Khodorkovsky faces second jail term

Tomorrow in Moscow will start reading the verdict in the second case against the former owners of the Yukos oil company, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev.

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev are serving sentences for economic crimes — tax evasion and fraud — eight and nine years in prison, respectively, which they received in 2005. Both were arrested in 2003.

In 2009against them have been filed a new lawsuit for theft and money laundering. Khodorkovsky and Lebedev face of six years in prison.

The public and human rights activists believe the prosecution of the former owners of Yukos politically motivated.

On appeal to the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev end the persecution of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev and find those responsible for previous high-profile cases in Russia (by the way, involved in the death of Sergei Magnitsky, Anna Politkovskaya, Natalya Estemirova) launched today in the Western press, a group of European and American current and former politicians and public figures. The appeal put their names, among others, former Foreign Secretary of Great Britain Malcolm Ryfkind and David Miliband and former Foreign Ministers of France Bernard Kouchner and Yuber Vedryn.

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