According to the ministry, 17 structures controlled by Yukos evaded taxes in 2000, to the sum of 99.375 billion roubles. Tax bodies are accusing the oil company of setting up an entire network of organisations (over 50 companies) to evade taxes at all levels.
At the previous hearings, the ministry presented evidence of Yukos's control over these companies. Moreover, the Court of Arbitration was provided with the ministry's information about tax optimisation in ten out of the 17 organisations in hand.
Meanwhile, Yukos lawyers repeatedly stated to the court and reporters that the case was considered with numerous procedural violations.