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.



29 Sep 2019

Pleading Notes of the Russian Federation at The Hague Court of Appeal

Please find attached Pleading Notes of the Russian Federation delivered at The Hague Court of Appeal on 23-24 and 30 September 2019 RF Pleading Notes on 23 September 2019 – Morning Session RF Pleading Notes on 23 September 2019 – Afternoon Session RF Pleading Notes on 24 September 2019 – Unclean Hands RF Pleading Notes […]

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10 Sep 2019

Upcoming Hearing at The Hague Court of Appeal

23, 24, and 30 September 2019 The Hague Court of Appeal will conduct oral hearings in relation to the annulment of the awards in the former Yukos shareholders arbitrations, which had held the Russian Federation liable for US$50 billion in damages plus interest. The Yukos awards had already been annuled in April 2016 by The […]

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9 Sep 2019

Law 360: White & Case Needn’t Turn Over Docs To Ex-Yukos Investors

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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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