Mikhail Khodorkovsky's father arrives to Russian Investigative Committee for questioning

Father of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived for questioning with an investigator regarding the case into the murder of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov.

Father of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky has arrived for questioning with an investigator regarding the case into the murder of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov.

Boris Khodorkovsky, 82, and his lawyer Sergei Badamshin have entered the Investigative Committee building, an Interfax correspondent reported.

Boris Khodorkovsky told reporters gathered at the checkpoint to the Investigative Committee building that the summons were a surprise for him.

"I do not know why I was called for questioning, I can only guess," he said.

Boris Khodorkovsky looked quite calm, he walked slowly and tried to answer all the questions he was asked by numerous mass media representatives, he even joked.

Neither Boris Khodorkovsky nor his attorney said whether they would cooperate with investigators or refuse to answer questions.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's father said when asked by a reporter that last time he talked to investigators "was about 12 years ago."

Boris Khodorkovsky and his lawyer were to meet shortly with an investigator, who investigated the case of former Yukos security head Alexei Pichugin, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for organizing the murder of Petukhov among other things.

On August 4 investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee came to the Podmoskovny [Moscow region] lyceum for orphans and children from difficult families in Korallovo founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky's parents and brought the summons to question Boris Khodorkovsky as a witness, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's press office said on August 4.

The Russian Investigative Committee has reopened an inquiry into the murder of Nefteyugansk Mayor Vladimir Petukhov in 1998, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on June 30.

Nefteyugansk Mayor Petukhov was shot dead on his way to work on June 26, 1998. At the time, Yukos was the main employer in the city and the mayor allegedly had a conflict with the company over unpaid taxes to the local budget. The mayor demanded that a criminal investigation be launched against Yukos. Former head of the Yukos security department Alexei Pichugin was sentenced to life imprisonment for organizing the killing of Petukhov.

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