Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovosky has been back in court in Moscow to face new charges ahead of a trial for embezzlement and money laundering.
He is already serving a prison term in Siberia for tax evasion and fraud and could face a further 22 years in jail if found guilty of these latest charges. Several of his supporters were arrested outside the court.
He says he is innocent and the victim of corrupt officials who feared his political ambitions. His lawyers say the trial will test President Dmitry Medvedev’s promises to reform Russia.
Medvedev has demanded a clean-up of the Russian court system since Khodorkovsky’s sentence and has spoken out against high-level corruption.
Khodorkovsky secured his fortune as head of the vast Yukos oil company. Prosecutors say he acquired his wealth illegally.
Khodorkovsky back in dock for second trial