Khodorkovsky lawyers cleared of ethics charges

[JURIST] The Moscow Bar Association reported Friday that it had found no evidence to disbar three lawyers on the defense team of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST archive]. On September 23 the Russian Prosecutor General's office requested that eight of Khodorkovsky's lawyers [defense website, in English] be stripped of their law licenses for dragging out his appeal, allegedly to allow him to run in parliamentary elections. Other members of the defense team have been pressured, and Canadian defense lawyer Robert Amsterdam was expelled from Russia [JURIST report] in September. From Moscow, RIA Novosti has more. Meanwhile Khodorkovsky Moscow lawyer Genrikh Padva says that Khodorkovsky has been sent to prison colony No. 10 in Krasnokamensk, a village in the Chita region of eastern Siberia near a uranium-mining complex, to serve out the remaining six years of his eight-year prison sentence.

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