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Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in the steel-and-glass defendant's cage in a Moscow courtroom on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. An appeals court upheld Khodorkovsky's second conviction, but it also reduced his prison sentence by one year. Tuesday's decision means that Khodorkovsky will remain in prison until 2016, a total of 13 years. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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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)

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Illustration: Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky (right) reacts after being sentenced to six more years in prison in a courtroom in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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TRAPPED: Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in a locked glass cage in the courtroom where a judge Thursday added six years to the prison term the oil tycoon is already serving. (Associated Press)

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky (left) and his co-defendant, Platon Lebedev, talk behind a glass enclosure in a courtroom in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. Khodorkovsky, 47, was sentenced to six more years in prison following a trial seen as payback for his defiance of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Mikhail Khodorkovsky (center) and co-defendant Platon Lebedev (right) are escorted to a courtroom in Moscow on Monday. A judge declared Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, guilty of theft and money laundering.