[JURIST] [JURIST Europe] Alexei Kurtsin, former manager at Yukos-Moskva - the financial and management center for Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website], was convicted on Thursday of embezzling and laundering funds and sentenced to 14 years in maximum-security prison. Kurtsin's sentence was even harsher than the 13-year sentence demanded by prosecutors, and the second longest sentence given out to former Yukos [JURIST news archive] employees. Eight other former Yukos employees, all accused of embezzlement, also were sentenced to prison, but Kurtsin's sentence was the harshest. In Russia, sentences of over 10 years have traditionally been reserved for violent crimes. A total of 34 people connected with Yukos have been charged, arrested, or convicted so far. In May, former owners Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive] and Platon Lebedev were sentenced to nine years in jail on charges of fraud and tax evasion. The sentence was later reduced to eight years each [JURIST report]. The Moscow Times has more.