Former Yukos oil giant CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his co-defendant Platon Lebedev, right, smile to the press at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The trial begins Tuesday 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.Add to Lightbox Download
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