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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prosecutors Charge Pichugin Over Mayor's 1998 Murder

Prosecutors have filed new charges against the former Yukos security chief Alexei Pichugin, who has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder, officials said Tuesday.

Pichugin has been accused of organizing the 1998 killing of Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor of Yukos' former Siberian operations base, Nefteyugansk, as well as other, murder-related charges, Interfax reported.

Officials at the Prosecutor General's Office confirmed that the new charges would be detailed in a statement released later Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov was reported by Interfax as saying that documentation accusing core Yukos shareholder Leonid Nevzlin of involvement in the alleged crimes had been sent to Interpol.

Nevzlin fled Russia for Israel as a tax and criminal campaign against Yukos and its owners gathered pace in 2003.

"An investigation revealed that Pichugin acted under direct orders from Nevzlin," Kolesnikov was quoted by Interfax as saying.

In March, a Moscow court found Pichugin guilty of organizing a double murder in 2002 and an attack on the head of the Moscow mayor's public relations service. Nevzlin is also accused of ordering those attacks. Prosecutors later filed other charges against Pichugin, accusing him of staging a businesswoman's murder in 1998 and plotting to kill a businessman in 1998 and 1999.