Khodorkovsky to serve six more years

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Series Details 31.12.10
Publication Date 31/12/2010
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A Russian judge sentenced Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed oil tycoon, to 14 years in jail for embezzlement and money laundering on the 30 December 2010, triggering renewed international criticism of Russia's legal system.

The former oligarch’s second trial had posed a test of pledges by Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian President, to reform the country’s court system and boost its independence.

The US State Department expressed concern that the sentence represented an 'abuse of law', while Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, suggested that the verdict was politically motivated.

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Council of the European Union: Press Release, 30.12.10: A278/10: Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the Khodorkovskii/Lebedev case
ESO: Background information: Court verdict on Khodorkovsky delayed
BBC News, 30.12.10: West chides Russia over ex-tycoon Khodorkovsky trial
Deutsche Welle, 31.12.10: Press review: Khodorkovsky sentencing a blow to fundamental rights,,14744684,00.html
EUObserver, 30.12.10: Russia defies EU diplomacy on Khodorkovsky sentence
France24, 31.12.10: Court extends jail term for oil tycoon who opposed Putin
Spiegel Online International, 30.12.10: 'Impression Remains that Political Motives Played a Role',1518,737265,00.html
EUObserver, 29.12.10: Russia warns against meddling in Khodorkovsky trial

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