Jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that he planned to pardon political opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky after 10 years of imprisonment on tax evasion charges widely seen as politically motivated to eliminate a rival for power. The former oil magnate is seen here during his trial in 2004.
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( Oleg Nikishin / Getty Images / July 12, 2004 )

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday that he planned to pardon political opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky after 10 years of imprisonment on tax evasion charges widely seen as politically motivated to eliminate a rival for power. The former oil magnate is seen here during his trial in 2004.

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