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Former Vice-President of Russia’s energy giant Yukos, Vasily Alexanian has been released on bail on medical grounds.

A Russian court freed the ex-oil executive, who is going blind and also suffering from Aids and cancer, on bail conditions of almost 1.4 million euros.

The release comes after a long campaign by supporters, who had argued Alexanian was not able to get proper medical treatment in jail.

Imprisoned in 2006 without trial, he is a former boss at oil giant Yukos.

The company’s ex-CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky — one of Russia’s richest men — was also imprisoned after what many claimed was a Kremlin campaign to punish the businessman’s political ambitions.