Leonid Nevzlin

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Person.png Leonid Nevzlin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(programmer, businessman)
Leonid Nevzlin.jpg
Born21 September 1959
Moscow, USSR(Now Russia)
Criminal charge
conspiracy to murder (multiple counts)
Criminal penalty
life imprisonment
Criminal status
At large. Tried in absentia
SpouseIrina Nevzlin
Member ofFuture Of Russia Foundation

Employment.png Future Of Russia Foundation/Director

In office
10 December 2003 - 13 June 2004

Leonid Nevzlin is a multi-millionaire Russian born Israeli.


From 1981-87, Nevzlin was a software engineer at Zarubezhgeologia, an external trade organization of the Soviet Ministry of Geology. In 1987, he met Mikhail Khodorkovsky and became a Deputy Director at the Center for Scientific and Technical Creativity for Youth (MENATEP), attached to the Komsomol committee in Moscow's Frunzensky District.[1]

Nevzlin occupied various high-ranking positions at Group Menatep and its subsidiary, the Yukos Oil Company. In 2003, the Russian state expropriated Yukos and began a campaign of persecution against its executives. Nevzlin was tried in absentia in Russia in March 2008, found guilty of several counts of conspiracy to murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of Nevzlin and other Yukos shareholders, calling the actions of the Russian state “a ruthless campaign to destroy Yukos and to expropriate its assets".

Murder charges

Nevzlin left Russia in 2003. In 2004, Israel rejected a Russian extradition request.

In May 2008 Israel’s Supreme Court found there was no evidence directly connecting Nevzlin to the criminal allegations made against him. The court rejected extradition and denied the motion to strip Nevzlin of his citizenship. Israel's interior minister and attorney general were ordered to pay Nevzlin’s court costs for this case.[2]


  1. "Невзлин, Леонид". Lenta.ru. Retrieved 14 January 2014.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/russia-yukos-nevzlin-idUSL2N0Q40DK20140729