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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.

Khodorkovsky associate Lebedev freed after Russian court ruling

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon Lebedev walked free on Friday after more than 10 years in prison, following in his better-known associate's footsteps after the Russian Supreme Court shortened his sentence. Lebedev, whose arrest in 2003 foreshadowed Khodorkovsky's months later, had been the former Yukos oil company chief's co-defendant in two trials that President Vladimir Putin's critics called part of a politically charged campaign of revenge.

Russia's top court orders release of Khodorkovsky partner

Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's jailed business partner, Platon Lebedev, whose term was due to end in May. However, the court effectively sealed the exile of Khodorkovsky, who was released last month after receiving a pardon from President Vladimir Putin, by upholding the state's $550 million (400 million euro) tax claim against him. The former chief of the Yukos oil firm, who left Russia immediately after his release, has said he will not be able to return as long as the tax claim remains in place.

Russian court orders release of Khodorkovsky partner

Russia's top court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's jailed business partner, Platon Lebedev, whose term was due to end in May. But the Supreme Court also effectively sealed the exile of Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky, who was released last month after receiving a pardon from President Vladimir Putin, by upholding the state's $550-million (400-million-euro) tax claim against him.

Russia's top court orders release of Khodorkovsky partner

The Russian Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the immediate release of the jailed business partner of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev, whose term ends in May. However the court upheld the state's multibillion ruble tax claim against Khodorkovsky, who himself was released last month after receiving a pardon from President Vladimir Putin, the court's spokesman told AFP. The former chief of oil Yukos firm, who left Russia immediately upon release, had said he would not be able to return as long as the tax claims against him remained in place.

Russia's top court orders release of Khodorkovsky partner

The Russian Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to grant immediate release to the jailed business partner of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev, whose term ends in May, Russian news agencies reported. However the court upheld the state's 17 billion ruble ($550 million/400 million euros) tax claim against Khodorkovsky, who himself was released last month after receiving a pardon from President Vladimir Putin, Russian news agencies reported. ma/as/dh

Pussy Riot to travel to Singapore for awards ceremony

Two Pussy Riot punk rockers recently freed from jail will this week travel to Singapore where their controversial anti-Putin video has been shortlisted for an award, the husband of one of them said on Tuesday. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will make their first foreign trip abroad since their release from prison last month to attend the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards which celebrates emerging Asian artists.

Khodorkovsky associate downplays $100-bn Russia suit

A close business partner of ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said Saturday that the Kremlin critic appears to no longer be interested in a $100-billion lawsuit against Russia since his release from jail. Khodorkovsky -- Russia's former richest man who last month won a pardoned from President Vladimir Putin after more than a decade behind bars -- was in Israel this week for a meeting with Leonid Nevzlin and three other co-owners of his now-defunct Yukos oil firm.

Khodorkovsky on private visit to Israel

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed by Moscow last month after a decade in jail, has travelled from Switzerland to Israel on a private visit, his spokesman said Friday. Khodorkovsky, who left Germany to join his family in Switzerland on Sunday, "is on a short private visit" in Israel, his spokesman David Krikler told AFP, confirming news reports. nl/apo/cc

Freed Russian ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on private visit to Israel

JERUSALEM - Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is in Israel for a short visit three weeks after he was released from prison by Russian President Vladimir Putin, his business partner said Friday. Leonid Nevzlin told Israeli television station Channel 2 that Khodorkovsky has been in the country since Wednesday. "He is here on a private visit to meet me, he is my best friend," he told the broadcaster. He did not elaborate.
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