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The trial over Khodorkovsky would have a long continuation
The trial over Khodorkovsky would have a long continuation, Pavel Krasheninnikov, the Duma's law committee chairman said when commenting on the sentence handed out to the former head of the oil company YUKOS, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Nine-year imprisonment was quite a grave sentence, in his opinion, and he expected Khodorkovsky's lawyers to benefit from the criminal procedure code, which provides for appealing to various institutions. "I am not to go into detail but for a man in the prime of life this term is a serious blow," said Krasheninnikov, adding that Russia would change a lot over ten years to come. Courts of appeal can commute Khodorkovsky's and Lebedev's sentence, said Valery Draganov, head of the Duma economic policy committee. He refused to comment on the adequacy of the court's judgment on the grounds of his lacking knowledge on the details of the case but cited the observers' view that the court had been under various forms of pressure at different periods of time. Draganov also believes that two factors can help commute the sentence: first, the court ought to take into account the defendants' moral suffering and, secondly, the fact that Mikhail Khodorkovsky collaborated with the investigators. The prosecutor-general's office welcomes the sentence to Khodorkovsky, Lebedev and Krainov as "impartial and fair". This sentence corresponds to the gravity of the offence committed by the convicts," said Natalia Vishnyakova, the Office's P.R. official.
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