Khodorkovsky has been detained since Oct. 28 on charges of fraud and tax evasion. He maintains the charges against him are politically motivated. The stake Khodorkovsky holds indirectly in Yukos through the holding company Group Menatep Ltd. has been frozen since a few days after that date.
Khodorkovsky's fate, and the subsequent collapse of Yukos's share price, has widely been viewed as the main cause of the breakup of Yukos' planned merger with OAO Sibirskaya Neftyanaya Kompaniya , or Sibneft, its smaller rival. The two companies confirmed earlier this week they are seeking to reverse the deal, which effectively closed in October.
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