Early release for Khodorkovsky associate
The Velsk regional court in Arkhangelsk Oblast has approved Platon Lebedev’s appeal for early release.
The former leader of Menatep, the bank established and controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, will be released on 2 March 2013, three years and two months ahead of the original penal time, Interfax reports.
Lebedev, who has been in jail since 2003, in July this year appealed for an early release. State prosecutors can appeal the court decision within ten days. The court decision comes after a court in Ryazan earlier this week decided to approve a request for early release from another Yukos associate, Aleksei Kurtsin.
Platon Lebedev was detained in 2002 and in two court verdicts got a total of 13 years behind bars. The last year, he has been in a prison in Velsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast
The lawyers of Mikhail Khodorov have not yet appealed for their client’s early release, Kommersant reports. Khodorkovsky is currently in a prison in Segezha in the Republic of Karelia.