MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former head of the now defunct Yukos oil company Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been charged in absentia in organizing the murder of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov in 1998, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Friday.
Khodorkovsky was also charged in absentia for the attempted murder of Petukhov’s companion Vyacheslav Kokoshkin as well as attempted murder of the executive director of the East Petroleum Handelsgez company, Vyacheslav Rybin.
Markin said Khodorkovsky would be put on a wanted list.
“Since Khodorkovsky did not appear before the Russian Investigative Committee [when summoned], he will soon be put on the wanted list,” Markin said.
Khodorkovsky is believed to be somewhere in Europe.