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--MIKHAIL KHODORKOVSKY Russian Oil Magnate

The U.S. recently received its first direct oil shipment from Russia, thanks in part to Khodorkovsky, CEO of Yukos, the nation's second largest oil company. Yukos has operated for years in Europe but wants to expand its reach. At 39, Khodorkovsky has amassed a $7 billion fortune and a reputation as one of the robber barons of Russia's transition to capitalism. But he's working to clean up that image, in part by having Yukos pay dividends to shareholders and disclose more of its finances. Yukos plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange this fall.

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