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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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Oil tycoon 'will not enter politics or seek Yukos assets'

Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed by a pardon from Russian President Vladimir Putin after 10 years in jail, said he would not go into politics or seek to regain assets of his former oil company, Yukos.

In an interview with Russian magazine The New Times, Khodorkovsky said there were no conditions attached to the pardon but said he had told Putin in a letter: "I do not intend to get involved in politics and do not intend to fight for the return of (Yukos) assets."

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