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Yukos's Vice President In Disciplinary Prison Cell

Vasily Aleksanyan appears before a Moscow court on April 5 (ITAR-TASS) April 11, 2006 -- Reports say the vice president of Russia's oil giant Yukos has been placed for 10 days in a disciplinary cell in a Moscow prison.

Vasily Aleksanyan's lawyer Gevorg Davgyan said his client on April 8 was punished for refusing to undergo a medical examination.

A Moscow court on April 7 ordered Aleksanyan's arrest on charges of laundering money and embezzling over 12 billion rubles ($433 million) from two other Russian oil groups, Tomskneft and the Eastern Oil Company (VNK).

Aleksanyan was appointed Yukos's vice president only on April 1.