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August 25, 2005
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A jailed Russian tycoon with Jewish roots launched a hunger strike. Mikhail Khodorkovsky launched the strike to protest the treatment of his business partner, Platon Lebedev, who was moved to an isolation cell last week. Khodorkovsky, Russia’s richest man and former head of the Yukos oil company, recently was sentenced to nine years in jail after being found guilty of tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement.

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