Yukos founder 'on hunger strike'
From CNN Producer Max Tkachenko
Khodorkovsky has been held behind bars since his arrest in 2003.
MOSCOW, Russia -- Imprisoned Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky has gone on a hunger strike to protest the treatment of his business partner, who is being held in solitary confinement, his lawyer Anton Drel told CNN.
Khodorkovsky said he will stop the strike as soon as Platon Lebedev is released from solitary confinement.
On May 31, a Russian court found Khodorkovsky and Lebedev guilty of tax evasion and other crimes and sentenced each to nine years in prison.
The court also ordered the men to pay 17 billion rubles in back taxes, roughly $600 million.
Khodorkovsky, 41, has been held in prison since his arrest in 2003. Yukos, which has since been crushed under the weight of a $27.5 billion back-tax bill, has been the object of a lengthy campaign by prosecutors and tax authorities.
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