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Vladimir Putin critic may seek asylum in UK after new arrest

Published 24/12/2015

Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky could seek asylum in the UK
Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky could seek asylum in the UK

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, may seek asylum in Britain following the declaration in Moscow that he has been arrested in absentia for possible involvement in a 1998 murder.

The former chief of the now-closed Yukos oil firm, who was once Russia's richest man, told the BBC it is now clear that Mr Putin sees him as "a serious threat".

He said he feels safe in London and is interested in seeking asylum.

Mr Khodorkovsky, 52, spent 10 years in prison in Russia on tax evasion and embezzlement charges widely seen as punishment for challenging Mr Putin's authority.

His oil company, once Russia's largest, was dismantled and sold off to state-owned firms.

Russian officials announced his arrest in absentia on Wednesday over the murder of a Siberian mayor.

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