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In Kiev, Khodorkovsky blames Russia for Ukraine deaths

A top foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who spent a decade behind bars told thousands on Kiev's main protest square Sunday that the Kremlin colluded with Ukraine's ousted regime in violence claiming 100 lives. Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky received a rousing reception on Independence Square -- the crucible of three months of protests that ousted a pro-Russian regime from power last month -- as he walked out on stage dressed in a black parka and his hair still styled in a prison crew cut.

Khodorkovsky ready to go to Ukraine 'to help prevent bloodshed'

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, offered Monday to travel to Ukraine to try to help resolve the spiralling conflict there. "I declare that I am ready to travel to any location in Ukraine at any time at the invitation of any responsible actor in order to help prevent bloodshed," Khodorkovsky said in a statement.

Thousands of innocent Russians in jail: prosecutor-general

Thousands of Russians are jailed every year for crimes they did not commit, the country's prosecutor-general said Wednesday. "Over the past three years, 14,261 people have been unlawfully prosecuted," Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika told legislators, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported. "People are spending years in jail without any legal basis," Chaika said. Chaika added that more than 4,600 people had been illegally detained and held in custody over the same period.

Rosneft profit soars 51% thanks to booming gas output

Russia's oil giant Rosneft reported on Tuesday a 51-percent jump in annual profit thanks to a huge boost in natural gas output that made it the country's third-largest producer of blue fuel. The state-held firm -- the world's largest publically-traded oil company by both productions and reserves -- said its 2013 net income reached 551 billion rubles ($15.6 billion, 11.5 billion euros). The company said its total hydrocarbon production grew by 80.3 percent thanks to a 132.9-percent leap in natural gas output.

Rosneft profit soars 51% thanks to booming gas output

Russia's oil giant Rosneft reported on Tuesday a 51-percent jump in annual profit thanks to a huge boost in natural gas output that made it the country's third-largest producer of blue fuel. The state-held firm -- the world's largest publically-traded oil company by both productions and reserves -- said its 2013 net income reached 551 billion rubles ($15.6 billion, 11.5 billion euros). The company said its total hydrocarbon production grew by 80.3 percent thanks to a 132.9-percent leap in natural gas output.

Rosneft beats 2013 net profit forecast after TNK-BP deal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Rosneft <ROSN.MM>, the Russian state oil major, on Wednesday posted a forecast-beating 51 percent rise in earnings last year after its $55 billion acquisition of Anglo-Russian oil venture TNK-BP. Rosneft, the world's top listed oil producer by output and reserves, said its full-year net income rose to 551 billion roubles ($15.6 billion). Analysts polled by Reuters had expected earnings of 511 billion roubles.

Khodorkovsky's partner walks free: Russian news agencies

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon Lebedev walked free from prison on Friday after Russia's Supreme Court ordered his early release. "Platon Lebedev left the prison colony... in the Arkhangelsk region around 10:00 pm Moscow time (1800 GMT)," a spokesman for the prison service in the northern region of Russia told the RIA Novosti news agency. The Supreme Court on Thursday had ordered 57-year-old Lebedev's immediate release, cutting short his sentence which was due to end in May. He had served a decade behind bars.

Khodorkovsky's partner walks free: Russian news agencies

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon Lebedev on Friday walked free from prison after 10 years behind bars after Russia's Supreme Court ordered his early release. "Platon Lebedev left the prison colony... in the Arkhangelsk region around 10:00 pm Moscow time (1800 GMT)," a spokesman for the prison service told the RIA Novosti news agency. am/mfp

Khodorkovsky's partner walks free after decade in jail

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon Lebedev walked free from prison on Friday after Russia's Supreme Court ordered his early release. The 57-year-old had served 10 and a half years of his sentence for fraud, tax evasion and money laundering before the Supreme Court ordered his release on Thursday. His sentence had been due to end in May "Platon Lebedev left the prison colony... in the Arkhangelsk region around 10:00 pm Moscow time (1800 GMT)," a spokesman for the prison service told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Khodorkovsky associate walks free after decade in jail

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon Lebedev walked free from prison on Friday after Russia's Supreme Court ordered his early release. The 57-year-old had served 10-and-a-half years of his sentence for fraud, tax evasion and money laundering before the court ordered his release on Thursday. His sentence had been due to end in May "Platon Lebedev left the prison colony... in the Arkhangelsk region around 10:00 pm Moscow time (1800 GMT)," a spokesman for the prison service told the RIA Novosti news agency.
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