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Khodorkovsky’s second wife and three children live in the Moscow region. Pavel, his eldest son from his first marriage, has been campaigning on his father’s behalf and lives with his family in New York City.
Khodorkovsky was Russia’s richest man, worth billions of dollars, and the CEO of the country’s largest oil company, Yukos, when he was arrested in 2003 and charged with tax evasion.
During Putin’s first term as president, Khodorkovsky angered the Kremlin by funding opposition parties and also was believed to harbor personal political ambitions. His actions defied an unwritten pact between Putin and the country’s "oligarchs," under which the government refrained from reviewing privatization deals that made the group enormously rich.
Khodorkovsky’s Yukos oil company was effectively crushed under the weight of a $28 billion back-tax bill and sold off. Most of it went to state oil company Rosneft, allowing the Kremlin to reassert control of the country’s oil business as well as stifle an inconvenient voice.
Khodorkovsky’s current net worth is unknown, but it’s likely, at most, a mere shadow of his one-time fortune.
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