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4 Yukos Murder Probes Opened

Stepping up the pressure on Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Prosecutor General’s Office said Friday that it has opened four new investigations into his oil giant Yukos — and they all involve murder or attempted murder in 1998. A source at the prosecutor’s office said the cases are united by “property disputes between the victims’ official and private entities and the Yukos oil company,” Interfax reported. Prosecutors said they are investigating whether Yukos played a part in the June 26, 1998, murder of Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor of Yukos’ production capital, Nefteyugansk, in the Tyumen region. Petukhov had been leading a public campaign against Yukos over tax arrears, and many Nefteyugansk residents blamed the oil company for his death — which incidentally occurred on Khodorkovsky’s 35th birthday. Yukos at the time offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Full Story

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