Tying Up A Tycoon


CHARGED: Khodorkovsky will face a trial

As the jet, crossing Siberia, made a refueling stop in Novosibirsk Saturday, heavy trucks blocked its path. Two busloads of armed troopers rushed aboard and state security police whisked away a tall man in metal-rimmed glasses. Within hours, the Prosecutor General's Office in Moscow charged him with violating seven articles of the criminal code, including fraud, forgery, embezzlement and tax evasion. By the end of the day, a district court issued an order for his pretrial detention.

A terrorist ringleader? No, this is how Vladimir Putin's Russia treats Mikhail Khodorkovsky, head of YukosSibneft, Russia's largest oil producer and...

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