Khodorkovsky is facing 20 more years in prison if convicted on new charges [press release; Bloomberg report] of theft and money laundering. Prosecutors had first indicted Khodorkovsky on the additional money laundering charges in February 2007. A Russian court had originally ordered that he be transferred to a Moscow prison while the charges were investigated, but that order was later vacated despite a lawsuit by his lawyers [JURIST reports] seeking the move. Khodorkovsky, an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has always maintained his innocence and insisted that the charges against him are politically motivated, but Russian prosecutors have denied those allegations [JURIST report].
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