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Russia To Free Khodorkovsky Aide, Hurdle To Tycoon's Return Stands

Russia's Supreme Court ordered the release of Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner on Thursday after a decade in jail, but refused to drop a tax claim tha... More Russia's Supreme Court ordered the release of Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky's business partner on Thursday after a decade in jail, but refused to drop a tax claim that is keeping the former oil tycoon abroad. Platon Lebedev is the latest high-profile prisoner to be freed in Russia as President Vladimir Putin tries to soften criticism of his record on human rights and democracy before next month's Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. But the decision not to lift a demand that the pair pay the state $521 million in tax arrears reduces the likelihood of Khodorkovsky returning to Russia from Germany and challenging Putin. Find more Wochit videos on Yahoo Screen. Less

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