Sunday 17 December 2017

Khodorkovsky to steer clear of Russian politics

Former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky is meeting his family in Berlin a day after being freed from a Russian prison (AP)
Former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky is meeting his family in Berlin a day after being freed from a Russian prison (AP)

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said on Sunday that he will not shy away from public activity but would not get directly involved in Russian politics.

"The struggle for power is not for me," Khodorkovsky told a news conference in Berlin, where he travelled after his release from prison on Friday following a pardon from President Vladimir Putin.

Khodorkovsky also said he hopes Putin will not stay in power for life and urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to follow Putin's example and free opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

The former Yukos oil company chief said he is in a good financial situation and does not intend to go back into business.

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