Russia has bowed to international pressure and transferred a jailed, gravely ill, former oil executive to hospital. The European Court of Human Rights had issued three instructions to the Russian authorities to move Vasily Alexanian to a specialist clinic.
The former Yukos vice-president, who is sufferring from HIV/AIDS, said he would die unless he receives live-saving treatment outside prison. Alexanian is on trial on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
He has accused prosecutors of deliberately denying him adequate treatment to blackmail him into giving evidence against Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He is serving 8 years for tax evasion and may face trial on a new charges.
Khodorkovsky went on hunger strike to highlight the case of his former colleague. The cases arose from Russian authorities crackdown on alleged corruption in Yukos, the now defunct energy giant.