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.