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Khodorkovsky: no regrets

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is fully prepared to face charges of 10 years life imprisonment, stated mother of the ex-head of “Yukos” Marina Khodorkovskaya.

When asked whether Khodorkovsky was aware of a possibility of his ten-year imprisonment, she said “Yes, he is fully aware, and ready for it.” according to Marina Khodorkovskaya, her son does not believe in a positive outcome of the case. “In the meantime, he does not regret he did not leave the country. He was totally aware of what he was risking when he refused to leave Russia,” said she.

Khodorkovsky is in good physical condition and does not complain of the way he is being treated in jail, noted his mother (RIA “Novosti).

Earlier today, Meshchansky district court of Moscow rescheduled preliminary hearings of the Mikhail Khodorkovsky's case. The hearing will be resumed June 8th. This has been reported by one of the Khodorkovsky's lawyers Yuri Schmidt, reports Gazeta.Ru.

The hearing was rescheduled at the instance of the plaintiff, tax service representative, who asked the court for more time to familiarize himself with the case. “Consequently, today's question concerning the unification of the Khodorkovsky's and Lebedev's cases will not be resolved,” noted the lawyer.

In the meantime, in the course of the preliminary hearing, the court noticed that one of the three text files of the sentence that had been assigned to Khodorkovsky, “was missing one page.” According to Schmidt, the court considered this fact as “serious violation of the defendant's rights.”

“As a result, it was decided to grant the defendant a new copy of the verdict," stated Schmidt. At the same time, stated the lawyer, defense does not consider this to be serious violation of Khodorkovsky's rights. “The court has got nothing better to do,” concluded he.

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