Russian Federation

Legal Defence Against Yukos Oligarchs

This is the website of the International Centre for Legal Protection (ICLP), set up by the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Justice to fight claims from the former Yukos owners (Yukos oligarchs), and stop them extracting money from the Russian taxpayer. This website aims to provide a balanced view on the dispute between the Russian Federation and former Yukos owners.

Fiction vs Fact

We provide information on those involved and challenge fiction about Yukos which has become seen as fact.


Taxation and responsibility

Taxes are the price that civilised communities pay to remain civilised.  Like any government, Russia will resist attempts to extract money from its taxpayers.


Yukos Charge Sheet

Courts heard how the Yukos oligarchs corrupted public officials, destroyed evidence, committed murder, tax evasion and assassination.



19 Mar 2019

The Berlin Higher Regional Court’s decision on cost reimbursement

In the cost reimbursement proceedings, the Berlin Higher Regional Court has recently issued a decision mandating the ex-shareholders of Hulley Enterprises Ltd., a company affiliated with the former Yukos Oil Company, to reimburse EUR 188 thousand of legal costs to the Russian Federation.

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22 Jan 2019

The Hague Court of Appeal fixes the dates for oral hearing

(The Hague, 22 January 2019): Following the order of Court of Appeal in The Hague (“CoA”) dated 18 December 2018, wherein the CoA paved the course for the further conduct of the appeal proceedings, on 22 January 2019, the CoA fixed the dates for the oral hearings in this matter.

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25 Sep 2018

The Hague Court of Appeal dismisses the former Yukos shareholders’ objections to the scope of the Russian Federation’s claims as unfounded

(The Hague, 25 September 2018): By its ruling dated 25 September 2018, the Court of Appeal in The Hague (“CoA”) has dismissed a number of procedural objections

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About this Site

This ICLP site provides the information needed to understand the Yukos case in detail. It contains original court documents as well as first-hand accounts of how Yukos was managed, given by senior managers who worked in Yukos at the time. 

It therefore reveals the facts behind the false evidence put forward by the Yukos oligarchs.


Court Actions

Read about the case, other claims and the Hague arbitration

In the arbitration the oligarchs claimed that Yukos was misappropriated by Russia in a politically motivated move. Russia believes the oligarchs illegally took control of Yukos through rigged auctions and corruption, then evaded billions in tax. Yukos failed when it didn’t pay the tax it owed.

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Case Highlights

Find out more about key case developments.
Witness Statements

8 Aug 2016

Gololobov witness statement

Mr. Gololobov served as Yukos Deputy General Counsel and was a member of the Oligarchs’ inner circle from 1995 to 2004. He is the first key Yukos insider to come forward to speak in specific detail about the billion-dollar bribery scheme run by the Yukos oligarchs.

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Court Documents

20 Apr 2016

District Court set aside of $50bn awards

The Dutch District Court in the Hague ruled that the panel of three arbitrators was wrong to consider itself to have jurisdiction in the case and threw out the $50bn awards in their entirety, awarding costs against the Yukos oligarchs.

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Court Documents

29 Mar 2016

Share Transfer Diagram

An interesting diagram portraying the way in which the Oligarchs transferred their shares in a number of complicated stages ultimately hiding their ownership.

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