May 26, 2005 |
It has been called Russia's trial of the century, and if it keeps going at this rate, it just might last that long. On May 16, judges began reading their verdict in the case of billionaire businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whose trial on fraud and tax evasion charges has become a widely discussed barometer of Russia's commitment to private business and political freedoms. The jurists have been reading ever since. Rarely has an event so closely watched and politically charged been so boring.
December 28, 2010 |
An imprisoned business tycoon whose legal troubles have come to symbolize the limits of political freedom in Vladimir Putin's Russia was found guilty Monday of stealing oil from his own company and is likely to face another decade behind bars. Inside a Moscow courtroom, Judge Viktor Danilkin began reading the lengthy verdict against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his partner, Platon Lebedev, in a rapid, almost inaudible monotone, not even pausing to look up. On the snowy street outside, several hundred supporters held portraits of the 47-year-old Khodorkovsky and demanded that he be freed.
March 25, 2010 |
The prosecutors rear out like gargoyles from the walls overhead, fingers jabbing into the air. The massive cartoon faces of witnesses, lawyers and defendants crowd the walls, words popping in balloons from their lips. "Stand up!" commands a voice as visitors climb the stairs to the exhibition, invoking the opening moments of a trial. "The judge is coming." In a gutted perfume bottle factory on a nondescript street in downtown Moscow, an exhibit opening Friday paints a fantastic, caricatured dreamscape of the continuing trial of former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
October 23, 2011 |
Already imprisoned for nearly eight years, the inmate who once was Russia's richest man must still see at least 1,800 more sunrises from behind his barracks window, his view of the real world beyond the camp fence with barbed wire on top. But armed with a pen and pencil, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is following in a grand, if grim, Russian literary tradition: writing about his life in a gulag-style camp he has described as "an anti-world" where "lying is...
February 15, 2011 |
The Russian judge who found former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of embezzlement in late December read a verdict written by superiors after they had rejected his own version, an aide disclosed Monday. Moscow City Court officials did not approve of the wording in the initial verdict drafted by Judge Viktor Danilkin, who presided over the case, and gave him a different version to read in court, Natalia Vasilyeva, a spokeswoman for Moscow Khamovnichesky Court, said in an interview with Vedomosti, a business daily.
September 23, 2005 |
A court rejected former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's appeal of his conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges but cut his nine-year sentence to eight. Khodorkovsky, 42, denounced the Kremlin, and his lawyers vowed to fight on. The court's decision ended Khodorkovsky's plan to run for parliament, because Russian law bars convicts from seeking office.