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Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky blamed a "criminal bureaucracy" for jailing him. (AP)
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Rice Cites Yukos In Moscow Talks
VILNIUS, Lithuania, April 20 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday she "pretty pointedly" told Russian officials that the outcome of the criminal case against former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky would affect prospects for business investment in Russia.

Russian Oil Tycoon's Trial Ends 
MOSCOW, April 11 -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the imprisoned Russian oil tycoon, made an impassioned speech on the last day of his politically tinged trial here Monday, blaming a "criminal bureaucracy" for jailing him and defiantly refusing to ask the court for leniency.

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Warming Up to Packaging
The end of communism was a messy affair, and Russians are still cleaning up after it. When price controls were dropped early in 1992, introducing elements of capitalism and consumer culture, a cold wind was blowing. Before you knew it, plastic grocery bags were hanging from the trees, aluminum soda bottles were crunching under foot and empty juice boxes were clogging the gutters.

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Russian Oil Firm Buys Mysterious Bid Winner (Post, Dec. 23, 2004)

Putin: Sale Of Yukos Unit Legal: Oil Firm Tied to Kremlin Reportedly Represented Buyer at State Auction (Post, Dec. 22, 2004)

A Reluctant Capitalist Survives in Russia: For Salesman and His Country, Stability Has Been Hard Won (Post, Dec. 21, 2004)

Russia Plans to Proceed With Yukos Oil Auction (Post, Dec. 18, 2004)

Houston Judge Blocks Banks From Yukos Auction (Post, Dec. 17, 2004)

Russia's Gazprom to Bid For Yukos Oil's Top Unit: Analysts Expect No Serious Competition (Post, Dec. 1, 2004)

Oil-for-Food Official May Have Blocked Inquiries: Head of U.N. Program in Iraq Accused of Improperly Accepting Purchasing Rights (Post, Nov. 14, 2004)

ConocoPhillips Acquires Russian Government's Stake in Lukoil (Post, Sept. 30, 2004)

Russian Plane Bombers Exploited Corrupt System (Post, Sept. 18, 2004)

Bribery, Negligence Cited in Russian Jet Sabotage (Post, Sept. 16, 2004)

Russia State Gas, Oil Firms Merge: Aim Is to Create Dominant International Supplier (Post, Sept. 15, 2004)

Russia's Uncertain Business Climate: More Than Yukos Worries Investors (Post, Aug. 21, 2004)

Prosecutor Turns Russia's Trial of Century Into a Yawner (Post, Aug. 19, 2004)

Putin Finding Power in the Pump: Oil Seen as Creating New Oligarch Class (Post, Aug. 11, 2004)

Group Offers to Pay Yukos Tax Debt: Kremlin Silent on British Bid To Save Russian Oil Giant (Post, July 24, 2004)

Russia Plans to Seize, Sell Oil Giant's Key Subsidiary: Move Would Strip Yukos of Most Reserves, Daily Production (Post, July 21, 2004)

Russian Tycoon Speaks Out in Self-Defense: Khodorkovsky Calls Trial on Fraud Charges 'Politically Motivated,' 'Dangerous' (Post, July 17, 2004)

Tycoon Denies Charges As Moscow Trial Opens (Post, July 16, 2004)

American Journalist Shot Dead in Moscow (Post, July 10, 2004)

Putin's Kremlin Asserting More Control of Economy: Yukos Case Reflects Shift on Owning Assets, Notably in Energy (Post, July 9, 2004)

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