Khodorkovsky moves forward in bid for parliament seat

[JURIST] Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [JURIST news archive; defense website in English and Russian] officially notified the district election commission Wednesday of his plans to run for the Moscow legislature in the December election, according to his lawyer Anton Drel. The former CEO of Russian oil company Yukos is eligible for the race while he appeals his May conviction [JURIST report] and nine year sentence [JURIST report] for fraud and tax evasion charges. The Russian constitution allows any citizen to run in an election unless he or she is in jail on a court ruling or declared to be mentally incapable by a court. If the sentence is affirmed in Khodorkovsky's appeal [JURIST report], scheduled to begin September 14 in Moscow, he will not be able to continue running for the seat. Reuters has more. RIA Novosti has local coverage.

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