"We consider the verdict illegal and ungrounded," Yury Larin, attorney for former Yukos-Moskva deputy manager Alexei Kurtsin, said.
On December 1, Moscow's Lefortovo court handed down a guilty verdict for all those involved in the Yukos-Moskva case, sentencing eight former managers to up to 13 years in prison. An investigation showed that Kurtsin and Yukos-Moskva Senior Vice President Mikhail Trushin, who is still at large, laundered 342 million rubles ($11.9 million) through fictitious charities registered in several large Russian cities. Investigators claim the bulk of laundered funds went directly to Trushin and Kurtsin.
Yuganskneftegaz, the main production subsidiary of state-owned oil company Rosneft, has been declared an injured party though it did not file suit during the trials.