Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly Russia´s richest man, is accused of involvement in the 1998 killing of Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor of the Russian city Nefteyugansk.
The former head of the Yukos oil company was charged with organizing Nefteyungansk´s murder and attempted murder of two other men. Khodokovsky allegedly ordered subordinates to kill the three because their "activities ran counter to the interests of Yukos".
Khodokovsky has denied any wrongdoing. "I can say one thing: I won´t take part in this show," he commented on the indictments.