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Khodorkovsky seeks residency in Switzerland

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, has applied for a residency permit in Switzerland, his spokesman told AFP on Monday. "His application for residency was filed a while ago," said Boris Durande, a spokesman for the 50-year-old Khodorkovsky, who has been living at a Zurich hotel since shortly after he was pardoned and released from prison last December. mnb/nl/ric

Khodorkovsky seeks residency in Switzerland

Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, has applied for a residency permit in Switzerland, his spokesman told AFP on Monday. "His application for residency was filed a while ago," said Boris Durande, a spokesman for the 50-year-old Khodorkovsky, who has been living at a Zurich hotel since shortly after he was pardoned and released from prison last December. mnb/nl/ric

Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky seeks residency in Switzerland

Former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in prison in Russia, has applied to become a resident of Switzerland, his spokesman told AFP on Monday. "His application for residency was filed a while ago," said spokesman Boris Durande, without specifying which part of Switzerland Khodorkovsky intends to settle in. The 50-year-old foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been living at a Zurich hotel since shortly after he was pardoned and released from jail on December 20.

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.

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 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.

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.
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