Khodorkovsky: Oil ban would deal Putin ‘very serious blow’

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was once Russia’s wealthiest man and is now President Putin’s most prominent critic in exile, has told the BBC a Western oil and gas embargo would deal the president “a very serious blow”.

Speaking to Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur the dissident businessman said such a measure would cause Mr Putin “to lose over half his revenue” and questioned whether Moscow could continue to wage war in Ukraine after such an impact on the federal budget.

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Mr Khodorkovsky was once CEO of Russian oil giant Yukos before being jailed for almost a decade on charges of fraud and tax evasion which, he says, were politically motivated.

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