Russian Billionaire Found Guilty

Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky was found guilty on 6 charges of corruption today:

Judges on Monday found Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of six charges in his fraud trial at the end of a 22-month case in which his Yukos oil firm has been torn apart. The judge adjourned the session till Tuesday.

Khodorkovsky, who is on trial with business associate Platon Lebedev, was convicted of theft with conspiracy, damage to property rights via fraud, malicious failure to obey a court order and personal tax evasion. Judges still had to announce their verdicts on one remaining charge.


The affair, widely seen as part of a Kremlin campaign to destroy Khodorkovsky for his political ambitions, has drawn criticism from the United States.

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