MOSCOW - A court declared oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty of an array of charges Tuesday including fraud and tax evasion, and sentenced him to nine years in prison minus time served.
The declaration of guilt and sentence came in the 12th day of the laborious verdict-reading process in the most closely watched trial of post-Soviet Russia, and one that has been widely criticized as politically motivated.
Seems like business as usual in the used-to-be Soviet Union. Maybe taxes weren't paid, and most likely shenanigans and tomfoolery happened, but the hammer came down because of the man's politics. So with this sentence, Russia takes two steps backwards.