Medvedev orders review of Khodorkovsky case   2012-03-05 17:18:53            

MOSCOW, March 5 (Xinhua) -- President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered prosecutors to review a list of Russian citizens' convictions, including the legality of former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's verdict, the Kremlin said Monday.

Medvedev instructed Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika to conduct a review of 32 prisoners by April 1, including Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev. The two were jailed for tax evasion and fraud.

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were sentenced to nine years' imprisonment in 2005 and their sentences were later commuted to eight years.

In 2009, when their first trial nearly drew to an end, the two were returned from the Siberian Chita region to Moscow to face a second trial.

In December 2009, Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were sentenced to 14 and 13.5 years in prison respectively. Last May, a Moscow court upheld their convictions but commuted their jail terms to 13 years each.

The Kremlin's latest statement was released one day after the sixth Russian presidential election, in which incumbent Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won by a landslide.

According to the Kremlin, Medvedev made the instructions after an unprecedented meeting with leaders of unregistered political parties on Feb. 20.

Editor: Lu Hui
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