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Khodorkovsky asks business ombudsman to review his sentence

RBC: Former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky has requested business ombudsman Boris Titov to examine the second sentence imposed on him and former Menatep CEO Platon Lebedev in an open letter posted on today.

The jailed former oil tycoon asked Titov, recently appointed by President Vladimir Putin to protect the rights of entrepreneurs, to decide whether the sentence was justified from the economic and legal points of view and take steps which the latter considers necessary and possible, and suggested continuing further communications via public media channels.

On December 30, 2010, Moscow’s Khamovnichesky Court sentenced Khodorkovsky to 14 years in prison for embezzlement and money laundering. In May 2011, the Moscow City Court reduced the prison term to 13 years. Taking into account his first prison term, Khodorkovsky is to be released from jail in 2016.

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