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Jailed Russian Tycoon Files Election Papers

17 September 2005 -- Jailed former Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovskii has filed papers to run in a parliamentary by-election.

Khodorkovskii's lawyer, Anton Drel, said in a statement published on Khodorkovskii's website yesterday that the businessman has filed an application to run in a Moscow university constituency where President Vladimir Putin is registered to vote

Khodorkovskii, who founded and headed the Yukos oil giant, was once Russia's richest man. He was sentenced in May for fraud and tax evasion.

He denies he is guilty.