YUKOS: SIBNEFT STOCK ARRESTED, REPORT TOP PROSECUTOR'S MEN

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MOSCOW, November 10 (RIA Novosti) - The Yukos plight is getting ever worse as its Sibneft block has been arrested, says rumour. The federal Prosecutor General's officers have now confirmed the news.

The law court authorised the arrest, November 3, on a criminal case against Irina Golub, Yukos FBC head accountant. The arrested Yukos block comprises 1,637,633,048 ordinary registered shares. The court move means to ensure damages reimbursed to the state, say the top prosecutor's PR.

The accountant is suspected of corporate tax evasion involving exorbitant sums on a plot with persons unidentified for today. Golub and her accomplices were blatantly underpaying taxes from 2000 into last year, assume investigators.

The Yukos used men-of-straw based in soft taxation areas for tax evasion. Its assistant companies were not engaged in whatever activities, say the top prosecutor's men.

According to the prosecution, 48 billion roubles, roughly 1.5 billion US dollars, was underpaid for 2000, and 28.9 billion roubles a year later. Tax arrears for 2002-03 are being evaluated.

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