In particular, the frozen assets include money kept on the account of a French VTB subsidiary for the benefit of Russia Today and Goszagransobstvennost (operates Russia's state property abroad). In addition, the debt of the French satellite operator Eutelsat to Russia's Satellite Communications as well as its shares of Eutelsat (3%) have also been arrested.
Moreover, the Yukos shareholders are trying to foreclose on the financial assurance provided by Bank Societe Generale to Rosoboronexport due to the termination of the interstate contract for the supply of Mistral class helicopter carriers.
Moscow disputes the arrests, explaining it by the fact that the assets are not managed directly by the Russian state, that is, they can not be considered sovereign. The hearing in the Paris court is held on Feb. 22.
In Dec. 2015, the former shareholders of Yukos won the seizure of payments by French companies Air France, Arianespace, and Eutelsat to the Russian side as per contracts. In October 2015, a 7.5 percent stake in the European news channel Euronews, owned by Russia's VGTRK state media holding, was arrested in France.