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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Khodorkovsky to Be Sent to Moscow

Moscow City Court upheld on Monday a decision to transfer Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky from an east Siberian prison to Moscow amid an investigation into new theft and money laundering charges.

The court rejected an appeal by prosecutors, who sought to keep Khodorkovsky in the Chita region during the new investigation, court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova said, RIA-Novosti reported.

Khodorkovsky is serving an eight-year sentence after being convicted on fraud and tax evasion charges in 2005.

Khodorkovsky and his former Yukos colleague Platon Lebedev insisted on the trial taking place in Moscow because the crimes they are charged with took place in Moscow, said Lebedev's lawyer Yelena Liptser. Khodorkovsky has previously dismissed the money laundering charges brought against him as a "shameful farce" aimed at keeping him in prison until after the 2008 presidential election. He has predicted that judges would find him guilty after a short trial.