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  • FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2013 file photo Mikhail Khodorkovsky speaks during a news conference in Berlin, Germany. Switzerland has granted Khodorkovsky a visa, the Swiss Embassy in Berlin said Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. He applied for a three-month visa shortly after his Dec. 20 arrival in Berlin, following his pardon by Russian President Vladimir Putin and release from decade-long imprisonment. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

    Ex-oil tycoon Khodorkovsky travels to Switzerland

    BERLIN (AP) — Former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has traveled to Switzerland after receiving a three-month visa for the Alpine country.

  • Jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina is seen in a cell at a courtroom in Berezniki, about 1,500 km (940 miles) northeast of Moscow on Jan. 16, 2013. A Russian court on Wednesday turned down her attempt to defer serving her sentence until her preschool son becomes a teenager. Alekhina was convicted last year along with two other band members of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Russia's main cathedral. (Associated Press)

    Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners

    Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted Friday that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in Russia's upcoming amnesty.

  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears on a national call-in TV show in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Pool)

    Putin rejects any do-over of fraud-tainted vote

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vehemently rejected opposition calls for a rerun of the parliamentary election, accusing those who organized massive protests against vote fraud of working to weaken Russia at the West's behest.

  • Khodorkovsky hopes to see documentary on his fate

    Jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has expressed hope of seeing a documentary about his conflict with the Kremlin that has premiered in Moscow.

  • Briefly: Europe

    A close friend of Britain's prime minister was found dead in a portable toilet at one of the country's leading music festivals Sunday, authorities said.

  • Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in the steel-and-glass defendant's cage in a Moscow courtroom on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. An appeals court upheld Khodorkovsky's second conviction, but it also reduced his prison sentence by one year. Tuesday's decision means that Khodorkovsky will remain in prison until 2016, a total of 13 years. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

    Moscow court upholds Khodorkovsky conviction

    A Moscow appeals court has upheld the second conviction of oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, but it also reduced his prison sentence by one year.

  • ** FILE ** Vladimir Putin (left) and his handpicked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, greet supporters in Moscow's Red Square during a concert to mark the presidential election in March 2008. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)

    Medvedev disagrees with Putin on modernization

    President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia could modernize faster than his predecessor Vladimir Putin thinks, but he remained coy about whether he plans to seek a second term.

  • Illustration: Mikhail Khodorkovsky by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    BERMAN: Tycoon resentencing undermines reset with Russia

    The late-December sentence handed down by a Moscow court against Mikhail Khodorkovsky should have surprised no one. Ever since the Kremlin launched new legal proceedings against the former oil tycoon about three years ago, a guilty verdict was a foregone conclusion. Still, the repeat conviction of Khodorkovsky, already serving an eight-year term in a Siberian jail, to an additional six years in prison on fresh (and blatantly fabricated) charges speaks volumes about the receding rule of law in Russia. So, too, does Washington's apparent ambivalence about it.

  • UNDER ARREST: Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov displays a protocol paper as he is escorted to court in Moscow. (Associated Press)

    Russian activists arrested after 'reset'

    Russian authorities detained one of the country's leading opposition figures less than two weeks after the U.S. Senate ratified a key arms-control treaty that the White House promised would help reset ties with Moscow.

  • Khodorkovsky

    Embassy Row

    The Russian government routinely brutalizes prisoners, jails them in harsh climates, confines them to tiny isolation cells and allows infectious disease to spread through the incarcerated population, according to a confidential memo from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky (right) reacts after being sentenced to six more years in prison in a courtroom in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Khodorkovsky's lawyer appeals his new sentence

    A lawyer for jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Friday appealed his sentence of six more years in prison, a punishment seen as payback for challenging Vladimir Putin's power and which was widely condemned in the West.

  • TRAPPED: Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands in a locked glass cage in the courtroom where a judge Thursday added six years to the prison term the oil tycoon is already serving. (Associated Press)

    West condemns longer prison term for Russian tycoon

    Western governments on Thursday condemned a Russian court's decision to extend the prison sentence for imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a ruling widely viewed as flouting the rule of law and evincing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's political ambitions.

  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky (left) and his co-defendant, Platon Lebedev, talk behind a glass enclosure in a courtroom in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010. Khodorkovsky, 47, was sentenced to six more years in prison following a trial seen as payback for his defiance of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr.)

    Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky gets 6 more years

    Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was sentenced to six more years in prison Thursday following a trial seen as payback for his defiance of Vladimir Putin and as a test of the rule of law in Russia.

  • Mikhail Khodorkovsky stands behind bars in a courtroom in Moscow on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, where a Russian judge convicted him on theft and money-laundering charges. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

    Russia rejects criticism of Khodorkovsky's trial

    Russia's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday fired back at U.S. and European criticism of the second conviction of jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, telling Western leaders to mind their own business.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky (center) and co-defendant Platon Lebedev (right) are escorted to a courtroom in Moscow on Monday. A judge declared Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon, guilty of theft and money laundering.

    Medvedev challenges Putin on Soviet virtues

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pointed to the Soviet model Monday as an example of how various ethnic groups can have friendly ties, drawing a quick retort from the president in a rare sign of friction between the two leaders.

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