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Putin says will soon pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky

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Putin says will soon pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would soon pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who still has eight months left to serve of a more than 10-year jail sentence.

A lawyer for Khodorkovsky said however that the tycoon had not asked Putin for a pardon. Khodorkovsky was jailed on charges including theft and fraud but the president’s opponents regard him as a political prisoner.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Steve Gutterman)