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Hague court rules in favour of Yukos shareholders vs Russia, awards $50bln-source

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MOSCOW, July 28 (Reuters) - The Hague's arbitration court has ruled in favour of a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos against Russia, awarding compensation of around $50 billion, a source close to the ruling said on Monday.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague is expected to announce later today that Russia must pay the compensation - half of the original $100 billion claim - to former shareholders in the company, once Russia's largest oil producer.

The claim in the Hague was made by subsidiaries of Gibraltar-based Group Menatep, a company through which Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, controlled Yukos. Group Menatep now exists as holding company GML and Khodorkovsky is no longer a shareholder in GML or Yukos.

(Reporting by Megan Davies, editing by Elizabeth Piper)