Monday, December 23, 2013

Khodorkovsky Vows to Help Russian Political Prisoners

Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he will do all he can to free other political prisoners. At a Berlin news conference, he said he would stay out of politics and that "the struggle for power is not for me". He said he only found out he was going to Berlin the day he was freed, adding that he would only go back to Russia if he was sure he could leave again. He said there was a need "to make sure that in Russia and in any other countries in the world there won't be political prisoners". "I will do everything I can so that there are none left," he added. Khodorkovsky was pardoned and released on Friday, after 10 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion.

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