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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 was in Switzerland with his family, "is on a short private visit" in Israel, his spokesman David Krikler told AFP, confirming news reports. He would not comment on the exact nature of Khodorkovsky's trip, but according to media reports, the man who was once the wealthiest person in Russia was visiting a former business partner.

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 was in Switzerland with his family, "is on a short private visit" in Israel, his spokesman David Krikler told AFP, confirming news reports. He would not comment on the exact nature of Khodorkovsky's trip, but according to local media reports, the man who was once the wealthiest person in Russia was visiting a former business partner.

Khodorkovsky vows to fight for Russian political prisoners

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed by Moscow last month after a decade in jail, vowed Sunday to fight for Russian political prisoners from his new base in Switzerland. "You can't live with peace of mind when you know there are political detainees rotting in prison," Khodorkovsky told Swiss public television SRF on the train that took him from Berlin to Basel. A spokeswoman for the man who was Russia's most famous prisoner until his release on December 20 said he had travelled to Switzerland with his wife to take their sons back to school.

Khodorkovsky vows to fight for Russian political prisoners

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed by Moscow last month after a decade in jail, vowed Sunday to fight for Russian political prisoners from his new base in Switzerland. "You can't live with peace of mind when you know there are political detainees rotting in prison," Khodorkovsky told Swiss public television SRF on the train that took him from Berlin to Basel. A spokeswoman for the man who was Russia's most famous prisoner until his release on December 20 said he had travelled to Switzerland with his wife to take their sons back to school.

Khodorkovsky in Switzerland after leaving Berlin

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is now in Switzerland after leaving Berlin, where he had been staying since his release from a Russian prison, his spokeswomen told AFP Sunday. Bern said Monday it had granted a three-month visa to the Kremlin critic, who was jailed for 10 years for financial crimes but last month pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin. clp/hmn/cc

Khodorkovsky in Switzerland after leaving Berlin

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is now in Switzerland after leaving Berlin, where he had been staying since his release from a Russian prison, his spokeswomen told AFP Sunday. Bern said Monday it had granted a three-month visa to the Kremlin critic, who was jailed for 10 years for financial crimes but last month pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin. clp/hmn/cc

Switzerland grants Khodorkovsky three-month visa

Switzerland said Monday it had granted a three-month visa to Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has been staying in a German luxury hotel since his release from a Russian prison. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, was jailed for 10 years for financial crimes but pardoned over a week ago by President Vladimir Putin in a deal that Germany helped broker behind the scenes.

Switzerland grants Khodorkovsky three-month visa

Switzerland said Monday it had granted a three-month visa to Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has been staying in a German luxury hotel since his release from a Russian prison. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, was jailed for 10 years for financial crimes but pardoned over a week ago by President Vladimir Putin in a deal that Germany helped broker behind the scenes.

Switzerland grants Khodorkovsky three-month visa

Switzerland said Monday it had granted a three-month visa to Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who has been staying in a German luxury hotel since his release from a Russian prison. Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, was jailed for 10 years for financial crimes but pardoned over a week ago by President Vladimir Putin in a deal that Germany helped broker behind the scenes. Khodorkovsky, who has said he would stay out of Russia, has been mulling a move to Switzerland where his wife Inna lives and his twin sons go to school, his spokeswoman said last week.

Inside Germany's campaign to free Khodorkovsky

By Michelle Martin and Lidia Kelly BERLIN/MOSCOW (Reuters) - One spring day in 2011 five people gathered around a small table at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin and hatched the beginnings of a plan to get former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky out of prison. Seated in a corridor of the five-star hotel's lobby, former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and his advisor Alexander Rahr put their heads together with Khodorkovsky's lawyers and Alexandra Hildebrandt, head of a Berlin Wall museum.
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