US: Khodorkovsky conviction hurts Russia's reputation

Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:12pm GMT

WASHINGTON Dec 27 (Reuters) - The conviction of Russian ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky of money laundering and theft raises questions about political considerations overshadowing the rule of law in Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

"This and similar cases have a negative impact on Russia's reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate," Clinton said in a statement.

Clinton said the conviction "raises serious questions about selective prosecution -- and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations."

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Editing by Will Dunham)

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