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Case of Dissident Oil Tycoon Puts Spotlight on Human Rights in Russia 1 - 2 - 3

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Is he a political prisoner or a tax cheat?

Last December a panel of Russian experts discussed the intriguing case of oil tycoon Mikhail Khordorkovsky, who has been in a Siberian prison on charges of tax evasion since October 2003.

As Assistant Professor William Burke-White explained, the case has drawn international attention from activists, who accuse the Russian government of taking retribution against the businessman because he supported democratization and opposition candidates. Khordorkovsky is challenging his conviction in the European Court of Human Rights.

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