European rights court censures Russia over Khodorkovsky

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A top rights court censured Russia for its treatment of jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a ruling Tuesday, but rejected charges that his detention was politially motivated.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay 10,000 euros in damages to the tycoon, once Russia's richest man but now serving sentences for tax evasion and fraud.

However, the Strasbourg-based court rejected his central argument that his case is politically motivated due to his opposition to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

© 2011 AFP

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