The ex-Yukos CEO has spent more than 10 years in jail.
Reuters notes that Khodorkovsky has still has eight months to serve of a jail sentence over two separate criminal cases that Putin’s critics deem politically motivated.
Putin said Khodorkovsky did not seek a pardon until recently. Khodorkovsky’s lawyer claims that the 50-year-old has not asked Putin for a pardon.
In 2004 Khodorkovsky was the wealthiest man in Russia and ranked 16th on Forbes list of billionaires.
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