Khodorkovskii (file photo)
31 August 2005 -- Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovskii announced that he intends to run for a parliamentary seat in a by-election expected to be held later this year or in early 2006.
In a statement on his website today, Khodorkovskii said he has decided to be a candidate as a State Duma deputy in Moscow.
Khodorkovskii was convicted on fraud and tax-evasion charges earlier this year and sentenced to nine years in jail. His supporters say Khodorkovskii's prosecution was an attempt by the Kremlin to silence him as a possible political rival.
Under Russian law, Khodorkovskii can run for political office as long as his appeal is pending.