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Dutch Yukos Decision

Attached here is the full PDF translation of the decision from a Dutch court which declared the Russian government’s liquidation of Yukos assets (YUKOS Finance BV) to be illegal. The court ruled that the bankruptcy receiver Eduard Rebgun, who last March was nominated to the board of Rosneft (the principal state beneficiary of the destruction of Yukos) alongside Igor Sechin, had no legal grounds to liquidate these assets, which included a 49 percent stake in Slovak pipeline operator Transpetrol and $1.5 billion in cash. The decision is well worth reading to gain insight into how the Russian Federation failed to legitimize their claim to Yukos before a true rule of law court.