Natalya Vasilyeva, the assistant to the judge who sentenced oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said the verdict was imposed upon the judge when it became clear that top Russian officials did not think his own ruling would be tough enough. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Natalya Vasilyeva, the assistant to the judge who sentenced oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said the verdict was imposed upon the judge when it became clear that top Russian officials did not think his own ruling would be tough enough. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)