Khodorkovsky responds to Investigative Committee spokesman's remark on not caring about politics

Former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky has commented on Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin's remark that the Investigative Committee does not care about politics.

"But it's about time to care. Both about politics and about the presence of yet another court in The Hague," Khodorkovsky said on Twitter in the early hours of Wednesday.

Markin had said via Twitter earlier that "the Investigative Committee does not care about politics" and that "the Investigative Committee analyzes only articles under which there is proof of Khodorkovsky's authorship."

"And we are not to blame for the fact that there are only criminal ones among them," Markin said.

Markin had said earlier on Tuesday that the Investigative Committee had reopened an inquiry into the murder of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov, who was shot and killed in 1998, and that it had analyzed some findings indicating that Khodorkovsky could have ordered the crime.

"As part of this criminal inquiry, investigative procedures are expected to be conducted in order to expose persons involved in this crime and a number of other grave crimes. Witnesses and suspects will be questioned. Khodorkovsky is most likely to be among them," Markin told Interfax on Tuesday.

"I do not think that his absence from the territory of Russia will become an insurmountable obstacle to conducting all necessary investigative procedures with him," he said.

The investigation into Petukhov's killing in 1998 has been reopened "in light of new circumstances uncovered," he said.

"The latest information available to the Investigative Committee suggests that this crime and a number of other grave crimes could have been ordered directly by [former] Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky," Markin said.

Read more: Neftyugansk mayor murder inquiry resumed, Khodorkosky could have ordered the killing - Russian Investigative Committee

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