$100 billion Yukos lawsuit steeped in political drama

MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The former co-owner of Russian oil company Yukos said shareholders would press on with a $100 billion lawsuit against the Russian government.
Putin named Russia's Man of the Year for 2013

Putin named Russia's Man of the Year for 2013

MOSCOW, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- President Vladimir Putin has been named Russia's Man of the Year for 2013, his sixth consecutive win an an annual poll.
Pussy Riot members to work for prisoners' rights

Pussy Riot members to work for prisoners' rights

MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot freed from prison in an amnesty this week said Friday they will be advocates for prisoners' rights.
Pardoned Russian oil tycoon met by son in Germany

Pardoned Russian oil tycoon met by son in Germany

BERLIN, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The eldest son of Mikhail Khodorkovsky has flown to Germany to meet his father, a former Russian oil tycoon pardoned by President Vladimir Putin.

Ex-Russian oil exec Khodorkovsky flies to Berlin after release

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Hours after Mikhail Khodorkovsky was released from a Russian prison Friday, the tycoon arrived in Berlin on a private jet, German officials said.

Putin to pardon ex-Yukos Oil exec Mikhail Khodorkovsky

MOSCOW, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Former Yukos Oil chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky, jailed for embezzlement and tax evasion and other charges, will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

Pussy Riot, Greenpeace activists covered in Putin amnesty draft

MOSCOW, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A draft amnesty issued this week by Russian President Vladimir Putin will cover those charged with hooliganism such as the band Pussy Riot, a Duma leader says.

Amnesty should not be just for the famous, Russian PM Medvedev says

MOSCOW, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday a proposed amnesty should not be limited to high-profile prisoners.

Moscow demonstrators call for release of 'political prisoners'

MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Moscow in a weekend protest meant to draw attention to those deemed to be political prisoners.

Nominees announced for European Parliament's Sakharov prize

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A whistle-blower, a preteen Pakistani activist, journalists and dissidents were nominated for the European Parliament's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought.
Court orders early released for former head of Russian oil company

Court orders early released for former head of Russian oil company

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The jailed former head of Russian oil giant Yukos and his former business partner will be released from prison two months early, a court decided.
European court rules Khodorkovsky's rights abused in Russia trial

European court rules Khodorkovsky's rights abused in Russia trial

MOSCOW, July 25 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday the trial of former Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky wasn't political, but his rights were violated.

First 13 businessmen freed by Russian amnesty for white-collar crimes

MOSCOW, July 23 (UPI) -- Russia has freed 13 businessmen in a government amnesty program for white-collar criminals, a business ombudsman said Tuesday.

Putin: Business amnesty bill needs changes

MOSCOW, May 25 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said a bill that would free thousands of jailed businessmen required revisions.

Moscow judge reduces sentences for ex-CEOs

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The head of the Moscow City Court Thursday reduced the prison sentences for two company heads convicted for theft of oil and money laundering to 11 years.
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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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