MOSCOW, August 24 (RIA Novosti) - Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of the embattled oil company Yukos, has not gone on a hunger strike, the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service said.
"The administration of the pre-detention center has no information about Khodorkovsky starting a hunger strike," Yuri Kalinin said.
He added that Khodorkovsky's monthly food supplies were worth $1,000.
"Do you think he would go on a hunger strike if he treats himself with so much care?" Kalinin said. "Somebody was interested in spreading information [about the hunger strike]."
The director said inmates were allowed to go on hunger strikes, if they did not violate the rules of incarceration. If an inmate went on a hunger strike, he/she would be under medical supervision, and if need be, the prison administration might begin forced nutrition.
Khodorkovsky's lawyer, Anton Drel, said his client had gone on a hunger strike in support of Menatep head Platon Lebedev, who was placed in an isolation cell for seven days.
"I went on a hunger strike in solidarity with my friend Platon Lebedev. He knows he is not alone," Drel quoted Khodorkovsky as saying.
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