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YUKOS’s top shareholder GML told Reuters it aimed to win the right to seize Russian assets abroad if Moscow did not meet the claim, made under an international treaty designed to protect foreign investments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

The Russian government demanded billions of dollars in tax from YUKOS in 2003 in a move which led to the company’s bankruptcy and the jailing of top owners Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev on tax evasion and fraud charges.

Khodorkovsky denied the accusations and said the destruction of YUKOS, which was eventually bought by state oil major Rosneft , was motivated by his political opposition to then-President Vladimir Putin.

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