Published On: Thu, Feb 11th, 2016

Mikhail Khodorkovsky put on Interpol’s wanted list

Mikhail Khodorkovsky


Former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been put on the international wanted list by Interpol in connection with the murder case of mayor of the Siberian town of Nefteyugansk, according to Russian News Agency TASS citing “source in law enforcement agencies.”

“Russia’s Investigative Committee investigating this criminal case put Khodorkovsky on the international wanted list back in December, ” the source said. “Now he has been put on the wanted list by Interpol.”

The search was announced after the documents were submitted by the Interpol’s National Central Bureau for Russia. Khodorkovsky’s name has not been included in the Interpol database so far.

Russia will seek Khodorkovsky’s extradition, the source added.


Ex-Yukos chief charged with organizing murders

Earlier, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was put on the federal wanted list after the Investigative Committee of Russia charged him in absentia with the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk in 1998. The mayor, Vladimir Petukhov, was killed on 26 June 1998 on the way to work.

According to investigation, it was Khodorkovsky, who ordered to assassinate the mayor as his work came contrary to the interests of Yukos.

On December 23, 2015 the head of the Investigative of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Markin, announced that Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested in absentia and put on the international wanted list.

According to the investigation, Khodorkovsky who was a shareholder and the board chairman of the oil company Yukos instructed his subordinates to organize the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk.

Khodorkovsky was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and left prison in December 2013. Lebedev was released in early 2014.

Media reports said the ex-Yukos head wrote in his pardon request that he pledged not to go into politics.

Vladimir Putin in late December 2014 also noted that Khodorkovsky asked to pardon him, at least he sent a corresponding paper, and “it seemed that he did not intend to engage in politics.”

The president later said Khodorkovsky still had the right to be engaged in politics.



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