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Only a couple of years ago President Vladimir Putin ruled out the idea of releasing his archrival Mikhail Khodorkovsky early, noting that a "thief should sit in jail", and hinting he may well have had blood on his hands. Now the Russian President has
Alexei Nikolsky/Agence France-Presse Getty Images President Vladimir V...Mr. Putin's pardon decree a mere 34 words brought Mr. Khodorkovsky's criminal odyssey to an abrupt and thoroughly unexpected end. His lawyer said that he could be released
Nonetheless, we believe that it is better to keep the door open for negotiations with Ukraine. That should be done, at the very least, on account of the pro-democracy movements in the country, which we must not leave in the lurch, Schulz said.
The decree pardoned Khodorkovsky on the basis of "the principles of humanity", according to Interfax news agency. The former head of oil giant Yukos had asked Mr Putin to pardon him because his mother is ill.
AP Video Tens of thousands of demonstrators rally in the streets of Kiev, after Russia agrees to a $15 billion dollar bailout and gas price cut for Ukraine...Reuters Video Once Russia's richest man, Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 after falling out
Dec 18, 2013 The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of
With only weeks to go until Russia hosts the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, President Vladimir Putin appears to be trying to portray a more positive image to the world, according to Fiona Hill, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Russia's
In many ways, Putin really looks a lot like a U.S.-style conservative...He is hard on terrorism but also steadfast in his opposition to military intervention in Syria, which places him far more in the Republican camp than the Democratic camp. "I am
It was a bold and risky move by Russia, given the political chaos in Ukraine, where thousands of anti-government protesters remain encamped in Independence Square. For the moment, however, Mr. Putin seemed to gain the upper hand with Europe and the
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is to discuss closer co-operation with Russia, as protests continue in Ukraine over his move not to sign an EU deal. Securing badly needed loans and a discount on Russia's gas are reportedly on the agenda when Mr