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February 19, 2004
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A former Russian Jewish leader said he would trade his shares in the Yukos oil company if the company’s president is freed. “What I’m saying is: Let my people go,” Leonid Nevzlin said Monday in Israel, where he fled to as the case against Yukos unfolded last year. Yukos’ founder, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, is in prison along with Platon Lebedev, a shareholder in the company and Aleksei Pichugin, the head of Yukos’ security. The Kremlin responded to the offer by expanding charges against Lebedev.

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