UPDATE: Russia’s $60 Billion Yukos Oil Saga Continues

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In the shadow of past oil giants, Russia locked horns with former investors of its erstwhile crown jewel, Yukos Oil, on a staggering $60 billion arbitration payout in a gripping courtroom drama that unfurled this Wednesday.

The Battle Lines

The Russian Federation, undeterred by the passage of time or the weight of the claim, took to the stage before High Court Judge Sara Cockerill. Their plea? A shot at asserting their state immunity against this behemoth of a claim, arising from the ashes of Yukos – once Russia’s pride as its most prodigious oil titan until its downfall in 2006 under governmental pressure.

A verdict echoing back from The Hague’s arbitration tribunal, dating to the 1991 Energy Charter Treaty, had initially pegged the award at a whopping $50 billion. Yet, as the sands of time flowed, approximately $8 billion in interest bloated the sum, burning a $2.8 million hole daily, the investors’ counsel highlighted.

 

The Chessboard of Legal Strategy

The triad leading the charge – Hulley Enterprises Ltd., Veteran Petroleum Ltd., and Yukos Universal Ltd. – posited that Russia’s tactics of invoking state immunity, already laid out in Dutch courts, should find no traction here.