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Allegations About Pressure on Yukos Judge "conjecture" - Investigative Committee

MOSCOW. June 14 (Interfax) - The statement by former press secretary for the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court Natalya Vasilyeva about pressure exerted on the judge in the second Yukos case, Viktor Danilkin, is a fantasy, said Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin.

"It follows from Vasilyeva's testimony that the interview she gave to journalists is only based on her guesses and assumptions and is not backed up by any objective data," Markin told Interfax on Tuesday.

Vasilyeva told the investigator on Tuesday that Danilkin did not discuss the circumstances surrounding the Khodorkovsky-Lebedev inquiry with her personally, he said.

"She does not know who Danilkin talked to on the phone and about what. She did not travel to the Moscow City Court together with Danilkin," the IC official said.

Vasilyeva does not know how the verdict was prepared for Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, he said.

"She did not see the verdict against the said persons being brought from the Moscow City Court," Markin said.

While giving explanations to investigators, Vasilyeva provided "copies of the fragments of the resolution section of the verdict against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev, varying in content, which were allegedly handed over to her in January 2011 by mistake," he said.

"In assessing these documents, the inquiry concluded that they cannot attest to some falsification of the verdict against Khodorkovsky and Lebedev since they contain no signatures or handwritten notes, due to which it is impossible to identify the source of their origin and making," Markin said.

Natalya Vasilyeva, former press secretary of the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court, provided to investigators on Tuesday three pages of the resolution part of the sentence to former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and former Menatep CEO Platon Lebedev, which was not read by Justice Viktor Danilkin, the human rights association Agora said.

"The crossed document, which had three exclamation marks on each page, stated: "Sentence Mikhail Khodorkovsky to ten years in a penal colony." A photocopy of the sentence provided to the Investigations Committee today also states that Platon Lebedev was to get ten years in prison as well. Natalya Vasilyeva said the documents got into her file with signed documents by mistake," Agora said in a report obtained by Interfax on Tuesday.

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