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Russian tycoon Mikhail Khordorkovsky found guilty

A court in Moscow today found the oil tycoon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, guilty of theft and money laundering in a politically tinged trial that is seen as a weathervane for Russia’s future course.

Viktor Danilkin, the trial judge, told the packed court that Khodorkovsky, 47, and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, 54, "carried out the embezzlement of property entrusted to the defendants".

Khodorkovsky, wearing a black jacket, and Lebedev, in a white tracksuit, whispered to each other inside the enclosed dock and ignored the judge as the verdict was announced.


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