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Wed, 29 May 2013 09:22:31 CDT

r i BC-EU--Russia-Khodorkovs     05-29 0458
^Russia's top court to hear Khodorkovsky's appeal<
^Eds: APNewsNow.<

     MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia's highest court says it has set a date for
hearing appeals by jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky
and his business partner.

     The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it set the hearing for
Aug. 6.

     Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev were arrested in 2003 and
convicted in 2005 of evading taxes on the Yukos oil company. The
case was widely seen as a political punishment of Khodorkovsky,
then Russia's richest man, for challenging the power of Vladimir
Putin early in his presidency.

     The two were tried together again in a second case and convicted
in 2010 of stealing oil from Yukos and laundering the proceeds.
Last December, the Moscow City Court reduced their prison sentence
from 13 to 11 years, meaning they will be released in 2014.


     (Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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