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His co-chairman, Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat, added that the conviction “means that Khodorkovsky will continue to be a political prisoner of the Kremlin, and his case further taints Russia’s human rights record.”

Khodorkovsky was already serving an eight-year sentence on a tax-fraud conviction when a judge in Moscow handed down the new sentence on Monday. Khodorkovsky, former head of the Russian oil firm, Yukos, ran into legal trouble after politically opposing then-President Vladimir Putin, who is now prime minister.

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