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Archive for December 30th, 2010

Khodorkovsky, Lebedev Sentenced To 6 More Years In Prison

Posted by Info on 30/12/2010

Russian Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev will serve another six years in jail after being sentenced to 14 years detention at the culmination of their trial.

The two men spent seven years in jail for fraud and tax evasion from their 2005 trial, now face up to six more years in prison after the court found them guilty of embezzling 218 million tons of oil from Khodorkovsky’s former oil firm Yukos and laundering over 3 billion rubles ($97.5 million) in revenues.

Khodorkovsky’s press service said the two men could be released in 2017. Judge Danilkin finished reading the full 250-page verdict.

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7 Belarus Ex-candidates For Presidency Charged Over Riots

Posted by Info on 30/12/2010

Seven former presidential candidates in Belarus have been charged with organizing mass riots. The seven are Vladimir Neklyayev, Nikolai Statkevich, Vitaly Rymashevsky, Andrei Sannikov, Alexei Mikhalevich, Grigory Kostusev and Dmitry Uss.

Neklyayev, Statkevich, Rymashevsky, Sannikov and Mikhalevich are in custody in Minsk, and Kostusev and Uss were released under a pledge not to leave the city.

On December 19, after polls closed in the presidential election, the opposition staged an unsanctioned rally in central Minsk to protest the victory of the incumbent head of state Alexander LUKASHENKO and attempted to storm the government residence.
Police dispersed the protesters. More than 600 people were detained.

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