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Authorities Question Billionaire Oil Baron

From Times Wire Reports

The head of Russia’s largest oil company was summoned to the general prosecutor’s office to answer questions connected with the detention of a business associate. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, chief executive of Yukos oil company and Russia’s richest man, was questioned for almost two hours.

Khodorkovsky said no questions were connected to Yukos activity. His associate, billionaire Platon Lebedev, was arrested this week amid allegations that he defrauded the state of $283 million in the 1994 privatization of the Apatit fertilizer company.


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