Where elected officials stood up for their town or region against the Yukos tax manipulation scheme the oligarchs had them gunned down. The Russian Federation’s defence submission submitted to the Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague on 29 July 2011 shows:

“Mr. Pichugin and Mr. Nevzlin have also been found guilty of organizing the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, Mayor of Nefteyugansk (Siberia), where Yukos subsidiary YNG was headquartered.  Mr. Petukhov was a highly vocal critic of Yukos, protesting against Yukos’ failure to pay its taxes and decreasing its workers’ wages. In May 1998, he encouraged YNG’s employees to protest against their treatment.  He began a hunger strike on June 15, 1998, demanding that criminal action be taken against Yukos for tax evasion and that the “oligarchs of Rosprom-Yukos-Menatep” stop interfering with the city’s policies. He was shot dead eleven days later, on June 26, 1998.”