European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Russia in Lebedev Case

Breaking news: Lawyers for Platon Lebedev, a former Yukos manager and business partner of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, have announced that the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled in their favor, finding that Russia had violated his rights on five counts during his arrest in 2003. The ECHR found that Russia unlawfully kept Lebedev in pretrial detention after it expired, illegally prevented Lebedev and his lawyer from attending the detention hearing, and that the two appeals proceedings by the defense were too slow.