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.



20 Mar 2018

Brussels Court of Appeal puts an end to YUL’s attempts to enforce the YUL Awards in Belgium

Through a series of judgments the Brussels Court of Appeal has put an end to YUL’s attempts to enforce the YUL Awards in Belgium and preclude it from seeking enforcement of the YUL Awards in the future on the Belgian territory.

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28 Nov 2017

Yukos Affair at The Hague: The Russian Federation files its Defence on Appeal

The Russian Federation has filed its Defence on Appeal in the proceedings brought by Yukos Oligarchs at the Court of Appeal in The Hague.

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2 Nov 2017

Yukos oligarchs drop their legal action in Belgium

The oligarchs have announced that they are abandoning all attempts in Belgium to enforce part of the $50 billion arbitral awards made in 2014, which were overturned by The Hague District Court in 2016.

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Andrey Kondakov, Director General, ICLP

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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