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    MOSCOW, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - Lawyers for a former manager of embattled oil giant Yukos sentenced to 14 years in prison for money laundering filed an appeal with the Moscow City Court Wednesday.

    "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.

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