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Per chance, he will return to what, exactly?
WikiPedia: Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Khodorkovsky supporters are attempting to turn his conviction and imprisonment into status as a martyr. Irina Khakamada, a former leader of the Union of Right Forces party, claimed that Khodorkovsky's imprisonment was making the once hated oil billionaire into a political hero. She asserted:
"The longer he sits in jail, the more of a political figure he will become. Russians love martyrs. They will forget that he is an oligarch. "
"Since October 16th, I have been living in the land of Decembrists [December 1825 Russian insurgents against Imperial power], political prisoners and uranium pits. I'm 600 Km [400 miles] away from Chita, 6500 KM [4000 miles] away from Moscow. The Kremlin has tried to completely isolate me from the country and the people; moreover--it tried to exterminate me physically. Therefore, those in power proved themselves once more unable to have an honest and open discussion with me (and to have a straight talk with the real opposition in general). They think that Khodorkovsky will soon be forgotten. They try to persuade you, friends, that the struggle is over. That we must acquiesce to the power of the self-serving bureaucracy. That's not truth. The struggle has only begun", Khodorkovsky statement says.
The former head of YUKOS thinks that the country faces the daunting tasks. "We must formulate the program of Russian development in the 21st century. We must build again the army and the judicial system.We must build from the scratch bureaucracy that will be interested in the well-being of the country and the society--not in it's own boundless personal enrichment. We must move away from the destructive policies of turning Russia into an energy colony and make a U-Turn toward the "economics of knowledge". We must keep inside Russia Far East and Siberia that within a few years may fall under the control of China. We must restore prestige of Russia destroyed as the result of unprofessionalism and sometimes as the result of the outright betrayal. To solve these tasks, we need a completely different elite. We need heroes--not gray suites. We need brave, honest and consistent leaders. Those people are you my compatriots and supporters. Everyone of you who is not afraid today to support political prisoners and say "No" to the repressive machine of the criminal bureaucracy, have the right to be called 'The Man' ", Khodorkovsky stated. According to Khodorkovsky, "The time of gray suites is over--the time of Heroes is coming".
RIA Novosti: Khodorkovsky prison transfer appeal goes missing
16/ 01/ 2006
An appeal filed on behalf of Mikhail Khodorkovsky has apparently disappeared, a lawyer for the jailed former head of Yukos said Monday. Yury Shmidt said the appeal - against Khodorkovsky's transfer from Moscow to a prison in the Siberian region of Chita - was sent to a Moscow court on January 10. But when Shmidt arrived at the court Monday to find out the date for the hearing, the appeal was not listed, he said. The postal service told him that the appeal had been delivered to a court employee, Shmidt said, calling the envelope's disappearance a "circus trick."
The deadline to submit the appeal was January 15
Shmidt claims that the Federal Penitentiary Service's decision to send his client to a prison in Siberia's Chita Region was illegal. Under Russian law the authorities should have imprisoned Khodorkovsky in a region where he either lived or was convicted, the lawyer says.
RIA Novosti: Khodorkovsky in solitary confinement for breaking prison rules
25/ 01/ 2006
The jailed founder of oil major Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has been placed in solitary confinement for breaking prison rules, a penitentiary service official said Wednesday. "The head of the [prison] colony in Krasnokamensk [the Siberian town where Khodorkovsky is being held] made the decision, and he had the right to do so," Yury Kalinin said. "Khodorkovsky has already been reprimanded.
Commenting on the punishment, Khodorkovsky's lawyer Yury Shmidt said the authorities purposely took this action to prevent the possibility of a milder sentence and even parole.
Date of Birth: 26 June 1963
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November 18, 2009
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once his country’s richest man, has resided in “gulag lite,” as he calls the Russian penal system under Vladimir Putin, for six years.
Convicted of tax evasion and fraud in 2005, Khodorkovsky now faces a fresh set of charges that add up to the supposed theft of $30 billion.
The new indictment runs 3,487 pages but boils down to a single accusation: that the former C.E.O. of the Yukos oil firm and his deputy, Platon Lebedev, were part of an “organized criminal group” that stole 350 million tons of oil from their company between 1998 to 2003. The tonnage exceeds Yukos’s production during the period in question. If convicted, Khodorkovsky, whose first sentence ends in 2011, could face an additional 22 years in jail.
December 27, 2010
A judge in Moscow has found former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner guilty of corruption charges, state-run RIA-Novosti and Interfax news agencies said Monday.
In his final address to the court, Khodorkovsky made a last impassioned appeal.
"For me, as for anybody, it is hard to live in jail, and I do not want to die there. But if I have to, I will not hesitate. The things I believe in are worth dying for," he said.
January 02, 2013
In an appeal case against the Moscow court which in 2010 sentenced Khodorkovsky and Lebedev to 13 years of jail, both prosecutors and defence now agree that the 2010 verdict is based on false conditions.
While the prosecutors now proposes to limit the sentence from 13 to 11 years and three months, the defence lawyers argue that both men already have served their sentence and should be released immediately.
If the position of the prosecutor prevails, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev will be free men in 2014, Interfax reports.
Three Russian journalists were killed in Central African Republic, their news outlet said on Tuesday, in what local authorities said was an ambush by unidentified assailants.
TsUR said the journalists had been investigating the activities of the so-called Wagner group, an organization of private military contractors which, people with ties to the group have told Reuters, carried out clandestine combat missions on the Kremlin's behalf in eastern Ukraine and Syria.
TsUR's statement said the journalists flew into Central African Republic last Friday and that its last contact with them was on Sunday evening.
The organization is financed by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former Russian oil tycoon who was jailed on corruption charges and now lives outside Russia. He is one of the most vehement critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.