The European Court of Human Rights has backed claims by jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky that his human rights were violated during his time on remand.
The court had issues with the way Khodorkovsky was treated after his arrest in October 2003, describing the conditions as “inhuman and degrading.” But no proof was found to back Khodorkovsky’s assertion that the case against him was politically motivated.
The hearing in Strasbourg ordered Moscow to pay Khodorkovsky – once Russia’s richest man – just over 24,000 euros in compensation.
Khodorkovsky applied for parole last Friday, having served more than half of his 13-year sentence.
He maintains his convictions for tax fraud and industrial theft are trumped up – a ploy to block his support for liberal groups opposed to the then Russian President, Vladimir Putin.