[JURIST] Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] issued a statement [full text] on his defense website Thursday criticizing the Russian government and vowing to keep his case in the news:
[The Kremlin is] hoping that Khodorkovsky will soon be forgotten. They are trying to convince you, my friends, that the fight is over. That one has to reconcile oneself to the rule of self-serving bureaucrats in Russia. That is not true. The fight is just beginning.Russia has been accused of human rights violations and failing to uphold the rule of law [JURIST report] in connection with Khodorkovsky's conviction [JURIST report] for fraud and tax evasion in what many consider to be a politically motivated trial [JURIST report]. Earlier this month, Khodorkovsky was transferred to a Siberian prison [JURIST report] will here will serve out his eight-year prison sentence [JURIST report]. AP has more. MosNews has local coverage.