The news had surfaced this Monday, April 3, via the defense of ex-YUKOS official. As Xenia Kostromina, one of Pichugins lawyers, said, the defender intended to visit his client in Sol-Iletsk on Tuesday.
Alexey Pichugin, ex-YUKOS Company official recently declared political prisoner by Memorial Center for Human Rights (Moscow) had disappeared from the Lefortovo Investigation Detention Center. This information had been confirmed by Mrs. Alla Nikolayevna Pichugina, his mother, who in turn quoted the statement by his lawyer Xenia Kostromina.
The Committee of Ministers of the European Council had subjected to heavy critic the non-compliance of Russian authorities with the ECHR verdict concerning the YUKOS case, as well as ex-CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and a lifetime convict Alexey Pichugin, former head of the Economic Security Section. The most acute and urgent question is the sanction by the Russian Constitutional Court of non-payment of the ˆ1.9 billion of compensation ruled by ECHR th the ex-shareholders of YUKOS. However, the European Council still hopes to extract at least ˆ300.000 for judicial costs from the Russian Federation.
By Vera Vasilieva, HRO.org: On March 7, 2017 the President of the Russian Federation pardoned Oxana Sevastidi, previously convicted to seven years in prison for «high treason» by his decree. Earlier during his press conference in November of 2016 Vladimir Putin agreed that the sentence was «indeed an example of a hard-way approach».
On February 25, 2017, a picket took place on Europaplatz, in Munich, Germany, near the Angel of Peace and just several steps from the Russian Embassy. The picketers requested to free political prisoner Alexey Pichugin.
Alexey Pichugin, the ex-head of the Internal Security Section of YUKOS, sentenced to the life imprisonment on the trumped-up charges had been unlawfully held handcuffed during the meeting with the members of Civil Observatory Commission in Lefortovo Prison –wrote Zoya Svetova on her Facebook page.
The mother of Alexey Pichugin, former head of the Internal Security Section of YUKOS, convicted to the life imprisonment, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to show clemency towards her son. The open letter by Alla Pichugina had been recently published by Novaya Gazeta.