The Russian oil major YUKOS affair has been discussed at a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hoerst Koehler, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said Andrei Illarionov, an aide to the Russian president. He said President Putin had offered his position on the matter.
The president said the Russian Prosecutor General's Office must prove charges against the YUKOS executives in an open and adversary court process, according to Mr Illarionov.
He recalled that some of the YUKOS top managers had been charged with fraud and tax evasion, and the Prosecutor General's Office was absolutely certain that they were guilty.
The president assured the IMF director that that was not the question of de-privatisation, according to the presidential aide.
President Putin denied allegations that Russia applies the law in a picky way.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said