Attorneys for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Chairman and CEO of OAO Yukos who is on trial in a Moscow court for allegedly embezzling tens of billions of dollars from the company, have shifted their defense strategy to focus on the Russian member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which had served as Yukos's auditor and adviser. Khodorkovsky alleges that PwC withdrew 10 years of Yukos audits to protect its own business interests in Russia and shield its partners from possible jail time. PwC withdrew the audits in June 2007 following a police raid on its Moscow office, a criminal investigation, and court cases against the firm that threatened its license to operate in the Russian market. Withdrawal of the audits allegedly harmed Khodorkovsky's defense by undermining his assertion that he is innocent of financial wrongdoing. PwC, which is not a party to the proceedings, denies that its business faced any pressure to withdraw the audits, maintaining that it withdrew them after receiving information from prosecutors suggesting that Yukos's former management may have made inaccurate representations during audits. Wall Street Journal Article.