On September 20, 2011 the European Court of Human Rights issued its Chamber judgment in the case OAO Neftyanaya Kompaniya YUKOS v. Russia (application no. 14902/04) which found:
- by six votes to one that there had been a violation of the right of NK "YUKOS" to a fair trial on the charge of tax evasion due to failure to provide adequate time to prepare its defense in the first and second instance court (4 days to study case file of at least 43 000 pages and 21 days to prepare for appeal hearings). However, it did not find: that the action against YUKOS was arbitrary or unfair; that arbitrary or unfair conduct restrictions had been imposed by the courts on YUKOS’s counsel during the hearings; that Moscow City Court had given its judgment without studying the evidence; or, that YUKOS’s access to a cassation appeal was unfairly restricted;
This Chamber judgment is not final. During the three-month period following its delivery, any party may request that the case be referred to the Grand Chamber of the Court. If such a request is made and accepted, the Grand Chamber will hear the case and deliver a final judgment. If the referral request is refused, the Chamber judgment will become final on that day. If no request is made, the Chamber judgment becomes final three months after its delivery.