Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken following the sentencing of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Russia on 30 December.
The Foreign Secretary said:
“I am deeply concerned by the implications of this case concerning Mikhail Khodorkovsky for confidence in how the law is applied in Russia.
The UK calls on Russia to respect the principles of justice and apply the rule of law in a non-discriminatory and proportional way. In the absence of this the UK and much of the international community will regard such a trial as a retrograde step.”