RUSSIA: Yukos liquidator requests 6-month extension of receivership -1

Eduard Rebgun, the bankruptcy receiver of battered oil company Yukos, has submitted a request to the Moscow Arbitration Court for receivership proceedings to be prolonged by six months, his press secretary said Friday.

Yukos, once Russia's largest oil company, was declared bankrupt on August 1, 2006, after three years of litigation with tax authorities over arrears. Its founder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is serving an eight-year prison sentence in Siberia for fraud and tax evasion.

The request to the court said: "Due to the large volume of work and the difficulty of solving liquidation tasks, keeping to the deadline [set out in a bankruptcy law] is not possible."

Through a series of liquidation auctions, Yukos has repaid more than 400 billion rubles ($16 billion) to creditors. The company's key production and refining assets have been bought up by Rosneft at auctions, making the state-controlled company one of the country's leading crude producers.

The bankruptcy receiver's statement said that three to six months would be needed to sell the remaining assets, repay creditors, archive and submit the debtor's documents to the state, and complete other duties.

Via: Russian News Information Agency

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