Far ahead of his time, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest people in the world, but when he endorsed Vladimir Putin's opponent in an election he found himself charged with tax evasion and sentenced to eight years in a Siberian prison. Meanwhile, Putin's cronies took over his oil empire. Most of Khodorkovsky's colleagues fled the country to escape the sudden crack-down, and none of them really knows why he was arrested, aside from the fact that he accused the government of corruption.
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