Russian lawyer Vasily Aleksanyan was arrested five years ago today in connection with the Russian government’s prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Yukos oil company. He allegedly embezzled money from the company, though many have had their doubts over whether this was true or not.
Shortly after being imprisoned, Aleksanyan found out that he was HIV-positive. He also contracted tuberculosis. He was denied medical treatment until Khodorkovsky’s hunger strike on his behalf prompted authorities to move him to a hospital. Eventually he was released in December 2008 (though he was repeatedly summoned to court hearings) and he died recently in Moscow, on 2 October 2011, due to complications from AIDS.
Aleksanyan attended Moscow State University to study law and then received an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from Harvard. This link has a decent article about him and his time at Yukos.