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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Prolongs Lebedev's Detention

A Moscow court Thursday decided to extend by two months the detention of key Yukos shareholder Platon Lebedev, who is charged with state property theft.

Eight hours after opening the hearing, Judge Natalia Dudar ruled at about 10 p.m. that Lebedev should remain in Lefortovo jail, where he has been held since his arrest July 2. "This isn't justice, it's a farce," Lebedev said through his spokesman Yury Kotler.

Lebedev's lawyer said during a break in the closed hearing Thursday that the prosecutor told the court that Lebedev would flee the country and attempt to destroy evidence gathered during the investigation if he was released.

"And how would it be possible for any evidence to be destroyed if the investigation is completed and all of the materials already are filed?" Boru said.

The prosecutor refused to comment.

Lebedev's arrest brought into the spotlight a rift between the Kremlin and Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky.