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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Fireworks for Khodorkovsky

APSupporters trying to congratulate Khodorkovsky outside his prison Tuesday.
Two people were detained in Chita on Tuesday morning for attempting to organize a fireworks display in honor of jailed billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky's 44th birthday, Interfax reported.

The two were employees of a company that sets up fireworks displays. They were detained outside Khodorkovsky's prison along with a cameraman from a television channel who was there to film the event.

Later, police called in for questioning Marina Savvateyeva, deputy director of the Chita Public Committee in Support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who had requested the attempted fireworks display.

All four had been released without charges by Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Federal Prison Service said the employees of the fireworks company did not have the right set up a pyrotechnic display so close to the prison, Interfax reported.

Khodorkovsky was allowed to have a birthday meeting with his mother, who flew to the eastern Siberian region from Moscow for the event. Also, local supporters tried to congratulate him by bringing large balloons and having drinks outside the prison wall.

Khodorkovsky is serving an eight-year prison sentence after being convicted on fraud and tax evasion charges in 2005. He and his supporters call the case politically motivated.