تجمع مؤيدو اثرى اثرياء روسيا امام محكمة ميشانسكي في العاصمة موسكو حيث مثل ميخائيل خودوروفسكي امام القضاء متهما بالاحتيال والاختلاي والتهرب من دفع الضرائب. وكان متوقعا ان يتم تعيين موعد محاكمته، ولكن يبدو ان الانتظار سيطول بالنسبة لمؤيديه. تقرير ستيف روزنبيرج:
Russia's richest man was led into the courthouse through a back entrance, out of view of his supporters. A small group had gathered at the front of the building. They held portraits of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and placards calling for his freedom. Among the crowd were Mr Khodorkovsky's parents, but together with the media they were barred
from the courtroom.
The former head of the oil giant Yukos faces trial on seven counts, including fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in prison. This preliminary hearing had been expected to set a date for the trial, but it was adjourned until June the 8th after the tax inspectorate had requested more time to study the case. The businessman's supporters maintained the case against him is politically motivated. They accuse the Kremlin of trying to punish Mr Khodorkovsky for playing politics.
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