MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Khodorkovsky had been charged in absentia in organizing the murder of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov in 1998.
"[Khodorkovsky] is in no way restricted after an international arrest warrant announcement. He is a free man and lives in a free world. He is not afraid of an extradition. The European Court of Human Rights has found the Yukos case ‘politically motivated and biased.’ What kind of extradition can we talk about?" Pispanen stressed.
Moreover, Khodorkovsky was charged 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.
Arrested on October 25, 2003, Khodorkovsky spent 10 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion before being pardoned. Following his release, he was issued a three-month Schengen visa by Switzerland, and later a residence permit.