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Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky calls for prisoner release

Freed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has called for the release of more political prisoners and said he hopes President Vladimir Putin will not be in power too long. He had eight months left of a 10-year sentence.

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Russian oil tycoon arrives in Germany after pardon

Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was freed by a presidential pardon after spending 10 years in jail, has arrived in Berlin where he reunited with his family.

The 50-year-old, who was once Russia's richest man, was pictured greeting well-wishers and former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher on the tarmac after landing on a private jet.

His son Pavel Khodorkovsky tweeted a picture of him in Germany:

President Vladimir Putin announced the pardon yesterday and said he was acting out of "principles of humanity" because Khodorkovsky's mother was ill. His release gave a brief lift to the stock market.

A Russian government source told Reuters that freeing the country's best-known and potentially most powerful critic could deflect international complaints about Putin's human rights record before the Winter Olympics in Sochi in seven week's time.

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