Russia has hit back at criticism by western governments of the guilty verdict against former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on embezzlement charges. But diplomatic cables obtained by the website WikiLeaks suggest the United States has long regarded Khodorkovsky's trial as part of a broader assault on the rule of law in Russia.
Any attempt to pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky -- once Russia's richest man, now its most famous inmate -- must follow standard procedure, including an admission of guilt, the nation's president said Sunday.
When the Kremlin came for billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky's oil company, he fought back and found himself in a Siberian prison. When it came for billionaire Mikhail Gutseriyev's oil company, he agreed to sell and went into hiding to avoid arrest.
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Exactly two years ago, I sat in a Moscow courtroom and watched one era in Russian capitalism end. Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky glumly sat in a cage and awaited the verdict he and everyone else in the courtroom knew was a foregone conclusion: a long Siberian prison sentence, and the dismemberment of Yukos, once Russia's biggest and most-respected firm.
Imprisoned Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky has gone on a hunger strike to protest the treatment of his business partner, who is being held in solitary confinement, his lawyer Anton Drel told CNN.
A Russian court found oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev guilty of tax evasion and other serious crimes on Tuesday and sentenced each to nine years in prison, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.
Judges in the marathon trial of Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky adjourned after a fifth day of summing up Friday, as the reading of the verdict dragged on so long even his parents left the courtroom.
Embattled oil company Yukos said it is unable to meet a Wednesday midnight deadline to pay the Russian government a $3.4 billion back-tax bill and said bailiffs could begin taking control of its assets within hours.
As Russia's deputy finance minister indicated that the government and oil giant Yukos could reach an agreement to restructure a multi-billion-dollar tax bill for 2000, the Russian prosecutor general Tuesday said that the company may be forced to pay back taxes for other years, too.
The trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky on tax evasion and fraud charges is set to start June 16 and will be combined with fellow Yukos stockholder Platon Lebedev's trial on similar charges, a Russian court has announced.
The trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky on tax evasion and fraud charges is set to start June 16th and will be combined with fellow Yukos stockholder Platon Lebedev's trial on similar charges, a Russian court announced Monday.