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Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky has been released from jail

Putin signs decree pardoning Mikhail Khodorkovsky,

Published 20/12/2013 | 08:19

Jailed former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in the defendant's cage during a court hearing in Chita in this August 21, 2008 file photo. President Vladimir Putin is to pardon him
Jailed former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in the defendant's cage during a court hearing in Chita in this August 21, 2008 file photo. President Vladimir Putin is to pardon him
Mikhail Khodorkovsky is escorted to a courtroom in Moscow (AP)
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected claims that tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was prosecuted for political reasons (AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree today pardoning jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin said the decree took immediate effect and the former Yukos oil company chief could has been released from jail, reports say.

Putin announced unexpectedly on Thursday that he would pardon Khodorkovsky, who was once Russia's richest man and is seen by Kremlin critics as a political prisoner.

The decree pardoned Khodorkovsky on the basis of "the principles of humanism".

 

Reuters

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