The Yukos case isn't a conflict between business and state, but a politically and commercially motivated attack launched by one business, represented by officials, against anotherYukos founder rips Vladimir Putin Dec 29, 2004
I have this sense that the case is being sped upKhodorkovsky case picks up speed Aug 18, 2004
We don't have any hope that we're going to have success at a trial'Restoration' trims Khodorkovsky's chances Jul 07, 2004
Today's situation makes me give up my plans of continuing personal participation in the development of the Yukos-Sifneft companyCEO of Russia's Yukos oil company resigns Nov 03, 2003
I think there is a lot in himself that Mr. Putin must eliminate if he wants to be the president of a democratic country. He must reject a lot of himself and force many others to do the sameGlobal View: Troubled Russian property Oct 30, 2003
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.