Statement from Minister Cannon on the Conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

(No. 409 - December 28, 2010 - 9 a.m. ET) “The conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky can be seen to send a worrying signal about the rule of law in Russia.

“Political considerations should have no role in the judicial process.

“We continue to stress the importance of transparency and respect for the rule of law.

“The Government of Canada is troubled by the alleged lack of a judicial system that operates independently of the Russian government.”

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