Russia’s Khodorkovsky gets Lech Walesa Award
September 27, 2013
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of the now defunct Yukos oil company and once listed as the wealthiest Russian and the 16th-wealthiest person in the world, has received the Lech Walesa Award, the award's chapter reported Thursday.
The award, named after Poland's Solidarity Union founder and ex-president, was instituted in 2008.
Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 on fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges and is currently serving a prison sentence in Russia. His trial and sentencing have aroused criticism from abroad as being politically motivated.