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Ex-Yukos chief Khodorkovsky summoned for criminal questioning by Russia

The former Yukos head is summoned for questioning on December 11 to Russia’s Investigative Committee in Moscow

MOSCOW, December 8. /TASS/. Yukos former head Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been summoned for questioning to Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) as a defendant in a criminal case.

Khodorkovsky wrote on his Twitter microblog on Tuesday that the notice paper was delivered to his father on December 7. The former Yukos head is summoned for questioning on December 11 to IC in Moscow.

The former head of oil giant Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and his business partner Platon Lebedev were found guilty of embezzlement and tax evasion in May 2005 and sentenced to nine years in prison.

While serving their prison term, both Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were found guilty of embezzlement and money laundering in a second criminal case in December 2010 and sentenced to 14 years in prison, with account taken of the jail term they had served.

Khodorkovsky was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and left prison in December 2013. Lebedev was released in early 2014.

Media reports said the ex-Yukos head wrote in his pardon request that he pledged not to go into politics.

Vladimir Putin in late December 2014 also noted that Khodorkovsky asked to pardon him, at least he sent a corresponding paper, and "it seemed that he did not intend to engage in politics.” 

The president later said Khodorkovsky still had the right to be engaged in politics.

On June 30, Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) spokesman Vladimir Markin said IC had resumed criminal investigation into the 1998 murder of the mayor of Neftyugansk, Vladimir Petukhov, following newly-discovered evidence the former head of the oil major Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky might have been the one who put a contact on the mayor’s life.

"In view of the newly-discovered evidence a decision has been made to resume the criminal investigation of the 1998 murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk, Vladimir Petukhov," Markin said. "The Investigative Committee has evidence the man who requested that murder and a number of other exceptionally grave crimes might have been Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky."

Platon Lebedev's lawyer Konstantin Rivkin told TASS on Tuesday that his client got no subpoena.

"We have recently met, he did not receive any notice papers from IC. I was not informed about anything like this as well," the lawyer said.