RIAN reports that Svetlana Bakhmina, the ex-Yukos lawyer sentenced to six and a half years’ penal labour, has been sent to a women’s penal colony in the Central Russian republic of Mordovia. This means that she will lose access to her two young children.
On October 2, the Simonovsky Court in Moscow rejected a request from Svetlana Bakhmina’s defense lawyers, who asked that the former deputy head of the legal department at the embattled oil company’s Yukos Moskva unit be allowed to serve her six-and-a-half-year prison term after her younger child, now aged five, turns 14.
One of Bakhmina’s lawyers, Olga Kozyreva, said the decision to send her defendant to the penal colony was illegal, because the court’s decision had not yet come into force.
(via Jeremy Putley)
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