Jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has had his appeal for parole turned down by a court in Siberia.Once Russiaâ€™s richest man, he was sentenced in 2005 to eight years in prison for tax evasion and fraud. He maintains his innocence.
Prosecutors criticised Khodorkovskyâ€™s behaviour behind bars. The judge said he had failed to take part in a prison education programme and did not deserve conditional early release.
The ex-boss of oil giant Yukos says the charges were fabricated to punish him for challenging the Kremlin. Officials maintain he was a criminal who was given a fair trial.
Facing new allegations of embezzlement and money laundering, Khodorkovskyâ€™s supporters fear the former tycoon could remain in jail for years to come.