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Mikhail Khodorkovsky will have to continue working as a seamstress' apprentice despite his declared desire to do academic work
Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, serving an eight-year prison term in Russia's Far East, will have to continue working as a seamstress' apprentice despite his declared desire to do academic work, one of his defense lawyers said Thursday. Natalya Terekhova said Khodorkovsky's defense team would challenge the correctional authorities' refusal to provide him with a job as a math teacher, making use of his academic background in mathematics. They said this was a violation of their client's constitutional right to a choice of occupation. The former chief of oil company Yukos was sent to a penitentiary in the Chita Region last October after a Moscow court had convicted him and his business partner Platon Lebedev on charges of fraud and tax evasion. Earlier this week, Khodorkovsky's lawyers appealed his deportation to Chita, about 3,000 miles east of Moscow, arguing that convicts may not be sent to penitentiaries outside their home regions.
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