On 7 October 2006, , a journalist who exposed corruption in the and its conduct in , was shot in the lobby of her apartment building, on Putin's birthday.
It was a bizarre scene: the accused's families and a clutch of journalists crammed on to a few benches, while Mr Khodorkovsky listened from the defendants' cage and, beside him, Mr Lebedev scornfully filled out Japanese crosswords.
Both Trump and Putin have consistently denied any Russian interference in the U.
The court also found Khodorkovsky and Lebedev guilty of large-scale tax fraud.
Putin received 76% of the vote in the and was re-elected for a six-year term ending in 2024.
The Kremlin probably underestimated the economic impact of its grudge against the tycoons, and may now consider it has done enough pour encourager les autres.