Khodorkovsky reportedly sent to prison to serve tax evasion, fraud sentence Brandon Smith at 12:23 PM ET
[JURIST] Former head of Russia oil giant Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] was transferred Monday from the pre-trial detention facility where he was being held, reportedly to the prison where he will serve his 8-year sentence [JURIST report] for tax evasion and fraud. When members of the legal team representing Khodorkovsky's jailed colleague, Platon Lebedev, attempted to speak to their client, they were refused and notified that Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were "taken away" and that their families were notified by letter of their respective locations. According to a statement [text] from Khodorkovsky's lawyers, "The individuals may have been transferred to a labor camp to serve their sentences or possibly moved to another pre-trial detention center." AP has more. Khodorkovsky is currently appealing his conviction [JURIST report] in the Russian court system and his lawyers have also indicated that they will take his case to the European Court of Human Rights [JURIST report]. RIA Novosti has local coverage.
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