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Former Yukos oil giant CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky arrives in armoured vehicle escorted by police at a court room in Moscow, Russia. The trial begins for former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and business partner Platon Lebedev..Khodorkovsky's supporters claim this trial is just a new phase of a reprisal campaign driven by political calculations, commercial interests and personal motives. A new conviction and sentence would send a signal that nothing has changed despite President Medvedev's words, they say, while an acquittal would mark a break with the Putin era.

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Former Yukos oil giant CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky arrives in armoured vehicle escorted by police at a court room in Moscow, Russia. The trial begins for former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and business partner Platon Lebedev..Khodorkovsky's supporters claim this trial is just a new phase of a reprisal campaign driven by political calculations, commercial interests and personal motives. A new conviction and sentence would send a signal that nothing has changed despite President Medvedev's words, they say, while an acquittal would mark a break with the Putin era.