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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Yukos Lawyer Released

Former Yukos lawyer Svetlana Bakhmina, a mother of three whom supporters call a political prisoner, has been released from a prison hospital on parole, her husband said Monday.

"I took her away and have taken her home," Mikhail Zhuravlyov said, Interfax reported.

"She feels fine," he added.

A Moscow court last week granted parole to Bakhmina, who supporters say was ensnared in a state-orchestrated attack on Yukos, which was once the country's leading oil company.

Bakhmina, 39, had been serving a 6 1/2-year term after being convicted in April 2006 on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. She had served more than a half of her sentence in a Mordovian prison. In November, she was moved from Mordovia to a maternity hospital in the Moscow region, where she gave birth to a daughter.

Bakhmina is one of several senior Yukos officials to be jailed since the company came under fire in 2003.

Bakhmina had appealed twice for parole, in May and September, and was rejected both times. She applied for a presidential pardon on Oct. 20 but later withdrew her petition for unclear reasons.

Bakhmina plans to continue her legal work with an organization called the Systemic Support of Business.