Nevzlin Murder Case Sent to Court

The Prosecutor General's Office said Friday that it had completed its criminal investigation of former Yukos co-owner Leonid Nevzlin and that he would be charged with organizing a number of murders.

Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said Friday that the case had been received but that no date for a hearing had been set, RIA-Novosti reported.

Nevzlin, who fled Russia in 2003, is accused of organizing the murders of business leaders and officials, a statement on the prosecutors' web site said. Nevzlin denies the charges.

According to the statement, the investigation found that from 1998 to 2002 Nevzlin ordered the killings of Valentina Korneyeva, a Moscow businesswoman and Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov.

The statement said others involved in the murders, including former Yukos security chief Alexei Pichugin, had already been sentenced by Moscow City Court.