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OPPOSITION RALLY IN MOSCOW
A woman holds a portrait of jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky during an opposition rally downtown Moscow on April 14, 2007. Police detained Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, and more than 100 other activists Saturday as they gathered for a forbidden anti-Kremlin demonstration in central Moscow. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)
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Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky (Russian: Михаи́л Бори́сович Ходорко́вский, IPA: ; born 26 June 1963 in Moscow) is a convicted criminal imprisoned until 2019 and a former Russian oligarch and businessman. In 2004, Khodorkovsky was the wealthiest man in Russia, and was 16th on Forbes list of billionaires, although much of his wealth evaporated because of the collapse in the value of his holding in the Russian petroleum company Yukos.

On 25 October 2003, Khodorkovsky was arrested at Novosibirsk airport by the Russian prosecutor general's office on charges of fraud. Shortly thereafter, on 31 October, the government under Vladimir Putin froze shares of Yukos because of tax charges. The Russian Government took further actions against Yukos, leading to a collapse in the share price. It purported to sell a major asset of Yukos in December 2004.

On 31 May 2005, Khodorkovsky was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to nine years in prison. The sentence was later reduced to 8 years. In 2003, prior to his arrest, Khodorkovsky funded several Russian parties, including Yabloko, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, and even, allegedly, the pro-Kremlin United Russia.

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