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Moscow Court Won’t Rule on Khodorkovsky’s Request for Parole

June 20, 2011

A Moscow court declined to consider a parole request from former Yukos Oil Co. billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky because he has been transferred to a prison to serve his term, his lawyers said.

The request cannot be handled by Moscow’s Preobrazhensky District Court because Khodorkovsky was transferred to serve his sentence on June 10, according to a copy of the decision, dated June 17 and posted today on his defense team’s website. Khodorkovsky may be sent to a penal colony in Karelia, near Finland, RIA Novosti reported on June 15.

Lawyers for Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, haven’t been formally notified of his location, a spokesman for the defense team said by telephone, declining to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.

The request will be resubmitted with a local court once Khodorkovsky’s lawyers are informed of his location, he said.

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