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January 24, 2022

Russia hits back at Khodorkovsky trial criticism

Russia has accused Western nations of exerting “unacceptable” pressure over the trial of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, according to BBC News. Russia’s foreign ministry was reacting to criticism by the US and Germany on Monday after a second guilty verdict was delivered against Khodorkovsky. Khodor­kovsky, once seen as a threat to former President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of embezzlement. He was first jailed in 2005, for fraud and tax evasion. Khodorkovsky and his former business partner Platon Lebedev were back in court on Tuesday as the judge continued reading out his verdict. It is unclear when their sentences were to be pronounced on the same day.

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