PARIS – The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky's rights were violated after his arrest in 2003 and ordered Russia to pay him euro24,000 ($35,000) in damages and court costs.

The court in Strasbourg, France, said Tuesday it found violations in the conditions Khodorkovsky faced in court and in a remand prison, the length of time he was held pending investigation and trial, and in procedural flaws related to his detention.

The court rejected Khodorkovsky's complaint that the prosecution against him was politically motivated.

Khodorkovsky — once Russia's richest man and seen as a political threat to Vladimir Putin — has been behind bars for nearly eight years.

A Moscow appeals court last week upheld his second conviction on charges of stealing oil from his own company.