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Russia Transfers Jailed Tycoon to Moscow for New Trial

A Russian judge has ordered the transfer of imprisoned former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to Moscow to face a new trial.

Khodorkovsky, once head of the now-defunct private energy firm Yukos and Russia's richest man, has been serving an eight-year sentence in Siberia on fraud and tax evasion charges. He was convicted in 2005.

A spokeswoman for the Moscow City Court Thursday said proceedings against Khodorkovsky and his imprisoned colleague Platon Lebedev on new embezzlement and grand theft charges will begin March 3.

Russia has insisted it is treating Khodorkovsky fairly following conviction of large-scale financial fraud.

However, human rights activists and some international observers have said the charges have been inflated to punish the tycoon for his support of political opponents of former President current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.