Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev, who have been in jail since 2003, will serve their sentences, minus time already spent behind bars, in a penal colony, Interfax reported. Defense lawyers vowed to appeal.
International criticism of the Kremlin's apparently direct hand in what is widely seen as a Soviet-style show trial calculated to punish Khodorkovsky for funding opponents of President Vladimir Putin -- at the expense of rule of law -- was immediate.
U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., vowed to urge Congress to work for Russia's expulsion from the Group of Eight nations.
He said Russia shouldn't be allowed to be considered a democratic country after Khodorkovsky's sentence and it is clear the Kremlin is rolling back, not relying upon, the nation's own laws.
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