Jailed Russian Oil Magnate Writes Column


MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (UPI) — Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed chief executive of Russian oil company Yukos, has joined the Russian weekly The New Times as a columnist, the publication said.

A strong critic of the Kremlin, Khodorkovsky has previously contributed to other Russian opposition publications, including Novaya Gazeta and Nezavisimaya Gazeta. His current column, called Jail People, focuses on the individuals he meets during his imprisonment, the Russian International News Agency reported.

Khodorskovsky was convicted of fraud in December for stealing oil from his company along with business partner Platon Levedev. He was finishing an eight-year prison term for tax evasion at the time and is now expected to be released from prison in 2016.

“I often feel terror at just how human lives are being wasted, at destinies broken by self and by the soulless System,” Khodorkovsky wrote in his column.

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