Russia transfers search materials for Khodorkovsky to Interpol
MOSCOW, May 17 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has transferred to Interpol additional materials required for the international search of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky who stands charged with organizing the murder of Nefteyugansk mayor Vladimir Petukhov in 1998, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
According to the official spokesperson for the Prosecutor General’s Office Alexander Kurennoy, Russia continues negotiations with Interpol on Khodorkovsky.
Initially, the request for the international search of Russian tycoon was rejected. But later, according to prosecutors, Interpol expressed readiness to consider the issue if Russian authorities submit additional case information to the organization.
On December 23, the Basmanny District Court of Moscow issued an arrest warrant for Khodorkovsky and put him on the international wanted list.
Khodorkovsky who is currently abroad earlier said that he would not participate in another criminal trial of him in Russia.
According to investigators, a criminal group killed several people between 1998 and 2002, including Petukhov, on orders from former Yukos shareholder Leonid Nevzlin. In 2009, Nevzlin, who moved to Israel in 2003, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison. Alexei Pichugin, YUKOS's former security chief, was found guilty of murdering Petukhov and received a life sentence in 2008.
The murder of Petukhov provoked a public outcry 17 years ago, when several media outlets speculated that he was directly involved in the re-division of Russia’s oil assets. Investigation into Petukhov’s murder was suspended.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order releasing Khodorkovsky, who spent 10 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement, on December 20, 2013. The same day Khodorkovsky went to Berlin on a chartered flight.