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October 22, 2005

Here’s the AP’s headline:

Lawyers Condemn Oil Tycoon’s New Home

What’s the story about?

Lawyers for imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky condemned his being sent to a penal colony in Russia’s Far East and said Friday they would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

In early October, after his appeal of the conviction on fraud and tax evasion was rejected, Khodorkovsky was transferred out of a Moscow jail. But the oil magnate’s location was not announced until Thursday.

Khodorkovsky’s Moscow-based lawyer, Genrikh Padva, said his client had been sent to prison colony No. 10 in Krasnokamensk, a remote village in the Chita region, about 3,000 miles east of Moscow. Khodorkovsky has six years to serve of an eight-year sentence.

His lawyers said they fear the prison, near China’s border, is rife with radioactive contamination. The Priargunskoye uranium mining and processing complex is about 10 miles outside the penal colony.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.