue further, now we will thus pull rubber. I will be officially turned to the law court with the requirement so that me they would permit continue the treatment, where still they can [pomoch]" , he said. However, law court listened to the position of charge, which declares, that [Aleksanyan] at present is found on the dispensary treatment, does not pass intensive care, and there are no data about the need for its hospitalization. The specialists of the hematologic center of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, where is treated [Aleksanyan], previously concluded that he has " is observed deep immunodeficiency with the negative of [dinamikoy]" , and any infection can kill it, in consequence of which to it extremely undesirably appear in the public places, including in the law court. Furthermore, protection previously presented into The [simonovskiy] law court letter from a certain European specialist, for the treatment to whom for Great Britain plans to leave [Aleksanyan]. Matter about the taxes The Russian Attorney General's Office charges the former chief for the legal administration of YUKOS with the embezzlement of the actions of the company of " [Tomskneft]" , money laundering and to the nonpayment of taxes from personal income. In the opinion human rights activists, main " [vina]" [Aleksanyana] consists in the failure to give accusatory indications against Mikhail Khodorkovsky. On April 6, 2006 The [simonovskiy] law court consented to its attraction to the criminal responsibility and content under the guards. Legal procedure was on business stopped in February 2008 in connection with the status of the health of defendant, which was being located in the hospital under the protection. On December 8, 2008 [Mosgorsud] changed [Aleksanyanu] the measure for suppression to the guarantee in the size of 50 million rubles. Since January 2009, The [simonovskiy] law court regularly conducts sessions regarding the possibility of the renewals of process, on which [Aleksanyana] present the attorneys.
Make of that what you can!
Then there was this on the 25th June 2010...
The [simonovskiy] law court of Moscow ended criminal case in the attitude of the former Vice President of YUKOS Vasiliy [Aleksanyan]. [Aleksanyan], which suffers a number of chronic diseases, confirmed that it does not object to the curtailment of the matter without the right of rotation after the rehabilitation. Attorney [Aleksanyana] [Gevorg] Of [dangyan] in the interview BBC said that this solution makes possible for his client to study his treatment; however, agreement with the curtailment of the matter does not indicate agreement with the charge.
Thanks a lot for that, appreciated
Give his age and his cancer and his AIDS, he would seem a no-brainer for the list...but then the lack of coverage for him suggests he may not get a UK obituary...