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Nobel Prize Winner Campaigns To Release Khodorkovsky

Posted by Info on 25/06/2010

Nobel Prize winner, author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, has begun a global campaign in a bid to free jailed Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Wiesel invited 30 well-known and respected Americans, including two former national security advisers and experts on Russia, law, human rights and media, to discuss how to pressure Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin intto releasing Khodorkovsky.

“This is a meeting to help Khodorkovsky for he’s a political prisoner,” He is not legally convicted.”

Khodorkovsky is already serving an eight-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion. He is now accused of stealing $9.6 billion from the $15.8 billion profit generated by Yukos between 1999 and 2003, as well as 350 million tons of oil.
Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said in May that the new charges against Khodorkovsky were ludicrous and politically motivated.

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