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Khodorkovsky: international arrest warrant issued

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Khodorkovsky: international arrest warrant issued
  • Russian court orders arrest
  • International arrest warrant issued
  • Relates to Yukos court case
  • 52-year-old says it is for criticising Putin

A Russian court has ordered the arrest of former businessman and oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

An international arrest warrant has also been issued for Mr Khodorkovsky, who spends most of his time in Switzerland and London.

What are the charges?

The case centres on allegations of oil theft and money laundering.

Officials say it is part of a criminal investigation into the former shareholders and management of Yukos, the now defunct oil and gas giant run by Mr Khodorkovsky.

It is related to a legal standoff between the Russian government and former Yukos shareholders.

Armed police raid NGO office

On Tuesday, armed police raided the offices of a pro-democracy movement founded by the outspoken Kremlin critic.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s response

The 52-year-old, who spent a decade in jail for fraud, says the latest action against him is a response to his criticism of Vladimir Putin.