„New charges” for Russian tycoon
Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is facing new charges of money-laundering, his lawyer says.
Yury Shmidt told the Interfax news agency that the prosecutor-general’s office had informed the defence team of the new charges. Khodorkovsky, the former chairman of Yukos, has been transferred to a prison in the town of Chita, eastern Siberia. He has been serving an eight-year term at a penal colony in Krasnokamensk, in the Chita region. He was jailed for fraud and tax evasion and has had several spells in solitary confinement. Khodorkovsky built up a multi-billion-dollar fortune before falling foul of the authorities. He was arrested in 2003 along with his business associate Platon Lebedev. Shmidt told Interfax that Lebedev had also been transferred to the prison in Chita. He had been serving his sentence in Kharp, in the far north of Russia. Critics accused Khodorkovsky of exploiting Russia’s natural wealth for personal gain. His supporters say the case against him was politically motivated and he is paying the price for his political ambitions. Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were facing the possibility of release in 2008-2009 - but that appears unlikely now that new charges are being laid against them. (BBC NEWS)
SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.