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Thursday, September 01, 2005

 

It's official: Khodorkovsky to stand for parliament

From BBC News:

Jailed Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky has announced that he intends to stand for parliament.
In a statement on his website, the former Yukos chief said he would contest a seat in a Moscow district, in a by-election later this year.

Under Russian law, he is able to stand for parliament while his appeal is pending.

In a statement, he said he was running for the "right... to say publicly [that] the current Kremlin regime has exhausted itself and its days are trickling away".

Correspondents say that there is little sympathy for former oligarchs like Khodorkovsky among most ordinary Russians, with whom Mr Putin remains very popular.

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