The Moscow city court has rejected an appeal from lawyers representing former YUKOS CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky against the initial ruling that he should remain under arrest until December 30. As a Rosbalt correspondent reports, this was announced by Anton Drel, one of Mr Khodorkovsky's lawyers, after the hearing. The lawyers had demanded that the businessman be released on bail or on probation. Mr Khodorkovsky himself only watched the hearing on video.
Mr Khodorkovsky has been arrested on charges of fraud and tax evasion.
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part