Putin To Pardon Jailed Oil Tycoon Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once Russia's richest man
Mikhail Khodorkovsky was once Russia’s richest man

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will soon pardon jailed former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Mr Putin told reporters he had received a request from Khodorkovsky, who has been in custody for a decade, to pardon him on humanitarian grounds.

But Khodorkovsky’s representatives deny any request was made.

Khodorkovsky, who is regarded by many as a political prisoner and has long insisted he is innocent, is currently due to leave prison next August.

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