Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s campaign team said Monday that they would name another candidate later this week for a State Duma by-election in Moscow’s Universitetsky District in December.
Khodorkovsky, the jailed Yukos billionaire, was barred from running for the seat after the Moscow City Court on Thursday rejected his appeal to a lower court’s conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges.
“We will decide on the back-up candidate by the end of the week,” Khodorkovsky’s campaign chief, Ivan Starikov, said at a news conference. “But I can say that several potential candidates are sitting at the table with me.”
Seated at the table were well-known journalists Sergei Dorenko and Vladimir Kara-Murza, lawyer Vadim Prokhorov, writer and human rights activist Alla Gerber and two little-known activists from the liberal Union of Right Forces party, or SPS.
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