Russian Court Convicts Putin Opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Second Trial

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Russia’s largest oil company and once its richest man, has been found guilty of embezzlement.

In late December, Moscow’s Khamovniki District Court sentenced Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev to a total of 14 years in prison in a second trial involving Yukos assets. The two men, who already spent seven years in jail for fraud and tax evasion from their 2005 trial, could remain behind bars until 2017. Khodorkovsky is already serving an eight-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion from his 2005 trial.

His supporters say his real crime was daring to oppose the Kremlin and the country’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin.

Related article: Khodorkovsky Found Guilty in ‘Political Trial’ | BBC News

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