An interesting article in Novaya Gazeta notes that amendments to the RF Criminal Code have led to the early release of three managers from the YUKOS years, primarily due to the persistence of the lawyers fighting for the enforcement of amendments introduced while Dmitry Medvedev was President.

This time former general director of YUKOS trading companies Vladimir Malakhovsky has been released on 9 October 2012 after seven years and 10 months in a pre-trial detention centre and prion colonies. He had been sentenced to 12 years in jail.

In August Alexei Kurtsyn was released after serving half his sentence. In February Vladimir Pereverzin was released early. Like Malakhovsky, he had been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

However, as the author notes, for some reason the amendments to the Code haven’t been applied to the main “culprits” in Vladimir Putin’s eyes: Mihail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev.