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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jailed Yukos Ex-Chief Files Claim

Lawyers for jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky filed a lawsuit Monday against two state prosecutors, accusing them of ignoring a court decision to transfer him from a Chita region prison camp to Moscow amid a new money laundering investigation.

Lawyer Yury Shmidt said deputy chief prosecutor Viktor Grin and prosecutor Salavat Karimov had failed to comply with a Moscow court ruling to transfer Khodorkovsky to the capital amid a new investigation into theft and money laundering charges against him.

"The prosecutors' insolence has gone beyond all limits," Shmidt told reporters Monday.

The Prosecutor General's Office, where the suit was lodged, declined immediate comment.

Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 in a tax case that eventually put the oil company he founded, Yukos, into state hands. He was convicted of fraud and tax evasion, and is serving an eight-year sentence in the Siberian city of Chita.

In February, prosecutors filed new charges, accusing Khodorkovsky and Lebedev of stealing property worth $34.3 billion from Yukos subsidiaries.

In March, Moscow's Basmanny District Court overturned a prosecutors' decision to base the new investigation in Chita, and ordered the transfer to Moscow of Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev, who faces similar charges. That decision was upheld in April, but Khodorkovsky was never transferred.