Wednesday, December 23, the official representative of the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told journalists that the former owner of YUKOS oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky declared in the international search, reports the Agency RIA Novosti.
At the time of publication of this message in the wanted list by Russia on the website of Interpol surname Khodorkovsky is not listed.
On December 22 representatives of the Russian Investigative Committee came to searches of the house employees founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky organization «Open Russia». The website of the dozhd TV channel quoted the lawyer Sergei Badamshina, which held that the searches were intended to put political pressure on Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
We will remind, last summer the Investigative Committee resumed the investigation of the murder of Nefteyugansk mayor Vladimir Petukhov. As the customer of murder of SC considered the figure of Khodorkovsky. A few weeks ago, Khodorkovsky was declared in the Federal wanted list in Russia. This was done after he did not appear on a call on interrogation in Investigatory Committee of the Russian Federation in connection with the new charges in the case of Alexei Pichugin, former security chief of Yukos. Then the press-Secretary of Khodorkovsky, Kyle Pispanen said to «Interfax» that Khodorkovsky does not intend to get in touch with RF IC and to cooperate with the investigation.
In 90-e years of the last century, YUKOS was the main enterprise of the city of Nefteyugansk. According to some reports, the mayor Petukhov was in conflict with the company due to non-payment of taxes to the local budget. He demanded to Institute against YUKOS criminal case, and June 15, 1998 hunger strike for the sake of the criminal case on the fact of tax evasion. The action of the mayor was terminated after promising the Governor of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug Alexander Filipenko to verify the information and to take action. However, on 26 June 1998, on the day of Khodorkovsky’s birthday, Petukhov was shot on the way to work. The widow of mayor argued that the reason for the murder was «an attempt to test the activity of NK YUKOS, caused by the tax non-payment».
In 2007 Alexey Pichugin, the former head of Department of internal economic security of YUKOS oil company, was found guilty of three murders and four attempted murders, including the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk, and sentenced to life imprisonment. 31 January 2008 the Supreme court left the sentence in force.
Khodorkovsky has repeatedly denied any involvement in the murder of Petukhov. His lawyers pointed out the absurdity of the charges.
Businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested in Russia in October 2003 on charges of embezzlement and tax evasion. At the time of his arrest he was considered one of the richest men in Russia. In total, he has been imprisoned for over 10 years. In December 2013, President Vladimir Putin pardoned Khodorkovsky. Immediately after his release, he flew to Germany, and then moved to Switzerland. After his release, Khodorkovsky had also visited Israel.