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Khodorkovsky Got New Prison Term

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev sentenced to 13.5 years imprisonment for allegedly stealing all the oil their own company, Yukos, has produced. This is almost exactly the term (minus 6 months) that the prosecutor requested. The sentence is combined with their current prison term, so they will stay in prison until 2017 (if they survive long enough in prison camps). The truth is, however, as Khodorkovsky mentioned, they will stay behind bars as long as Putin is in power.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky commented the sentence briefly, saying:

Platon Lebedev and I show you an example: do not hope to be protected by a court from a bureaucrat in Russia. The [Central Electoral Commission Chief Vladimir] Churov Rule ["Putin is always right"] works. But we don’t lose heart and wish the same to our friends.

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Written by Oleg Kozlovsky

December 30, 2010 at 17:39

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  1. It would take a lot of paper to record all the combined malfeasance of the Kremlin and the oligarchs, but the evidence suggests that Putin is the real criminal in this case. It is disheartening to even us casual observers with few ties to Russia to see a country with such potential bullied about by a prima donna and his thugs.

    sam r ogilvie

    December 30, 2010 at 18:16

  2. Oleg, your president offers holiday wishes to the leader of Belarus while nearly a dozen Russian citizens languish in his jails.

    http://www.president.gov.by/press106355.html#doc

    What are your thoughts?

    larussophobe

    January 1, 2011 at 23:56

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