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Mikhail Khodorkovsky's father summoned by Russian investigators

His lawyer told reporters after the questioning that the case was related to the 1998 slaying of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov.

By Jared M. Feldschreiber
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's father Boris was summoned by the Investigative Committee in Moscow in relation to the 1998 slaying of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov. File photo by Ivan Vakolenko/UPI.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's father Boris was summoned by the Investigative Committee in Moscow in relation to the 1998 slaying of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov. File photo by Ivan Vakolenko/UPI. | License Photo

MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The father of former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky was summoned by the Investigative Committee in Moscow Wednesday. Boris Khodorkovsky arrived at the committee's headquarters Wednesday alongside his lawyer, Sergei Badamishin.

Badasmishin told reporters after the questioning that the case was related to the 1998 slaying of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov, Radio Free Europe reported.

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In June, the Investigative Committee said it would reopen a probe into the slaying of the Siberian mayor after declaring it found new evidence that suggested Mikhail Khodorkovsky "might have personally ordered this murder and a number of other serious crimes."

Khodorkovsky, who served as the former CEO of the defunct oil company Yukos, said Tuesday the Investigative Committee's main goal was to pressure him and his family. The former oligarch turned outspoken Vladimir Putin critic had been sentenced to prison on fraud charges in 2005. He was pardoned by President Putin in 2013 due to his mother's ill-health. She died last year.

Petukhov, the first popularly-elected mayor of oil rich Nefteyuganksk, was shot dead on his way to work on June 26, 1998. An investigation found the killing to have been a well-prepared assassination, which had been coordinated by former Yukos oil company Vice President Leonid Nevzlin and organized by former Yukos security head Aleksey Pichugin, Russia Today reported.

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Petukhov's widow Farida Islamova shared her own version of the events surrounding her husband's death, claiming in the June-published book that Yukos head was directly responsible for the assassination.

"There is a man whose name is Khodorkovsky who is telling the whole world that he's not guilty of the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, but the truth is the opposite," Islamova said during the book's English-version launch in Prague, Russia Today also reported.

In July, Mikhail Khodorkovsky -- who has now championed himself as a political dissident in Putin's Russia -- gave an interview with the weekly newspaper Sobesdnik where he said the Russian president "sees himself as the chieftain of the post-American world."

Khodorkovsky lives in Switzerland.

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