"I am sure these are political sanctions against Russia (referring to the arbitral tribunal's decision in favour of Yukos), and it has nothing to do with economics. It is proved by the fact that this is happening at the same time as the pressure on Russia is growing - this court, this ruling, at this time."
4. Wide of former Yukos headquarters
5. Establishing shot of Valery Mironov, Deputy Director, Centre of Development Institute, National Research University Higher School of Economics
6. Close of his hands
7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Valery Mironov, Deputy Director, Centre of Development Institute, National Research University Higher School of Economics:
"The demands of the claims issued by the Yukos shareholders, small shareholders, in the European court were not met. This is because there are no legal grounds for these claims - one of the reasons being that Russia did not sign the charter (Energy Charter Treaty). Therefore we have precedents both for and against, but today we saw a one-sided approach, one that is not in favour of Russia."
8. Cutaway of books
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Valery Mironov, Deputy Director, Centre of Development Institute, National Research University Higher School of Economics:
"Payments to Yukos are not sanctions, but, at the same time, from a financial point of view they unexpectedly double the financial weight that has been put on Russia at the time of this geopolitical conflict."
An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay over 50 billion US dollars in compensation to the former majority shareholder of now-defunct oil producer Yukos over the expropriation of the company more than 10 years ago.
In one of the largest arbitration cases ever, a subsidiary for GML Limited, once the biggest shareholder in the Yukos Oil Company, had sought 103.5 billion US dollars from Russia.
The Russian government under President Vladimir Putin in 2003 levelled massive tax claims against Yukos, then Russia's largest oil company owned by the country's richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Russia imprisoned Khodorkovsky and seized the company's assets when they couldn't pay.
The move was widely seen as retaliation for Khodorkovsky's support for opposition political parties.
Russia said it was merely seeking payment for back taxes and penalties that Yukos evaded in the period 2000-2003.
Yukos shareholders received no compensation for that.
Monday's ruling adds to tensions between Russia and the international community at a time when relations are at their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War.
Following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, the US and European Union are debating further economic sanctions against Moscow because of its support for rebels suspected of launching the attack.
The timing of the arbitral tribunal's decision has fuelled suspicion among both analysts and ordinary Russian citizens that the ruling was political.
In Moscow on Monday, one man described the decision as "sanctions against Russia (that have) nothing to do with economics".
"It is proved by the fact that this is happening at the same time as the pressure on Russia is growing," he added.
Meanwhile, economics analyst Valery Mironov, of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, claimed there were no legal grounds for the Yukos shareholders' claims because Russia was not a signatory to the Energy Charter Treaty.
Russia signed but did not ratify the Energy Charter Treaty, which is used in dispute resolution procedures such as arbitration - including the Yukos case.
"Today we saw a one-sided approach, one that is not in favour of Russia," Mironov added.
Reflecting on the timing of the decision, Mironov said that "from a financial point of view they unexpectedly double the financial weight that has been put on Russia at the time of this geopolitical conflict."
Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia would appeal against the ruling.