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    MOSCOW, January 15th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Maria Lokotetskaya) - Lawyers of the Yukos former CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, do not know yet if they will appeal today's ruling of Moscow's court in higher echelons.

    We will think it over and make a decision, Khodorkovsky's lawyer Genrikh Padva told newsmen.

    In his words, "the defence did not pin high hopes on Khodorkovsky's release from custody." The lawyer asserted that he and his colleagues would further struggle to defend Khodorkovsky.

    Answering journalists' questions, Padva said that Khodorkovsky felt all right and was in combat readiness. The conditions he is kept in are normal, and he has a fridge and a TV set.

    Moscow's City Court refused to release Khodorkovsky from custody on Thursday, thereby turning down the businessman's appeal against the December 23, 2003 decision of Moscow's Basmanny Court. Then the district court met the Prosecutor General's petition and ruled to leave Khodorkovsky in the detention centre till March 25th, 2004.

    The court agreed with the reasons of Valery Lakhtin from the Prosecutor General's Office that when released, the Yukos former CEO might escape the investigation, exert pressure on the witnesses and continue criminal activity.

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