**Russia Issues International Arrest Warrant For Khodorkovsky **
Russia has charged former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky with organizing two murders and four attempted murders, accusations a spokeswoman for the exiled Kremlin critic called a “farce.”
The charges add fuel to a bitter, 12-year struggle between Khodorkovsky and President Vladimir Putin, who has long suggested that the former head of now-defunct oil company Yukos had a Siberian city mayor killed to advance his business interests.
They come two days after Khodorkovsky, who was pardoned by Putin and whisked out of Russia in 2013 after more than 10 years in prison on financial-crimes charges he contends were fabricated, said that a new revolution in Russia was “inevitable and necessary.”
Federal Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on December 11 that Khodorkovsky had been charged with organizing the 1998 killing of Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor of Nefteyugansk, where Yukos was headquartered at the time and had its main production asset.
It will be interesting to see what becomes of this case, Khodorkovsky’s charitable organization’s website: khodorkovsky.com