Its spokesman said Khodorkovskey will be put on an international wanted list.
However, British extradition expert Joseph Kotrie-Monson told me that’s unlikely to go anywhere.
Khodorkovsky spends much of his time in Britain and told the BBC he’s considering applying for asylum there.
Russia and the UK have a treaty in place to deal with these matters, but a clause within it allows for exceptions to be made if the request is considered political.
This one could fall in that category, Kotrie-Monson said.
So the ‘arrest in absentia’ is hardly practical, but it does speak to the sheer amount of pressure put on Khodorkovsky by the Russian authorities.
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