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Berlin scrutinizes Khodorkovsky trial

The Local · 26 Dec 2010, 13:04

Published: 26 Dec 2010 13:04 GMT+01:00

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"We are following closely like a number of other countries the trial of Khodorkovsky," Ulrich Brandenburg told Interfax news agency, two days before the reading of the verdict.

"This issue is often raised in our discussions with representatives of business. I am not going to hide that it has caused concern," said the ambassador.

"It must be said that this trial is considered a test of the rule of law in Russia. We are following with great interest the outcome of the trial," said Brandenburg.

Once the country's richest man, Khodorkovsky, 47, is already serving an eight-year sentence for fraud.

This time he is on trial on charges of money laundering and embezzlement that could see the head of the now-defunct Yukos oil giant receive another 14-year jail term.

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Khodorkovsky's supporters see him as a martyr punished for daring to challenge strongman Vladimir Putin.


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13:22 December 26, 2010 by storymann
His supporters are correct his arrest came hot on the heels of his activities in the political arena, including the acquisition of the rights to publish the prestigious Moskovskiye Novosti newspaper, and his hiring of a leading investigative journalist highly critical of President Vladimir Putin.

Justice and rights in Russia are a joke.
23:54 December 26, 2010 by lordkorner
putin is only a bollox,no hands no legs no arms,only a bollox...(something we use to say about school teachers in the past when they pissed us off) putin reminds me sometimes of these tyrants of old...
08:28 December 27, 2010 by catjones
Russia is a sovereign state; it doesn't need Berlin's approval
09:42 December 27, 2010 by tallady
He was found guilty for the second time,, NO SURPRISE ,he will be spending another several years behind bars,no need to wonder the outcome anymore..
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